Texas Tech University

MMA Class Helps Texas Tech Students Learn to Fight

Matthew Matherly

February 2, 2015

Students and faculty are welcome at a new student-run class that hopes to provide a good workout.


In September, Gabyhayes Opusunju and a small group of students got together and created Raider MMA, a new class at the Student Recreation Center that offers students the opportunity to learn a variety of martial arts.

Opusunju transferred from the University of Texas where he also taught martial arts. He arrived at Texas Tech in the fall of 2013 and said his initial goal was a Muay Thai class.

“When I came to Texas Tech I noticed there were no clubs that taught Muay Thai, so initially I wanted to start another branch here at Texas Tech,” Opusunju said. “However, after weeks of recruiting officers for the organization, as a team we decided to integrate other forms of martial arts into the group and essentially we came up with Raider MMA.”


Raider MMA offers Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, weapons self-defense and more. These classes are for beginning and experienced fighters alike. It's a safe and free class on campus for Texas Tech students and faculty only. Students should bring 16-ounce boxing gloves and wraps.

Opusunju said the class is as much about fun as it is about the experience.

“Even though you learn a lot in our classes, you will do so while getting a really good workout,” Opusunju said. “It's a very fun class. There's a lot of laughter and is also a great way to meet people.”

The class meets from 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Boxing Room downstairs at the Rec Center.

To learn more visit the Raider MMA Facebook page.