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Like father.  Like son.  Blazing his own trail.  We couldn’t be more proud!  🙂


Rod’s older son, Mike, has been training under Rodrigo Vaghi since 1997, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Mike was also an All American wrestler at SIUE graduating with a teaching degree, 2 time Golden Gloves Boxing Champion under the guidance of Jim Howe, and former #1 ranked light heavyweight contender in King of the Cage. Mike has a record of 14-3 in MMA with wins over such top-notch fighters as Travis Fulton and Greg Wikan.  He is the former head wrestling coach at McCluer high school, coaching 5 state place finishers including Tyron Woodley to a undefeated senior season at 48-0, placing 1st in the state and 3rd in the country.  Mike was also the assistant wrestling coach at Meramec junior college for 2 seasons.  At St. Charles MMA Mike has coached fighters at all levels from amateur to the UFC.  In 2009 scmma was the St. Louis Golden Gloves team champions.


Mike’s school was voted the Best MMA School in St. Louis in 2010:


If you are interested in MMA or know someone who is please check out his school:

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