Zachary "The Crusher" Edwards
Born and raised in the suburbs Allentown, Pennsylvania about an hour north of Philly. Went through a rough stretch of years after my brother was killed, always fighting and getting in trouble. Always played sports growing up and always wanted to do MMA or Karate when I was younger but we never had enough money. Fast forward to my early 20's and found a karate school. But once we started doing basic ground fighting I knew I wanted to learn more. So, I did some research and found out a little bit about Jiu-Jitsu and saw there was a 10th planet school about 30 minutes from my house. Went in immediately fell in love with the sport and signed up that day.
I've been doing it for about 10 months now and I've done 3 sub-only tournaments and have won 2 gold medals including the Good Fight World championship. I continue to fall in love with the sport and push myself to get better every day.
Q&A Session Between Zachary Edwards and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: The amount of hard work and dedication it takes to be able to compete at the highest level.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My coaches, JM Holland and Zach Maslany, they opened up their school as blue belts and are now two of the top guys in the sport and are just incredible people
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goal for this year is to win my first super fight in August, 3 years I want to be competing against some of the best and then 5 years I want to open up my own school.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: About 10 months
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 6 days a week 2-3 hours
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: 2 Gold medals and got invited to my first super fight
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Either a Triangle or heel hook (when legal)
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: It takes a lot of heart and the will to be able to push yourself even on the days when you feel like crap.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?