Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 28, 2013.
About this project
***FIGHT VIDEO FOOTAGE IN KICKSTARTER VIDEO PROVIDED BY AARON TRU TEWELES (MMAPRIME.TV)! SPECIAL THANKS!***
Rafael Cordeiro is one of the most prolific coaches working in the UFC today. Recently named Coach of the Year by Fighters Only Magazine (LINK), Cordeiro is highly respected in the MMA community for his technical prowess and experience in the martial arts world.
The video below shows Cordeiro, training some of the biggest names in the UFC (Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Jake Ellenberger, Fabricio Werdum, etc.)
One simply has to look at the global popularity of Anderson Silva, the UFC Middleweight Champion, which surpasses that of any boxer, pro wrestler, or judo player today. He is by far the biggest star not just of MMA but of all combat sports. But without Rafael Cordeiro, there would be no Anderson Silva.
So who is Cordeiro? He is the young master who mentored Silva, helping him mature from a poor teenager in Brazil into an international icon. In our book, Rafael Cordeiro reveals the secret fight knowledge he bestowed on Silva with you, the MMA fan.
Here is a list some of the MMA Fighters that Rafael Cordeiro has worked with/trained whom we hope to feature in the book (photography and/or interview format):
- Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)
- Wanderlei Silva (Former UFC & Pride Champion)
- Gina Carano (Former Strikeforce Female Champion)
- Lyoto Machida (Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)
- Mauricio Shogun Rua (Former UFC & Pride Champion)
- Fabricio Werdum (UFC Top 10 Heavyweight)
- Actor Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Here Comes the Boom)
- Jake Ellenberger (UFC Top 10 Welterweight)
- Renato Babalu (Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion)
- Mark Munoz (Top UFC Middleweight)
- Jamie Yager (UFC’s Ultimate Fighter)
- Big John McCarthy (UFC Referee)
- Dana White (UFC CEO)
- Ed Suarez (Anderson Silva’s manager)
- Royce Gracie (UFC Legend)
The book will not only delve into the tactics and techniques that have worked for Cordeiro’s students (champions like Silva and former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva), but also explore the philosophy, psychology, and business acumen needed to succeed in the world of MMA. It will, for the first time ever, show the Kings MMA style of championship training.
The manual will not just be a compilation of techniques. Instead, it’ll break down Cordeiro’s specific and highly successful strategies by the type of fighter one might face: striker, wrestler, and grappler.
The book will be an estimated 65,000 words at 250 pages with hundreds of color photos to supplement the text. The book will feature highly detailed photo sequences captured by professional photographer Don Le. Each technique, each drill, each lesson will be further explained through these step-by-step images featuring Cordeiro and his well-known students, including Ultimate Fighter’s Jamie Yager and welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger — adding a visual platform for the concepts written.
Le will also capture behind-the-scenes images of Cordeiro teaching his students, training his star students in private sessions, and spending time with his wife and children. And sprinkled throughout Kings MMA Training Manual will be photos from Cordeiro’s personal archives, as well as brief sidebars featuring each of Cordeiro’s most famous fighters that will help explain that particular chapter or section.
In an industry where UFC pay-per-views far outsell boxing events and professional wrestling shows, our book will deliver a flying knee for MMA fans looking for something more intimate, more instructive, and more entertaining than the rather ho-hum instructional manuals available today. It will be Cordeiro’s platform to reveal his ring-proven tactics, his insights into how he trains the world’s greatest MMA fighters, and his redemptive backstory of how MMA filled the void left by the father who abandoned him.
This book will put a face and name to the tactics that Silva and his peers have used successfully used to become the living legends of mixed martial arts.
This Kickstarter Project will help us finance all of the production costs... so you can have the book in your hands before Christmastime of this year! Just in time to stuff the stockings of your MMA fanatic friends and family!
We’re taking this project to the people who want it… the MMA community! We’re not going to let publishers dictate this project and control the content inside the book. We want to show you all what we know about MMA and Rafael Cordeiro. Our goal is to enlighten you with truths and facts MMA inspired! We make the development decisions, we market the game, and we don't have to answer to anyone but you – our fans.
Our relationship with you can be even closer with Kickstarter. We can be more transparent with development and give you an inside look to what goes on day-to-day with the book writer, designer, and photography of ‘The Master’. We want to give you a behind the scenes look at the book's development, and we have fun stuff planned like development blogs, exclusive behind the scenes pics of UFC stars training, and so much more!
We can't wait to shower you with goodies as a thank you for supporting our book project. Check them all out because, they range from signed softcover/hardcover books to the ultimate prize: a "Tea with Master" package where you are flown out to eat AND train with him!
