Tom Green, also known as ‘K9’, is a lightweight English Mixed Martial Arts fighter from East Grinstead, UK. We sat down with Tom, a truly dedicated and technically brilliant all round MMA Champion, to get to know him a little better.
1. How did you get into/who introduced you to your Martial Arts?
I used to do athletics at a regional level and after two years, I wanted a different challenge. I chose Boxing because I wanted something that would push me to my limits as an individual and I could not find that in a team sport.
2. How long have you been practicing your Martial Arts?
I started boxing 7 years ago and won an English title. I then started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, two years after I started boxing.
3. Who or what was your biggest inspiration?
Floyd Mayweather. I was fascinated by his movement, how he dodged, punched and his dexterity. He looked like the ultimate athlete combined with the perfect technique.
4. What separates you from every other fighter in your discipline?
They don’t have a moustache, great hair and good looks, as well as my technical ability and the fact that I am a natural athlete. Anyone that knows me will tell you that they have never met anyone with stamina like mine.
5. What have you achieved in your Martial Art?
A 10-1 record in MMA, a British Title in Boxing and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Nova Forca.
6. What are your biggest strengths?
My mentality as I always strive to train harder than anyone else and will let nothing get in the way of reaching my ultimate goals. I truly believe my boxing skills are superior to anyone else in my weight class.
7. What does your training schedule consist of?
I train six days a week, for three hours in all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts, along with strength and conditioning at the UPT gym with the infamous Nick Evans. Also, I run up to three times a week.
8. What are your goals for the future?
To get into the UFC and become the baddest man on the planet.
9. Do you have any words of advice to anyone wishing to take up a Martial Art?
Understand that it takes a lot of time, patience and effort. Do your research and find a good gym because there are a lot of fake people running gyms, who are in Martial Arts for all the wrong reasons.
10. If you could have one dream fight with anyone who would it be?
11. What are your plans in the upcoming months?
I am currently training for a fight at the Cage warriors, on the 7th July, against Brad Wheeler. It excites me to be able to light up such a big show and make my name even bigger in the UK.
12. How do you divide your time between training and teaching?
I teach around my training schedule but, find a lot of joy out of teaching people the correct technique. Doing this helps me to think about technique in a lot more detail. I find nothing more rewarding than watching someone progress and improve. If I can be half the teacher that my Sifu, Mark Hobbs, is then I feel like I will have achieved my goal in teaching.
13. Tell us more about your club?
I train at a small gym in East Grinstead called the KFA gym and I have full belief in what they teach and preach. I do not feel the need to do what so many other fighters do and travel to other clubs in search of something greater.
The KFA is such a friendly gym and we are like a family. We support each other to grow and progress in Martial Arts. We have zero tolerance for egos and a demand to always better yourself. You have to believe in your team, be loyal and like family.
I am very fussy about what gloves I get and have sustained hand injuries from poorly produced gloves and this doesn’t exclude big brand names. I feel that Blitz have designed a glove that not only protects the wrist but, feels comfortable even after being on your hands for long periods of time.
Tom is certainly one to watch and although he only has a short career to date, he’s probably the most exciting British MMA fighting prospect; and, we can’t wait to go on this fantastic journey with him!
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