En février 2020, nous étions à Sydney, Australie. Nous avons rencontré Marcus Galloway, champion de MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) pratique à ce jour interdite en France. Nous vous proposons de découvrir en exclusivité cette série de mode reportage, au format digital.
February 2020, we were in Sydney, Australia. Our last trip before confinement. We met Marcus Galloway, champion MMA fighter. We shot a mix of fashion and training pictures. For the first time online, we present an exclusive interview and photography series.
Photographie Christian Lartillot. Stylisme Romain Vallos.
Marcus, Can you tell us more about you ? Well, I was born in Tasmania. You know, the remote island off the bottom of mainland Australia. Clean air, rugged terrain, beautiful and relatively untouched wilderness, mountains and pristine coast lines. Growing up in Tasmania, my family home backed on to the bush land at the outer foot hills of Mt Wellington or kunyani as it is known to the original custodians of the land. In my early years I would often spend time playing in the bush land and exploring with my older brother. I started doing track and field and playing soccer (football as it’s known to the rest of the world) and had some minor success in both at a local and national level. As I grew older I moved away from team sports and eventually, with the influence from my now brother-in-law found my way to a Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) class at a local gym and was absolutely hooked from that moment on. I was around 20 years old and working full time as a public servant for the Australian federal government and at that stage and had been training for a short time before entering into my first competition which was the Tasmanian state championships, where I won gold medals in both my divisions. When I moved to the Gold Coast, I found my way to mixed martial arts (mma) and have been training and competing ever since. I had my first MMA fight in 2014 which I won by a unanimous decision, and have since gone on to have 6 more, winning all but one of my amateur fights which I lost via TKO, learning very quickly that you must keep your hands up at all times and never get too comfortable! Fighting and competing doesn’t come without injury : ligament in my knees and shoulders, a broken bone in my hand and a couple displaced ribs….. but no matter what my love for competing and for the sport prevails and all the injuries and hardship are worth the feeling of achievement after a fight. In 2018 I was scouted by David Cunningham at IMG in NYC and signed shortly afterwards, and have since moved to Sydney in New South Wales, where I continue to train. Always ready for the next challenge to come!