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LISTEN: Indian MMA Origin Stories Ep 3: Indian Combat Sports Academy ft. Jitesh

In the third episode of Indian MMA Origin stories, we talk to Jitesh Banjan who is the head coach of Indian Combat Sports Academy.  

For the uninitiated, Indian MMA Origin Stories is an Interview series from LockerRoom India where we try to explore the origin stories of Indian MMA Fight Teams, Gyms, Promotions, and whatnot.

In the episode, Jitesh opens up about his days as a kickboxer, his economic struggles, why he shifted to Bangalore, discovering Mixed Martial Arts, how the likes of Srikant Sekhar, Shyamanand, Clinton D Cruz, Kantharaj Agasa, Manjit Kolekar, and Ajay among others joined ICSA, his take on the Top Indian MMA fighters and much more. You can see listen to the episode and see the time code below.

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  • 00:26 – His kickboxing days and economic struggle
  • 03:25 – The reason why he shifted to Bangalore
  • 04:00 – Discovering MMA and training under Rama Reddy
  • 05:58 – ICSA, why he started Coaching and challenges
  • 14:40 – How Srikant Sekhar and Shyamanand joined ICSA
  • 16:10 – Why people should give credit to Balkrishna Shetty
  • 18:23 – How Kantharaj Agasa and Manjit Kolekar joining the team  
  • 20:21 – His take on Top Three Indian MMA fighters
  • 21:31 – Clinton DCruz joining team and Shyamanand’s MFN Fight
  • 31:00 – Ajay joining the team and why people should watch out
  • 34:43 – The Team’s dominant run in domestic competitions
  • 38:18 – Why you should watch out for Anjan Raman
  • 43:27 – Opening Tea Shop after retiring
  • 45:20 – International competition and Closing Thoughts

You can listen to the episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts,, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Breaker, and Radio Public. Below is a link to the audible below.

Tune in for the fourth episode of the Indian MMA origin stories where we feature Jitendra Khare who is the head coach of Team Relentless.

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