I’ve been lurking here for quite a while and have decided to start getting more involved.
I’ve just turned 24. About 7 years ago I started training MMA in the States. I branched out and spent some time purely on BJJ and Muay Thai, (2008 I moved to Australia) and in 2011 I boxed for a year. In 2012 I started out at a new Judo club.
I teach massage therapy for a living and treat on the side. In one of the courses I was teaching I had a student named Lapeka Nanai, who is a world ranked, blind, powerlifter.
Pex convinced me to start training in powerlifting in early 2012 (April I think). Prior to this I had been doing stronglifts 5x5 for about 6 months. I competed 3 times in 2012. I also stopped all martial arts training to focus on powerlifting. Prior to this I had been doing stronglifts 5x5 for about 6 months.
In the last year I went from learning to lift to pulling (Comp Nov 2012):
At 175cm (5’9’’) and 69kg (151.8lbs)
Lifts I am proud of, but working to beat.
I felt like an introduction would be a good way to start getting involved with the community here on T-Nation.
Really though, I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who contribute to this site, and make it such a great place to share information.