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On a warm balmy evening in January the Samui Fight Camp Team welcomed spectators to enjoy six bouts of fighting and a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition to not only entertain fight enthusiasts and introduce newcomers to the thrill of the sport but to help the local Thai Temple School at Wat Kunaram by donation a percentage of the ticket sales as well as sponsorship money for much needed educational supplies.
Mixed Martial Arts, commonly referred to as MMA, is the world’s fastest growing sport. For Alexander Olave, American Mixed Martial Artist and Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt, this is no sport, but rather a life style. Considered the Underdog throughout his career Olave has weathered his opponents physically and mentally regardless of their size and experience. In his last bout 13th December 2014 Olave defeated Gracie Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Adam Levy in a MMA Bout that lasted 2 rounds leading Olave to victory. Olave accumulated an impressive 5-1-0 Amateur record with highlight reel performances, fighting against the American DC Metropolotian Regions Best Ameratuer MMA Fighters. As Olave looks to transition into the Pro Rankings he has teamed up with world class striking coach Sean Douglas at Samui Fight Camp in Koh Samui Thailand, relocating, ready to take his career to the next step making his Professional Debut.
Name: Alexander Olave
Affiliation: Samui Fight Camp/ Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
How did you get into MMA?
I was obese at 250lbs and needed to find something to motivate me to lose weight. I fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts and the patience and discipline it takes to compete at such a high level. I am very impressed by the brotherhoods that have formed and the constant learning process that takes place. For me the fighting may not be lifelong but martial arts are forever.
What’s your fighting style?
We spend so much on the physical side of fighting, sometimes on the technical side we forget to work the most important aspects of the game, the mind. Without the mind we can’t go into combat. I believe in breaking my opponents mentally. I have no strategies, just to be prepared and confident in all aspects of the game. I am a Mixed Martial Artist that is my style.
I’m here to make a name for myself and introduce Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu to the Island of Koh Samui. I’m ready to take my professional career coaching and fighting career to the next level and what better way to do that than internationally?
Tell us about your fight career:
My career is so young, still so much more to accomplish, so much more to learn.
You began this sport as a Heavyweight and most recently competed at 165.
I’ve been blessed to grow up in the The DC Metroploian East Coast MMA movement where the sports future of competitors looks promising. Back home it’s crazy, MMA Gyms are everywhere. I have been privileged to learn from some great instructors, and many team mates back home have helped me get to where I am today. I hope in the next few years to be at the top, until then I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.
To find out more about MMA click here to visit the Samui Fight Camp Website