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Q&A with Memphis officer, fighter, coach Brian ‘The Law’ Hall

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Brian Hall before his knockout win over Cortez Phelia at Bellator 120 | Photo credit: Lillian Higgins for Pro MMA Now

Brian “The Law” Hall (10-3) is a police officer, pro MMA fighter and coach at Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu. Brian has competed in such organizations as Strikeforce, XFC, Legacy FC, and has a pair of wins under the Bellator banner.  I recently ran into Brian while he was coaching one of his fighters at a nearby event and it provided a great opportunity to catch up with one of Tennessee’s best ambassadors of mixed martial arts, and certainly one of the nicest.

Pro MMA Now: Thanks for talking with us Brian, what’s been going on?

Brian Hall: For the last two years I’ve placed my gloves on the trophy case and now most days one hand holds a whistle and the other my phone. A large majority of my time is now dedicated to coaching and managing fighters.

Pro MMA Now: What’s the current status on your MMA fighting career?

Brian Hall: Right now I’m focused on building a solid foundation of fighters so if I do decide to return I will have a group of well-rounded individuals as potential training partners that can help me achieve my goals. I will never say I retired because I’m constantly training and improving alongside some of the areas best fighters thanks to my occupation.

Pro MMA Now: I just saw you in Clarksville at the A&A Fight Time Promotions “A Night of Explosion 2” event where you were coaching Adam Denton against Will Calhoun. What were your thoughts on the fight?

Brian Hall: I felt Adam did well and was winning until Will kicked his legs from underneath him. Will immediately took advantage of the circumstance and eagerly used it to finish the fight.

Pro MMA Now: What is your role as an officer?

Brian Hall: My role as a Memphis police officer is to coach/mentor the youth of Memphis in hopes of preparing them to fight for a future through boxing. My ultimate goal is to have an Olympian represent Memphis once again.

Pro MMA Now: Can you talk a bit about Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu and your role there?

Brian Hall: I’m the MMA coach of all the fighters and manager for the majority of them as well.

Pro MMA Now: It looks like a great team there, who are some of the up-and-comers at Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu we should be on the lookout for?

Brian Hall: Other than our dominating professionals Jaleel Willis (8-0) and Jesse Wallace (5-1)? All of our amateur fighters are promising prospects but I believe the top 5 would be Chase Mann (4-0), Hunter Joffree (8-0), Reggie Adams (6-0), Darrius Foster (4-1), and Lorenzo Nathan (4-1). That not including my female fighters that haven’t made their debut yet. There’s definitely a lot of potential at Memphis BJJ and I certainly believe we have a bright future ahead of us.

Pro MMA Now: How hard is it to balance a pro fight career, your job as a police officer, and also a coach?

Brian Hall: It’s all very demanding, especially time-wise. I just take the challenges as they come and do what I can do to be the best I can be at each role.

Pro MMA Now: Tell us about the World Police & Fire Games coming up in August, what types of games will you be involved in there and what is that experience like?

Brian Hall: The 2017 World Police Fire Games is my next large-scale competition. My first time competing I participated in Greco Roman wrestling and submission wrestling in which I received silver alongside a bronze in Freestyle. It’s an extremely high priority of mine to attain gold this year. The experience of competing in something of this level is exhilarating and I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to test my skills against some of the world’s finest.

Pro MMA Now: What’s a typical day like for Brian “The Law” Hall?

Brian Hall: I get up at 5:30 am to begin my conditioning for the day. I arrive at work at 9am where I train boxers, officers and civilians. I often get another work out through training with them, I don’t expect my pupils to do things I don’t do myself so I’m very hands-on. After that I head to Memphis BJJ and coach MMA fighters from 6:30 pm to 9pm.

Pro MMA Now: What motivates you on a daily basis?

Brian Hall: My desire to be great at what I do! I aspire to be a positive impact to as many people as I can through fitness whether it’s boxing, MMA or simply conditioning.

Pro MMA Now: Most influential book you ever read?

Brian Hall: I can’t say any particular book has been dramatically influential for me, possibly because my pursuit of knowledge to become better at what I do is a constant on-going process that I draw from various resources.

Pro MMA Now: What does your morning routine look like?

Brian Hall: I begin my day with my morning cardio, then move on to weights. After that I dedicate my morning to making sure my family is prepared for their day by getting them breakfast and things of that nature.

Pro MMA Now: Thanks Brian, please leave us with some words of wisdom.

Brian Hall: Something I’ve learned from being a coach and police officer is that even though it requires a lot of self sacrifice, and even heartbreak at times, there is nothing more rewarding in this world than being responsible for the betterment of someone’s life.

Check out Brian “The Law” Hall’s Facebook page here.

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