Fighter and Father
My name is Greg Pulham, I am a Master Corporal in the Royal Canadian Regiment, and I am a warrior.
I believe a warrior’s job is to understand violence, like a doctor understands sickness.I believe a warrior should not wish for violence, any more than a doctor wishes for people to be sick. Doctors prepare for sickness, as we warriors, prepare for violence.
2017 Canadian Military Combative Grappling Championship Team 1 RCR with Coach MCpl Scott Sanderson.
I grew up playing on many sports teams. My family was always supportive, attending almost all of my games and tournaments. I enjoyed hockey and rugby most, but also played football, basketball, and baseball. During high school my rugby team played at the all Ontario championships four out of five years, winning three times. We went through England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland on a rugby tour playing teams from all areas. Following high school, before joining the military, I was exposed to the martial arts, which are now my passion. I joined the CAF in 2008 because I did not want to attend university or college and was looking for a challenging job. I have had excellent role models over my career, especially my section commander from Afghanistan, Sgt. (retired) Bjarne Nielsen. Since then, I have volunteered teaching more than 300 hours of classes. I competed at the provincial level and even won one of my divisions. I am an amateur Muay Thai fighter now. I will be competing at the National Championship in Markham, Ont. Oct. 20-22nd. My fiancé Kathleen appreciates and shares in my enthusiasm for combat sports, she will be joining me there. I look forward to teaching our children in the coming years. Family is life.
I believe martial arts are therapy. There’s something visceral and cathartic about literally fighting away your depression. My last therapist gave me an ultimatum, I could make time for Muay Thai, or I would likely be medicated. I was in the middle of a hurricane in my personal life and I didn’t feel like I had the time to “waste” going to train. Yes, that’s literally what I told myself, that my time was better spent on other “more important, more productive” things. I realized, given that ultimatum, that I didn’t just love Muay Thai, I needed it. It had become a part of my identity as a warrior. If I was going to be able to look myself in the mirror every day and call myself a warrior, I needed to make time for my training.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
Here’s to being excellent. Cheers.