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Martial Artists

We have talked with 57 athletes who mention martial arts.

Edir Terry
Edir Terry (male, 32)
How MMA and Weight Lifting Became My Lifestyle
I played different sports such as baseball, skateboard and bmx. I have been training martial arts since I was 15 1/2 years old. Why, it is simple, I have always been a fan of the art of martial arts and on a personal note, I was picked on in my younger years and did not want to be bullied.
Juliana Chin
Juliana Chin (female, 27)
How Taekwondo and Boxing Made Me Self Reliant, Independent and Confident
Hello! My name is Juliana Chin, 27, born and raised in Malaysia with Chinese and Sri Lankan background and I currently reside in New York. I am an interior designer by profession and also a part-time athlete for martial arts competitions like Taekwondo and Boxing.
Mindaugas Grazys
Mindaugas Grazys (male, 28)
How I Eat, Train and Maintain My Eight-Pack Abs
I have tried many sports in my teens and achieved good levels at basketball, football, wrestling, boxing and MA (JKD). It was the time when I was training seven times a week.
Rod Cooper
Rod Cooper (male, 35)
I'm the Owner of The Movement Collective. Learn How I Have Created a Life and Career Out of the Movement Practice
I was training at a facility over there that introduced me to parkour, tricking, martial arts, breakdancing, hand balancing, gymnastics strength work, acrobatics, yoga and many other disciplines. It was a huge playground for kids and adults to explore their edge and discover what their bodies were capable of.
Dana J. Star
Dana J. Star (male, 28)
I'm a Streetworkout and Calisthenic Athlete. This is How I Eat and Motivate Myself Everyday
I have always loved training my whole life. I have been training for as long as I can remember. I started with basic home training (pushups etc.), later on I tried Kung Fu, boxing Taekwando and gymnastics for six months to one year with a friend. But got bored of it and did parkour for two to three years.
Fadil Jun
Fadil Jun (male, 26)
How I Kept Training and Stayed Motivated After I Broke My Hand
One day physique + wrestling, which consists of rounds of very intense exercises for conditioning. One day power, which consists of bodyweight exercises (pushups, pullups, etc.). I do all this with my brother Erko Jun who is a little heavier than me, which makes it a great training partner.
Bijou Matumona
Bijou Matumona (male, 33)
This is How I Do My Full-Body Workout to Stay Fit and Strong
In my free time, I’m doing some MMA, wrestling and fitness. I would call myself an all-rounder, not limited in bodybuilding or martial arts only.
Nat Bardonnet
Nat Bardonnet (female, 45)
How I Became a Successful Celebrity Personal Trainer in LA
I am also a martial artists, I have two black belts in Karate Shotokan and Tang Soo Do. I specialize in executive protection and weapons.
Paul Takunda Bako
Paul Takunda Bako (male, 28)
How My Mind Helps Me Train and Become a Master of Fitness
In primary school I tried out for a variety of sports but I chose to swim and practice karate because I enjoyed them the most and they challenged me in ways I liked. I have fond memories of my family coming to support me at swimming competitions and karate grading events.
Gabriella Ripepi
Gabriella Ripepi (female, 29)
How Competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Took Me Around the World and Back Home Again
In that period I had a lot of free time to train while balancing my life studying and training; so at 21 I also started training Brasilian Jiu Jitsu.
Sharissa Reichert
Sharissa Reichert (female, 53)
How I Became a Popular In-home Trainer for Seniors in New York
I have studied weight training, Yoga, Pilates and Martial Arts, including Qi Gong, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and Muay Thai.
Yasubey Enomoto
Yasubey Enomoto (male, 36)
How I Train to Win World Championships in MMA and Muay Thai
I started with Kung Fu as a teenager but after two years of doing it, I had a knee surgery and the doctors told me that I would not be able to do heavy sports anymore.
Dominique Robinson
Dominique Robinson (male, 38)
I'm a Five-Sport Professional Athlete. This is How I Work and Train
I have always had an interest in martial arts, combat sports, and fitness since I was a child due to always watching old school Kung Fu flicks and WWF with my older cousin who I idolized, so it was a natural progression.
