Merced MMA grand opening to feature jiu-jitsu and kickboxing exhibitions July 9

Merced MMA will celebrate the grand opening of its new location July 9 in downtown Merced.

Featured will be participants from all three of the California schools owned by Tom Theofanopoulos, who also owns schools in Oakdale and Sonora. The specific type of jiu-jitsu practiced at those schools is that of master Flavio Behring, who has more than 50 of his schools in 10 countries.

Participants will show a Brazilian jiu-jitsu exhibition, followed by a kickboxing show. It's open to the public. Brazilian jiu-jitsu starts at 10 a.m. and the kickboxing exhibition starts at 4 p.m.

The event will be held at 745 W. Main St., Merced 95340. For more information call (209) 384-0117 or www.oakdalemma.com