In early 2012, a 20-month MMA training program was established by Legend and Xian Physical Education University head coach Professor Zhao Xuejun (also known as the Godfather of Chinese MMA) to provide one-of-a-kind intensive training to advance Chinese MMA to the next level and create world-class fighters.
Legendary Canadian MMA veteran, Legend commentator, and Bellator welterweight Vaughn Anderson has led the program from the very beginning. Now more than a year into their training, young fighters from the program have dominated the Chinese MMA landscape, decimating their opponents at tournaments around the country and in the process raising interest in what happens behind camp walls. These photos highlight a behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of Anderson and his students at the Xian camp.
Coach Anderson starts each day catching up on e-mails with friends and family over his morning coffee
After breakfast, Anderson bikes to the training facility in the middle of campus
Vaughn catches up with one of his students before training begins
Anderson leads the students in their warm-ups…
…and then moves straight into demonstrations
Students partner up and drill techniques under Anderson’s watch
Anderson steps in to provide individual instruction to improve technique
Legendary Sanda coach Na Shun gets close to learn from Anderson
Strength and conditioning is also part of the morning training session
Group shot of Anderson with Sanda coaches Na and Yin and the fight team
Anderson discusses the morning session with Vice Director of the Wushu Department Professor Zhao
In the afternoon, Anderson leads a second “Elite Group” session for the top-tier students and those with upcoming fights
Anderson with members of the “Elite Group”
Anderson prepares his own lunch to ensure it complies with his diet
During his afternoon break, Anderson relaxes with a game of chess.
In the evening, the teacher becomes a student – Anderson trains and spars with members of the university’s legendary Sanda team
After Sanda, Anderson joins his students and teammates in the cafeteria for dinner…
….and after dinner, they take advantage of the university’s other recreational facilities
Before returning home, Anderson makes time for additional questions from students
And the next day, Anderson is up early to do it all over again