Aryeh joins Mixed Martial Arts

BY: Kwame Larweh
Olivierra Aryeh (right) with course instructor, Vitor Grigoleto
Olivierra Aryeh (right) with course instructor, Vitor Grigoleto

Famed Ghanaian traditional wrestler, Welbeck Olivierra Aryeh, is set to complete his Mixed Martial Arts training course in Brazil tomorrow after nine days of practising Kazakh kures, mixed martial arts and judo.

The course dubbed Vitor Grigoleto International, began on May 21 and will climax on 29.


Aryeh, 38, a two-time international Kazakh Kures wrestler, started his wrestling career as a kid at the age of 10 before earning a national team call up in 2012.

The first Ghanaian wrestler to take  part in the course, under the instructions of the renowned International Brazilian instructor, Vitor Grigoleto, Aryeh left Accra on May 22, at the invitation of Revans International Fight Organisation, organisers of the course.

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He told the Graphic Sports in an interview from Brazil that he hoped to utilise the knowledge and experienced gained to instruct other young MMA fighters and wrestlers to be the best.

 He stressed also that he would demonstrate the skills learnt at the course to his colleague fighters and wrestlers while using it purposefully to attain worldwide recognition.

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 “My expectations are that  I would gain more knowledge and experience to exhibit it to my colleagues and the whole world during local and international competitions,” he noted.

The national 100kg traditional wrestling champion also plans to undergo training in an Olympic Freestyle Greco-Roman wrestling after the sport was introduced in Ghana few years ago.