Jamaine's early life in London consisted
of hanging outside his block of flats in Brixton doing what most young boys
would do. Run the street and get into fights, smoke weed, drink his
"go-to" drink Thunderbird and play football anywhere he could. Life
At the age of 18, he landed his dream job at Brixton Recreation Centre but soon discovered that apart from their infamous swimming pool, there were little to no programs available to youth.
Jamaine set up football training and overall became the go-to man with the youths at the centre, (many of which still approach him to sing his praises today whenever they cross paths.)
Although he helped to put legions of young men on the right path, it was at 23 when Jamaine became a father to his own son that sat down and had a more in-depth think about his own.
Passionate about becoming a decent provider for his family, he made the jump to Peckham Pulse Sports Centre. Throughout his decade spent there, he helped set up the SE15 walk-in for the youths of Peckham. As well as organised and encouraged youth to take part in activities and took time to talk about the problems they faced day-to-day.
At Peckham Pulse, he went from a lifeguard to management before moving to Elephant and Castle Sports Center to run two more small centre's. But eventually parted ways to pursue his personal training qualifications and start his own business.
When pressed Jamaine is quick to credit the decision to follow his heart with fitness and become his own boss as being one of the best things he's done in my life. With his innate abilities and experience as an outstanding leader operating at max, he worked harder than ever. He made himself proud, all who he trained with and his family rather than empathetic big corporations he'd known from the past.
He swapped his love of football for mixed martial arts and loved every moment. He competed around the world and with fellow athletes from the scene set up a team called Bandogs MMA, of which he was the head coach. In that time Jamaine trained around 500 people on MMA.
After retiring from his own stint competing, he went on to training fights for other athletes in India and around the world. He travelled to Thailand twice a year to train for a couple of months at a time and counts the discipline he leant as helping him come through tough times such as 2020 lockdown.
But before this year, one of his greatest achievements that deserves mention and a heap of respect is the outreach program he put in place 'Hands up Guns Down.' Drawing from the discipline that's fuelled his success, Jamaine brought in men, women, boys and girls off the street and out of gangs, drink, drugs etc and into MMA. He changed and won many minds back, as well as inspired them to live great lives and even some to compete for the club.
Jamaine's firm beliefs to treat people the way he would like to be treated have been the force behind his sucesses. He's constantly put out positive energy and pushed others to check themselves daily and not be scared to adjust what needs to change. Ater that, he's influenced many to find their purpose for life and not just exist. To find true happiness and lastly to not give up.
It might sound like a lot, but in the end, he's only just warming up. "I didn't choose this, the situation chose the guys and me. The big notoriety we're recieving around the world is surreal but it's a good thing. It's integral to make a mark in the world with the right changes and helping people unite against systematic racism.
I hope the movement inspires people from all walks of life to change the way they see things and do things. To not just ignore it but to act on things that are completely wrong."
Jamainie concludes "I've always been working in the community off my own back and the first one sent in to help, and that's not going to change. There’s other people out there doing it, but I hope with our platform and throughout United to Change and Inspire to teach others that privilege doesn't mean you're above anyone. It doesn't mean that you get away with a thing that others would not. The most important thing for me is to bring fairness and a better future for all."