in the late 90s I took over a
Thai boxing club, in the old town(in Oslo). and traveled to Sweden and taught me a style art called shootfighting. which I took to Norway. and became a style-art coordinator of shootfighting in this country then traveled around, had 8 clubs where I trained up instructors. competed in shootfighting for many years as an amateur, shoot fighting is the amateur branch within MMA. and did pretty well. in shootfighting. had the highest titles in this sport. i focused to be professional in 2003. when i took the responsibility for the Thai boxing club in the old town in the city, been a instructor since then. and… started something called old town martial art center, in 1998 in the early 2000’s, started a center in Grünerløkka called mixed style academy which went very well. many of those instructors here in the Oslo district, was my apprentices, back in the days. then there were two parallel groups, which was within the MMA part, there was Brazilian jiu jitsu community, wich held at Kringsjå. at that point under the leadership of Richard Bohlenius. and then there was us who represented Shootfighting. They contacted me and wanted us to fuse. That was around 2003. And I agreed to that but my gym at Grünerløkka was too small, so… I had to look around and that is when we found the locations at Bokstadveien. I participated in starting Mixed Style Academy which is located at Bokstadveien. and I was there for a long period of time before i quit I wanted to focus on my own career and trained with other professionals in Norway. My interest for MMA is probably based on where I am originally from I am adopted from Korea so one of my idols was Bruce Lee.. He was a hero when I was growing up. and yeah, trying to get back to my roots it was natural for me to get into MMA. And there were not a lot of opportunities in Trøndelag when I was growing up so I never got a chance to completely get into that before I moved to Oslo. I met Thomas Hytten for the first time when I moved here in 2003 I started with training Krav Maga at Mixed Style Academy, Thomas’ club I saw him a few times there and I had been in MMA- community for many years So we so each other and met each other sometimes and recognized each other but it was only a couple of years ago we managed to get him to work here with us as our instructor and that is the best thing that happened to our gym. I have to say that I have met 100s of different instructors during my career and I know what makes you qualify as a good instructor and he has all the gualities He is clear and educational and he motivates and pushes and he has all the qualities of a good couch. so we are very happy to have Thomas here I was bounded with Shooters for many years but but I wanted to train with other professionals in Norway.. Since the community was so small it was difficult for me to travel to Sweden every time for my training.. and the students at my gym were not so good yet so naturally I wanted to train with the other professionals. The experience is very important, of course. It’s about the technical base they get from me which which founds their improvement. so thats has a lot to say. my experiences.. to communicate them. and then to follow them up and give them the opportunity to compete. Cause you a have a long way ahead, if you wish to become a professional fighter you need to compete as an amateur first. I have broken my hand, got cut on my forehead, broken my nose sometimes. I broke my hand in a match actually. I’ve been injured when going to a fight but you get through all that. when you engage at a professional level, there is no sport which is “healthy”. I don’t think that professional sports are “healthy” in that way. but when you are at a amateur level, i mean MMA is deffensiable and good for you. but at a professional level its a bit tougher for your body. but I’m 43 and I’m still competing so it’s not that dangerous. my apprentices must have discipline. it’s a bit up to each individual where they want to go. if they want to go far in the sport,then i demand more discipline from them, than who just wants to work out,or just want to be social so you just most follow up on this all the time. so, for my active apprentices, would i expect them to be disciplined. i do expect that from them. He is rough in the training. What defines him as good instructor is that he customizes is sessions when it comes to people he trains. And he does just the right training for the newbegynnes, builds them up, but.. Buts he’s really tough towards the guys in the competition team. Cause the are going to fights and they have to be in shape even if they are totally exhausted. Thomas is really great and makes them work hard. That’s why they get good and often win. That’s what a good instructor does with those who are up for it. I just wanted to train some MMA. That’s how I literally fell in love with Brasilian jiu-jitsu, when I saw people roll on the mat. Things happen in a really special way. To be honest Iv’e never known anything about BJJ. I’ve known something about japanese jiu-jitsu and have seen a little bit on the internet but never tried to find out more about this sport As I said before, I just wanted to train mixed martial arts, especially something like iv’e done before. which in this case was judo, but it was a long time ago, probably over 9 years ago. But you still want to continue with things you have done before… I found the nearest martial arts gym and that was Frontline Muay Thai at Alexander Kiellands. I didn’t check out the schedule or anything and went there to get some more information. I went there the day they had a sparring day in Thai Boxing. Of course I joined. I knew nothing about thai boxing what so ever. So I tried it out and after