Heatrick is no newcomer to martial arts. As a youth he trained in Judo and Kyokushin Karate. In time, he received black belts in Freestyle Kickboxing and Taekwondo. Of course, he also discovered Muay Thai. This led him to becoming the EMC European Cruiserweight Silver Medal in 2007 and eventually becoming a full-time coach in 2009 while opening his own gym.