Terrence has recently returned from a six-week stint in China, where he was teaching adult Muay Thai and fitness classes in a gym called Titan MMA in Shenyang. It was his first time leaving the United States, and he lived in an apartment near the gym. Most of his students in Shenyang were beginners who spoke little to no English. He says that initially he found the language barrier frustrating, but he overcame it by using physical communication, and being very deliberate in his demonstrations with technique.
Terrence has found that the precision required of him as a coach has also improved his own martial arts practice. When teaching beginners, he is careful to show them each motion with perfect form, which forces him to closely examine his own technique. Terrence is also an active fighter, whose fearsome skills belie the gentle demeanor he has with his youngest students. He had his first professional MMA fight last year, attaining his original training goal. He has also had two professional Muay Thai fights. It’s not uncommon for a new student to come into Easton with the goal of becoming a fighter. To those students, my advice is to emulate Terrence. He is in the gym every day, putting in work, and his dedication is evident in both his training and his coaching. If you enjoy his classes and are interested in learning more from him, ask him about private lessons!