AN ENGINEER’S APPROACH TO MARTIAL ARTS
Methodical and rigorous, Thomas Glot transcribes his engineering mindset over to martial arts. Bodybuilding, nutrition, sleep… Nothing is left to chance at the dawn of his big debut at HEXAGONE MMA, scheduled for September 7, in Nantes.
Thomas Glot sees sport as a real science. A graduate of an engineering school, he applies to training concepts that he has learnt from his textbooks.
“I was taught to be methodical and rigorous. For me, martial arts presents a very big project for which you have to manage every little detail. Bodybuilding, nutrition, sleep… “
At only 22 years old, the Frenchman takes things very seriously, and shows great thoroughness in his approach to combat sports.
“I started MMA when I was 13, and very quickly knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. But at the same time, I realized that the career of a fighter was very risky, and that a professional life should not be neglected.”
Pragmatic, Thomas Glot has managed to reconcile his studies with his first outings in the cage, and can now devote himself more seriously to his fight career.
“In the future, I will put a big focus on MMA, while keeping engineering as an activity in my schedule. In two years’ time, we will see if it has paid off.”
“If I had known, I would have waited before going pro.”
Despite his young age, Thomas Glot shows a lot of maturity, and his ten years of MMA practice are certainly not for nothing.
“I started very young. In addition, I had the opportunity to train on the amateur circuit, and it brought me a lot! Besides, if I had known, I think I would have waited a little longer before going professional. Indeed, with the French MMA team, Thomas Glot was able to participate in the IMMAF European Championships as well as the IMMAF World Championships, the international flagship amateur event.
“It allowed me to compete at a high level, and make adjustments. At the time, I relied solely on my striking, and I lacked wrestling skills. But I came across a Russian who dominated the fight, and I couldn’t do anything. So we worked on that, and now, I would even say that wrestling is one of my strengths.”
Fail, learn, and progress.