Ko Korey Gibson ahau
Different Projects & Businesses
MMA Championship Belts
Registered Training Organisation - Fit Futures Academy
Ozzie BootCamp Locations
Punch-Up With Cancer
MyFirstGym 'Inspiring Movement' Kids Gyms
Trampoline Double Bounces in a Row
Languages at Home
Snap Fitness 24/7 Gyms
9Round 30min Kickbox Fitness Gyms
Māori Tribal Affiliations
Years of Hard Physical Training
NZ Schoolboy Kiwi League Jerseys
Bloody Surgical Procedures
Cadence Beats HIIT Studios
Beautiful, Tough Pig Dogs
Born in 1977 at Christchurch Women’s Hospital to my Māori Mum, Aroha and my Pākehā Dad, Mike; I would like to start by saying we were so lucky to have such loving parents who always put my brother and I first, they always pushed us to be better and pulled us into line ‘old-school style’ when required. In addition to this, my younger brother Rickie is my best friend and most trusted ally on this planet. “Nei rā ka mihi ki a koutou x.”
I spent the first six months of my life at my Grandfathers house in Aranui before my parents moved back to the Avoca Street flats in Kaikōura.
At two years of age we headed north to live with my Nana in Vogeltown, New Plymouth – Taranaki.
Our first couple of houses were state houses and my younger brother was born in Taranaki and we both grew up underneath the shadow of our great mountain – Taranaki.
Puketapu Kindy and Puketapu Primary served us well before heading to Te Kura Tamatāne o Ngāmotu – New Plymouth Boys’ High School.
As kids rugby league was our world in winter and you would find me quite often in the sin-bin from a very young age, whilst touch footy and the ocean ruled the summer times. Life was awesome in Bell Block, I had a scholarship with the Illawarra Steelers, was signed with the Taranaki Rockets in the Lion Red Cup at just 17 years old, and then, the Auckland Warriors came knocking.
Basically, they signed me out of school and I moved to Auckland. I din’t want to go, I hated the school I was at and was expelled within just a few months, the Super League vs. ARL war was in full effect and it screwed many a young footy players’ career up, including mine.
An english footy club saved me from Auckland and I headed overseas – I just wanted to go home. So, we won the comp, I turned down an offer from France and went home for a short stint in the National League comp with the newly formed Taranaki Sharks before heading to Brisbane to sign with the Souths Magpies in the Queensland Cup – the second toughest league comp on the planet in those days.
I played two seasons at Souths before heading to the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, where I finished my career on a stretcher just a few games into the season – that was it, I was bored, and I was done with footy and retired at just 22 years old!
Footy hadn’t been paying enough so I had managed to score a job washing cars – this was my working life for the next 18 months, but I can tell ya those cars were perfectly clean as I always took pride in my work!
After a while I went back to touch footy, securing a trial with Australia’s #1 mens side – the Crushers, I trialled for 5 mins and they’d seen enough – I was in! I was even selected to play in the under 19’s QLD state of Origin touch team! Shame I was 26 when they asked me! Too much bloody moisturiser.
My touch career lasted 2mins before I was sent from the field for fighting and subsequently suspended for the whole season.
Oh well, what now? Anger management stint #1 and boxing. Two amateur QLD fights and two KO wins – what next? Grappling, then Kickboxing and into the MMA scene, all the while studying personal training at nights and selling gym memberships fulltime by day – turns out I was the best membership salesman you ever did see!
I have always trained my absolute guts out and have always hated losing, I still do, no matter what the situation I want to be first, and if I lose, I sulk – the toys get well and truly thrown out of the cot. I encourage you all to love winning and despise losing – I’m a bad loser and I own it!
Fast forward, and I qualified as a PT, started my first business then onto a company, brought a PT studio, went to anger management a few more times and almost ended up in the slammer for doing a little more than defend myself on more than one occassion.
I have never made excuses, I have always trained and tried my absolute best, founded and owned over 40 different businesses, made a bit of cash, acquired a few properties, won two Ozzie and one NZ MMA title, represented my country in league, caught a few wild pigs, found myself a beautiful wife to be, helped create two beautiful Māori princesses, I was blessed to rub shoulders with some of the most in-depth minds in the Māori world who helped me to complete my Bachelors in Te Reo Māori and indigenous studies, and am lucky enough to be working in Te Ao Māori as a mentor and professional consultant.
I’m proud in the fact that I always get the job done without sacrificing fun, I am fiercely loyal and have been lucky enough to help many people along my way. The goal is to help many more.
Tēnei au – I’m a proud Māori with Danish, Norweigan, Scottish, German, Irish and English heritage. I know my ancestors sit on my shoulders wherever I go, I know who I am and where I’m from, as do my kids, and because of that knowledge and my belief in our gods and tīpuna – I know where I’m going, and I hope our paths align along the way.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini.”
(My strength is not that of a single warrior, but that of many)
My skill-set enables me to bring out the best in people.
If you’re a hardworker with a real desire to maximise your potential, get in touch today. #idoitdifferent