Roy started training Martial Arts in 1998 under Jeet Kune Do practitioner Greg Whitehouse. In 2002 he decided to train for an MMA fight and took Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes also. He had 2 fights for 2 submission wins in 2003 then suffered a torn ACL and had time off for a knee reconstruction. In late 2003 Five Rings Dojo was formed by Nathan “Carnage” Corbett and Ray Matsumura and Roy was told by his coach Greg to train with Five Rings. Coming back in 2005 he had another 2 MMA fights, winning both by TKO, then had 2 Muay Thai fights for 2 wins. He fought again in march 2006 winning by points, and was then given the role of head coach for the Five Rings MMA Team.
While retired, Roy was offered one more fight for the Spartan Queensland Title and won by head kick knockout. Suffering ligament damage to his wrist training for that fight that took a couple years to fully repair, Roy decided to concentrate all his efforts on coaching the Team. Roy’s learned from some great fighters and coaches, he credits Greg Whitehouse for his mental and spiritual guidence over the years, Nathan Corbett and Arslan Magomedov for hardcore Muay Thai training, Andrew Dearsley and Daniel Lima with Submission Grappling, and Danny Galvan and Chris Kirby for Wrestling training.
At only 32 years of age, Roy is one of the youngest head coaches in Australia, but also one of the most successful, having coached fighters to international fights dozens of times, he knows what it takes to be ready to fight and win.