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Ethan Hopes For British Success
Friday 15th April 2016 @ 14:03 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

A budding MMA star has his sights set on making an impact at the BJJ British Open in May.

Ethan Ormston, 13, is hoping to take the experience from his first ever MMA bout earlier this month into the prestigious competition.

Entering its sixth year, the iconic event is set to attract in excess of 2000 fighters to the Coventry Skydome on Saturday, May 14-15.

The teenager, who attends Alder Community High School, is quietly confident about his chances of succeeding in the midlands.

Ethan spoke to Reporter Sport and reflected on his first competitive MMA experience: “The competition was quite easy going and I really enjoyed being there” he said.

“I was initially nervous before competing, but I managed to battle through the tension which helped me enjoy the experience.”

Having previously suffered with self-confidence issues, Ethan adopted the sport to combat his problems. He added: “I’ve been doing MMA for just under two years now and I originally started it to increase my confidence.

“I had no confidence in anything that I did before taking up the sport.”

With the support and guidance of both his parents, Ethan eventually ended up at Viva Combat Athletics Gym in Ashton.

The year nine pupil has never looked back since. “My mum and dad advised me to try martial arts and I fell into MMA from there” said Ethan.

“I currently train seven times a week, where I’ll typically do some striking work with my coach Jamie Lester, as well as a little bit of groundwork.”

Ethan’s progression in the sport can be partly attributed to Professional Coach Jamie.

The 37-year-old recently returned from his second professional bout in Spain with a creditable victory.

A source of inspiration for aspiring fighters? Ethan certainly thinks so. “Jamie’s a great coach” he said.

“His sessions push you through the paces, but at the same time they help you prepare for competitions.
“His training will ultimately help me in the long run.”

Despite spending hours in the gym on a weekly basis, Ethan admits that he’d like to see the sport incorporated into the school curriculum. “I’d like to see MMA introduced to the curriculum because it will help increase pupils confidence and could also prevent bullying.

“A few of my friends want to try the sport, but their parents have told them it’s too dangerous.

“In my opinion it’s not that dangerous

“It should be used to keep you, as a person, safe.”

Given his obvious love for the sport, does Ethan recommend it to everyone – regardless of age and ability? “I think everyone should give it a try” he said.

“It’s more about using your brain than your body.

“You could be small and scrawny, but if you’ve got the brains to do it then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it.”

Ethan’s mum, Sarah, echoes his thoughts. She added: “He had no confidence before starting the sport, which meant he wouldn’t learn to swim or ride a bike.

“Since taking it up he’s come on leaps and bounds.

“He can ride a bike, swim and he’s not scared of going to school and facing people that might potentially confront him.

“The sport has definitely improved his life as a whole.”

Viva Combat Athletics are currently offering a seven day taster trial for newcomers.

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