Kings MMA was founded in 2010 in Huntington Beach, CA by Master Rafael Cordeiro.
Born in 1973 in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, Cordeiro began training martial arts from a young age. As a young man, Cordeiro joined Chute Boxe Academy, a legendary gym that has cranked out champions in multiple fight forms. As one of Chute Boxe's premier strikers, he made more than 50 trips to Japan for his own fights and those of his teammates. Cordeiro eventually became Brazil's Muay Thai champion, as well as an International Vale Tudo Championship (a Brazilian MMA tournament) winner as A lightweight.
Upon retiring from his 13-year fighting career in his late 20s, he realized he would rather help other combatants improve their game rather than continue to put his body through the grind of being a professional fighter. So he switched from fighter to master.
So his career as a trainer begun training his teammates like Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Shogun, Murilo Ninja, and after moving to the USA, now as KINGS MMA, he has trained 13 world champions and currently trains fighters from UFC, Bellator, Glory Kickboxing and many other local and international shows.
Cordeiro is one of the best instructors in the world, with a three-decade career that began in his native Brazil. But as 10th-ranked UFC lightweight Beneil Dariush sees it, Cordeiro's teachings help to skyrocket not only MMA careers, but also life outside of the cage.
Master Cordeiro was "Coach of the Year" in 2012 and 2015, by the Oscar of the MMA - Fighters Only Magazine, and KINGS MMA "best GYM" by OCWeekly