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Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu and Young's MMA form gym

BANGOR When we last spoke with Chris Young, owner of Young's MMA, the gym was located in the basement of his Brewer home and he was actively searching for a new space. All that has changed - Young has joined forces with Ed Benjamin of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu of Bangor to form a gym in its own space.

Both Young and Benjamin had allowed members from the respective schools to take a free class once a week at the gym. When the opportunity arose to grab a space on Outer Hammond Street in Brewer, they went for it.

'We were tired of being in the basement, and we have to be taken seriously,' said Young.

Benjamin described the move as 'a dream come true.'

Young trains several MMA-level fighters, including some who have become professional names, including Bruce Boiyington and Ryan Sanders.

'Now we have a home that represents their talent, and that makes me very happy,' said Young.

The gym offers several types of training, but both Young and Benjamin wanted people to know that fitness opportunities are available for the entire family, not only those looking to make a name for themselves in a fighting a cage or Jiu Jitsu mat. Young has an MMA fitness class that takes some of the moves and maneuvers you would see in the cage and applies them to personal fitness instead of fighting.

'There is something for everyone,' said Young. 'It's no different than going to the gym, but here you can learn some MMA moves. The sport is just exploding.'

He hopes to be offering some MMA classes geared towards kids soon, and Benjamin already has a Gracie Bara Jiu Jitsu class that caters to children.

'It's a dream come true to have a place to call home,' said Benjamin. 'I hope to help the community and get people in shape. It's a good start.'

For more information, find Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Bangor on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/graciebarra.bangor) and Young's MMA online at www.youngsmma.com.

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