Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA classes have given me confidence and taught me self-control

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes has given me confidence and taught me self control.

I’m so grateful that I was introduced to the Martial Arts lifestyle and have been taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes for the past decade.  Without it, who knows how I would have reacted to this situation.

Last Thurs I showed up at the Academy to teach one of my MMA Classes and there was a guy standing in the doorway of my academy with this goofy smile on his face.  I never caught his name but, we’ll just call him Billy for the sake of the story.

I knew I was in for an experience when Billy blurts out, “I wanna fight you” the moment I get out of my car.  On the other hand, I thought, this may be a joke so, I asked, “Why do you want to do that”.  He responds by saying, “I want to knock you out”.  So, I take another look at the guy thinking I may know him from somewhere and this has to be a joke.  Nope, I don’t recognize him.  This guy is for real.

The guy keeps saying crazy stuff about fighting me and I try to talk it off for a while, telling the guy that he really doesn’t want to fight me in the nicest way possible.  I even offered for him to try one of our MMA Classes.  Honestly, I have nothing to prove and kicking this guys ass won’t bring anything positive into my life.  It won’t set a good example for the kids in taking one of their MMA Classes and it won’t set a good example for my adult students that came in early for their MMA Classes either.

Billy keeps telling me how we need to “get it on” and that if I don’t knock him out, he’s gonna knock me out to which I say, “I’m not here for any that”.  He responds with, “This is a fight gym, what the hell are you here to do”.  To that I respond by saying, “There’s a lot of work that goes into this, I’m here to work”.  Being a business owner is more than just teaching MMA Classes .  I continue with, “Thanks for stopping in Billy but, I’m going in my office now to work.  Have a good day”.

I walk into my office hoping he would get the point and leave but NO….  Billy starts yelling while standing in the entry of my gym, “You’re a punk.  You’er a Bitch, Why are you scared of me?  Come fight me you pussy”.

Let me say for those that don’t know me on a personal level, I’m naturally a hot head and I love fighting.  There may be some really nice fighters out there but, naturally I’m not one of them. There may be some really nice fighters out there but, naturally I’m not one of them.  The key word in there is naturally.  When I started training I had very little self control.  I would fight at the drop of a hat.  To give you an idea… In my 6th grade year of middle school, I got into a fight once a week for 36 weeks straight.  I got kicked out of Jr High in New York for fighting and was suspended multiple times in High School for the same thing. When I say I like to fight, I mean I really like to fight!  That said, Martial Arts and more specifically, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes have given me so much more than just learning how to fight.

The reason I say that is because this story ends in a very different way than it would have a 10 years ago.  After hearing all of Billy’s crap talking from my office, I came out and stood about 6 inches from his face.  I have to admit the adrenaline was flowing and I was prepared to fight but, only if he struck me first.  However instead of getting Billy worked up I said, “You’ve come into my establishment and have been running your mouth for long enough.  It’s time for you to leave.” “I’m asking you nicely, just LEAVE.”  Billy kept talking crap but, I kept my cool.  I just kept saying “Leave, please just leave”.

And, what do you know, Billy left.  End of story.

Like I said, if it wasn’t for BJJ and MMA Classes that story could have ended badly.  I could’ve ended up in jail for beating Billy’s ass or maybe Billy would have beat my ass.  I had my fair share of wins as a kid but, I lost a few times too.

I know now, that in most cases when I was a kid I fought because I felt insecure.  I needed to prove something to you and I needed to prove something to myself.  The funny thing is, after all the fights I fought, it didn’t prove anything.  I still felt the same.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes have given me confidence, self control and even a little patience that I never got growing up.  I know now that I don’t need to prove anything to me, you or anyone else.  I’m okay with me just being me.

I’ve tried to figure out and explain how fighting arts makes this happen but, it’s hard. I can say that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes teach you who you really are.  It teaches you that you can always quit but, you’ll regret it.  It teaches you to try harder and that if you want more, you have to be more.  It teaches you how to win and even how to lose.  It teaches you discipline and self-control.

I wouldn’t trade what I’ve learned in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA Classes for a million dollars today.


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