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Success Stories

Success Story:
Vanessa

DISCIPLINE: MMA & BJJ

OCCUPATION: Student

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

I would come into the gym and watch my friend train and one day decided to give it a go myself and I became hooked…I just wish I started earlier!

What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?

I was kind of nervous because I hadn’t trained in MMA before but after I had my induction and started the warm ups the nerves went away and I got really into it as the class went on. Great feeling.

How has your training developed with the support of the trainers and your team mates at Legends MMA?

I definitely love how supportive everyone is and how you are encouraged to get the best out of yourself. It’s more than just rocking up and doing a martial arts class, it’s about pushing yourself to always reach new highs. I started by wanting to learn some self-defense and have a great workout and now I’ve gone way beyond that and I’m learning as many different combos and techniques as I can – I even recently competed in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament!

How does Martial Arts keep you motivated?

Always wanting to better myself – my gains in cardio, strength, and technique have been going through the roof.

How has taking up Martial Arts changed your life outside of the gym?

In Martial Arts everyone has their own style and that nobody you train with is the same – and through this I learnt the importance of being myself. This has translated to how I live my life outside of the gym where I focus on being who I want to be and I am much happier for it.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?

It’s ok to be nervous but remember to relax. Martial arts is really fun, and I think if you are able to manage the first few weeks where you are picking up the basics, then you’ll start loving it and get obsessed with it. I can’t get enough and sometimes even train twice a day.

Success Story:
Andrew

DISCIPLINE: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

OCCUPATION: Team Leader – Quality Assurance

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

I’d been talking about starting BJJ for many years, one day I got sick of talking about it and just did it.

What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?

It’s very intimidating to start anything up, but from day one; I felt relaxed and comfortable. If I was to sum up Legends in three words it would be: welcoming, supportive and fun.

What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?

The family vibe and supportive environment created by the coach and members.

How has your training developed with the support of your trainers and team mates at Legends MMA?

BJJ has been a challenging experience being one of the smaller guys at the gym. Over time, with the focus and attention I’ve been given from David I have now developed to a technical enough level where I can give back to the community (refereeing/coaching). BJJ has taught me to be more humble, disciplined and understanding.

How does Martial Arts keep you motivated?

The team, coach and my desire to challenge myself keeps me motivated. I know every session will be challenging and being in a supportive environment really helps push me to new levels.

What accomplishments are you most proud of inside of the gym?

Overcoming the fear of competing for the first time was a very proud moment in my BJJ journey. Having dodged the competition scene for over 3 years and competing for the first time as a blue belt, David provided the support and guidance to make me believe in myself and just give it a go. As a result I got Silver at the 2018 Australian Nationals.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?

Just give it a shot, it may seem intimidating at the beginning but, you’ll never know your potential until you step out of your comfort zone. Legends provides the perfect setting for this, with lots of experience and support.

Success Story:
Sally

DISCIPLINE: MMA and BJJ

OCCUPATION: Banking & Finance

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

After I had lived in Africa and been in a few rough situations, I made a decision to learn a martial art seriously and obtain the ability to defend myself. A few months later I moved to Thailand and trained in Muay Thai full time.

How did you decide on your chosen Martial Art?

I wanted to be able to learn to kick and punch as well as use my knees and elbows so I initially chose to pursue Muay Thai in Thailand where I was thrown into the ring to spar and clinch with guys everyday! Then when I moved to Melbourne I thought that I would give MMA a go so I can also add some Jiu-Jitsu to my arsenal and by that time I was more than comfortable to grapple and roll with boys. It actually feels pretty good to beat up someone bigger than you!

What was your first experience like at Legends?

I walked in, met the MMA trainer Chris and knew straight away that this is the guy I want to train with!

What is your favourite thing about Legends?

The trainers! I have trained with some of the world’s best champions before, but never have I met someone who cares about his students as much as Chris does. He understands that martial art is for life, not just for a few minutes in the ring! There are gyms where the trainers may be incredible fighters themselves, but if they don’t even know their students by name then how will they know your strengths, your weaknesses and your goals let alone help you achieve them? Chris not only knows us individually, he also looks out for us and takes our goals seriously.

How has your training developed with the support of your trainers and team mates at Legend?

When I first started training MMA at Legends I was stiff with my previous Muay Thai fighting style and completely useless on the ground after I get taken down. My training is a constant learning process from watching how the trainers move, listening to their experienced advice and then practicing with other team mates.

How does Martial Arts keep you motivated?

Wanting to learn self defense and to be able to protect myself keeps me motivated! As well as wanting to be fitter, leaner, and learning something cool like martial arts!

What accomplishments are you most proud of inside of the gym?

Just the fact that I am training consistently makes me proud! As well as the confidence martial art gives me on protecting myself.

