Hugo Sida, with 20+ years experience with boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, wrestling, and jiu jitsu (MMA), was first introduced into Ninjutsu by his brother, Sensei Jose Sida and Shihan Jorge Nieto, at age 14.
Combining Ninjutsu with Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing, Jorge and Jose made this an art all of their own. Hugo competed and won the first ever 3-Man MMA tournament at age 17. Shortly after in 1999, Hugo fought for the title and won the free form combat championship belt at 189 lbs. in Go For Broke 3. Hugo discovered his love for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting and took it a step further.
Limited, he left his home, friends and family at age 18, to go train in San Diego, CA. There he trained and fought under Ken Shamrock’s Lions Den Submission Academy for three years. Trained by professional UFC fighters such as Ken Shamrock, Pete Williams, Vernon White, Tony Galindo, Muay Thai World Champion Miguel Reyes, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Manolo (El Huracan) Hernandez. He was challenged on a whole other level. With hard work and dedication, the advanced training prepared him mentally and physically for what was yet to come. In 2002, Hugo turned Pro.
Total Career Record 15-2
1998 - 3-Man Tournament Gold Medal (Go For Broke 2)
1999 – Title Holder at 189 lbs. (Go For Broke 3)
2007 – USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
2009 – Title Holder at 185 lbs. for Powerhouse Combat Sports, LLC in New Mexico. (Gods of War)
2014 – Title Holder at 185 lbs. at Sugar Creek Showdown in Oklahoma
2015 – Black Belt in Ninjitsu under Shihan Jorge Nieto
2015 – Earned his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Relson Gracie’s DJ Blackwell
2017 - Earned his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Manolo Hernandez (Team Hurricane)
2017 - Earned his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Manolo Hernandez (Team Hurricane)
2018 - Currently a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Manolo Hernandez (Team Hurricane)
He is the founder of the first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) academy in El Paso, Tx. Upon returning to El Paso, Tx in 2002, Hugo started his own MMA team at Bushido MMA, which is actively fighting and has fought in prestigious organizations such as KING OF THE CAGE, STRIKE FORCE, TOTAL COMBAT, and WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING (WSOF), WORLD FIGHTING FEDERATION (WFF), NAGA, GRAPPLEFEST, and many other events worldwide.
Bushido MMA has also been recognized in the 2005 World Wide Grappling Magazine for its elite fighters. This in turn put El Paso on the map for MMA fighting. Bushido is breeding the next top MMA fighters that will come out of El Paso, TX. Hugo is the owner of Bushido MMA and is now retired from MMA fighting, however, continues to train and compete in Jiu Jitsu tournaments, teaches, trains and motivates children, adults, and fighters. He still finds time in his busy schedule to be a positive role model to all his students young and old.