Dawid Farycki Interview
Dawid Farycki is a combat sports trainer who also has 3 wins from 3 professional fights. Dawid is originally from Poland and has come through hard times to get to where he is today after moving to the UK at 13 years old with his parents. Dawid got into boxing at a young age and was trained in his local boxing club where he trained for around a year to improve his footballing abilities but then decided that martial arts were what he wanted to do.
During this interview, Steven Matthews asked a range of questions to Dawid about his background, his upbringing, and what influenced him to get into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts.
Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you come from, and what brought you to the UK?
My name is Dawid Farycki. I am from Poland and I am 28 years old. I work as a Scaffolder and teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I came to the UK as a 13-year-old boy with my parents.
When you came to the UK, do you remember the transition of cultures and language?
I do, it was a hard time. I remember not being able to speak any English. Also, the school I went to was quite rough and not what I was used to at all. So, it was not an easy transition.
How was it growing up and at what age did you start training in BJJ or combat sports? Also, what made you get into this, and was this the first thing you tried?
When I came to the UK, I played football. I got into Boxing when I was 15. There was a boxing gym called Leyton ABC right next to my house. At school, I got picked on and I thought it would be a good idea to get into martial arts so that I could protect myself. It was an extra training session for my football as well. I continued to box for a year and found it very enjoyable. I grew in confidence at school and decided this is something I wanted to do.
Dawid in action at the Commando Temple gym in London:
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What clubs did you train from and when did you have your first contest, and did you have many supporters?
I started Boxing at Leyton ABC when I was 15, and then I moved to BJJ, MMA, and Muay Thai as I discovered that there was an MMA gym opposite my house. I remember watching UFC and saying that I would love to try it. I was 16 when Hendrique Santana was the head coach at the gym, He was a black belt in BJJ and had a record of 9 wins and 6 losses. Hendrique told me that if I want to fight in MMA, I need to know my way around on the ground as 80% of the fights eventually at some point get to the ground, so then I started training super hard.
I was hooked on MMA, I trained BJJ x6 a week, Muay Thai x3 and MMA x3. I was doing 2 classes a day every day, sometimes I was even skipping college to train with my coach in the morning. He used to take me with him to spar with experienced fighters, and this is where I started doing Grappling and then I started to enter BJJ competitions to try and gain more experience. The first competition I entered was after 10 months of training when I was still 16. I remember getting a bronze medal after winning 5 fights and losing 1 and it was tough to deal with, but I loved it and signed up for another one straight after, which I won after 4 fights.
After the second competition, I felt confident and wanted to start fighting in MMA. I had a Muay Thai contest before I started competing in MMA, this was a class C bout with no shin pads, kicks to the head, elbows and knees to the body, and of course, punches. I remember beating the guy up and he ended up with cuts on his eye and nose, it was so bad he had to go to the hospital after the fight. I was able to counter every single one of his kicks with a one-two boxing combination. I was confident I won the fight as I landed a lot of punches, but then lost the decision on points. After the event, I found out that his coach was the promotor of the event.
Following that fight, my coach started taking me to Team Titan, where he trained himself. I started sparing MMA with PRO fighters there. I was 17/18. I was getting beat up every day, but I improved so much in the space of just 3 months that my coach decided I am ready for my first semi-pro fight. I won and everything went from there. I ended up having 4 semi-pro wins and 3 pro fights and 3 wins.
Can you explain how MMA contests work?
Semi-pro fights are usually 3 x 3 minutes rounds. Punches, kicks, knees, and elbows to the body are allowed on the ground. You can strike your opponent but not with elbows.
Pro fights consist of 3 x 5-minute rounds. Punches, elbows, kicks and knees to the body and head are allowed but you can also elbow on the ground when doing ground and pound. When fighting at a semi-pro level, you have one fight a night. There are some tournaments where you can fight a couple of fights, but they are very rare now.
There is prize money for tournament fights, but it depends on your experience and winning streak. I was at the beginning of the pro journey, so I wasn’t even getting enough money to pay for my whole camp (food, supplements, coaches,). While preparing for my last pro fight, I trained super hard for 2 months and got £800. It was for BAMMA live on Channel 5, which is a big show in NEC Birmingham. They did not pay a lot then, and I think you could only live from fighting if you got into UFC. But it has changed now, the pay is much better when fighting, even for a starting pro.
Watch one of Dawid’s fights below:
You work as a scaffolder, has this always been your job?
Yes, I have been working as a scaffolder for about 5 or 6 years. Before that, I was working as a bouncer at night clubs, and I even worked on doors with my BJJ coach.
What was your greatest highlight and achievements in the sport so far and did you reach your goal, will you make a comeback? If so, what is your target or goal?
I enjoyed every fight and every win, but the greatest highlight was when Mike Brown from ATT came down with Brad Pickett to our gym. This guy was like one of the best in the world in my weight he was a WEC and UFC champ. I managed to have a couple of rounds with him and even though he was probably playing with me I managed to hang in there and that was probably the greatest feeling. It felt better than any win.
My goal as a fighter was to reach the UFC. I never did as I had a child early in my life and wanted to be there and provide for the family. So, I decided to stop fighting. I still train for myself now, but I know now that I would never be able to fight like that at the minute. I will have a comeback fight, but there is no goal. I just want to feel that buzz again, I have two kids and my other half is now trying to get into the PhD program, so the plan is that once she finishes her education and starts working, I will start training and thinking of the comeback.
You are now a coach at the Commando Fight Temple in Stratford, London, is this a long-term future for you, or is there something else in store for you?
I love coaching. I am a BJJ Black belt now and enjoy seeing people progress in the sport and seeing sport having a great impact on their life and it is very fulfilling. I am in Commando Temple at the moment. I like the gym. It probably is the best strength and conditioning facility I have ever seen and I met great people there. I don’t know what the future holds. I would love to have my own gym one day, but I am not focusing on that just yet.
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