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The ‘Persian Leopard’ Reza Goodary talks about his martial arts career and future goals

The ‘Persian Leopard’ Mohammadreza Goodary (called ‘Reza’ for short) is a martial artist who has his sights set on greatness. Born in Iran, Reza was exposed to martial arts from a young age and has never stopped since, with his hopes set on signing up for MMA (mixed martial arts) and has started MMA training at Fairtex Training Center in Thailand.

Reza is also the first Iranian with international titles in Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai.

Reza was able to take some time to answer a few questions so readers can know more about him.

Hello Reza, at what age did you start with martial arts?

Hi. I started martial arts at the age of 7 with my father who was a Judo master in Iran. I went on to expand into Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and Jiujitsu to round out my skills. I’m quite proud and consider myself very lucky because my Jiujitsu coach is Professor De’Alonzio Jackson – he is a x8 times Brazilian Jiujitsu world champion and a great mentor to me.

What are your biggest accomplishments in martial arts?

My biggest achievements so far are winning bronze medals at both 2016 and 2019 World Martial Arts Mastership, which is the martial arts tournament at the Olympic games.

What are the future goals you want to achieve in martial arts?

I want to win a championship title using all of the martial arts skills I have learned over my life.

What are the other benefits of martial arts for you in your life other than a career?

Martial arts in general is a great way to vent stress and anxiety in a productive and supportive environment. Also, you meet lots of amazing people along the way and make lifelong friends through your shared love of sport.

Do you think martial arts is a good sport for young kids to try?

Yes. Parents should not be afraid that marital arts encourages violence – it does the exact opposite and teaches how to control and focus angry feelings. While it is not for everyone, I think parents who have children with a lot of energy should try martial arts as an outlet for them, as my parents did when I was young.

Do you have any tips for young martial artists out there?

Be patient and use the time waiting for opportunities to practise and become an even better athlete. Marital arts is not a sport for those with a big ego, as people will notice this from you – be honest and kind and focus on be an ethical athlete rather than trying to dominate others. Give everyone a chance to be their best, including yourself.