11001 S. Prairie Ave
Inglewood, CA 90303
R1, fomerly known as the R.A.W. Training Center was developed so that the Real American Wrestling Team (hence RAW) would have a place to train without the limitations of styles. The gym was developed so that our own RAW athletes, former US National team wreslers who also competed in MMA events, would have everything they needed under one roof. Mats, boxing ring, bags, cardio equiptment, lifting platforms, weights ... in a clean, safe and healthy environment. As such, R1, become the place to train in California as we would invite, train, exchange knowledge with martial artists of all styles with no ego or attitude.
The R1 Training Center is L.A.'s original MMA Gym, established in 2000, by former World Cup Freestyle Wrestling Champion, Rico Chiapparelli. Rico is no stranger to MMA as he was the world-renowned manager and trainer of the now defunct RAW Team with its stable of international super stars, including former U.F.C., PRIDE, W.F.A. and I.F.L. champion athletes Randy Couture, Frank Trigg, Vladimir Matyushenko, Tom Erikson, Matt Lindland, Dan Henderson, among others... R1 began as a place for combat athletes of all styles and forms to come together and exchange knowledge in a safe yet very challeging atmosphere.
R1's reputation among MMA insiders began to grow, athletes from various martial backrounds began to frequent the gym for training camps and extended stay periods. Many of the world's finest combat artists have worked in the same ring and on the very mats that our R1 members use everyday. In fact, the black and gold wrestling mats at R1 are actually the old competition mats from the famed University of Iowa Wrestling team.
Today R1 is open to all from complete beginners, who have never done any type of combat art to advanced competitors who want to raise the level of their game. When in L.A.many MMA super stars frequent our facility to get workout in or a little 'fine tuning' from our world class instructors.
At R1, we believe that "all forms are fluent ..."; therefore our name. Utilizing this philosophy, we help you to get beyond the self so mind, body and spirit harmonize as one to create the optimal performance state.
At R1 we aim to put the art back into MMA, with our traditional approach to today's fastest growing combat sport. R1 is the perfect union of sport, combat and art with an emphasis on YOU and helping you to find your WAY. As an R1 member you become part of a ancient culture that has existed since the dawn of man where all are welcomed as family and all assist each other in every aspect.