How has taking up Martial Arts changed your life outside the gym?

I now have a topic that I can speak to my colleagues and friends with! It is surprising how easy people open up while talking about the UFC and how many people are interested in the topic!

What advice would you give anyone looking to try martial arts?

Fighting competitively may not be for everyone, but keeping your body fit and protected from rough situations is for everyone! And who knows, maybe you will fall in love with martial arts like I have, and one day you could become a UFC superstar!

Success Story:
Hugo

DISCIPLINE: Mixed Martial Arts

OCCUPATION: Marketing

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

My Dad brought home the Rocky box set when I was 10 and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?

Very positive. I had trained with Chris (MMA/Striking coach) before at another gym and followed him to Legends because I love how he blends traditional and contemporary martial arts into a system that actually works. The training is a perfect blend of fun and hard work.

Chris has an awesome way of keeping things fun but also realizing when people need to be pushed. He definitely gets the most out of us each class.

What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?

Definitely the culture. Everybody is incredibly friendly and always keen to help when you need it. If you’re looking for a solid workout session, good sparring or simply just to pick up some knowledge or techniques, it’s all there for you.

How has your training developed?

Coming from mainstream backgrounds like Boxing and Muay Thai, Chris’ training principles have allowed me to develop my footwork in ways I didn’t even know existed and his knowledge of grappling on the ground has allowed me to add heaps of techniques to my game!

What keeps you motivated?

Definitely some of the new guys in the gym who are starting to get the better of me in sparring.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (outside or inside of the gym)?

Very proud of helping some of the new guys in the gym find their feet and just (hopefully) being a contributor to the great culture the gym has set.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?

Do it if you genuinely want to improve yourself as martial arts will benefit you for life.

Success Story:
Dan

DISCIPLINE: Mixed Martial Arts

OCCUPATION: Carpenter

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu about 3 years ago – it was something I always wanted to do because I had heard how meaningful it can to all aspects of your life and was more than just another form of exercise. After time I then picked up Mixed Martial Arts to make myself more well-rounded.

What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?

It was great! I didn’t feel nervous at all after I met with the instructor and the other students. I felt the great vibe instantly and came straight back next day.

What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?

Everything really. The MMA instructor Chris has a huge passion for teaching which is what I wanted in a gym – someone who cares about their students! Also I’ve made heaps of good friends here and I love coming in and catching up with everyone.

How has your training developed with the support of the trainers and your team mates at Legends MMA?

The MMA instructor Chris is a seasoned professional who knows what he’s talking about and my striking, wrestling and takedowns have really improved from training with him. Plus having good sparring partners and teammates makes Legends MMA a good environment to learn.

How does Martial Arts keep you motivated?

I have found that no matter how bad of a day I am having that I always feel great after doing some training…punching and kicking some bags and pads is a MASSIVE stress reliever for me.

What accomplishments are you most proud of inside of the gym?

Being one of the more experienced guys in the studio I take pride in helping a lot of the new guys who come in to train get better.

How has taking up Martial Arts changed your life outside the gym?

Martial Arts has definitely made me more confident in all aspects of my life…which is exactly why I started in the first place. There’s a certain confidence that comes from anything that teaches you a practical skill for self-defense, gets you fitter and introduces you to heaps of new people.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?

For anyone who has thought about taking up Martial Arts, the best time is now, so just do it. And for anyone who is looking to improve their life to either get fitter, get more confident or to meet new people, then definitely give Martial Arts a crack!

Success Story:
Isha

DISCIPLINE: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

OCCUPATION: University Student & Swimming Teacher

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.

Success Story:
Sam

DISCIPLINE: Mixed Martial Arts

OCCUPATION: Tradesman

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

We have a strong martial arts tradition in my family, and I was massively influenced through my brother and watching him compete professionally and win some major Victorian titles.

How did you decide on your chosen Martial Art?

I have trained in a few different martial arts before and I thought what better then to combine all of my training into one sport so I took up Mixed Martial Arts so I can have the best of everything.

What was your first experience like at Legends MMA?

My first experience was amazing! The MMA instructor Chris took the time to get to know me and during my first session I instantly felt the team environment where everyone is training together. Everyone at the studio from the trainers to the students were all really friendly.

What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?

Legends MMA has experienced instructors, and you can tell they have taken the time to put together a world class MMA schedule that will teach you new things every day…that’s my favourite thing about it!

How has your training developed with the support of the trainers and your team mates at Legends MMA?

My training is always developing and getting better and better by the day! I had previous experience in Martial Arts and Chris knows how to keep pushing me harder.

How does Martial Arts keep you motivated?

Staying loyal to the dream I have of wining competitions is what makes and keeps me motivated!

What accomplishments are you most proud of inside of the gym?

