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Mohammad Reza Goodary, Tri-Martial Arts World Champion
BANGKOK, June 10, 2020
Mohammad Reza Goodary, known as Reza (the Persian Leopard) Goodary, was born on December 14th, 1988 in Tehran to a noble family. Due to childhood hyperactivity, his father took him to practice Judo. June 24th, 1995 was his first day in a dojo (martial arts gym) and the day the world opened the window of martial arts for him. When asked what he remembers about that day, he says, "I don't remember much. I just know I never thought I would be motivated enough to practice and fight after 25 years."
It wasn't long before he was introduced to Kung-Fu by a friend. Physical and mental endurance training had caused him to become a self-made man, but that wasn't enough. He needed to fight. He needed an opportunity to be able to promote himself. He did some research on martial arts and eventually found Karate. After many years of training with Kancho Hamid Soltani, one of the greatest Karate geniuses of Iran and the world, he promised him that he would soon be flying at top levels. Hard non-stop daily training turned him into the young man who set a record for 299 professional Karate fights years later.
It was no longer an invincible peak in Iran for him. He had been a member of the national team for many years, winning the Super Karate League and about 20 championship titles. He had built up years of presence in Iran. Finally, at the same time as his teacher emigrated to Germany, he decided to pursue his dreams and traveled to Thailand. It took only five years in Thailand for Reza to win the World Karate Championships in Japan and Thailand, professional Muay Thai fighting in Thailand and the World Martial Arts Masterships as Martial Arts Olympics (South Korea).
Reza was no longer the little boy who started Judo at the age of seven. Now we're talking about a young man with bags of history. He still feels he has enough potential to progress, especially given the popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) and the emergence of outstanding heroes. He identified his next goal and wasted no time starting to practice Jujutsu, the only weakness stopping him from entering the hexagon. He trained under the supervision of Professor Celso Rolim Junior and Professor De'Alonzio Jackson, one of the leading heroes of jujutsu and MMA. With unparalleled speed he covered one after the other, overcame the obstacles to progress, and won the prestigious SIAM CUP and COPA De Bangkok competitions. He proved himself and received the blue belt of Jujutsu and with it, his presence in the hexagon of dreams.
Reza Goodary is currently waiting for an MMA fight to prove himself for the last time in the world of martial arts. He has a 4th Dan karate black belt, world-class Grade (A) certification in coaching and refereeing, Jujutsu blue belt, 299 Karate fights with 253 wins, seven Muay Thai fights with three wins and 11 Jujutsu fights with nine wins. He said, "I'm always hungry for a fight and I'll never get tired of training and fighting. Martial arts polish my soul and brighten my wellbeing. Martial arts have changed the course of my life for many years. In a word, martial arts are everything to me."
The Persian Leopard only one step to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Jun 9, 2020 | Press Releases
Tehran-Iran, December 14th, 1988 – the birth of a son who would go on to move the borders of the world’s martial arts years later. With his perseverance over 25 years, he took part in hundreds of combat battles around the world. Mohammadreza Goodary is the only Iranian martial artist to have a world title in Karate, Muay Thai and Jujutsu. He started practicing Judo at the age of seven. He then practiced Kung-Fu and eventually turned to Karate. From the very beginning, he learned from Karate master Kancho Hamid Soltani. For many years, his presence in Iran was characterized by hard training and successive championships in the region, the province, and the country. Membership in the national team for many consecutive years and winning about 20 national championships was one of the honors of his golden achievements, until he moved to Thailand in 2016 to advance his career and enter the endless world of martial arts.
The years of living in Thailand were full of challenges and ups and downs for him, but he never gave up training and fighting. The World Champions in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea were his achievements while he had been away from home for many years. He has a lot of experience and currently holds the world record for 299 Karate fights. He rose to prominence by pushing the boundaries of the martial arts world and proved his success in Muay Thai and Jujutsu. The two-time Okinawa champion, Global professional Muay Thai champions, two-time South Korean WMC (Olympic martial arts) champion, Siam Cup and COPA De Bangkok Jujutsu champion, is 31 years old but still trains hard like a young and predatory leopard. His latest goal is to shine in the MMA hexagon. He said, “In my opinion, there is no limit to progress. I have already proven myself three times in the martial arts world and I can definitely do it for a fourth time.”
The question that arises is why, after gaining enough experience, did he not apply for the MMA competitions earlier than this? “Two of the worst incidents of my life were the unfair rejection of a US visa by the embassy. I decided to take part in the MMA competitions in early 2019, although for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020, I had an official invitation from the ISKA organization to participate in the organization’s prestigious competitions in Florida. I also had very clear work documents, guarantees and references. I was influenced by political games, but I never lost hope and never gave up.”
He is currently training in MMA and jujutsu under Professor De’ Allonzio Jackson (8 times Jiujitsu world champion) at the Fairtex Training Center and is hopefully waiting for the hexagonal doors to open.