I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today. How has training been going in the build up to your scheduled grappling match for SGI8?
“Training has been sporadic at best for the last year. I work away most of the time and I try my best to get into a school where I’m working, if I have the time. My best experience of that was with VT Jiu-Jitsu with Leigh Remedios. He has a very welcoming school. I’ve been trying to get to as many mops sub Sundays as I can.”
October 9th you have been matched up against Phil Haworth of HMAC at Scottish Grappling Invitational 18. In your year’s experience, you must have had a chance to watch Haworth in action. What do you make of your opponent?
“My next answer is one of the reasons I didn’t want to do a live interview, I have no idea who Phil Haworth is, just like I’m sure he’s never heard of me. Coming from HMAC I’m sure he will have some skills.”
October 9th in Glasgow has got to be one of, if not the biggest chances for martial artists to showcase their skills on the mats. How does it feel to be part of the Scottish Grappling Invitational for the second time in your career?
“The SGI events that I’ve seen have been amazing with the skill level on show. I’m glad for the opportunity and I apologize in advance for my lack of grace and coordination.”
You’ve had your fair share of experience across many platforms surrounding the MMA world, mainly in the cage. Are the mats where you feel most at home?
“My MMA experience is something best not spoken about. I gave it a go as I had just stopped playing rugby. I think I had 2 or 3 weeks of training before my first fight and it was always just for fun. I hadn’t even started BJJ yet. I do prefer BJJ to anything else though.”
Your history in Grappling events spanning over the past 3 years, including your participation with SG’s 4th Annual Cup of BJJ in 2018, you were mainly involved in gi matchups, Do you prefer gi over no-gi and why?
“I prefer the gi as it suits my style better. I actually misread the FB post asking for a Masters 4 opponent and only realized it was no-gi later on.”
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance in Glasgow at SGI8, and anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?
“None of the fans will be there to see me, so my only message would be to keep your mask on if you’re asked to. Don’t mess it up for the organizers by not sticking to the rules.
Shout out to Gary Priestly at the Submission Factory, as the responsibility for my performance lies squarely on his shoulders. If you can get along for an open mat on a Sunday. Always full of good guys.”
Masks will need to be worn at all times in the venue, except when eating or drinking in the designated bar area. If you’re in Glasgow on October 9th, you have a chance to witness some of the best the BJJ scene has to offer. For tickets please follow the link below.