A few weeks back I was introduced to a young man named Jason Moe who was eagerly embarking upon his MMA career. After speaking with him and seeing the spark and passion he has for mixed martial arts, I decided it would be a great topic to share with my readers. Hopefully, this interview with Moe will give an insight to one of the lesser known- but equally as important- aspects of the MMA universe.
By Alexia Krause
Alexia Krause: So you started off with classical wrestling, and then later branched out to other disciplines. What arts are you currently training in?
Jason Moe: I am now training in, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and wrestling. I wrestled when I was a kid, but many things I’ve forgotten. We do a lot of sparring and ground work everyday. I train six days a week. I normally train for 2-3 hours, depending on what we have going on that day. My training camp started July 19th, so I am going to try to work out twice a day. I will run and weight train in the morning, then train some more in the evening.
AK: What’s your inspiration to train? Are there any athletes or fighters you could say you look up to?
JM: I think my biggest inspiration to train is to WIN. I hate losing. I don’t want to go into that cage and let my family, team, and friends down. They all believe in me, and there is no way I can let them down. The biggest thing is: I can’t let myself down! I need this win more then anything in September. I am going to give everything I’ve got in there. My favorite fighter when I started this was Tito Ortiz. I loved how he would just talk smack and then back it up in the cage. Well now he does not back in up anymore… Ha. One guy that has been really growing on me is Frank Mir. I just love how he fights and trains. On a side note, people say I look like him. Ha.
AK: What is your least favorite aspect of your training regimen? What part of it do you love?
JM: My least favorite part is when we have to run Swallow Cliff in Palos. The stairs and hills are pretty crazy. Tim Houston (One of my coaches) puts the team through some hell on those days, but when the day is done, you feel pretty darn good about yourself. I pretty much love everything about training. Every day I learn something new about the sport, I also learn something new about myself.
JM: Right now I am just an amateur. I started training in January of this year. My first fight will be September 15th. I think the biggest obstacle is training while hurt. I think everyone trains and fights while injured. I don’t think a day goes by where some kind of pain is going through my body. So far I have hurt my ribs, nose, neck, back, leg, foot, and eye. Normally, all the pain goes away after a couple of weeks.
AK: You are a member of Team Immortal out of LA Boxing in Orland Park, IL. What is it like training and fighting with them; how do you feel about the MMA climate in Illinois?
JM: Training with Team Immortal has been the best seven months of my life. I could not ask for a better team. The coaches and team have helped me since the first day I walked through that gym. I really have to thank a couple guys on the team that really help on a daily basis: Tim Houston, Brian Johnson, Justin Ruggio, and Anthony Ferro. Also, everyone out of L.A. boxing has been a big help on me growing in the sport.
AK: What are some of the unexpected things you have learned since you made the switch from wrestling to MMA?
JM: You use wrestling a lot in MMA, so it is awesome to have it as your background, but there is so much more to the sport. You should try to learn everything you can.
AK: Do you have any words of wisdom for the young men and women out there who are considering starting their training in MMA?
JM: I am probably not ready to give anyone words of wisdom yet, but if I had to, I would say this sport is rough and you have to have the heart to compete to your highest level. Giving a half-assed job will get you hurt. Like I always say: you kinda have to have something wrong with you if you like to get punched in the face everyday.
Alexia is a lifelong fan of sports and fitness. Recently, she’s been smitten by Mixed Martial Arts. She is happy to be representing MMA Industries, proud suppliers of MMA training equipment to athletes around the world. Alexia continues to bring you the latest news in the mixed martial arts world on everything from the most advanced MMA equipment to the newest MMA shirts.Follow paulmbanks