FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 June, 2019
Niagara Top Team Opens in St. Catharines
ST.CATHARINES, ON – Elite level training in Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling have come to the Niagara Region with the opening of Niagara Top Team, located at 491 Merritt Street, St. Catharines.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is an amalgamation of numerous combat sports that was popularized in North America by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1993 when it asked the question, “Who would win in a fight between different fighting styles, like boxing, wrestling, and jiu jitsu?”
Co-owners Matt DiMarcantonio and Chris Prickett each bring a wealth of experience to the area that they both feel had previously been missing.
DiMarcantonio is a veteran of 19 professional MMA fights and is a top 10 ranked Canadian featherweight, while Prickett is currently an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Brock University and former Canadian National Wrestling Champion and member of the Canadian National Wrestling Team, Olympic Alternate, and bronze medallist in both the Commonwealth and Pan-Am Games.
The idea behind Niagara Top Team (NTT) evolved over the past 2 years when the pair found themselves traveling together around the NE United States with the athletes they trained.
“There is a need for high level coaching in the area,” said Prickett, “Matt has 19 professional fights, and the next in the area is Anthony Romero with 5 and he trains with us as well, so there’s not really another gym that offers that elite level coaching for MMA other than us.
Although Niagara Top Team provides the type of training needed by high-calibre professional athletes, DiMarcantonio notes that for him, it’s also about paying it forward and helping regular people and kids.
“We’re not just a competitive professional gym, we want to bring that family environment in here with the kid’s and adult program and really build that up.” DiMarcantonio says. “I’m getting a little bit older now, just had a kid, have a family, so why am I still in martial arts? What is my purpose? I’m trying to think bigger than myself. Maybe my goal is to pass it on the next generation? All these years of traveling around the world, it’s time to pass it on.”
“The goal is to build that confidence inside them, not just as athletes, but in everyday life,” DiMarcantonio continues, “walk with your chest out and not be scared. In MMA you learn more than just techniques, you learn about yourself and how you deal with life.”
Prickett finishes. “I think that just because it’s a kid or an adult who doesn’t desire to be a professional MMA fighter or a world champion, they should expect to have the best coaching and learn techniques that have been tried and tested and proven.”