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FIGHT CAMP REPORT: Kyle Watson - Watson Martial Arts

By Brett Auten | Knuckle Junkies

Juggling multiple passions can be a chore for anyone and Kyle Watson knows all about that.

Watson is a professional fighter, coach, and gym owner and finding the proper balance between them has been the secret to his success so far.

Its very hard, Watson said. I always notice that if something has to give, either my training or my teaching, my stuff always takes a back seat because I feel very strongly how my students view me and I want their respect and I never want to fail them. I do whats best for them and sometimes that does hurt my performance and my training but at the end of the day Id rather see them succeed than myself. Its a hard balance but I feel Ive been able to do it well so far.

A born teacher, Watson (who holds a B.A. in education) finds plenty of benefits from coaching:
Its very satisfying to me, he said. I love to offer something to people. I love to help them improve. If Im teaching a jiu-jitsu class and if I show someone a move and then a couple weeks later, they pull it off, that is super exciting for me because they didnt have that before and I was able to add to their game.

Watson made a name for himself when he was picked to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. Watson fought two times for the UFC before being released and joining the UK-based Cage Warriors. A black belt, in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Watson was Matt Hughes BJJ instructor at the H.I.T. Squad before opening his own gym in St. Louis, Watson Martial Arts.

I have a lot of new, up-and-coming guys you have never heard of but I still have bigger name guys here training, Watson said. Jake Hecht is here training and he has a UFC fight in Australia on March 3 and Ill be cornering him in that fight. I appreciate that people still look to me for coaching and not just as a fighter. I take pride in that Im very knowledgeable about the sport and I take my cornering very seriously.

Kyle Watson VS Juha-Pekka Vainikainen

Cage Warriors: Fight Night 3
Saturday, February 11th - Habtoor Grand Hotel
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

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