REDDITCH MMA has enjoyed a knockout start to the year after securing a new home.
The Mixed Martial Arts club has moved from its previous premises in the town’s Old Needle Works to the refurbished Unit 18 on the Redditch Trade Centre.
Club owner James Whiston said: “It gives us twice as much space as before and we’ve been able to fit the largest exercise mat of any other club in the region.
“We have taken the unit and remade it into exactly what we need, with a new reception, changing rooms, a power-lifting gym and a padded wall to simulate an MMA octagon.
“We have brought around 95 per cent of our former members from the old site and we are recruiting new members virtually every day since we opened at the start of the year.”
James has been training in the sport for around 25 years, since he was a teenager, and started running his own club a decade ago following his career as a professional MMA competitor.
Redditch MMA is also the home of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu club and also runs traditional boxing and Thai boxing classes for both adults and youngsters.
Property agents John Truslove director Ben Truslove sealed a deal for James and Redditch MMA with landlords The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society for a six-year lease.
“We were delighted to help this popular and successful club find a new home in Redditch,” said Mr Truslove. “It has enabled them to create a state-of-the-art gym that is already attracting new members.
“Helping businesses secure the right premises with the right landlords is key to the service we provide, and this is another example of a great deal for all the parties involved.”