A lot of judo players have been able to help me in the past and something we had to invent as we went along, modifying throws and modifying grips. I think the thing that really had to be modified was the entries. In judo, you have the grip to break the balance but in MMA, you have the punching to break the balance.
Do you find that as you get older that you still love the sport as much as every? Does it get harder to stay motivated?
At this stage, what keeps me going is that I have the opportunity to fight people that are worthy of fighting. That's what I look forward to the most. If I can't achieve the things that I want to in this sport, I'm not very happy with it.
So there are still goals that you want to accomplish.
Oh yeah. I want to win a Bushido title. I want to see a solid 185 title, just like Middleweight and Heavyweight. That would make it far more intriguing for me to train. I can say I have this to train for now. As long as there's something for me, I'm very happy.
You've been on a lifelong path with martial arts. Why is Japan such a magical place for you? This is your home away from home. Why do you think the fans like you so much?
Yeah. Personally, it means more to me to fight in Japan. My first big career fight was in Japan against Eric Paulson. I remember that first day clearly. For me, it was a dream come true and I'm still living that dream.
You're cerebral. You're an avid learner and obviously intelligent. Do you find that there are lots of things left for you to learn in MMA?
I'm at York University. At the hospital that I work at, the doctors and everyone likes it that I'm a fighter. Whenever we have press come into do studies on the research we are doing, they always put me at the forefront to show that we have some diversity on the team. For me, it's been a real journey for me, too. I spend half my day with guys that can barely walk, trying to make life intriguing and compelling for them, and then I'm back in the gym, hitting the bag.
The totally understand. The area we specialize in is based is psychology. The only thing they are really concerned about is concussions, being doctors. Other than that, they see it as making me as a very healthy young man and more so when I get older.
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