About: Aaron Gassor is a huge internet sensation but that aside he is a humble British Martial Artist who teaches ITF Taekwon-Do and Kickboxing at his local Martial Arts and Fitness Centre (MAFC) in Maindee, Newport, South Wales. At the age of 15 he began his martial arts training and from there he climbed to his current rank of 2nd Degree in ITF Taekwondo, which he achieved in 2011 and a 3rd Degree in Kickboxing which he achieved in 2013.
In July 2012 he started a YouTube channel called ‘Ginger Ninja Trickster’ to showcase his talents and gauge his own progression. Aaron has entered various tournaments winning championships and many medals along the way. He also represented his country at European level where the team narrowly missed out on the top prize, finishing in 2nd place. Since gaining recognition from his channel, he has been involved in various shows and invited to do seminars all over the world. He also appeared in the BBC Three hit show ‘Being Human’ where he was involved in a short fight scene, and has starred in the first Welsh action movie called ‘Kamikaze’ which is due to be released this year.
Known For: Cool YouTube videos (especially the ones dressed as ‘Spider-Man) Check out his page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GingerNinjaTrickster
Martial Arts Hero:
My martial arts hero is my father (Master Gary Gassor) who is a perfect role model and a fountain of knowledge. He’s almost 55 years young now, he can still do splits, cool kicks and he trains more than I do. (laughs) I hope that I can be half the instructor my father is and that I’m able to do the things that he can do when I’m his age. He has always been the biggest inspiration for me and has molded me into the man that I am today. That’s why he’s my ultimate martial arts hero!
On meeting Scott Adkins:
It was a dream come true! He has been one of my biggest influences in regards to moves and style so to meet and train with him was just phenomenal. On top of that, he’s a genuinely nice humble man so it was very easy to get along with him and feel comfortable around him. The fact that he made a video with me when I’m a not even known just clarifies how down to earth he is.
It felt like I’ve known him for years and I consider him a good friend already. We have kept in touch regularly since and we will hopefully be training together again soon.
Any plans on doing more films in a stunt person capacity?
It is something I’m definitely interested in yes. Hopefully I will be a part of other projects in the future.
Words to live by:
I have two main ones. The first is to be prepared to fail. If you are not prepared to fail then it will prevent you from learning what you could have earned with practice and hard work.
Second is that the true challenge is against yourself. So many people get caught up in competing against everyone. Where as I like to have fun, challenge my body and push myself to the next level.
Advice for anyone just starting their marital arts training:
Start with the basics and make sure you stay on them until you feel you are at a good standard with them. After all, they will be the most common techniques you use and are the foundation for the more advanced techniques you do in the future. The most common mistake I see is rushing to the advanced techniques but not having a good foundation with the basics first, which usually means poor form and a higher risk of injury.
Favourite action film:
I have several so I’ll just reel some off; Enter the Dragon, Undisputed 2, Ip Man, Kill Zone, Dragon’s Forever, Dragon Tiger Gate, Kickboxer, I can keep going (laughs)
Any tricks or skills you have not mastered yet:
Loads of them. I have ideas/moves that I fail or that are not quite there but that’s the beauty of training, we can always challenge ourselves and with practice we can earn the move that we are trying and then make it consistent. This goes back to the words to live by answer about being prepared to fail and that the main challenge is against yourself so be mentally strong and achieve your goals.
To learn more about Aaron or to take any of his classes, visit: http://www.gingerninjatrickster.com/