“I was a martial artist from about 12 years old and then when I got injured I had a couple of people from different disciplines approach me and say: ‘Do you want to come and train this martial art, or that martial art? We can get you to a black belt standard no matter what your injuries.’”
Mark added: “I just knew it was bullshit because of my experience, you know, these disciplines involved kicking, punching katas, as much as I wanted martial arts back in my life. I didn’t want to do it on sympathy I wanted to do it on hard work and effort.”
When Mark started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Sam Sheriff he found a grappling art that could be adapted to his capabilities. He was immediately hooked and has now been training for more than two years, getting his blue belt – a big step up, as anyone who has got that far will tell you.
A mainly ground-based grappling art is perfectly suited to him. As Mark puts it, with typical barracks humour: “Its about grappling and ground fighting – I can do this because I’m sat down with no legs – I’m on the ground anyway!”