For example, at the WHITE BELT TIER, you'll receive a 5-pack of HD DIGITAL WALLPAPER for your computer in 1920x1080 resolution of the "Kings of MMA" (Master Rafael Cordeiro and his army of famous UFC warriors, like Wanderlei Silva, Fabricio Werdum, and more!).
Wanna show us more love? Jump a couple of levels to the PURPLE BELT TIER and you'll receive a link to download a DIGITAL COPY of one of the book's featured tutorials (How to Fight a Striker, How to Fight a Grappler, or How to Fight a Wrestler). You'll also get access to our VIDEO INTERVIEWS with major UFC superstars and celebrities. Now that's what you call behind the scenes! And of course, you'll also get EVERYTHING from the previous tiers.
If you're serious about donating to the project, the 3RD-DEGREE BLACK BELT TIER gets you a signed copy of our SOFTCOVER EDITION and a signed HARDCOVER EDITION of our book. If that weren't enough, you'll score a Kings MMA T-SHIRT! Plus, you'll get EVERYTHING from the white belt tier through the purple belt tier.:
At the next rewards level, the 4TH-DEGREE BLACK BELT TIER, you receive everything in the lower tiers, an autographed SOFTCOVER EDITION and an autographed SLIP-CASED HARDCOVER VARIANT of the book ... plus Kings MMA workout shorts! Now you can workout in style and show off your MMA pride:
At the higher rewards levels, like the RED BELT TIER ($3000 and above), you get a PHOTO SHOOT with acclaimed photographer Don Le (LINK) at his Orange County studio, as well as some stunning prints to bring home!
The MASTER TIER entitles you to everything below that (minus the photo shoot), plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be flown out to LA, put up in a hotel, and do breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Master Cordeiro. Tea with the Master?! It only gets better...
You'll also get a chance to attend a Private Class, where the big UFC stars train. It's going to be amazing watching the magic happen at Kings MMA. It's like front row tickets to a UFC event, except you're right there in on the action w/ your favorite UFC rockstars.
Lastly, the GRANDMASTER TIER will get you everything in the MASTER TIER, except you will also get a chance to train with Master and the UFC stars. It's truly the most unique MMA/UFC opportunity that you will ever get and it's limited to ONLY 3 SLOTS!
PLEASE CHECK THE SIDEBAR ON THE REWARDS TIERS FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
Photographer / Producer: Don Le
Don Le is a photographer and producer who has worked in the film/tv/music video realms. He has also directed and produced a series of charity PSA videos alongside Teddy Zee (Hitch/Pursuit of Happyness), with over 100 celebrities including John Cho, Sandra Oh, and Justin Chon. In 2010, he served as an Associate Producer on a 1 hr television pilot of a webseries called "The Resistance", co-produced with Starz and Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. It has the distinct honor of being the first ever webseries to debut on television. After the TV debut, the series was unspooled as 8 episodes onto iTunes, Xbox Live, Amazon, Hulu, and the Playstation Network for purchase. He has also produced over 5 short films with actor Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE) including "3 Minutes" (an action sci-fi short that netted over 1 million views and front page of StarWars.com). He has also produced an LXD video intro for Fox's Glee tour and in partnership with Chevy.
Co-Writer: Patrick Vuong
Patrick Vuong is a passionate professional whose talents have led him to versatile careers in screenwriting and journalism. He has served as contributing editor and film critic for Black Belt Magazine, is currently the senior editor of RECOIL Magazine, and has written for many other international magazines and newspapers. He's been training in the martial arts since 1995, and holds instructor ranks in Kenpo Karate and Lai Chung Chuan Fa. He's currently studying Pentjak Silat Serak, while dabbling in Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and military combatives. Moreover, he's performed as a stunt actor in numerous independent feature films, TV pilots, and web series.
It’s time for YOU to support Rafael Cordeiro, Kings MMA, and the rest of the MMA community by helping us fund this book. The world needs to learn all the Master’s secrets, and utilize it to the best of their abilities.
Let's make this book happen!
The Kings MMA Team
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to finishing the book and featuring the wonderful life story, photos, and intricate MMA tutorials will be finding help with the publishing. We will seek out a solid partner that’s as passionate about MMA as we are! We will find a publisher that will print an amazing high quality book, so you can cherish it forever.
Rafael Cordeiro, co-writer Patrick Vuong, photographer Don Le, and the team at Kings MMA are truly passionate about this project and will make sure that it has our attention 110%. We will ensure that this book is a one-of-a-kind for you, the ultimate MMA fan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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