Day at the Dungeon: Team Shamrock Tryouts

Late Saturday morning in downtown San Jose, California, fourteen men made their way to the top of the San Jose Athletic Club where Frank Shamrock’s training facility or ‘dungeon‘, as he referred to it, sits just eight blocks away from the HP Pavilion.

A stay at home dad, an eighteen year old former Shamrock student, a Tuscon, Arizona, resident and one Swedish native made up a few of the fourteen hopefuls vying for a spot on Team Shamrock as well as the day’s biggest prize: one contract for a spot on an upcoming Strikeforce card.

Shamrock started off the day’s events by going over the rules and schedule with the fighters before putting them through the MMA ringer. One participant did not bring any training gear with him whatsoever and the MMA legend pointed out that not bringing equipment to a professional tryout would be like, “a mechanic working on a car without any tools.”

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Frank Shamrock

PRO MMA ( was on hand at the Shamrock Martial Arts Academy for Frank Shamrock’s media workout Wednesday in downtown San Jose, California. Shamrock (24-9-1) will face PRIDE FC and UFC veteran Nick Diaz (18-7, 1NC) at Strikeforce’s April 11th event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

The MMA legend took some time to sit down with PRO MMA to discuss Diaz and the upcoming bout. Shamrock also discussed the cut to 179, the new location of his gym, Tito Ortiz and the evolution of MMA.

PRO MMA: Frank, how has moving the gym to this new location downtown gone for you?
SHAMROCK: The only hard part was that we moved through Christmas which was hard to get volunteers. A lot of days moving but it’s fantastic, look at it! It is absolutely amazing. The energy in this place, the feel of it…everyone says it looks like the White House when you come in and then you are up in here it looks like a dungeon of sorts. It’s the kind of place I need. Hardcore, rugged, a little dirty and dusty but it’s good.

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