American Kickboxing Academy

Any one who has spent a lot of time in fight gyms will recognize their familiar smell: of stale sweat, wet leather and something vaguely reminiscent of urine, (the imported leather, which finds its way into a lot of training gear, is treated with cow urine overseas.) Although it’s not a pleasant smell, it lends credibility. If a gym has been open for a while and doesn’t have the smell, it is hard to take it seriously. It is the smell of strain and physical effort.

FIGHT! is digging into the archives to celebrate UFC 100. Go here to read the rest of Donovan Craig’s July 2008 profile of AKA, home of UFC 100 combatant Jon Fitch, and go here to check out FIGHT!’s photos of the famed San Jose gym.

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