Hong Kong.  Once known for its crowded, narrow streets smelling of bizarre and tasty delicacies overhung by precariously mounted two-story high neon mahjong parlor signs, Hong Kong has year by year transformed itself into a sparkling mountainous waterfront gem; a maze of marble-lined malls and mirrored superstructures.  If Bruce Lee were alive here today, would he still be espousing the path of least resistance, or would he be a multi-media mogul, sitting atop a stacked portfolio of dojos and holding meetings in his own private octagon?  If it were the latter, then he would likely be parked in the Aon China Building’s first floor smack in the middle of Central, with a full-length balcony overlooking the city’s greatest icons, Coach and LV.

That is precisely where Co-founder Cole Sirucek sits today.  The ultra-entreprenuer is a life-long martial arts enthusiast, a Gordinho purple belt, and married to a medaled judo black belt.  He’s overseen hundreds of millions of dollars of investments, and tracked hundreds of millions of feet across the Gobi and Sahara deserts and up Mt Kilimanjaro.  Cole’s newest expedition – for the next nine years – is to transform Hong Kong’s fitness-concious finance-savvy fierce and fashionable Centralites into an army of martial arts moguls with the opening of the Epic MMA Club.

The US-born Sirucek has lived all over Asia and accumulated a wide array of experiences with indigenous martial arts and astute observations of expat interaction.  His most recent locale of residence has been Singapore, arguably the forerunner of the MMA boom in Asia via Sentosa World’s international Martial Combat series, the subsequently organized One FC promotion and network, and the stellar MMA institution Evolve MMA, of which Cole was a member.  The scale and flavor of what he is creating in Hong Kong is obviously in part influenced by his experiences there.

The sheer size of the Epic MMA Club is enough to make anyone even remotely enamored with a boxing glove or sweaty gi drop to one knee and issue a marriage proposal – it is roughly 15,000sf.  On the ‘striking’ side of the gym – although it is still in build out – sits an assembled full size MMA cage and a wall-length rack for ten slidable banana bags is installed. They seem to be miles apart from one another.  There will be an assortment of striking gear from speedballs to mammoth 500-pound heavy bags, and when your gloves get sweaty, stick them on the jet air rack.  On the ground work side, the open area for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu totals over 5,000sf.  No, that is not a typo.  A gymnast wanting to practice a floor routine would be perfectly comfortable with the space.  When you take off your gi, don’t make origami and stuff it back in your briefcase – throw it in the bin and it will be washed and back in your locker for your next session.

As if that weren’t enough, factor in 2,000sf of fitness-related space and gear for TRX, a lounge area, wifi, ten showers in the men’s bath area, video security, and a full-size boxing ring.

Cole has an interesting personal belief behind the concept of Epic MMA Club.  “Everyone is always talking about martial arts ‘hardware’ as being the important aspect of a gym,” he states (of which they will definitely have no shortage).  “But I believe it is all about the ‘software’.”

What is gym ‘software’?  Black belts.  Lots of them.

Sirucek says his “software” team of instructors has been carefully selected to reflect an atmosphere conducive to learning: they are experienced, humble, and generous with their knowledge.  But don’t call Vusi “soft” to his face.
Beyond this scope of instruction, Cole plans to build and establish a fight team based in Hong Kong, and have sessions catering to the black belts and fighters already here.  While Hong Kong has a very deep and competitive Muay Thai community, and an ever-expanding populace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, the field of MMA fighters is diminutive.  If the Epic MMA splash is big – although its direct influence will be towards the hundred thousand residents within a 2-MTR stop radius of Central who can afford a full-service gym with 5-star facilities and equipment – it could send out ripples that affect and influence the entire Hong Kong community to take a deeper interest in MMA.  And that would be a very positive side effect for the sport.
Epic MMA Club has a forecast opening of March 2012.  Nothing of this size and scope has ever been attempted in Hong Kong, from both a ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ standpoint.  Cole Sirucek believes the time is ripe for Hong Kong to accept a gym of this caliber and a sport of such potential growth.  We wish them much success in developing MMA in Asia.  For more information, visit their website here.


  1. Claudio Rondinelli

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    This is a dream come true for many Hong Kong residents and martial arts enthusiasts such as myself, thank you !!!!!

  2. This is precisely what I have been looking for all these years – finally i can practice right here downtown in a world-class facility… Congrats!

  3. It is a very good gym, i go almost everyday, people are great, facilities are great. and its nice to see top executives taking a small beating >:)

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