If you run into Martyn Ford on the street, it would be hard not to look at him. Standing at 6'8 "and weighing 320 pounds with a shaved head and tattoos covering his body and face, he certainly stands out from the crowd. The Englishman is sometimes referred to as the Real Life Hulk and is easy to understand Why.
Martyn Ford is a professional bodybuilder and has cultivated a large number of fans online over the past few years. His popularity and unique looks have also helped him secure a number of roles in popular films such as Viking Destiny and Kingsman: the golden circle. It is also expected to feature in the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.
In 2018 the Polish MMA promotion KSW announced that they had signed Martyn Ford to their list of fighters. Ford has confirmed he is training in MMA, but a date has yet to be set for his debut.
Youth and cricket
Growing up in England, Martyn has always had a passion for sports and physical activity. Over the years he has played a number of sports including the javelin and shot put. However, it was the sport of cricket that was his first passion.
He started playing cricket at the age of 12 and then signed for the first class county club Warwickshire. He played for them for around 7 years and at one point was invited to take advantage of the English Cricket Board Academy which is a common path for young players looking to turn pro. However, Martyn suffered a serious injury at the age of 19. Following this injury, Martyn contracted glandular fever and went through a difficult period of mental health that thwarted his dreams of playing professional cricket.
Over time, Martyn began to realize that his goal of becoming a professional cricketer was slipping away. During this time, he started lifting weights as a way to meditate and relax to relieve his anxiety. However, he quickly developed a passion for lifting and it wasn't long before he became obsessed with weight training.
In the years that followed, Martyn built a solid online Instagram following and increased her popularity within the bodybuilding community. He has also created a number of businesses aimed at providing training and nutritional counseling. His website martynfordcoaching.com offers 1-1 coaching as well as personalized diets and training plans.
Martyn publishes her workout routines regularly and has stated that her calorie intake can range from 4,500 to 8,000 calories per day, depending on her current training goals.
Martyn's unique stature and look has also provided her with a number of opportunities in the theater world. In 2016, Martyn landed her first role in the television series Kings and prophets. Since then he has been involved in a number of other film and television projects such as Boyka: undisputedand Kingsman: the golden circle.
Most of his roles to date have been minor roles, but his acting career is set to take it to the next level in the years to come. In 2021, he is set to appear in Joss Whedons' latest HBO series Nevers. He also announced via his Instagram that he is expected to appear in the 9th episode of the Fast and Furious series alongside former WWE Superstar John Cena.
In 2018, Polish MMA promotion KSW announced that Martyn Ford joined their promotion during an interview with him on a live broadcast.
KSW is one of the biggest promotions in Europe and was inspired by the Promotion of Japanese pride. This means that a certain percentage of their matches feature unusual matches in terms of glasses and quirks. These matches appeal to a casual fan base who wish to see novelty matches and who may be less interested in the sport of MMA.
Ford isn't the first celebrity to jump into MMA along with a number of others. In recent years, the spectacle of online influencers and celebrities entering the boxing and MMA rings has become more common. These fighters appeal to MMA organizations that take advantage of these already established fighters. This type of matchup can be quite polarizing for fans and commentators. Many are torn between the exposure it brings to the sport and the dilution of the sport as a whole.
However, Martyn Ford has made it clear that he doesn't step into the MMA cage to make quick money. In an interview with mmafighting.com, Ford explained that he had no illusions that he would be competing for the championship belt anytime soon, but that he enjoyed the challenge of fighting in professional MMA.
It is purely a matter of passion. I always wanted to be a sportsman and my first injury in cricket only made it worse. It's like my first love that got away. I have always had this void in my life and this is another opportunity to fill it. It usually doesn't happen to men my age, so I want to fully embrace it, enjoy it, and give it 100%.
Ford has no experience in any of the core combat sports that make up MMA. However, he began to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trains BJJ at Gracie Barra Coldfield near Birmingham, England, where he is currently a white belt.
Since the announcement of Ford's participation Mma, fans had fun guessing who might be his first opponent. Some fans have suggested that the "Iranian Hulk" Sajad Gharibi as his first opponent. Gharibii is an Iranian bodybuilder who is famous for his bizarre muscle volume compared to his height. It's easy to see why this bizarre match might appeal to fans, but it can be a tough match to make in reality. KSW is more likely to pit Ford against an inexperienced fighter in a similar weight class in an attempt to build his profile. Whatever his first confrontation, you can be sure we will all be following closely.
For just over 3 years I have been training in Kung Fu and Muay Thai. Learning any martial art is a physically and mentally challenging process that takes years of practice to master. Here are 4 tips I wish I had known that can improve your training and reduce the time it takes between novice and grandmaster.
Flexibility is a fundamental trait of any good martial artist. Having this early on in your training will help boost you ahead for many reasons. Firstly, the more advanced techniques in martial arts require you to be extremely souple, it’s to begin learning them without the required flexibility to do so, and thus you will be learning advanced moves earlier in your training if you’re already performing a perfect split. Secondly, you need to kick high, sometimes higher than your own head. If you’re training in a martial art that is fight orientated, such as kickboxing, being able to kick your opponent in the head is one of the best moves you have in your arsenal of attacks. If you are studying an art such as Kung Fu, flexibility will dramatically improve your technique in forms, helping you to score those extra points in competitions for your technical ability.
