We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Peter Florenini, one of our students at Absolute MMA St Kilda.
Name: Peter Florenini
Occupation: Architect and Ski Instructor
Sports: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo
How did you get into the sport? Walked into the Absolute MMA South Yarra location at Commercial Road, just loved it from the first moment and never looked back.
What are your immediate training goals? To improve my technique a tiny bit every day I train.
What are your goals for the next five years?
PLAN A – Retain most of my physical and mental capacity. Retire from work and all other activities so I can roll all day every day.
PLAN B (If I find that I am loosing my marbles rapidly) – Look for a retirement home with a full MMA programme.
Why do you love training at Absolute MMA? Great coaches. Great people to roll with. Great venues in which to roll.
What is your favourite move? Osoto Gari (Outher reaping throw), Kesa Gatame (Scarf hold) and straight arm bar. This has only happened once in the period between 2016-2017. But watch out next year. NO MORE MR NICE GUY.
“Peter is by far my favourite training partner at the club. He makes the training fun and competitive, and always has time for a laugh. Even though he has a softer side, during a roll Peter is tougher than an old leather boot and his knowledge and experience as a Judo black belt and KGB is always on display. A great thing about him is his willingness to share his wisdom with other younger members particular relating to the multitude of take downs he has in his arsenal. Naturally, one may have concerns due to the excessive grunting noise emitted during one of his rolls, but rest assured that is how he informs people close by that he is winning. All round, Peter is a great bloke and a pleasure to train with any day of the week, we are all richer to have him on the team.”
– Adrian Mannix
“Pete is my hero. I hope I am half as badass as him when I turn 75. Everyday I watch him tap people less than half his age. It’s hard to make excuses not to train when this 75 year old is in there rolling everyday!” – Craig Jones