Daily Archives: March 24, 2015


Like pretty much every mixed martial artist, Johan DeLeeuw is intimidating — and for good reason. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he trained from the age of 12 at the renowned Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam, the birthplace of Dutch kickboxing the home gym of multiple world champion fighters. At age 21, DeLeeuw came to Atlanta and now coaches at Team Octopus, an Atlanta MMA and fitness academy where he says, despite the intimidating reputation of MMA, anyone can come to build strength and skills (yes, even you). “You’ll find something you like by trying out different things,” he says. “We welcome anyone who wants to train with our fighters! Every time I teach someone, I learn something too.” For today’s Trainer Talk, we asked DeLeeuw about his pre- and post-workout meals, go-to workout, and coaching philosophy.
Here’s what he had to say >>