One of the best ways to learn, I have found, is directly from the horse’s mouth, in this case your master. Typically, in your classes, your master will demonstrate a technique that they want you to practice with a partner. If they don’t ask for volunteers before performing each technique, go ahead and tell them before the class starts that you would like to be involved in the demonstrations. This will help you get a real feel for what they’re trying to show you, as you can miss subtle techniques that may be out of your vision. Volunteering to be demonstrated on can seem scary, but remember that they are a master of what they do, and they won’t actually be performing the move with the intent to hurt you.
Hitting pads is good for when you’re learning a new move, but you will find you begin performing the technique in a much different way when faced with something that will hit back. Simple things like remembering to cover your head when throwing a kick or punch will become second nature after being punished for dropping your guard, even for a split deuxième. You may be asked or required to participate in a fighting tournament at some point of your martial arts journey, and the best way you can prepare for this is sparring. Remember that it is for the purpose of learning, not knocking each other out as quick as you can. You will begin to learn how to spot and react to your opponent’s openings, and how to defend against different moves. Forget being stronger or faster than your opponent, being an compréhensif fighter is what will give you the advantage come fight night.
Your training doesn’t begin and end when you enter and leave the doors. My Kung Fu master always told us that “practice is good, but perfect practice makes perfect”. When you train at home make sure you are performing each technique properly, as if you were in class, bad vêtements form fast and are extremely hard to be undone. Purchasing a large mirror is a great investment so you can l'étude yourself at home. Also watching films of other people performing techniques will help you to see how different techniques should look when you’re not at chic.
Did you set a new year resolution this year ? If so, do they happen to be martial arts related ? Do you think you will actually achieve them ?
Statistics for failed New Year’s resolutions run anywhere between 45-80%. Now that another new year is here, it’s time to focus and set our eyes back on the prize in order to not become part of this rather bleak data. tera help you, on this post, I’ll be highlighting a couple personal tips that may help make both your short-term and long-term goals stick
Focusing on small milestones, following your détermination, challenging yourself, and finding what inspires you can help you make improvements for the rest year and meet or even surpass your martial arts goals and beyond !
You’re much more likely to stay motivated and make improvements if you’re doing something you enjoy. What is your absolute favorite thing to do at your martial arts school ? If you love to spar find ways to push yourself harder. Ask your instructor for pointers. Train with higher-ranking students. Seek out tournaments in your area for a challenge.
What if you’re doing what you love, and you’re already good at it, but you don’t know how to improve ? Avoid stagnation by digging deeper into your favorite activity. Find ways to go out of your comfort zone. Ask for help and feedback even in areas where you feel you are at your best. For example, if you enjoy doing forms, ask your instructor to work with you on finer details.
Play around with timing and emphasis. Enter or at least attend a tournament to see how other martial artists practice forms and see what you can learn from them. Seek out master classes, seminars, and clinics in your area. If you want some fun and relaxation while you practice consider taking a martial arts holiday.
Alternatively, you can also work on your training from the comfort of your own home by joining an online martial arts training. As you won’t even have to step foot outside, there’s simply no excuse not to keep up your practice !
Think about your long-term goals and then break it down into small milestones. Do you want to be able to do fifty push-ups in one set, but right now you can only do ten ? Don’t burn yourself out on day one trying to do all fifty. You may injure yourself or simply become discouraged that you can’t reach your goal immediately.
Slow down. Scale back. Try adding five extra push-ups per week, and over time you’ll build up the strength and stamina you need to meet your goal.
Maybe you have transferred schools and need to relearn the particular forms or self-defense techniques practiced at your new school. I have seen this happen with black belts and higher-ranking color belts who have transferred to my dojang. For example, a fellow black belt practiced Taeguk taekwondo forms at her old dojang, but now she needs to learn the Palgwe forms that we practice.
Rather than trying to learn everything at once, which will likely feel overwhelming, start with one technique or one form. Ask an instructor or another black belt for help. Watch scènes online. Move on to the next technique when you are able to perform the first one without any guidance or prompts.
Sometimes you have to do things in martial arts that you don’t enjoy as much but you still have to do due to coutume, chic schedules, and keeping your practice well-rounded. Martial arts may be the hardest thing you do, but it shouldn’t feel like drudgery. Think about what you don’t enjoy as much in class or what you dread doing, and try to figure out why you avoid it. Perhaps you don’t like it because you’re not very skilled ( yet ), you don’t do it very often, you find it stressful, or you simply find it boring.
Challenge yourself. Find the “fun” in something that has simply felt like work. It’s easy to get better at something you enjoy and you’re naturally good at doing. Just think of how it will feel when you make improvements in an area where you have continuously struggled.
Leveraging your strengths can help you develop skills in areas where you struggle. For example, if sparring is particularly challenging, be mindful of other times when you use blocks or strikes such as in forms or self-defense. Make them as sharp and powerful as you would in a faster-paced sparring match. Ask your instructor to incorporate quick reaction drills into classes. Attend extra sparring classes, and if you are a black belt or higher ranking, attend lower ranking sparring classes and offer to coach or referee. Teaching a skill can help you make vast improvements in your own practice.