How I Started
I began MMA when I was a teenager, I was always the fighting type and managed to get myself into a lot of trouble. One day I decided it was time for change as I followed a new path. I remember after starting MMA I wanted to quit after every single training session, but it was addicting, and seeing myself develop was becoming a love of mine. Looking on back on how far I had come was fantastic, I remember making weights for competitions and being proud of all the progress I had made! I even crafted my own technique that won me 55 fights!
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement was defeating two good opponents in one night to win the Headhunters MMA Grand Prix. I felt totally in the zone going in and don’t think I got hit once in either fight managing to finish both of my opponents. It was my first fight for the best MMA team in the country Higher Level and wanted to perform my best. All my family and friends were there and my brother fought the same night getting the win as well. I’m very much a perfectionist so I’m rarely pleased with performances but that night I remember saying to my brother I was happy on our way home.
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge was trying to become a professional fighter while working a full time job. Unfortunately MMA isn’t a sport that pays very well until the top level. I worked a full time job since I left school and juggling training with work was difficult especially as you started competing with people who were training full time. The way I overcame this was by getting up early and doing training in the morning, on my lunch break and for 3 hours almost every night after work. I prepped all my food on Sundays to ensure I could make weight for any competitions reinvested my money into training trips and seminars to improve my skills. It meant missing out on socialising and other things but ultimately you have to prioritise what you want in life. I have no regrets and managed to do things I never would have dreamed as a kid and going through this time in my life has made everything else outside of fighting a breeze.
I don’t have a huge amount of hobbies as I’ve always been so obsessed with martial arts but I enjoy a game of pool (this will be my competing exit plan), poker and only recently got myself a motorbike. As far as food goes this should probably be in my hobbies list. I absolutely love all food and especially different dishes from around the world. One of the joys of martial arts is getting to travel and try authentic cuisine from different countries around the world.
My Future goals
I only recently opened a full time training facility and a huge amount of my focus is going into making sure my students are successful in everything they do. I would like to spend the next few years having some more professional MMA fights as I feel I still have a lot to show. Lastly I want to become a world champion in grappling. I don’t care if it’s 30 years down the line and the over 60 category but I’ll keep trying until I can say I’m a world champion. I’ve been in with two world champions and know I’m at the level. I just need to save for the trip and perform on the day.