Full Metal Dojo 3 takes place on 22 November, 2014 with a fight card including an exciting array of fighters both international as well as Thai. One of the up and coming fighters worth watching is Alex Schild, a flyweight from the United States who is currently living in Thailand and training at Tiger Muay Thai.
Schild won his pro debut at Full Metal Dojo 1 in Phuket earlier this year when he defeated Cambodian Chan Heng via rear naked choke. He is now slated to face India’s Susovan Ghosh (1-1) at FMD 3. Ahead of his upcoming fight, I had a chance to speak with Alex in between his tight training schedule.
Asia MMA: What made you come to Asia and why?
Schild: I first came to Asia when I went to China to finish my Bachelors Degree through an exchange program from my university. After graduation, I decided to come to Thailand to train and get fitter. I ended up loving Thailand and decided to stay and make it my home. That was when I had the opportunity to start Sabai Gi, a company that designed and created quality grappling gear to support the fight community within a country that I had come to love and proudly call my home.
Asia MMA: What was your first martial art?
Schild: My started my journey with wrestling but when I got to university I found jiujitsu and have been training and competing ever since.
Asia MMA: How did you become introduced to MMA and end up fighting professionally?
Schild: I was first inspired to become a professional MMA fighter when I was training at my old jiujitsu gym. I would see the pro fighters training and pushing themselves every day and saw the thrill they got from fighting. I knew that one day I wanted to experience the same thrill.
Asia MMA: It seems you could be considered a grappler; have you honed the rest of your MMA skills?
Schild: My base is grappling but I work on all aspects of the game like striking, wrestling, submissions. I work on making myself better at everything. In MMA, we need to be as well-rounded as we can be to be able to respond to a given situation with the right skills.
Asia MMA: What are your thoughts of your opponent, Susovan Ghosh?
Schild: For this fight, I’m not thinking about what my opponent is doing, I’m focusing on making myself a better fighter all around. However, I’m really confident that I will win this fight whether it’s on the ground or on the feet.
Asia MMA: In your final fight camp, what did your regimen consist of?
Schild: My training schedule was really packed during these last few weeks of training camp. I usually try and get in two hard sessions and one light one per day, depending on the day. Usually cardio and sparring, or cardio and padwork. Each day is a little different, alternating between training Muay Thai, wrestling, and jiujitsu.
“To raise the bar for myself, I want to fight the best flyweights in Asia.”
Asia MMA: As your fighting career is still new, have you dialed in on pre-fight nutrition and weight cut?
Schild: For diet and nutrition I try to eat clean. This would include a lot of greens, chicken, and rice. I just try not to eat things that will upset my stomach and impact my training. I must admit, it’s quite tough sometimes because I love eating Thai food, and sometimes it could be a risk eating food from the local mom and pop restaurant, if you know what I mean!
Asia MMA : Beyond FMD, where do you see your career taking you?
Schild: My career ambitions beyond FMD are to keep fighting and to fight opponents that are better all the time as I see each fight as a potential learning experience. To raise the bar for myself, I want to fight the best flyweights in Asia.
Asia MMA: Outside the gym, what are your interests?
Schild: Most of my time is taken up by either training, teaching, or working on Sabai Gi. When I’m not doing these, I like to surf, go climbing, drive around the island and simply enjoy the beautiful paradise that I live in, Phuket.
Asia MMA: What is your focus with Sabai Gi? What separates your design and product from others on the market?
Schild: My design philosophy for Sabai Gi is to be big and bold while keeping it clean and simple. What I mean by this is using big designs, without being too flashy and over the top. There is a big trend for BJJ and MMA gear to have tons of skulls and crossbones or dragons and samurais, and that’s not my style. For me, coming up with designs and doing jiujitsu are very similar; it’s about the creativity. One of my favorite things about jiujitsu is that each person can add their own style to it. If my armbar or kimura looks different than the other guy’s, it doesn’t matter, as long as it works. I think jiujitsu is one of the best examples of ART in the martial arts.
Asia MMA: What are your personal strengths?
Schild: My strength inside and outside the cage is the same; I am extremely focused on my goals. I focus 100% on whatever task I have at hand, and will stop at nothing to achieve it.
Asia MMA: Are there any MMA fighters who inspire you?
Schild: The fighter that inspires me most is my coach and mentor, Roger Huerta. Although I came to Thailand with a decent amount of grappling experience, most of my MMA training has been under him and I could not be more grateful for his dedication as a coach, mentor and friend. Roger has been through every high and low in the game, watching him train and fight inspires me to be a better fighter everyday.