At the young age of 8, I was put into Kempo Karate in which I immediately found my passion. I won many domestic tournaments such as Provincial & All-Ireland titles. At just 13 years old, I represented Ireland at the world championships in Belgium where I placed 1st. Originally, I was put into Mixed Martial arts as a means of self-defense, but I jumped straight into the deep end & had my first competition after just 4 weeks of training and of course, I got my ass whooped! As soon as I got hit and came to the realization I was actually in a fight, I lost my cool and fought from pure anger. I quickly learned that this is not the way to handle business. From that point on, I’ve never gotten angry in a fight and just kept my cool, and stayed calm and collected. “A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter.”
When I was 14, I decided to take the leap into Kickboxing. After a couple fights, I felt there was more out there to learn. I met up with a guy from my school & started studying BJJ where I was instantly hooked. I was training in Cill Dara MMA, a local MMA gym in my town. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to sit in on one of Conor McGregor’s seminars way back before he was the icon he is now. I’ll never forget Conor telling me that day “if you want to do this properly, you need to be training in SBG”. So of course I went and did just that. After a year of training with the team, I made it onto the MMA team. Within a year from then, I collected 3 MMA titles and an ISKA belt (Kickboxing).
For my training, I train twice a day, Monday to Friday and once on Saturday. My sessions are usually MMA based such as Kickboxing, Sparring, Grappling or Jui Jitsu rounds. Twice a week, I do strength and conditioning work with a personal trainer. Even though I could focus more on this aspect of my training, I do try to stretch after each session for recovery purposes. I don't stick to a specific diet; I try eat foods high in protein, except before workouts where I tend to consume big meals loaded with carbs. I also try to sleep as much as I can.
An average day of eating for me would be as follows:
Eggs, bacon, beans and toast.
Porridge with fruits and honey.
Protein and vegetables with a little amount of carbs.
Nuts and rice cakes.