Setback after setback. The trials and tribulations. It’s all part of the game in professional competition. When one loss turns into two, and then three, and so on, it can lead a professional athlete to question what they’re doing wrong. It leaves them waiting for the day when their luck will change.

For Rob Hill, that day was supposed to come in February. However, an injury stopped those thoughts dead in their tracks. Luckily for Hill, there was something else he could put his mind to whilst recovering.

“I’ve had some downtime, but it hasn’t been lost time,” Hill told The MMA Corner. “’I was supposed to have a match [at Carnage in the Cage] earlier this year, but I got really sick, so I had to pull out. Everything was going great and I was feeling really good in training. It’s just one of those things, though.

“I’ve been busy with a lot of paperwork [laughs] and working on developing my training program, High Performance Combat Athletics. It’s basically a syllabus for coaches to teach mixed martial arts and a curriculum that schools can use to teach martial arts and self-defense. It’s about building champions, and about teaching and preparing people for competitive martial arts. It’s something that I have been working on for a while, so now it’s starting to be rolled out in some schools and some gyms as well.”

Life hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Hill over the past 12 months. With employment changes and multiple housing relocations, he longed for stability. It took him several months to find it.

“I’ve had a lot of changes in my personal life this year,” Hill revealed. “I’m comfortable now with where I am in my life, and [I] am ready for this challenge that lies ahead of me. It’s great to be back into being involved with developing kids from the ground up as martial artists, and I am excited to be able to share my knowledge and my experience in competition with others.”

Hours spent in the gym sparring have been replaced by business meetings. The back and forth of the swinging heavy bag has been replaced with a computer screen and hours upon hours of typing. What Hill has in front of him now is a world away from rolling on gym mats and honing his own craft. Yet, these are changes that the 21-fight veteran has really embraced.

“It’s all about meetings now,” Hill said. “I’ve just finished up working with a gym to help prepare a syllabus for them with developing their own martial arts program where they will have yearly courses for their students. This is definitely going to keep me busy for a few months, but it’s something I’m going to really enjoying.”

Although his focus has shifted from competing professionally to coaching and development, Hill hasn’t lost the urge to get back into competition in the near future. Once a fighter, always a fighter, the saying goes.

“I’d love to get back into competition later in the year,” Hill explained. “It’s hard to balance what I’m doing with the program and focusing on my own training as well. But once I get the syllabus finalized, there shouldn’t be a problem with me getting back in there. At the moment, I am excited for something new, and I am really looking forward to being busy and utilizing all the qualifications that I have earned over the years. This is a new step for me, and it’s something that I’m really keen to keep building on.”

After almost seven years of competing as a mixed martial artist in Australia and abroad, Hill has a plan firmly in place for what he wants to achieve in his ongoing martial arts journey. There is no doubt that things are set to get even more exciting for him.

Rob would like to thank Lange’s MMA, All Systems Fitness, Manly Surf School, Beast Sports Nutrition, Bloodbath Fightwear and everyone who has been supportive in his new venture. Follow Hill on Twitter: @robhillmma

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.