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“It was a different time when I started getting into martial arts,” Higgins recalled. “I started training when I was around six or seven years old and have been involved in martial arts for about 32 years now. There was no social media as such back then, and I didn’t get into it for the money or to be famous or anything like that. I got involved in martial arts to better develop myself and to have something to work towards.”
Over the years, Higgins has seen it all when it comes to people wanting to chase down the dream of being a full-time professional fighter. The success of Integrated MMA means that there are always people knocking on the door to join what is arguably Australia’s most successful fight team. Higgins is not as concerned with what a person can bring to the table in accomplishments as he is with the qualities that define the person and where the journey that is martial arts can take them.
“I think that training in martial arts should be used to develop character,” Higgins explained. “I have a very traditional outlook on training and on martial arts as a whole. And I think that if someone is worried about accolades or trophies and belts, then they aren’t going to last long in the sport. Once they lose a fight or are out of the spotlight, then they start to lose interest. I am a very basic kind of guy, and, for me, it’s about training a skill set first and being a fighter comes second.”