Tim Baker

Which sport(s) do you compete in?

BJJ. Used to compete in MMA as well.

What is your belt rank?

Purple belt

When and how did you start BJJ/MMA?

I started BJJ and MMA in 2012, at a local club in England where I had trained kickboxing as a teenager.

How would you describe your style?

Half guard

Who are your BJJ/MMA heroes and why?

I have lots of people I look up to in the BJJ and MMA world, but I would say Demian Maia and Marcelo Garcia. Demian because of the way he displays beautiful BJJ in MMA, completely dominating his opponents without causing them too much damage. Marcelo is one of my heroes because he is a super nice person, a strong candidate for the greatest of all time, and loves jiu jitsu as much as I do!

What is your most memorable BJJ/MMA moment?
Probably Forrest Griffin versus Stephen Bonnar for MMA, as that was an iconic mma moment. For BJJ it would have to be my first blue belt competition where I came from 7 points down to finish a flying armbar for silver.
What are your goals and motivation to compete?

The main reason I compete is to test myself, and to expose holes in my game, to help myself figure out what I need to work on to continue my growth. I want to be the best, and I think competition is one of the best tools for improvement.

What does your weekly training schedule look like (including S&C)?

My training schedule is currently 2 strength sessions, one conditioning session and around 7-12 BJJ classes per week, depending on how my body feels, and my work situation. I am currently training primarily in the evenings and Saturday mornings.

In your opinion, what do you think most BJJ/MMA practitioners lack in their training?

Most BJJ/MMA athletes (BJJ athletes particularly in my view) lack a solid strength and conditioning program to back up their technical knowledge.

What are your highest values in your BJJ/MMA and training life?

Continuous improvement

What do you do for fun or to relax outside of your training/competition schedule?
I enjoy hosting our friends for a good feed and quality hang out (with my wifeTina’s amazing cooking) To be honest, I love to mess around with bjj for fun when not focused on competition.
How has Strength & Conditioning impacted your BJJ/MMA?
In times where I have concentrated on my S&C I have felt more well equipped to deal with the task at hand. Looking forward I can see strength and conditioning helping to push me onto the next level, and I relish the challenge that this presents.