Biography(references)A troublesome child, Schilling was expelled from four different schools and took up Muay Thai at 15 years old, hoping that it would give him direction and focus. After being kicked out of the family home at 17, he worked odd jobs and began his fighting career in local Toughman Contests while living in a small property that his grandmother owned with his brother Kevin. After his grandmother died, Schilling moved to Los Angeles, California where he found work as a personal trainer at a YMCA. He met his future trainer and business partner Mark Komuro while training at the LA Boxing Club, in downtown Los Angeles. In keeping with that theme, when Schilling and Komuro decided to open their own gym, they were inspired to name it after the exercise area in prison, and in 2007 they opened The Yard, a Muay Thai gym located in Lincoln Heights.
Fighter Trivia(references)Following his Bellator Kickboxing 4 win over Vittorio Iermano at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy on December 10, 2016, Schilling and two of his coaches were involved in a street altercation outside the venue with a group of seven locals. Footage emerged on June 28, 2021 showing Schilling punching and knocking unconscious Justin Balboa, a 31-year-old bar patron who was described as being "extremely intoxicated" in a Fort Lauderdale Police Department report, in a bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida the previous night. On July 1, Balboa filed a personal injury lawsuit in Broward County circuit court against Schilling for battery, and the bar where the incident took place for negligence.
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