Hedda Liukkala
Hedda Liukkala (female, 29)
How I Got into Circus Training and Became a Cyr Wheel Artist
I am originally from a tiny village in the woods and we didn’t have many hobby options that interested me, but I did Judo for few years because I also wanted to become a stunt woman (still one of my career goals!).
Carlos Zamora
Carlos Zamora (male, 32)
This Is How I Combine Coaching with Professional MMA and American Show Wrestling
My other sports include tennis elite level, professional MMA and pro wrestler traveling around the world. In my spare time, I love playing Xbox, cooking and traveling.
Alec Kossoff
Alec Kossoff (male, 27)
How I Work as a Freelance Acrobat and Get into Hollywood Movies
I have been able to do some boxing and Tae Kwon Do style training in the space I have though. For me, it has been all about finding what can be done in the limited environment I have.
Caio Tamura
Caio Tamura (male, 33)
How I Became a Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor in Australia
I am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt first degree, under professor Thiago Braga. I live and breathe Jiu Jitsu, it’s my Job and what I choose to do for life.
Kory Beck
Kory Beck (male, 24)
I'm a Pro MMA Fighter. This Is How I Train to Compete in the UFC
Overall, I have been training in MMA for 8 years. This may seem like a long time and it is to an extent, but due to the complexity of MMA and the fact that so many different martial arts and skills are involved, there is still so much more that I have to learn and improve on.
Day Micheli
Day Micheli (female, 28)
I'm a Brazilian Pro Wrestler. This is How I Train to Improve My In-Ring Performance
All my life, I loved everything involving sports, martial arts mainly. I’ve always been a big fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme due to his training. I began to go into a gym in 2015 and the following year, I initiated to practice Wrestling.
Albert Albie Aldahawi
Albert Albie Aldahawi (male, 27)
How I Went from Refugee to Pro Wrestler and Fitness Model
Throughout my childhood, the one thing that kept me hopeful was watching wrestling on TV with my dad whenever we got the chance to. When we were released, I started wrestling my little brother in my backyard and uploading the videos on YouTube. Eventually our videos reached over 20 million views and I enrolled into a professional wrestling school.
Lafropolitin Giorgio
Lafropolitin Giorgio (male, 34)
I'm an Actor, Model and a Fitness Motivator. This is How I Inspire People to Get into Fitness
I train vicinity three to four times a week by varying my diagramme of training, crossfit, MMA, running, swimming or yoga. My circuits training takes place in three stages, stretching, exercises heating and circuit training.
Justin Andrews
Justin Andrews (male, 36)
I'm a Professional Wrestler. This is My Plan to Get into WWE
I joined the United States Marine Corps right after 9/11 and that, of course, only reinforced my love of hard, physical training. It’s always been part of my life, which made it very easy to incorporate when I began professional wrestling.
Kevin Toy
Kevin Toy (male, 23)
How Fitness Help Me Stay Positive as I Pursue a Hollywood Breakthrough
Anyways, let’s talk about my fitness journey. Throughout my years in school, I’ve played soccer (elementary Team), took karate in middle school, Jujitsu in high school and I’ve played football recreationally. Also, I’ve done ice skating, rollerblading and had a good amount of taste in volleyball.
Shotzie Cado
Shotzie Cado (female, 38)
This Is How I Train Effectively to Stay Fit While Working from Home
I’ve continued keeping my mind and body in shape still weightlifting and doing other HIIT programs, along with MMA training.
Ilez Badurgov
Ilez Badurgov (male, 31)
How I Got Into a World of Movies After Years of Tiring Training
Right now, I am 10 kilos heavier and this is my maximum. Also, I am doing some martial arts and won a gold medal in one of the tournaments here, in my home country.
Nathan Newman
Nathan Newman (male, 34)
How Martial Arts Opened Up a World to New Opportunities
Like many troubled adolescent boys, my journey began with martial arts. This was somewhat of a gateway as it served to introduce me to the marvels of what the human body is capable of when pushed in the right ways.
