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Martin has always been interested in martial arts playing judo as a child and training in traditional Japanese ju jitsu during his teens. However when moving to London as a teenager in 1999 he discovered Muay Thai at KO kickboxing in Bethnal Green. After a number of years training by chance Martin won tickets to the Ultimate Fighting Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002. He had seem MMA on videos at the gym but after going ot watch the live event he decided to look for a club to train in.
He found London Pancrase, one of the first MMA clubs in London in a sports centre in Finsbury Park. Thinking himself a competent fighter he was surprised at how easily he would be taken apart while sparring by being taken to the ground. He decided to look for more grappling classes and found Top Wrestling academy under submission grapplers Rob Sulski and Kamal Shalarous.
Moving back to Reigate Martin floated through a number of clubs not really finding a home but discovering the gi and BJJ. When a friend started training with Keith McKenzie, Martin decided to go and train with him and gelled well with Keiths teaching style and relaxed approach to Jiu Jitsu. In 2017 Martin became the first person to receive their black belt under Keith an honour he doesn't hold lightly.