James Wilson, a South Los Angeles native, is the fourth of five children.
Growing up in a single parent home with a struggling mother and no existing father of father figure, James had no stability, was constantly living in different locations – more often a motel, park bench, or a car.
At a young age, James was very angry. He faced homelessness between the age of 12 through 15, was in and out of Juvenile Hall, and ultimately became a child of the foster care system. At 15, James was arrested on multiple counts and was fortunate enough to get placed into a group home instead of Youth Authority where he would have been facing a multi-year sentence.
Fortunately, James’ ability to channel his emotions and overcome a catastrophic childhood, fueled his success to become a stand out athlete within multiple contact sports. This success ultimately lead him to become Los Angeles Times Player of the year and earn a full scholarship to play college football.
James was offered a full sports scholarship to college. Upon graduation, armed with a B.A. degree in Sociology, he accepted an offer to play Semi-pro football with the Warsaw Eagles in Poland.
In 2011, he was picked up as a Free Agent for the Chicago Bears but decided rather to focus energies on MMA combat. He went on to become the 2011 California MMA Heavyweight Champion title with a background in Kempo Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Wrestling. “The Beast” has quickly been noted as one of the top U.S. Professional MMA Heavyweights and Kickboxers.
James is a professional in MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Boxing.
James “The Beast” Wilson is currently one of the rising stars of Heavyweight boxing.
During his spare time James continues “using combat sports for good” as he works closely with Los Angeles-based Camp Bully Busters and their anti-bullying campaign reaching kids of all ages.
In addition to his fight training, James volunteers as a strength and conditioning coach at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. “The Beast” is all about giving back to underserved communities and promotes Eggleston Youth Center, Inc. EYC is a licensed, non-profit, social service agency serving abused, neglected, abandoned and delinquent youth in the Greater Los Angeles region.
James’ passion for children is exemplified in his Beastmode Day Camp. This camp serves as an introduction to revising the mindset, building confidence, team building exercise and vigorous physical output.