Ivan Polanco
Ivan Polanco (male, 26)
I'm a Singer-Songwriter and Martial Artist. This is How I Balance Bodybuilding and Music
My name is Ivan Polanco and I am a 27-year-old singer-songwriter, personal trainer, and admissions counselor at a university. I’ve been an independent pop/r&b artist for 10 years, and throughout the entirety of my music career, I’ve been a personal trainer, group fitness and martial arts instructor.
Assane Diop
Assane Diop (male, 27)
How I Started Powerlifting After Dealing with Sciatica Pain
I have tried many sports going through high school and college, I started with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and quickly I wanted to explore more martial arts. I then started boxing, wrestling and ended up practicing MMA, when you think about it all that it is is chess played with your body, how am I going to defeat my opponent with the different pieces at my disposal.
Brian Pankau
Brian Pankau (male, 32)
How I Work as a Strength Coach and Educate Powerlifters and Weightlifters
Throughout school, I played all sports available to me such as track, football, and my favorite wrestling. I had many great coaches especially during my weightlifting class.
Gabriele de Biagi
Gabriele de Biagi (male, 29)
I Love Training! This is My Plan to Become a Better CrossFit Coach
I’ve been practicing sports since my early years, I started with swimming, then I switched to football (which I practiced for 12 years), then boxing, MMA and finally CroosFit, which I started in 2013.
Steve Cotter
Steve Cotter (male, 50)
I'm the Founder of IKFF. This Is How I Combine Martial Arts and Fitness
I was born in New York in 1970, moved to San Diego, California in 1982 where I began my formal training in martial arts. Now, I’m 50 and have been working in physical culture ever since then.
Alejandra Estefanía
Alejandra Estefanía (female, 30)
I'm a Fitness Influencer and Lawyer. This Is How I Train and Stay Fit
Sports have always been a part of my life, since I was a small kid, I started practicing Tae Kwon Do and got to Black Belt 3rd Dan, winning several local and international competitions.
Dr. Nick
Dr. Nick (male, 36)
I'm The Fittest Doc. Here’s How I Make Myself and My Patients the Fittest Versions of Ourselves
Knowing that CrossFitters regularly trained Olympic Weightlifting and feeling like I had great baseline cardio endurance enough to handle it due to training martial arts most of my life, I agreed.
Nick Shaw
Nick Shaw (male, 32)
I'm a Bodybuilder and CEO. This Is How Self-discipline Keeps Me Going
18 years later, I still love lifting and other hobbies including recently training BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and reading. All of these hobbies tie together to this idea of continual self-improvement.
Bruno Salgueiro
Bruno Salgueiro (male, 35)
I'm a Professional Stuntman. This Is How I Train to Be Ready for Anything
My biggest inspiration has been Bruce Lee since I was 9 years old. I saw this movie called ‘Dragon- The Bruce Lee Story’ and fell in love with his legacy. This was a movie based on his life so I started doing my own research and saw each of his movies and became obsessed. That’s when I bugged my mom to enroll me in the martial arts!
Olly Esse
Olly Esse (female, 34)
How I Moved to India and Became a Powerlifter by Day and DJ by Night
I’ve started my sports journey when I was 5 with swimming, then changed to basketball, volleyball and martial arts, so I had an athletic preparation. At the age of 18, I’ve started my career in the gymming and powerlifting.
Matteo Maximilian
Matteo Maximilian (male)
How I became a CEO, Plant-Based Athlete, and Wildlife Conservationist
I became a regular at several boxing gyms, boxing clubs around the world, and after another decade of training in Boxing & MMA, I finally worked my way up to fighting internationally at a pro-level in Europe.
Norma Reynolds
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
How I Went From Car Accident Victim to Natural Vegan Bikini Pro
Once I graduated law school, I had a bit more time, and I really wanted to get back into great shape. And I found an unexpected way to begin building my body – martial arts.
Ben Oseman
Ben Oseman (male, 29)
I'm a Weightlifter and Former Martial Arts Fighter. This is How I Keep Getting Stronger and More Fit
