From Arthritis to Mixed Martial Arts: Diarmuid Brannick’s Journey

in love and dreams there are no impossibilities”  – Janos Arany

My first fairly bad symptoms started when I was 17, by 19 years of age in 1997 I couldn’t move my right hip. Arthritis. Ankylosing Spondylitis!

I welcomed my first crutch and then my second, and then years of disability…

ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis

myself (left) with Germany’s strongest man Patrik Baboumian

I fast forward to a beautiful day in spring 2013, Today. Just got the coaches approval for my first fight, my first amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight has been confirmed. Having spent 13 years of my life needing crutches to walk, I can tell you that the world to me now looks, feels and literally tastes full of beauty and magic.

I go over in my head again and again what my walk out song will be, will it be “oh Yoko” or one of Henri Texier’s masterpieces. I see the lights of the roof and feel the crackle of the crowd, the energy that fills that fills Universal Hall is with me now as I dream this into reality. I have nothing to fear as Connor McGregor says ‘I am against myself in there, there is no opponent’. And we have time to create a fighter.

I have removed all the chairs from my apartment in order to improve the coordination of my hips and lower back, to increase their strength and to re-establish range of motion.

I am weeks away from making raw chocolate, celery juice, rocket salad. coconut meat, fresh fish, sweet potatoes and a list of unusual herbs & plants my staple diet. Over the course of all those years “searching” for healing I have learned how to listen to my body and am free, totally free from the crude & rigid authoritarianism of doctors, hospitals, healers & health experts with their “special diets” … I know myself, and that has been my greatest & most satisfying accomplishment.

Maybe this all sounds very unusual to you. I still have arthritis, some real sore days, and I could go on but you know this all too well yourself. I would like to invite you to follow me, as a person with arthritis, on my journey to become a professional fighter! I would like to share with you too if I may some of things I have learned on my own healing journey.

Though I could probably give it to you all right now as I heard it from a young woman who had healed herself of cancer, she told me this while we were together briefly in the high Peruvian Andes:

Meet everything with love, Forgive ALL and Accept it is as it is

Arthritis Ireland provided a platform for me to raise money for my surgery in 2010. If people are interested I would like to write a blog for the readers of Arthritis Ireland and am happy to take any suggestions on the path my writing for you guys should follow.

My facebook page is here:, I spend a lot of time working on my body, dissipating the tension and improving mobility by lying and moving on a hard floor. I like to write about the things that come to my mind while doing this rehabilitation, so that all goes on my facebook. My blog covers my training and ideas on health and life


3 thoughts on “From Arthritis to Mixed Martial Arts: Diarmuid Brannick’s Journey

  1. I would be really interested in how you have changed your diet. I play roller derby and I want to make sure my body is in the best shape it can be and keep away any flares and hopefully come off my arthritis meds.

  2. I love what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

  3. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis then you should start with slow and easy exercise. It is suggested that always take help from any physical therapist or doctor before starting any exercise. You can start with five minutes and gradually increase the time and speed.

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