Learning new things by the day are accomplishments I’m proud of – perfecting a new drill, technique or combo gives me a huge rush!

How has taking up Martial Arts changed your life outside the gym?

Martial Arts keeps me humble! Being humble is the greatest asset for self-improvement because it enables you to to continue to learn from everyone around you and sets your life up for success.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try Martial Arts?

Definitely give it a go. Just dive in and get started now. You never know how much you will enjoy it until you try it.

Success Story:
Sanjan

DISCIPLINE: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

OCCUPATION: Student

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

A friend of mine told me about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I wanted to try out and I’ve loved it ever since I got in to the sport.

What was your first experience like at LEGENDS MMA?

On my first day itself I was made to feel very comfortable and for the gym to be my other home…it was such a friendly environment!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LEGENDS MMA?

I like everything about Legends MMA…especially the support from coaches and other training partners as well as the family vibe!

HOW HAS YOUR TRAINING DEVELOPED WITH THE SUPPORT OF YOUR TRAINERS AND TEAM MATES AT LEGENDS MMA?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been a life changing experience for me thanks to the head coach at Legends MMA, David, who is also my mentor. I am constantly being challenged whilst I am training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and this has given me the skillset to push past any obstacles.

HOW DOES MARTIAL ARTS KEEP YOU MOTIVATED?

To me martial arts is a platform that helps me watch my team mates grow and challenge themselves every day. Seeing them succeed is an immense inspiration and motivation for me.

WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF INSIDE OF THE GYM?

In 2018 I was blessed with the opportunity to compete in more and more Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. On account of my consistent training and by pushing myself in competitions I was awarded my blue belt which was a testament to my hard work.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ANYONE LOOKING TO TRY MARTIAL ARTS?

I would recommend anyone to give martial arts a go if you are looking to better yourself as a person. Overtime Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has molded me into a better version of myself and it has taught me to become humble as a person and maintain a level of discipline. This is largely due to Legends MMA because of the immense support and guidance you receive. Legends MMA has not only taught me martial arts but it has also has become my family.

Success Story:
Patrina

DISCIPLINE: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

OCCUPATION: Safety Project Manager

How did you get started in Martial Arts?

My dad was a professional boxer, who respected all styles of martial arts. He introduced me to Karate when I was 9 years old and I was instantly in love. When I moved out of home, I spent most of my time travelling overseas, so it was difficult to commit to training. Once I moved back to Australia, I started training in Karate again and it feels like I haven’t left the gym since, which was 8 years ago. I’ve also been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 4 years.

How did you decide on your chosen martial art?

When I was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu at another gym I was training at the techniques made sense, but I didn’t understand how to incorporate them into a roll, and after 1 year of training felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with it. Then when that other gym got a new coach (David, now the head instructor at Legends MMA)that all changed and after my very first class with Dave, I was addicted. Different culture, different team, completely different style of teaching, worked so well for me. I joined Legends MMA once I heard Dave had setup his own gym to continue to train with him. At Legends MMA, it’s more than just learning martial arts, it’s a family.

What is your experience of Legends MMA?

There are several martial arts gyms in Melbourne and they could teach you Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… but if you would like a team who is more like a family who will go out of their way to support you outside of the gym while pushing you inside the gym until they have got the absolute best out of you, visit Legends MMA. If the people can’t convince you to stay,the facilities will ☺

What is your favourite thing about Legends MMA?

The team consists of people from different countries, race, religion, age groups but somehow when we are training together we seem to come together as one big family.

How has your training developed with the support of the trainers and your team mates at Legends MMA?

I’ve been training with Dave for 3 years now and he has always encouraged me to think for myself and build my own game. While most of the time he leaves me alone to do my own thing, whenever I feel a bit down or a bit unsure he seems to magically appear to pick me up & and he always encourages to keep trying.

How does martial arts keep you motivated?

Every class is challenging and there is always something new to learn or develop my skills further. The support I receive from the instructors and team mates encourages me to want to be better than I was the day before.

What accomplishments are you most proud of inside the gym?

Receiving my brown belt in karate and blue belt in Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu, in the same year, was very special for me.

How has training in martial arts changed your life outside the gym?

When I step into the gym all I need to think about is learning and developing my game. All the pressures and responsibilities of life are left outside. This gives me a break from everything going on in my life. After training, my self-confidence is so high, when I step back into the outside world I feel like I can take on the world and anything it wants to throw at me.

What advice would you give anyone looking to try martial arts?

As much as I wanted to learn martial arts I was very nervous, but then when I first started I always couldn’t wait for the next session and to be back inside the gym and I kept coming back. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary but it’s the only way to achieve something you would never have otherwise. Martial arts a lot more than just gaining a skill It’s the friendships you make, the self-confidence you build and the resilience you learn only in a martial arts gym that can be used to manage the pressures of life.

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