Wimp2Warrior: Shane Kups

Shane Kups

Warrior: Shane Kups

Age: 43

Occupation: Fitness Industry

Why did you join Wimp 2 Warrior?

Shane: "I was looking for a challenge that would take me outside my comfort zone. Helping me grow as a person physically and mentally. I'm non-confrontational, non-aggressive, and always walking away from trouble. This is beyond my comfort zone."

What are you looking forward to on Fight Night?

Shane: "Win or lose, the experience of an MMA fight. Taping of your hands, the Coach pep talk, the mental focus, nerves, the walkout, walking into the cage and seeing 23 weeks of hard work come together."

What's your favourite part of the program?

Shane: "The friendship! The friendly supportive atmosphere! The coaches! The program really is my favourite part."

What would you say to other participants thinking of joining the program?

Shane: "If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do. — Warren Miller"

Tell us a little about yourself.

Shane: "I've been in the fitness industry for 20 years as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Presenter. After seeing Karate Kid (1984) and Bloodsport (1988), those movies changed my life, and my love for martial arts started.

A number of years ago, I had lost my love for Martial Arts and needed something else. I'm always seeking ways to challenge myself and grow as a person physically and mentally. That's when I discovered Obstacle Course Race (OCR). Racing was my new passion. In May 2018 I broke my ankle on a training, running at the top of Powderface Mountain. My OCR career that summer was over. Frustrated — I felt like I had "nothing" — I turned back to Martial Arts and came across Champions Creed Martial Arts. One month later, I found myself in the W2W program.

Married with two lovely girls, I always teach them to put the work in, seek to understand knowledge and build character. I truly felt the W2W program was going to do that for me. With only a few weeks till fight night, I have experienced success and failure in many training sessions: Rising early every day, coming back for more. Building character, knowledge and growing as an individual."

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Brian, Sheila and the rest of the staff strive hard to provide a great facility and experience for martial artists of all levels and interests. I have been attending classes for two and a half years and am thoroughly satisfied with the high level of training. Champion’s is the only MMA club in Calgary to produce UFC fighters. Additionally, we have world-class instructors to push anyone to whatever level of training they desire. Long live the Creed! -David Lee Watson