Boxing / Kickboxing / Personal Training
Georgia Games gold medalist in boxing Ulli Pohl joined the KnuckleUp family in 2006 and is currently on the MMA team although he gave up fighting professionally in 2010. “I was great friends with one of the old owners at the time and KnuckleUp was hosting a fight night at a nightclub that I was the head of security for,” Pohl said. “He invited be to come and train and I thought it was a great idea because at that time I was working out at a regular gym.
I started doing a few boxing classes and soon after started working with another trainer and fell in love with the sport through him. It’s just been such a great family atmosphere. It’s an excellent facility with excellent people. It’s my home away from home.” Pohl trains in boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA techniques. He currently teaches fitness kickboxing and offers personal training sessions at KnuckleUp.
Q: Do you have any advice for beginners?
A: It’s never too early, and it’s never too late. Martial arts is an absolute that encompasses so much of life. Not only will it make you physically feel so much better but also mentally. Your entire well being will be affected really. You’re whole outlook on life will be so much more positive. It’s hard to explain but there’s no better way to find out who you are.
Q: What drives you?
A: My number one motivation is to never be stuck behind a desk, and I couldn’t think of anything better than spending my day getting punched in the face or rolling on the mats. It’s a lifestyle. Some people may be in it for the money for but for it’s to enjoy every day to the fullest.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
A: My first love has always been rugby. My dream was to be a professional player but, when I was 19 and living in South Africa, I ripped out my ACL playing for a club team. Before that injury happened I had no intention of leaving South Africa. In hindsight, that injury was a bit of a blessing because I would never have moved to the United States. So, after walking away from physical sports for a decade, just being able to get back in the ring and compete on a high level again has been the biggest highlight because I thought I was done in the sports world. Now, it’s been six years that I’ve been active in a highly competitive full contact sport. Winning a Georgia Games gold medal in boxing was definitely the second highlight.
Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not at KnuckleUp?
A: I work as a doorman and bouncer for a few bar and club around the city. I also own www.georgiafighters.com, which is dedicated completely to the local fight scene.