PRO MMA FIGHTER - COACH - CORNER
BRIAN SERAIAH WOOD
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303 Training Center (Westminster)
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Brian began wrestling at the age of 9 and 34 years later he still maintains his passion and love for grappling. He was 2 X All-State and 2 X Regional Champ in Colorado. He followed his dream to the University of Wyoming where he walked on and secured his spot on the Varsity team as true freshmen. In 1999, after years of hard work he won the Division 1 Western Athletic Conference Championship defeating the # 6 Ranked competitor in the USA and qualified for the National Championship but fell short of All-American placing. In the year 2000, he was Ranked Top 20 in the Country. He had close matches with National Champs and defeated All-Americans but due to a severe injury the last dual of the season he did not return to Nationals.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Like many star wrestlers, the only option after college is to compete in MMA and so began his quest for self-experience in the cage. His first fight was at Ring of Fire where he shined in front of 5,000 screaming fans. he quickly gained attention from promoters and inspired fans with his unique spiritual approach to competition and sportsmanship. He fought to the best of his abilities and learned from both wins and losses. He was loved by fans, fighters and trainers from both affiliate and opposing gyms. In 2012, he was nominated as Comeback Fighter of the year along with Knockout of the year. in 2013, He fought Chinzo Machida and suffered a career ending injury. with gratitude for life he now follows fate in new direction towards love, healing and helping others.
WING CHUN KUNG FU
As a youth, he fell in love with Kung Fu and as millions worldwide he was dramatically influenced by Bruce Lee by his brilliant mind and unmatchable style. He would mimic the movements and style of Bruce and years later to his great surprise he found himself learning Wing Chun, the original style taught to Bruce Lee by the legend Yip Man and Wong Shun Leung. Brian studied extensively with Sifu Stephen Joffe (Boulder, CO) in the styles of Wing Chun, Pekiti Tirsia Kali (Philippine Blade Fighting), Muay Thai, and Qigong. He learned some devastating techniques, forms and the infamous Wing Chun Wooden Dummy. While in Hong kong, Brian was blessed to train at Yip Man's martial arts association led by sam lau. With humble honor, Brian is blessed to continue the legacy and share the art of this unique and revolutionary style. respect.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU
Continuing his Chinese Kung Fu enlightenment, he was blessed to train and live with Shifu Yan Lei (34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Disciple) when he came to the United States for his first visits. Through Shifu, Brian learned many styles of Qigong (Ba Duan Jin and Hard Style Body Conditioning) as well as Sanshou techniques, Shaolin forms and principles which he carries with him to this very day. On both trips to China, he was blessed to study with hugh level Shaolin students. Master Christophe Clarke (Tai Chi Gold Medalist and WuShu Kung Fu Specialist) instructed Brian on the subtleties of class and charisma while honing the intricacies of being a versatile stage performer. Of all the styles Brian has studied, it was the the unique blend of Qigong, Kung Fu and Meditation that made shaolin so special to him.
In 2012, Brian was blessed to live in Thailand for close to one year and train at Tiger Muay Thai where he won his first Pro Muay Thai Fight by Knockout. What a blessings it was to train under World Champion, Lamsongkram Chuwattana and Tiger Muay Thai Head Trainer Kru Phet. Although the style of Muay Thai is one of the most brutal on the planet, it is the deeper spiritual teachings and the honor of learning the "wai kru" that impacted him on his martial arts journey. always paying respect and honor to the Buddha, coaches and the beautiful thai culture.
Prepping the way for Thailand, he studied Muay Thai with ISKA World Champion and UFC Star, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, as well as British and European World Thai Boxing Champion, James “The Hammer” McSweeney. Since his career ending injury in his last MMA fight, Brian coaches young Muay Thai fighters out of 303 Training Center in Westminster Colorado.
In 2006, he was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling, which he quickly excelled in due to his extensive background in wrestling. He always tried to push himself and competed in Advanced (Brown Belt NO-GI) Divisions...despite staying a perpetual White Belt in GI. His ground game evolved with a unique blend of wrestling control and jiu jitsu intilect. He has trained with and been coached by many recognized Black belts such as Tony Basile (303 Training Center - Carlos Gracie Jr), Alvin “The Kid” Robinson and Morgan Patnode (Mile High Jui Jitsu - Royce Gracie), Henry Matamoros (Pedro Sauer), Renato Virissimo (BJ Penn’s - Hawaii) and the late Mauricio Zingano (Zingano BJJ).
Career Highlights: Tapping out Brown Belt in MMA fight with rear naked choke.
During his MMA career, He worked closely with Western Boxing Coach and Trainer, Joe Trujillo (Denver, CO), who helped coach some of the UFC best such as Rashad Evans, George St. Pierre & Shane Carwin. As a boy, he was never taught how to punch or defend himself other than wrestling and over the years has dedicated countless hours to focus on striking and hand to hand combat. Although known for his ground game, it was nice to finally be comfortable and confident with boxing and the useful benefits of head movement and combinations. As with anything Seraiah learns and evolves at, he always gives back by teaching the next generation the basic which create solid foundation for any martial arts practice. True martial artists study for self cultivation and never for intent on hurting others.