Current and former members of Brazil’s revered Chute Boxe Academy
woke up on Tuesday to the news of trainer Osmar Dias’ untimely
According to XicÃ£o Joly, a famous Brazilian announcer and close
friend, Dias was shot three times while leaving the Chute Boxe
Academy around 1 a.m. on Tuesday in Curitiba, Brazil. As a Chute
Boxe instructor, Dias worked daily with some of the team’s
best-known and most accomplished members, including Wanderlei
"Shogun" Rua, Murilo "Ninja"
Rua and, more recently, Fabricio
Werdum and Evangelista
“We’ve heard it was an attempted assault, but right now, no one
knows the details,” Joly said. “All I can say is that all Chute
Boxe people are shocked. He left two kids, hundreds of students and
thousands of friends. Osmar was a great person, one of the most
important instructors of the team and also the promoter of Torneio
Estimulo, which was launching a new generation of muay Thai and
Promoted to black belt by Fabio Nogushi, a first-generation student
under Chute Boxe founder Rudimar Fedrigo, Dias was welcomed into
the academy in the 1990s. At the time, Fedrigo’s group was at odds
with Luiz Alves’ Boxe Thai over the title of top muay Thai team in
Pedro Paulo Peu, a member of the rival Boxe Thai team, was upset by
news of Dias’ passing.
“We fought twice as fighters and many times as teachers,” he said.
“Osmar always provided me with amazing fights. He was an amazing
person, fighter and teacher. His death is an immense loss to the
Brazilian muay Thai and MMA community.”
Dias’ funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Taruma, Brazil.
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