Martial arts changed my life

Edward Arthur, 22, of Grovehill from Hemel Martial Arts with his first title belt in mixed martial arts. It is the featherweight title for SB MMA Champion under 66kg, semi professional class.
Edward Arthur, 22, of Grovehill from Hemel Martial Arts with his first title belt in mixed martial arts. It is the featherweight title for SB MMA Champion under 66kg, semi professional class.

ASPIRING fighter Ed Arthur, who has dreams of making it to the top of his sport, is a very different 22-year-old to the young man who faced the prospect of a stretch behind bars just two years ago.

In fact the Grovehill born and bred scaffolder credits the world of martial arts with giving him the discipline and drive to turn his life around.

Ed got a taste for brawling in the streets when he was just 15 years old.

He said: “We would go out and get into fights. It was typical Hemel – a lot of young lads with nothing to do getting into trouble and getting into fights.”

But the former Cavendish Schoolboy decided to change his stripes when, at the age of 19, a weekend fight in Watford’s High Street saw him arrested for grievous bodily harm.

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