An interview with Mixed Martial Arts captain Nick Cooke, from October 2016
Name and Year: Nick Cooke, 3rd year
Sport: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
How was last year for your sport at Royal Holloway?
Last year was my first year doing MMA, it was a lot to take in with 8 hours of training per week in boxing, Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), Ju-Jitsu and wrestling.
However, with so much training I found myself picking up the techniques quite well, boxing was my personal favourite although all are equally important.
What are you aiming for this year?
I am aiming to improve my Ju-Jitsu and wrestling techniques this year, being very different from boxing and Muay Thai, which is what I focused more on last year.
What would you say is the best thing about sport at Royal Holloway?
I think the best thing about sport at Royal Holloway is the variety of sports clubs offered, ensuring to find something for everyone.
What do any new members have to look forward to when they join?
Multiple training sessions with 2 championship winning couches who will push you to your limits in every session to become the best mixed martial artist you can be. This is a great way to get fit and learn new skills.
What is the best/funniest thing at that has happened to you while playing at university?
The best time in MMA for me was end of 2nd term last year when our coaches were really pushing up hard to get ready for upcoming end of year competitions. Ouss!
This article was published in our October 2016 issue.