Glen Cordoza has had the extraordinary opportunity to work with everyone from Fedor Emelianenko to Anderson Silva, but the fighter-turned-author rarely dwells on his experiences.
Cordoza is an author of MMA-related books that focus on training and technique. The California native has worked with the sport’s elite fighters in an effort to make quality MMA reading material that can assist a martial artist’s progression and advance their skills. However, this was not something Cordoza intended on doing.
Cordoza, a fighter himself, was training as usual when a friend of his asked for some help in an upcoming project. That friend was Victory Belt Publishing owner Erich Krauss, and from there the duo began writing a series of instructional manuals that led to successful enterprise of published books. Yet Cordoza still chalks it up as luck.
“It all started about six years ago,” Cordoza explained to MMADieHards.com. “Erich Krauss and I got a book deal to do a jiu-jitsu book, which was a book we did with Eddie Bravo called Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed. He asked me to do some photo layouts and dialogue and things like that, and the book did really well, so that actually led to Muay Thai Unleashed. It was a similar book, but obviously focused on Muay Thai. That book did really well, and things just progressed from there.
“We brought a level of quality that hadn’t been done before. It was more luck than anything that got me into writing. The books kept falling in my lap and now we have 15 or 16 MMA-related titles.”
When the opportunity came Cordoza’s way, he found it next to impossible to neglect.
At the time Cordoza was presented with this opportunity, he was still in school. An evaluation of his priorities came upon him, and he threw himself into writing and hoped for the best. Even though that meant dropping out of school on a chance of fate, Cordoza felt the passion he had for martial arts would translate into a successful endeavor as an author of MMA books.
“I saw this as a huge opportunity and ended up quitting school,” Cordoza explained. “I focused solely on writing. I came to realize that writing is a really tough job. It’s a tough career to make it in, because usually you go to school and maybe you get an internship and then maybe magazine articles and if you’re lucky at some point in your career you get an opportunity to write a book. I’ve just been very fortunate to be a part of this whole process.”
Cordoza’s job entails working with athletes from all over the world, which means traveling is mandatory. He has traveled throughout the United States to work with fighters at their home gyms, and even had the opportunity to spend some time in Hawaii when he produced a book with B.J. Penn. Most assignments require Cordoza to go to the fighters, including those based abroad.
Anderson Silva is just one of the fighters with whom Cordoza has recently worked.
The author was disappointed he did not get a chance to work with Silva and Lyoto Machida in Brazil. However, Cordoza was presented with a monumental opportunity when he and Krauss were asked to fly to Russia to work with Emelianenko, and it is a trip he still cherishes.
“When Fedor went through and we realized we were going to be traveling to Stary Oskol, and see Fedor train on his stomping ground, it was amazing,” Cordoza said. “Mind you, this was at the peak of his career when he was smashing everyone in Pride. He had this aura about him, this mystique that he was training out in the middle of nowhere in Russia, and no one really knew what he was doing, or how he was doing it. Nobody knew his methods of training, so to be able to tap into that was really special and it’s something I often reflect on.”
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