From his childhood in Canada until his early teens in London, Olly practised and competed in karate, eventually earning his black belt. He then turned to BJJ and freestyle wrestling.
He has been a team member of Montreal, Toronto, Fuji Xerox (Keio University, Tokyo) and Kensington freestyle wrestling clubs.
After university he spent several years competing in Japan as a member of Wajutsu Keishukai, training alongside Yushin Okami, Caol Uno and K-taro Nakamura.
As a student he was a member of Oxford University judo and amateur boxing teams.
Competition highlights include the following.
In Japan: 1st in All Japan Shooto Grappling Championships 2007; 1st in East Japan Shooto Grappling Championships 2008; 2nd in All Japan Amateur Pancrase Open Tournament 2007; 1st in West Japan Amateur Shooto Championships 2005; winner at Pancrase Professional Trials 2005.
Freestyle wrestling: 2nd Place Irish Open 2014; 2nd Place Welsh Open 2013; 1st Place Southern Area Open 2012; 2nd in Welsh Open 2006; 2nd in University of Toronto Open 2006; 2nd in Rustington Open 2005; 5th in Montreal Open 2003; 10-4 match record for Team Fuji Xerox.
Professional MMA: 5-3 (wins over Abner Lloveras and Paul Jenkins).
BJJ and no-gi: 1st in UK Luta Livre 2001; 1st in NJJKC Open 2001; 1st in Submission League 2003; 2nd in Seni 2004; 1st London Open 2004; 2nd in Bristol Open 2009; 2nd in Kent Open 2009; 1st in Essex Open 2011.