My name is Marley Dawkins, I am someone that has always had a huge passion for martial arts. Bruce Lee was a childhood hero for me, as well as many other people all around the world, and many attribute him as being one of the original creators of MMA.
The sport of MMA is one of my biggest passions in life, I have been following regional and global MMA events consistently since I was about 10 years old, and considering that I am 29 now, I have developed a large knowledge database of everything that goes into the sport of MMA.
I myself have been training martial arts of some kind for most of my life, because martial arts is a way of life. I have trained Muay Thai for over 2 years, as well as brief periods of Karate and currently I am walking a process of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where I am currently a blue belt.
When I was a teenager I did a lot of shoot fighting, which is an amalgamation of many martial art forms – for instance anyone that knows the regional MMA scene in England, I trained with Phil Norman for over 2 years, who was a two times gladiator winner and a professional MMA fighter in British organisations. I continue to train in local gyms and within my own capacity daily, because from my perspective martial arts is a part of daily movement in this world, whether I am shadow boxing around the house, or putting rounds in at the gym.
Due to making mistakes in my young life, I never concentrated and dedicated myself to fighting professionally, and despite people telling me at various points in my life that I am a talented fighter, at this point starting a career at 29 is not a realistic possibility in any sport – but I have to say that if i could roll back the clock to when I was 18 again, I would have concentrated on becoming a professional fighter – many people in this world could say the same about any number of realistic opportunities missed in their life.
At MMAGateway my aim is to educate the public on what MMA truly is, because there is many misconceptions about MMA as a sport – many people say it is a violent sport that attracts nothing but criminals and idiots. While there are many issues in the sport which I will cover in future posts, the heart of MMA is a thing of purity, so I will do my best to keep you informed about news, schedules, techniques, gear and the core of what MMA is.
So if you are as passionate about MMA as me, and you enjoy networking, learning and growing, then stay tuned for more. Also if you need any support or want to ask me any questions, then please do so by hitting the contact tab, fill in the fields, click send and I will get back to you asap.
Thanks for your time
Founder of MMAGateway