Richmond-trained MMA fighter wins pro debut overseas

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Richmond-trained MMA fighter wins pro debut overseas
Khai Wu (far left), with Omni Movement founder Steven Han (middle) and trainer Steve Chao (right).

By Zach Chouteau

The ‘Rich Life’ dropped by the thriving Omni Movement martial arts training facility Tuesday to chat with an up-and-coming young MMA fighter who recently won his pro debut in Taiwan—in impressive fashion.

Khai Wu, a bantam-featherweight class fighter who has trained with Richmond’s Omni Movement since August of 2016, stepped into the ring on Feb. 3 of this year and TKO’d Mastoshi Okuno 51 seconds into the match. It brought Wu’s overall record to 9-1 following an 8-1 amateur record—3-0 at MMA and 5-1 at Muay Thai, where he also competes.

Wu, who resides in Tracy but regularly makes the 90-minute drive to Omni Movement’s site on Harbor Way South, told us that his training under striking coach Steve Chao has been extremely helpful. He also credited Omni’s founder, Steve Han—a kinesiologist and strength training expert—for his mentoring.

“It can be hard to find a coach who’s on the same page,” said the 22-year old Wu in praise of his connection with Steve Chao. “It’s rare in martial arts for a coach and student to communicate on the same level, but Steve’s been great.”

While he’s dedicated to his career, Wu remarked that it’s not all about the won and loss column for him.

“I consider myself a martial artist, not a fighter,” he added. “It’s like a lifestyle to me.”

Wu, who is originally from San Jose but also has family in Taiwan—where he resided from third to fifth grade growing up—will return to the Asian locale in July for another pro MMA fight.

For those unfamiliar with Omni Movement, the martial arts and training facility at 1200 Harbor Way South packs a lot of offerings into its industrial setting. Six-week ‘bootcamps’, countless youth programs and numerous adult classes for all skill levels are among the most-popular activities on tap. In addition to its expert staff teaching everything from Jiu Jitsu to boxing, the venue also offers ample training resources that include free weights and a high-altitude machine.

“I really like the toughness and grit people have here,” Wu commented. “But there really are no egos, and everyone is always a good sport with no hard feelings.”

To find out more about this unique training enclave, visit www.omnimovement.com.

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