Hi, I’m Phil Bennett.

I’m a designer, writer and fighter.

I’ll continue with me in a minute, but first, why “Complete MMA Training?”

It’s simple really.

When you train the body and the mind, your true warrior spirit emerges.

This is not something new. It’s not some groundbreaking phenomenon. It’s been practised in traditional martial arts for countless years. Through pushing your physical and mental limits, you will truly learn how to connect body, mind and spirit to achieve great things- In the gym, cage and in life.

No gimmicks. Nothing ground breaking, but just tried and tested methods that work.

So back to me I guess. Who am I?

Well, I am just a normal guy.

Well, maybe not that normal. I am 6ft 6, have ginger hair, tattoos and a pretty solid beard. (Even if I do say so myself)

I have always been an artist. I have my family to thank for constantly buying me art supplies as a child and although not one of them is artistic, pushing me to do more.

I began my artistic career designing tattoo flash and custom designs for whoever was interested. I took this from working with clients face to face, to working freelance online.

Working freelance opened my eyes to the full scope of the design world and the grandeur of the internet. I took the lessons learnt from working with clients who were after tattoos and applied it to those who wanted T-shirt designs, logo’s, websites and whatever I could put to pen to paper on.

During this time as a designer, I smoke, drank in pretty large amounts (Irish heritage) and was generally pretty unhealthy.

I became tired of being tired.

I became tired of being skinny.

I became tired of being unhealthy.

This is me years ago. Check out the non existent arm and epic Mohawk. I guess I get my build from my Granddad. This is him on the right during the war. Look at those arms and legs!


I began weight training in the usual fashion. I reaped all the typical noob benefits despite the shotgun approach to training. I quickly realized though that this wasn’t me. Being outside has always something I have enjoyed. Lifting stones and logs felt more natural to me than barbells and dumbbells.

This led to my obsession with odd object training. I focussed on getting solid results using kettlebells, ropes, sandbags, bodyweight, logs, stones and essentially anything I could get my hands on. I began to obsessively read any training information I could get, the internet, books, magazines, it really didn’t matter. Each line of text was knowledge and further fuelled my desire to train more and more.

The transition into combat sports

Author PhotoMy training, fitness and muscle gain became clear to my friends and family. My attitude and outlook on life had shifted. Confidence increased, insecurities and feelings of self-doubt went away.  This is me now. I have no idea why I look so angry, but hey, I’ve managed to pack on some serious muscle and the beard still looks epic. (Again, even if I do say so myself!)

A friend of mine who had been training in boxing and grappling for a few years at this point and had asked me to come along to a grappling lesson with him. Although I lacked any skill in the ways of grappling, he marvelled at my overall movement and strength. We sat down for hours after that first lesson and he explained to me his training and I explained mine. He soon became converted. I trained him in the art of odd object strength training. He went onto win a national title in submission grappling.

The initial fire I felt for odd object training had been born anew in martial arts. I quickly signed up to Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and sambo, all while continuing with my strength training.

By this point I had amassed quite a few combat athletes interested in me training their Strength and Conditioning.

All the athletes I trained began competing and doing well in their respective sports.

For me, the passion was never in the combat, but rather learning and teaching.

I have to learn.

I love to teach.

So, what do I do now?

Well, through working on this wonderful thing called the internet I am able to travel and work. When I travel I train with the greatest I can find. I still design. I write for the fitness industry. I train combat athletes in the physical and mental side of fighting and write for this blog.

Why the Blog?

Well, I get to combine my passions.

I get to write frequently, design and help those who need advise in fitness, combat and mindset.

I can write about what I have learnt.

I have put in the hours. I know what works and what doesn’t. My goal is to help you out and hopefully save you some time.

I want to thank you for reading my story.

Please, feel free to contact me. I love hearing your stories, so I encourage you to write me. My email address is phil@completemmatraining.com

Train your body and mind hard people.

Get tougher.

Phil Bennett.


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