Our UNSTOPPABLE Mission:
Our focus is on bringing you the best martial arts lessons in the Astoria area to give you the tools you need to defend yourself, maintain great health, and become the best version of yourself for a successful living.
Lifestyle MMA has earned the reputation in Astoria, as well as Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside, of being the top martial arts school for enriching our students’ lives and equipping them to face life with the winning edge.
Many people believe the martial arts are about just fighting, but our program is much, much more than that. When you train in our martial arts classes you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.
Fabricio Medici was born on August 13, 1982, in São Paulo – Brazil.
At a young age, approximately 6 years old, Fabricio was introduced to judo, a sport he practiced for a few years until his family relocated to a different city. In his new location, Medici joined a karate club, getting familiar with Okinawa’s striking style for a couple of years until his return to São Paulo.
After a few years removed from the mats, at the age of 16, Fabricio decided to re-connect with martial arts, namely jiu-jitsu at the Lotus Club Academy, which was located in São Paulo’s famous “Japanese” burg of “Liberdade”.
Spending his BJJ formative years with Lotus, Medici became a respected competitor in the national circuit. His path to black belt was laid out in 2008, after his podium placement at the IBJJF World Championship as a brown belt. Soon after the tournament, Fabricio was promoted to black belt by Givanildo Santana.
During his brown belt years, Medici’s interest in refereeing gradually grew, slowly becoming one of his main interests – along with coaching. The habit of refereeing every weekend became somewhat of a lifestyle Fabricio carried over as a black belt, for several different promotions, and in various countries.
The year after his grading (2009) Fabricio moved to the United States, settling in New York City where he coached BJJ for a few different martial arts academies. While in NY, Medici met and befriended Master Francisco Mansur, and after 3 years of friendship (2013), he decided to join Mansur’s Kioto Academy, also taking on the role of full-time coach at LifeStyle Mixed Martial Arts, in Queens, NY.
It was while refereeing at an NY tournament that Medici was contacted by the president of Kasai Pro, Mr. Rolles Gracie, and offered the position of head referee at the professional grappling league. Medici took on the role and was part of the rules committee from the very first event in 2017.
IT’S NOT JUST MARTIAL ARTS, IT’S A LIFESTYLE!
Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.