Visions of Tristar: The Real Deal

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By Jesse Bell

I've spent the last year immersing myself in the lifestyle at the world-renowned Tristar Gym in Montreal. When I was asked to move into the Tristar Dorms last summer, I didn't know what to expect. The only way I can describe my new home to everyone is to show them. 

I have gathered a large collection of images taken during my stay here. Each photo tells the story of my journey as a welcome member of Canada's top MMA gym. 

In my last article I mentioned welterweight Ryan Ford. Considering that Ford is a fan favorite in Canada, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce him for real. I was already a fan of “The Real Deal” before I moved to the Tristar Dorms, but living with him has truly been an enlightening experience for a martial artist like myself. 

Ryan plans his first round of the day with his teammate Rick Hawn.

Growing up, Ryan used to watch his dad, Canadian lightweight boxing champion Al Ford, lace up his Everlast gloves in the gym. 

When he is not training, Ryan likes to shop. You will rarely see him without a pair of new Jordans on his feet. I followed him around St-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal while he looked for the city’s latest clothing brands. 

Ford hits focus mitts with kickboxing coach Johnny Mucciarone.

Ryan shows his teammates a video before practice. 

Ryan on his way to visit his sponsor Crooks & Castles to pick up items from the company’s new summer clothing collection.

Ford chats on media day at Tristar Gym.

November 2, 2012: Ryan and his opponent Kyle Baker talk about their recent fight over a beer. 

Check out these earlier visions of Tristar:

The "Rukus"

The Ultimate Fighter