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Martial Artists

We have talked with 27 athletes who mention martial arts.

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
Carlos Zamora
Carlos Zamora (male, 32)
This Is How I Combine Coaching with Professional MMA and American Show Wrestling
Alec Kossoff
Alec Kossoff (male, 27)
How I Work as a Freelance Acrobat and Get into Hollywood Movies
Caio Tamura
Caio Tamura (male, 33)
How I Became a Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor in Australia
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lars Besand
Lars Besand (male, 43)
How I Trained to Become the Strongest Man in Denmark at 105 Kg
Besides bodybuilding and strength training, I have also done shotokan karate, taekwondo (2nd degree black belt), boxing, shooting, Mixed Martial arts, volleyball, bodybuilding, powerlifting, supboarding and fitness.
Taco Fleur
Taco Fleur (male, 45)
How I Run Cavemantraining and Stay Fit with Kettlebells While Traveling the World
I participated in martial arts. It started with going to Thailand for Muay Thai training camps back before 2000, that’s where I started my passion for Muay Thai.
Francesco Grezza
Francesco Grezza (male, 25)
How I Trained, Lost 45 Kg and Got Ready to Open My Own Gym
I have been practicing martial arts since I was three years old in which I am a brown belt in Judo and I have achieved good results even at a competitive level in some regional championship!
Klaudijus Simutis
Klaudijus Simutis (male, 19)
How I Got a Very Aesthetic Physique (It All Started with Dragon Ball Z)
When I was younger I participated in the martial arts of taekwondo for three years but I grew bored of it and began my bodybuilding journey.
Deniz Yozkan
Deniz Yozkan (male, 18)
How I Choose Fitness over Martial Arts and Professional Fighting
When I turned 17, I had to choose a career. I started studying biology and chemistry intensely and I have to choose either the gym or the martial arts.

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
Protein Bars

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