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UFC Coach Rafael Cordeiro's inspiring life story & the techniques he teaches to MMA champs. Plus, photos and interviews with UFC stars.

Book will feature chapters on the Master's Striking, Grappling, and Ground Game techniques.  Here as an exclusive pic of Fabricio Werdum as he puts an armbar on Jamie Yager.
Book will feature chapters on the Master's Striking, Grappling, and Ground Game techniques. Here as an exclusive pic of Fabricio Werdum as he puts an armbar on Jamie Yager.

***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.)

Early days training in Brazil
Early days training in Brazil

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.

Training UFC Champion, Anderson Silva, and Fabricio Werdum, at his gym, Kings MMA.
Training UFC Champion, Anderson Silva, and Fabricio Werdum, at his gym, Kings MMA.

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)

Rafael on set with the crew from the Kevin James movie "Here Comes The Boom"
Rafael on set with the crew from the Kevin James movie "Here Comes The Boom"
Cordeiro with UFC champion, Anderson Silva
Cordeiro with UFC champion, Anderson Silva

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.

Cordeiro celebrating with his Pride championship win for Wanderlei Silva!
Cordeiro celebrating with his Pride championship win for Wanderlei Silva!

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.

Working w/ Gina Carano at the Kings MMA gym
Working w/ Gina Carano at the Kings MMA gym

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.:

Shirt design is subject to change
Shirt design is subject to change

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:

Shorts design subject to change
Shorts design subject to change

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!

Photo shoot of UFC's Jake Ellenberger w/ Don Le.  Courtesy of NEGU.
Photo shoot of UFC's Jake Ellenberger w/ Don Le. Courtesy of NEGU.

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.

Top UFC Lightweight Wanderlei Silva training at Kings MMA!
Top UFC Lightweight Wanderlei Silva training at Kings MMA!

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!

Tea with the Master?  Where do we sign up!?
Tea with the Master? Where do we sign up!?

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.

Cordeiro celebrating his Pride championship win w/ the UFC's Shogun Rua & Wanderlei Silva
Cordeiro celebrating his Pride championship win w/ the UFC's Shogun Rua & Wanderlei Silva

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!

WAR ON!

The Kings MMA Team

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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    WHITE BELT TIER: Thank you for your pledge! Everyone at Kings MMA loves you! Every backer receives 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!)

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    BLUE BELT TIER: You'll get EVERYTHING from the previous tier, but we'll throw in a special edition THANK YOU POSTCARD featuring the cover image of our book. Plus, it'll be AUTOGRAPHED by Master Rafael Cordeiro himself! You’ll also GAIN ACCESS to our Kickstarter developments blog on Tumblr. You will be able to keep track of all of our project’s updates here and on Kickstarter.

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    PURPLE BELT TIER: As a thanks for stepping up your pledge, 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.

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    BROWN BELT TIER: You'll get your very own SOFTCOVER EDITION of our MMA book -- which will include Master Cordeiro's autobiography, fighting tutorials, training tips, and loads of photos. And of course, you'll also get EVERYTHING from the previous tiers.

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    BLACK BELT TIER: Thanks for your dedication to our project. For that, you'll be awarded with a copy of the SOFTCOVER EDITION of our MMA book that's also personally AUTOGRAPHED by Master Cordeiro! Plus, you'll also get EVERYTHING from the white belt through the purple belt tiers.

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    2ND-DEGREE BLACK BELT TIER: You'll earn both a signed copy of our SOFTCOVER EDITION and a signed HARDCOVER EDITION of our book, both autographed by Master Cordeiro! And of course, you'll also get EVERYTHING from the white belt tier through the purple belt tier.

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    3RD-DEGREE BLACK BELT TIER: In addition to a signed copy of our SOFTCOVER EDITION and a signed HARDCOVER EDITION of our book, you'll score Kings MMA T-SHIRT! Plus, you'll get EVERYTHING from the white belt tier through the purple belt tier.

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    4TH-DEGREE BLACK BELT TIER: You've just pushed yourself up the ranks with this pledge. To show our gratitude, you'll receive a signed SOFTCOVER EDITION and a SLIP-CASED HARDCOVER VARIANT of the book, both autographed by Master Cordeiro. If that weren't enough, you will get a pair of Kings MMA SHORTS to go along with the Kings MMA T-SHIRT. Moreover, you'll receive a PERSONALIZED INSTAGRAM SHOUT-OUT from the legend himself. And of course, you'll also get EVERYTHING from the white belt tier through the purple belt tier.

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    5TH-DEGREE BLACK BELT: At this level, you'll get a SPECIAL CREDIT in the book's opening pages. Your name will be forever etched in history, with us thanking you for making such a great contribution to the MMA community by supporting this project. You also get a high quality POSTER PRINT (12x18) of your favorite photo from the book AUTOGRAPHED by Master Cordeiro, co-author Patrick Vuong, and photographer Don Le. Naturally, you'll also get EVERYTHING offered in the previous tiers.

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    BLACK-AND-RED BELT TIER: Few supporters are as generous as you. For that, you'll receive a personal thank you from Master Cordeiro via a 15-MINUTE PHONE CALL VIA SKYPE. Ask him anything! Moreover, you will receive a high-quality CANVAS WRAP (24x36) of your favorite photo from the book signed by Master Cordeiro, co-author Patrick Vuong, and photographer Don Le. And don't forget, you'll also get EVERYTHING offered in the previous tiers.

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    RED BELT TIER: At this level, you'll earn a PRODUCER CREDIT on the book and a PHOTO SHOOT with photographer Don Le at his Orange County, California-based studio. The shoot will include 5 magazine-quality DIGITAL IMAGES and 1 museum-quality CANVAS WRAP (printed at 24x36) signed print of your favorite image from the shoot. (Transportation not included.) And of course, you'll also get EVERYTHING offered in the previous tiers.

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    MASTER TIER: You are a master among our supporters. For that you earn our utmost appreciation and TEA WITH MASTER CORDEIRO! You will be flown (U.S. domestic airfare only) to Orange County, California, to enjoy a meal with the man, the myth, the legend himself. He’ll sign whatever you want him to autograph, answer all your questions about mixed martial arts, and tell you some of the most amazing stories about the world’s biggest UFC stars. Also included is a day admission to watch Master Cordeiro's PRIVATE MMA CLASS that only the big UFC stars attend. It’s like having front row tickets to the UFC, except you’re right there in on the action! After all that fun, we’ll put you up in a HOTEL overnight and send you back home happy and fed. You’ll also receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT with your picture in the book, posing alongside the Master! Plus, you'll also get EVERYTHING offered in the previous tiers.

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    GRANDMASTER TIER: You are the ultimate supporter, untouchable by all others. You'll be rewarded with the chance to TRAIN PRIVATELY WITH MASTER CORDEIRO AND HIS UFC STARS. You will participate in Master Cordeiro's pro MMA class and train alongside a famed UFC fighter with the Master in an exclusive 1-hour striking/jiu-jitsu private lesson. The session will be filmed for a cool one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes video, which we will put on YouTube for the world to see. Now you can show off to family members and friends that you did battle with a UFC star! Plus, you'll also get EVERYTHING offered in the previous tiers, including domestic airfare and hotel.

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