that there were some other people who started to train, I wanted to join them too and that was apparently jiu-jitsu. Up until now I have won in 3 tournaments. The largest one is Nordic Open in Sweden, Stockholm. It didn’t go well so I lost there. And 3 smaller after that but it went better and I won there. As in any other types of sports, everything is split up into weights, age and even experience. For instance, in BJJ there are belts. Different colors like white, blue, purple, brown and black belt. At the moment I have white one which is turning into blue.. For me it’s all about the love for the sport and as in other sports there are tournaments, right? Where people like me meet each other to find out who is the best. After I saw other people train before the competitions and how it went, it’s an experience in itself. It’s not about winning or losing it’s about the experience. I feel like you gain something out of it. You get to test yourself in a different way, different pressure and feelings and other things at stake. I haven’t been in the situation where I train just for training. At the same time you don’t just do things for the sake of doing them. Everything has it’s purpose. I believe that people who train just for training, they do it to get something out of it. It could be about better health and self esteem. I feel that MMA absolutely helps your self esteem. If it’s about gaining new friends or experience something new, people gain something anyway. And going to tournaments and compete putting yourself under such pressure, it’s something that satisfies a lot. People who compete, enjoy it in the same way as people who just train do. Many of those who just train, afterwards start competing as well. But of course there are also people who just train because they like mixed martial arts. I feel like everyone who trains BJJ has a special psychological relationship to it which regular gym people don’t have. The most important thing for me is the life style and how BJJ shapes you as a person. I remember when I saw people training BJJ for the first time. It hit me right away. That was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life even if I don’t succeed as a professional. I want to continue anyway cause it’s worth your time. My goal has been for quite some time to be on the top, to be professional, but as I said, if you have the will, things still can happen in this life. You never know. It’s important to focus so my goal is absolutely to go to the top. Just as kids play the football, everyone should try jiu-jitsu as well. At least ones. People play ping pong and pool. So in a way it’s not so different. Jiu-jitsu is often compared to chess as well. It’s all about the moves and being ahead of your rival and that doesn’t depend on the strength but experience etc. Everybody should know the basics of self defense. Doesn’t matter if they are children, women or men… Do I define BJJ as violent? There is always some amount of violence in martial arts but I wouldn’t say it’s violence. It’s more like a physical body contact rather then direct violence. I don’t see it like that. I don’t see any of it as violence but very close physical contact. You can get hurt even if you don’t do MMA as well. We weren’t born to live never getting hurt in this world. People get hurt anyway, doesn’t matter if it’s on the mat or outdoors it’s just an injury. My plans for the future when it comes to BJJ are just to continue and try to improve. The goal is to improve all the time. It’s never enough, but you try to go on. It doesn’t entirely depend on us if we win or lose. It’s not always the one who deserves it most who wins. Not even the strongest ones who train a lot. Sometimes, small things define if you win or lose. The one who wins is not necessarily the one who is best. But my goal is to improve most of the time. That means to go the tournaments and win There is no such thing as losing, except on the paper.. The one who loses- learns, the one who wins- wins. My name is Anders Hilling and I’m one of 4 owners here I’m 34 and have been managing this gym since 2010. we have been doing this for like 6 years,
and this center is going well with a lot of good guys and with good atmosphere. very proud of what we accomplished with our center. I have been doing Martial arts since 2001. I started training Krav maga. after some years, started with Thai Boxing,submission wrestling and of course i have been doing MMA aswell. but first of all, i teach Krav maga.
its what im best at. i got my Instructor certification in 2006. and i have been a Instructor since then. and im the highest ranked one in this countery, and we have alot high ranked in this center. we are in the world league…
to be honest – in this system we have. we are very proud of this. the cause of why i started with Krav maga, because, a good friend of mine – told me that this would be a good thing for me. when he told me that, i had doubts cause i thought there would only be like ,cocky persons would be there when i actually tried going there. it was completely something else. its a welcoming place and not a macho place. the positive things about martial art is – the physical, it gets you in much better shape better coordination and better health and also for the mind. and you also get a mental strength . today, companies pays 10,000 kroner for – Lecture for mindfulness. you get this free in martial art. if you are not present at the time when its happening, it will give you a slap you in the face. and you have to react and have to be present. and have to empty your mind completely. and of top of that there is also the social part there are bunch of good persons who train here. theres all kind of people here, like students and lawyers and doctors.