...I had been competitive in every sport I could find throughout my young life, playing everything my high school and college had to offer. But this was different. Traditional sports felt so one-dimensional and incomplete compared to MMA. The technical martial arts knowledge of training in multiple disciplines such as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Western Boxing, and Wrestling, are just a few components of what it takes to be proficient at MMA. The strength and conditioning training was so intense and innovative, it directly spawned such fitness crazes as P90X, Insanity, and Crossfit.
The spiritual and emotional growth and mental durability I attain from training makes me a better overall person, and transfers directly to how I live my life. The constant athletic innovation is unsurpassed by anything I've ever experienced in the sporting world. The practical application for self-defense in the street and in your home is on the cutting edge, and is trained in law enforcement, military, and self defense seminars worldwide. MMA is ever evolving, growing, adapting and will continue to do so as long as the human ingenuity and athleticism continues to grow as well. When ESPN began covering MMA — and mainly the UFC — as a legitimate sport, they called MMA the "hardest sport to mentally and physically train and prepare for on the planet." Needless to say, they weren't exaggerating in the least.
Educating the public is really the way this sport had grown into a household name so fast. People think we're barbaric or violent, but MMA is more about the competition of one athlete versus another, and the concepts, values, and spirituality that surrounds its training. My friends have always thought I was rolling around on the ground, hugging guys and doing old school Karate, or just beating the hell out of my training partners in a street brawl. Every single one of them that I've brought to the mat has fallen in love with the internal battle for control over your motor skills, the great self-motivation and willpower needed, and the amount of technical knowledge necessary to train proficiently.
And that's what makes those people different. Training different. They're special because they do something special. Stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something new is the key to living a healthy life.
...-an excerpt from "Why Would I Ever want to be a Cage Fighter" / The Sweat Life January 3rd, 2015