Ever wanted to know more about your fellow TMAPers, but were too shy to ask? This segment features individual students and finds out what they like about TMAP and what they do when they are not training.
In this week’s limelight, we have a resident film-maker & poet, fellow foodie and all-round nice guy:
Name: Kevin Bisbangian
Country of birth: Iran
Belt level: Orange
What do you do for a living?
What are you working on now?
A Film Project called ‘Salome’, which is a psychological thriller.
Who or What made you take up kickboxing?
I was advised by my doctor to lose weight so I decided the best way would be to join this club.
Have you always had an interest in Martial Arts?
I always liked the discipline and respect which goes with all the Martial art styles.
When did you start training with TMAP?
I started training seriously at TMAP from January 2013.
How did you find out about TMAP?
I was aware of the web site as well as the location of the Dojo.
How often do you train at the Dojo?
Since January 2013, minimum of 4-5 times a week.
What is your motivation to train?
Health wise, I feel much better and feel more active and it terms of confidence I feel great when I train and that motivates me enough to continue. Plus having great professional instructors has helped me to push myself more and try to improve.
What element of the training do you enjoy the most at TMAP?
Sparring, simply because it allows me to sharpen my skills and concentrate on things like controlling distance, timing, speed and to me sparring is the nearest thing to a real fight without actually fighting.
Is there an element of the training that you can live without? (Burpees tend to be a popular answer!)
I honestly enjoy all elements of the training but I feel bad because due to having 25 dislocations and two shoulder operations in the past, I am not able to do press-ups as well as other students.
What is the best training advice or tip that you have been given? If you had one tip for a new student, what would it be?
I consider myself very lucky because I have been able to get different tips from all of my instructors and I value all of them but my tip to new students is to be patient but work hard.
How would you describe TMAP to your friends?
What I really like about TMAP is that all the instructors are extremely professionals and they know exactly how to train different people with different skill levels and different personalities.
Do you have a sporting hero?
Do you have a favourite Martial Arts movie or TV show?
Enter the Dragon which was made in 1973 with the budget of $850,000.
Apart from kickboxing, what are your hobbies and interests?
Travelling and food are my other hobbies.
One more thing, please tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Last year I managed to get 6 nominations for my Drama called ‘Broken Wings’ at the Madrid International Film Festival and this year I have two nominations for my documentary ‘ Poetic Emotion’ at the St Tropez International Film Festival. But as a person I consider myself a very boring person and I doubt if I have anything interesting to tell anyone.
For more information on Kevin’s work, please see the links below: