Howell Man Grew Up Fighting before COVID!

Posted on December 15, 2020 By

Thomas Gallicchio, who grew up in Howell, N.J., has devoted his life to fighting. On January 1, 2021, he will open his own academy Militia Mixed Martial Arts and American Jiu-Jitsu in East Ridge, Tennessee, for men, women, and children in Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, No-Gi Grappling, Wrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing, Kids MMA, Women’s and Kids Jiu-Jitsu, Self Defense, and Fitness.

Gallicchio started his career in grammar school as a wrestler for the Howell Predators, and continued wrestling at Freehold Township High School, from where he graduated in 2005. After high school, Gallicchio began his Pro career in Mixed Martial Arts.

Today Tom Gallicchio aka Tom da Tank, aka Toothless Tom is a World Class MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. His professional career spans more than 12 years in three countries. He is a UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) veteran, and was twice featured on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)!

He has won world titles in many organizations, including MFC (Maximum Fighting Championship), M-1 Global, USKBA (United States Kick-Boxing Association), and Ring of Combat in both welterweight and lightweight classes. Gallicchio is Combat Jiu-Jitsu veteran and was Head Grappling Coach at the Legendary Team Quest home of Dan Henderson.

Gallicchio is second-degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that combines wrestling and Catch Wrestling in a martial art that will work in the ring as well as in real life. He is also CrossFit Certified and has fought in professional K-1 Kickboxing. Gallicchio is a MMA recorded holder of the second most Rear Naked Choke Holds!

The gym is located on 3920 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, Tennessee, with a pre-opening sale of $99 per month, with no contract, and no signup fee. For more information, call 732-664-1003 or visit