Freddie Poole began martial arts training in 1981, at the age of seven years old. He began studying at Southwest Karate Academy under Demetrius “Golden Greek” Havanus. Southwest Karate Academy produced some of the best martial arts and kickboxing champions and competitors in the world, at that time. Billye Jackson, Raymond McCallum, Tim Kirby, Santae Wilson Jr. and Cliff Thomas were some of the world class competitors who had influence over Poole ‘s training and development.
Poole received his 1st degree black belt in 1986, under Tim Kirby, Billye Jackson and Raymond McCallum. Poole competed in the AOK and was a top ranked competitor in forms and fighting for many years as a junior competitor.
Poole began training with long time friend and kickboxing champion Guy Mezger in 1993. Poole began honing his boxing and kickboxing skills with Mezger, Billye Jackson, Santae Wilson Jr. and Coach Charles Brown and went on to win a national title in 1997, which earned a spot on the US National Kickboxing team.
Poole ‘s boxing experience comes from training with some of the best coaches in the business. Phil Sawyer and Olympic Boxing Bronze medalist Charles Brown have influenced Poole in his boxing training.
Poole has several years of Muay Thai experience, training with Francisco Sanchez of New World Combat, as well as World Muay Thai champion and MMA veteran Pete Spratt and Muay Thai champion Jason House.
Poole ‘s Judo experience comes from training with Master Vince Tamura and Judo Black Belt Rico Castro
Poole currently trains under the tutelage of 8th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, Carlos Machado, where he holds a purple belt and is a proud affiliate of Machado Jiu Jitsu. Poole has also trained with many talented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts including Kenny McClure, Jeff Sawyer, Rico Castro and Taryn Douglas.
Poole has competed all over the United States and internationally in Europe, winning a KICK International title in 2004 along with many team karate titles from 1999-2004. Poole also fought for Team Texas in Chuck Norris’s televised fight league, The World Combat League.
Poole is the owner and head instructor for two of his academies, Freddie Poole Martial Arts, located in Texas.
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