Coming away as victor in arguably the largest jiu-jitsu event on PPV we’ve seen throughout the unfortunate events of 2020, this young man, and he is still young, came away £10,000 richer (hopefully there’s no tax on that!) and more determined than ever for his next big call-up!
He’s been a regular on Polaris and he’s also popular with the fans, due to his appeared laid-back nature shown through his beaming grin, whilst trying to bend and break humans.
We were fortunate to grab him for a brief moment and hear what he had to say about a few things. So, pause what you’re doing, have a read, have a watch and remember the name:
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Firstly congratulations! And tell us, how does it feel to be £10k wealthier?
Feels good to make some decent money though competition!
Share with us briefly who you are, where you are from (or where you reside) and how long you have been training jiu-jitsu?
I am 24 years old from Düsseldorf Germany where I trained for about 5 1/2 years and now I live in London for the last 2 1/2 years so I am training for 8 years in total.
Were you a good kid at school?
No and I hated every second.
Where do you currently train and who is/are your coach/coaches?
How did you discover your passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
I found out about BJJ playing the UFC Video game and after my first class I knew I want to become a world champion.
Congratulations on that Polaris victory, has that been your most unforgettable moment in your sporting career to date, or is there perhaps something else to share?
Yeah I am pretty happy since I suffered a pretty nasty knee injury that left me unable to walk up until 2 1/2 weeks before the competition, but I still managed to get myself ready and in shape to perform that day.
We’ve seen you on Polaris a number of times now, are we likely to see you on any other stage soon?
Unfortunately nobody else offered me anything interesting but I assume eventually.
Is there anything about your sport that frustrates you?
I think most rule sets make it to easy to stall.
How do you find the world of competition? You appear very confident, almost like you are having fun the entire time which is great, but do you still get nervous at all?
I truly believe now after the last 7 month of training that I am the best in the world so just having the believe that I’ll win when I play my own game makes it easy to not get nervous
How long into your training did you start competing BJJ?
After about 9 months.
How do you prepare yourself/your mind before stepping out onto the mats?
Nothing special really.
What advice would you give other competitors in hopes of calming the dreaded nerves?
Just go out there do your thing, keep breathing and forget about anything else.
What has/have been your toughest fight/s to date?
The first time I fought trator because I wasn’t used to anyone elite yet, the second time I fought him I tore my hamstring the match before so hopefully I’ll get another chance soon to prove myself in the near future
How do you condition yourself in the lead up to a competition?
That was the first time ever I actually did cardio before a competition because the airdyne bike was the best way to get in shape with my injury and i have to say it actually makes a difference so I will keep doing that a lot from now on. Otherwise nothing special
Do you generate a game plan for your fights?
No not really for Polaris I just tried to not expose my legs.
Top or bottom game?
I used play guard and go for legs mostly but now I am confident anywhere so I don’t really mind.
I know you really enjoy adding wrestling to your game and that really shows in your jiu-jitsu, but do you supplement with any other practices, such as strength & conditioning, yoga etc.?
I do strength and conditioning 3 times a week.
Who would you say are your top 3 inspirations in the world of jiu-jitsu, past or present? And why?
To be honest I don’t find anyone in bjj really inspiring compared to elite competitors in other sports like wrestling or judo.
Is there anyone or anything else in your life who serves as a prodigious inspiration to your progress? Maybe family or friends?
We’re seeing an influx of incredible fighters coming out of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, are there any current athletes you think we should be keeping an eye on?
A lot of talented people but no one in particular.
In some cases, women struggle to find training partners of similar weights and sizes, what advice would you give to them to structure their training to benefit t?
I guess best is if you can find a big gym like ours where you have highlevel guys at all weight classes.
What is your favourite submission and why?
Everything front headlock related because you can get to it from a lot of different scenarios.
Have you ever had a serious injury that hindered your training? and How did you handle the recovery process?
I had a number of injuries over the years and I found the biggest mistake is to rest the injury too much. I always start working on rehabbing it as early as possible
Do you follow a specific diet or watch what you eat, especially nearing competition time?
I stopped eating meat about 8 month ago (had some a handful of times since than on special occasions) and I feel a lot of improvements. I definitely gained a lot of muscle since and feel better training and recovering
As nutrition is a large portion of what we are about, could you briefly talk us through what you would usually eat, as I also understand you had to drop a bit of weight for Polaris too?
I usually eat the same stuff just less when I need to loose weight. If I don’t have to loose weight I normally eat around 4000 calories a day if I have to loose some 3000 calories. During the day I like to have a lot of fruit smoothies and multiple light meals, after I trained I usually have 2 really big meals in the evening
Do you have any other passions in life outside of the sporting world?
No nothing at all. When I am not training I am thinking about training
Important question, what is your favourite food?
Everything that involves a lot of cheese.
Most hated food?
John wick 3.
Favourite quote to live by?
I don’t have one.
Do you have any plans to compete again soon?
Adcc trials and hopefully they’ll do Polaris in November.
Any upcoming seminars?
No but if anyone is interested message me when it’s possible again
Any particular mentions or shout-outs to sponsors?
My friend max for arranging special training in Belarus
My wrestling coach Lyubo
I hope since writing this up that someone has approached Freddie to feature in another event as we definitely want to see this young man again.
In fact Polaris featured quite a few of our talented pool of athletes that we’ve interviewed over the past 6-months, so have a checkout of ‘The Insider’ to find out a little more about each one!
We wish Freddie well and hope to see him compete again soon and also see him at ADCC in the near future…