I have been lifting weights since 2014 but only taken it seriously this last 2 years. Also, since 2014 I have practiced several martial arts such as judo, jiu jitsu, muay thai and freestyle kickboxing.
Nick Screeton
Nick Screeton (male, 31)
How I Keep Improving as a Personal Trainer after 10,000+ Training Sessions
I’ve been training and doing fitness for most of my life. I did all sports when I was younger, the main one I did was Karate 3x per week with my dad – here I achieve a black belt at nine years old.
Valentin Bosioc
Valentin Bosioc (male, 36)
This is How I Became the Most Followed Sports Influencer in Romania
I used to practice judo, box, MMA, rugby, soccer, football, aikido, wrestling, and many different sports, but eventually I settled down for fitness and natural classic bodybuilding.
Scott Shetler
Scott Shetler (male, 44)
I'm a Vegan Strength Coach. This is How Fitness Has Been Part of My Life for 28 Years
Training is something that I simply have to do daily and I try to make my motivation internal. I do not take my health for granted and just having the physical ability to be able to lift and train in the martial arts is a blessing to me.
Rammy Andrei
Rammy Andrei (male, 28)
How I Focus 100% on Fitness and Bodybuilding When I'm Not Working
Before bodybuilding, I did karate for five years, however, I didn’t finish with all my exams and I was not able to take the rest of the belts and grades because I had some fighting problems with some college of mine and that’s how karate, unfortunately, ended for me.
Daz Hallett
Daz Hallett (male, 49)
How I Won Mr. Universe, Got Surgery and Then Won Mr. Universe Again
I’ve always been into sports from a young age, winning the U13 Somerset Gymnastic Champions aged 11. I played football (soccer) for my school and county, and also I was into martial arts, which is how I found the weights and they took over.
Kevin Weiss
Kevin Weiss (male, 48)
How I Have Competed in Both Bodybuilding and Powerlifting for 20+ Years
I began training by myself in my basement at 12 years old. I had always had a fascination with muscle and strength so when I got the chance I dove right in headfirst. I also have been training BJJ for the last two years and hold the rank of blue belt.
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler (female, 46)
How I Earned My WNBF Fit Body and Masters Figure Pro Cards in Less than Half a Year
Many of which I drew from my martial arts background – these exercises compliment Shelli’s experience and skill with yoga. This further helps her to develop a muscular and aesthetic physique that is just as conditioned and functional as it looks.”
Eli Bernard
Eli Bernard (male, 25)
How I Combine Fitness and Bodybuilding with Nursing and Modeling
As it turns out, I was not very good at football, and all my friends at the time had interest in lifting, so that is kind of how it all started. The sport I did choose to do was wrestling and martial arts, both of which I have been a part of for over six years and I continue to train in Chinese Kempo.
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy (male, 40)
I'm a Busy Medical Doctor and Bodybuilder. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover
In my life there have been other sports. Because we are in Brazil, I trained Jiu Jitsu for 12 years.
Tshireletso Madibo
Tshireletso Madibo (male, 30)
How I Made the Choice to Keep Training Even When Things Get Difficult
I have always been active and sporty from a young age. I used to play soccer and rugby back in school. I have participated in MMA as well.
Ric Drasin
Ric Drasin (male, 75)
How I Stay Strong and Keep Training at 75 (after 59 Years of Training)
Besides bodybuilding, I have been doing pro wrestling. I did wrestling along with bodybuilding from 1965 to 2001. Had to retire after I tore both quads in 2001.
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Hacks and Routines

The most mentioned hacks and routines amongst the martial artists we have talked with.

Rest Days
Foam Rolling

Diets and Diet Hacks

The most mentioned diets and diet hacks. Some are negative. For example alcohol mentions for most athletes mean mentioning no/very little alcohol 👍

Cheat Days
Ice Cream


The most mentioned supplements amongst the martial artists.

Whey Protein
Beta Alanine
Fish Oil
Protein Bars

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