Leave Your Ego at the Door

A Day at KO Gym

In the summer of 2015 I visited KO Gym in Bethnal Green, London. The gym is a training ground for some of the top Muay Thai fighters in the country. 

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
— Morihei Ueshiba

To the untrained eye there wasn’t much slack on show as Tom (my second camera) and I watched these athletes put through their paces. Amongst the talented fighters training at the gym was Greg “The Prodigy” Wootton. Greg is the UK’s number one super lightweight, WMC MAD World Champion and winner of an Enfusion World strap. He was in training for a career defining fight against Saenchai at Yokkao 14 but took time out of his hectic training schedule to talk to us about his life as a Muay Thai fighter at KO Gym.

As well as spending some time with Greg we also spoke at length with Jonas Gren and especially Tyson Douglas who are also good fighters in their own right. They answered all of our questions and took us through their training regimes with a refreshing openness and honesty that was mirrored by all the athletes we met at the gym. Based in one of London’s rougher areas, the gym offers a great family orientated collective, offering great opportunities for athletes young and old to hone their skills. I was very grateful for the insight of into the gym and the athlete’s lives, their approach summed up perfectly by their motto; Leave your ego at the door.