Inside BJ Penn’s Academy… Pictures

I made it into Hilo for a couple of things today, one of them was a quick stop by the BJ Penn Academy.

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If you haven’t been to the location, it’s located at 639 Kinoole in  the Old Hilo Macaroni Factory.

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As you enter the facility, there is a gift shop to the right which sells all kinds of BJPenn Merchandise.

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On the ground level floor you see lots of modern cardio equipment.

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High tech modern equipment and other fitness machines are all part of the BJPenn Academy.

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The real magic happens beyond this door:

Door Leading to Basement

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In the basement you will find most of the good stuff.

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They have a full size ring where obviously the hard core training takes place.

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I found myself climbing into the ring just for the heck of it.

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After checking out the ring, I looked at the Muy Thai and Kick Boxking facilities.

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He’s fighting one of his biggest fights of his careers next week on the 31st against George St. Pierre.

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I hope he wins the fight and becomes a two championship belt holder.

It was a cool experience and the last time I was in there I got to talk with BJ’s brother about possibly enrolling my son when he’s a bit older.

Of course they start the kids on the mats like these:

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And work their way up to the real thing:

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To check out BJ’s home page, click here.

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