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Samuel Barksdale in Charlotte - FTF® Fitness and Self-Defense

Samuel Barksdale

Sam wrestled for a three years in high school, but while in college started training in Krav Maga, but moved on to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after a period of time. After graduating from UNC-Charlotte with a Criminal Justice degree in 2010, Sam spent 6 months in Thailand training Muay Thai with national champions, and for a time, alongside world ranked Saenchai. He finished his time there with a professional fight. Since returning to the US, Sam continues to train Muay Thai, and hopes to continue a fighting career. Sam enjoys teaching traditional Muay Thai, and tries to impart skills he learned from his trainers in Thailand. He is a certified Krav Maga and Sparology trainer.
  • Nickname: "Sam"


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