Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Sean’s Martial Arts journey started when he was 11 years old and his dad took him to a Kyokoshin Karate centre in Elwood. He studied this style of karate until he was 17, attaining a Snr green belt under Shihan Eddie Emin, a 7th degree Kyokoshin black belt at the time.
Due to a immense back pain and VCE he decided to stop training, however in 2002 he was involved in a major car crash which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as a routine scan that is given after a crash reviled he actually had a birth defect that was slowly killing his kidney. After surgery the kidney was saved and the pain was entirely gone. He thought now was a perfect time to continue his martial arts journey.
At this point in time his brother Adrien was training at a Dojo in Belgrave called Golden Cobra Martial Arts. Their style was called Cobra-Do and was a free style karate. He began training near the end of 2003 attaining his black belt in 2007 while becoming Martial artist of the year and Club champion all in the same year. In 2008 he decided to test himself further by entering in the 2008 ISKA world tournament hosted in Sydney and there won his weight division for the continuous full contact sparring event and came 2nd overall out of all the weight divisions.
During all this karate training he was also introduced to Boxing by his Sensei Jason Gorringe, even though he loved Karate, boxing became his ultimate favourite martial art of all. 2 Years later he joined Exclusive Fitness and Martial Arts (EFMA) Owned by his very close friend Carmen Taylor who also trained at Golden Cobra for many years and attained her black belt there as well.
This time he joined as an instructor more than a student, due to Carmen’s vast network of martial artists and trainers he was exposed to many great boxing trainers such as Fred Tukes American former professional boxer and former Australian Welterweight Champion, and Sam Soliman former IBF middleweight title holder. Sean has also been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under instructor Brenten Sharp on and off for over 5 years but only just recently has begun to fall in love with the sport and has now been consistently training for a year and a half already competing twice with a 3rd place and 4th place ranking in his weight division.
Sean is still currently a proud boxing instructor at EFMA and has been for many years and will continue to be for many more years to come.