Luis Regis' extraordinary journey across the world to ONE Championship

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Luis “Soot Raaeng Geert” Regis will join the ONE Super Series ranks right at the very top. His debut in the world’s largest martial arts organization is a main event tilt against the famed Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS in Malaysia on 7 December.

The 33-year-old has had an amazing journey to get to this point. Representing his very own gym, SRG Thai Boxing in Sydney, Australia, Regis wants nothing more than to show his skills are up there with the very best in Muay Thai.

He will headline the blockbuster event in Kuala Lumpur in a featherweight Muay Thai bout against a living legend, but his plan is to leave the Axiata Arena with the respect of his opponent, and acknowledgment from fans around the world.

Here’s everything you need to need to know about Regis ahead of his epic battle against Yodsanklai.

The Wild Child

 

 

Friday 6:30 session at SRG Thai Boxing Gym Yokkao Training Centre.

Posted by Luis Regis on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Friday 6:30 session at SRG Thai Boxing Gym Yokkao Training Centre.

Posted by Luis Regis on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Friday 6:30 session at SRG Thai Boxing Gym Yokkao Training Centre.

Posted by Luis Regis on Thursday, 9 August 2018

Regis grew up in the South of Brazil, where his hardworking parents did their best to provide a stable environment for him. His father was an electrician, while his mother worked in a factory.

Young Regis didn’t have it easy, but he was able to put things into perspective, and be thankful for what he had when he saw friends and neighbors having a much more difficult time.

“It was not the richest area, not the poorest area,” he reveals. “There were tough times, but my parents always worked hard to make sure we had an okay lifestyle.

“Out of all my friends, I was definitely in the better situation. We had enough to be happy. Even when it was hard, I don’t regret anything, because it made me who I am.”

Regis spent much of his time in the great outdoors — partly because his houseproud mother preferred it that way — and his fondest childhood memories are of hunting in the bush, swimming in the local river, and playing soccer in the streets.

He could also be found touring local drinking establishments at his father’s side. His dad would have him play Brazilian country music to people, and this kickstarted a love for music that eventually saw him travel around the region as a teenager, playing in bands and reveling in surf culture.

“From the age of around 13 or 14, I would leave on a Thursday and not return until Sunday,” Regis explains. “We’d be partying and playing. I thought I was a man then.

“My dad didn’t know too much, but he didn’t care as long as I was doing my work and helping him while I was there.”

However, his wild side was just one half of his persona alongside a hardworking young man, and he eventually found a way to channel the two together.

Where Sport Meets Art

 

 

6:30am session come and join the fun.

Posted by Luis Regis on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6:30am session come and join the fun.

Posted by Luis Regis on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6:30am session come and join the fun.

Posted by Luis Regis on Tuesday, 17 July 2018

At 10 years old, Regis first experienced martial arts at his local community club. A family of judoka regularly trained there, and one day, they invited him to join in. Interested, he pursued it for a year, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression.

A short while later, he found capoeira, the first martial art which really struck a chord within the young Regis.

“Judo really was too disciplined for me. My friends in bands were doing capoeira, and that looked like more fun to me. And it was real too, teaching you situations like on the street or in a bar.”

Unlike the exported version of the martial art which some see as more dance than combat, “Soot Raaeng Geert” was taught a style of capoeira closer to the original.

“It was totally self defense,” he continues. “The jumping and dancing came into it because of how capoeira was formed by slaves in prisons. They had to disguise what they were doing, but really, it looks like Muay Boran. It was for real.”

His capoeira teacher continually sought out different avenues to learn effective martial arts, and travelled to Chute Boxe Academy where he started picking up Dutch-style kickboxing and mixed martial arts, and brought them back home.

This was where Regis really began to find his passion. It was still wild and exciting, but his work ethic helped him get through the tough sessions.

“I liked it. It was fighting. It was very rough. We sparred with no protection every week. It could have been done better, but I enjoyed it. It gave you heart.”

The world champion striker’s love for combat was now firmly established. So, when he moved to Australia with some friends at the age of 19, he quickly sought out the best training he could find.

He stumbled across a traditional Muay Thai gym, and fell in love with ‘the art of eight limbs.’ He’s never looked back.

A Father’s Pride

 

 

it's Fridayyyyy 6:30am session at SRG Thai Boxing Gym Yokkao Training Centre

Posted by Luis Regis on Thursday, August 16, 2018

it's Fridayyyyy 6:30am session at SRG Thai Boxing Gym Yokkao Training Centre

Posted by Luis Regis on Thursday, August 16, 2018