Its a big part of my life

Written by Laura Macdougall

I’ve always been fairly (read: far too) open about my issues with severe anxiety. It’s no secret, it’s been a big part of my life.
You would think that someone who struggled to the point of practically being a prisoner in their own head, would never throw themselves into any situation that leaves them bruised and battered against people much bigger than them! Yet there’s a sense of peace when you step onto the mats. Work problems, financial issues…everything is left at the door. It’s a martial art that – like with any exercise – demands you to be present, to focus. There’s no time to get stuck in the spiral of anxiety. Read more

Physical and mental growth

Maks continue his journey and its been inspirational to watch him not only exceed his goal but grow with confidence. Here is his update from his last testimonial

You may remember my testimonial from later last year after I dropped some weight due to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), so I thought another one was in order! 

Since continuing my BJJ journey, I’m now down from 112kg to 88.4kg! I’ve competed in 2 competitions, have a stripe on my white belt and I’ve even started a blog about it all! Read more

Muay Thai has changed my life

The journey for everyone is different, for Mitch Oakes, it was about changing his life from the better. Here his journey in his own words:

Trojan Worcester has helped me develop skills, improve my fitness & strength and also my confidence in all areas. The place has no egos at all and everyone welcomes each other and says “hello”, even if they train different aspects to you. Everyone trains hard but also has a laugh and enjoys themselves as well. Read more

My journey

In Brazilian jiu-jitsu there is a belt system, a hierarchy, there are levels. From white belt, to stripes, through to the various colours ascending to a black belt.

Last night I was awarded 2 stripes on my white belt, I have officially taken two steps up the ladder. Progress was made.

Progress and how you measure it is interesting and fascinating all at the same time though.

As humans we tend to like to have big destinations to aim for. Read more

Support, hard work and achievement

Trojan Free Fighters has developed a fantastic community of support, hard work and achievement.

They host County, National and European champions across a variety of disciplines and ages. Read more

It’s great therapy

I was in an unhealthy marriage where I was losing confidence in myself. I’d just had a second child and was trying not to get low, depressed and lonely. I wasn’t in shape and had no desire to go to a regular gym. Read more

2nd home, friendships and family

I think we all come to martial arts for reasons roughly along the lines of confidence and wanting to gain knowledge in self defense.

But after calling Trojans my second home for as long as I can remember I’ve found it brings much more. Training has become one of the most valuable assets in my life. I’ve gained very good friendships and a family in my training partners and coaches, a confident sense of self and accountability. Read more

9kgs lost!

I started using Trojan as an alternative to using the gym after my gym closed down, ive always been interested in combat sports and martial arts, I also felt like it would be a good way to stay in shape and also learn new things.

I was a bit apprehensive and anxious about first coming to trojan, I just felt like id be a new kid at a new school & not really knowing anything, I was also pretty worried about my overall fitness  as other than the gym I hadn’t don’t anything like this in quiet a while.

My first session was excellent, we did some basic striking and a few basic take downs, Dan was superb in showing me what to do as a beginner as well as splitting his time between the more advanced students, I was hooked from the off and began doing weekly MMA classes Read more


Sam Betty

I first started training at Trojan for some different and fun fitness alongside my career as a professional rugby player.

Doing 1-to-1’s and small group sessions with Head Coach Dan Richards I enjoyed the training immensely.

Dan is a fantastic coach, extremely knowledgeable and makes things easier to understand and pick up. Read more

Greg Summers

I first began boxing following an operation to regain and build up my fitness. This then lead on to me practising Brazilian Ju Jitsu and in turn Mauy Thai, Wrestling and MMA. Read more