Up until a few years ago I was living in the US and training in the gym 6 days a week, often 7. I was bodybuilding mad for many years and almost everyone I knew was the same. A few of my friends were world class bodybuilders or former champions. I had always thought I was fit and healthy but nothing was further from the truth!
Ever since I was a young kid I always wanted to train in some form of Martial Art or Boxing and since being back in the UK and looking back on my 37 years, I felt it was time to start doing instead of making excuses.
I have been a member of a local gym here since being back, and over time have met a lot of new faces. One of them happened to be Joe Viall an instructor at FFMA. As we talked over several weeks he told me about the class and what it evolved and I also told him of the interest I have always had to learn Martial Arts. After procrastinating for several weeks, myself and a friend finally went to the class feeling a bit nervous (even though all the years going to different gyms, all over the US, trust me, everyone feels a little nervous).
As soon as I walked in and people started turning up, one of the instructors came over and shook my hand and said welcome. The people in the class were so friendly and nice it was just dam refreshing!
I did not plan on training with them that night as I wanted to just check things out, but we were asked if we would like to join in and that was it. I was hooked on the first night and have a new found passion! The training is so real, and fit! I have never been so fit in all my life.
This is stuff you can use in real situations and gives you the confidence not just physically but mentally in your attitude towards everything you do in your day to day life. I worked as a doorman for a few years in the US and if someone had come at me who was half my size (I was 18 stone then), knowing what I have learned since I have been going to the class, I think I would have had my hands full if the other guy had some real fighting skills!
I must thank Joe, who kept pestering me at the gym to make me realize my own goal, Ed Hayes (FFMA instructor) for his patience on my first lessons and Tony Terranova and Alan Macdonald as with out them there would be no FFMA.
Stuart Borley FFMA Student
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