- Publish Date
- Sunday, 12 September 2021, 8:19PM
Eugene Bareman is New Zealand’s mixed martial arts mastermind.
A professional fighter in his own right, he is a multiple NZ champion in kickboxing, Jui Jitsu and MMA. As a coach he trains two UFC champions – including Israel Adesanya – and multiple fighters in the UFC. He was twice named UFC Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
As a business owner his Auckland gym – City Kickboxing – is widely regarded as one of the best MMA gyms in the world, full of pranks and banter. But it also caters to every day people often changing their lives.
But it could have all been so different. Staring down the barrel of being a high school drop out with a job he didn’t want to work in, Eugene turned his life around by focusing on study with a work ethic that saw him rebound to gain top marks and get into Law School.
His thirst to improve, worth ethic, humbleness, honesty and wisdom, makes this episode a knockout.