Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton is a Former Royal Marines Commando & MMA World Champion that now fills the position of Head Coach at SBG Rochdale. A very Proud Father of 2 Children (Olivia & Jenson) & Husband to Wife of 13 Years Hayley,
Stapes spent 12 years in the Royal Marines completing Operational Tours of Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. As well as Operational Tours, Stapes spent time on Training exercises in Countries including the USA, Oman, Senegal & Northern Norway where he was put to the test in the Royal Marines infamously arduous Artic Warfare Training Course with 42 Commando, Royal Marines.
In 2006, Stapes specialised in the Physical Training Branch of the Royal Marines where his love for Coaching & Mentoring was born and truly nurtured. During Stapes time as a Physical Training Instructor he made his Professional Debut in Mixed Martial Arts and from that point onwards his Dedication to his role in the Royal Marines was matched by a new Dedication to becoming the best MMA Competitor he could be.
During the Course of Stapes career as a Pro Athlete in MMA, he has been selected to represent Team UK in the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter, won numerous British & European Titles and in 2015 was crowned as the prestigious BAMMA World Champion in the Lightweight Division.
Stapes now Balances Training as Pro Fighter with Coaching his own set of students in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts at his Gym SBG Rochdale. Stapes draws on his vast experience of Life in the MMA World, in War Zones across the Globe and as a Father to help create an unbreakable Mindset in his students first & foremost which is combined with a Sharp Skillset.