How did you get started in Martial Arts?
I started Karate at the age of five and explored Muay Thai, and then I found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
How did you decide on your chosen Martial Art?
My friend encouraged me to attend one class of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since I love trying new avenues, I decided to have a go.
What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?
My first class changed my entire life. I knew that I had finally found the style of martial arts that resonates with who I am. Everyone was warm and welcoming. I was thrown in the deep end yet provided the right guidance to survive.
What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?
At Legends MMA, everyone is family whether you are old or new to the gym. We all support each other. There is no room for ego on the mat. This is perfectly demonstrated by our inspiring coach David Younan. Secondly, we are pushed to realise our own unlimited potential without being spoon fed.
How has your training developed since starting at Legends MMA?
Since I have been training at Legends MMA, my game has improved immensely. Dave scaffolds us by ensuring that we think for ourselves and solve problems as we roll. He encourages us to ask questions in class. My team-mates teach me something new every day and offer consistent support.
What keeps you motivated?
Every class I am enthusiastic to learn a new technique or develop my skills further with my team mates. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is my playground. I perceive the martial art as a game of life.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being someone who likes to put myself out of my comfort zone, I am proud that I survived getting smashed by higher belts in my first 6 months. This motivated me further to compete for the first time at Nationals. Although I did not win, I walked out feeling accomplished for pushing myself mentally.
How has taking up Martial Arts changed your life outside the gym?
When I first commenced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I was crippled with depression and anxiety to the extent where I walked out of almost every class. However, with the family environment that we have and supportive training I was able to start learning effectively. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helps me stay in the moment (my meditation). Rolling regularly helps me understand the flow of life and continue to persevere no matter what.
What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?
If you have any spark of interest for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, jump in. It will positively transform your life. Like anything new, starting a martial art can be a struggle at first. You are never alone and know that people are here to support you in your journey. There is no other gym like Legends MMA.