When Olly Georgopoullos first saw a martial arts fight at 16, he thought it was something he could get into and do quite well at.
“I saw UFC on TV first and I thought I’d like that,” the 29-year-old said.
“I started with thai boxing first and then I moved onto judo and all other kinds of martial arts and then I had my first fight and I realised I didn’t like getting punched in the face.
“So then I went onto the ju jitsu side of it and it’s fun, you can go one hundred per cent and you’ll body pain but you not getting any permanent damage to your head or brain damage or anything like that.
“I don’t understand how boxers can get punched and enjoy it. I think I’ve got a funny shaped head because I’m a bit prone to concussions.”
Olly was one of 32 competitors involved in the inaugural Scottish Grappling Invitational competition in Glasgow on April 21.
Unlike a standard tournament where each person would have between three and five matches, the invitational competition involved only one match.
“It’s good because you can get to train for that person, you can get to see what they’re good at,” he said.
“They’ve had ones that kind of style around the world but that was the first time they’ve had it in Scotland.”
Olly won his match, using a move called the Greek neck, and said he liked to make it a spectacle for the crowd.
“It’s more fun to do than to watch,” he said.
“I love it but to watch it, but if you get a boring match and you don’t know what you’re looking at it’s not that exciting.
“If I’ve got a match I’ll try and make it as entertaining as possible – I’ll do showboating things, I’ll do hand stands over people to try and make it more entertaining for to people so more people tune in.”
While it looks similar to wrestling, there were a number of important differences.
“This involves a lot of wrestling, but when it’s just wrestling and you go to ground it stops,” he said.
“In wrestling you’re trying to pin your opponents shoulders but in this you’re trying to make them tap-out by submission, so you’ll try and get a choke or something.
Olly, who was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Dundee with his family when he was three, trained at Dundee Mixed Martial Arts and said it was a great feeling to take the win.
“I’m super competitive with everything I do so when I win, it’s the best feeling ever,” he said.
“It’s also the same when I lose, it feels like the end of the world.
“You worry the whole day because are you going to go out there and embarrass yourself and lose really quickly because I’ve lost before in like 15 seconds and it’s devastating.
“When it’s on the other side it’s great, it’s the best feeling ever.”
After another competition in Dundee over the weekend, Olly said he had more matches coming up throughout the year.
“Last year, I didn’t compete that much, I did one competition last year but this year I’m just going to go for as many competitions as I can,” he said.