The Grind.

Grind through life’s obstacles

What is the “grind”?

I define the grind as the ability, determination and willingness to push through an obstacle, despite the unnerving challenges ahead.

This can be working hard at your job to finish a project deadline, working through the Nth hour on your small business or even anxiously pummeling your way to complete your last set of push ups.

As a wrestler and lifelong martial artist, I’ve sustained numerous injuries, puked my share of times after practice, and generally felt like giving up.

But I would always recall the “grind”. How could I look at myself and just quit? How could I allow myself to just stop when the going got tough?

 Well, I can’t.

To grind through tough circumstances is what develops character, strength, heart and dedication. Some just don’t want to push past that due to perhaps fear, rejection, anxiety, you name it.

And remember, you can do it. You can grind through the pain.

And remember, when you do, cherish every moment. Because when you take a step back, you can say to yourself, “I did this. On my own”.

Grind through the circumstances. Grind through the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead. You’ll be proud of yourself for having done so.

MMA, training and dieting.

What is MMA?

For those of you who don’t know, MMA stands for mixed martial arts. It’s a mixture of many different martial arts, some of which include boxing, muay thai, wrestling, and brazilian jiu-jitsu to name a few. It’s a brutal sport, yes, but also beautiful and exciting to watch.

How I fell into MMA

For the past four years dating back to the start of 2013, I’ve been training extensively in MMA. It’s a sport I personally love and am passionate about. The first UFC competition I watched on TV was a bout between the bad body Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, where Tito proceeded to lay what was one of the most brutal ground and pound beatings I had ever witnessed (there’s been worse since). I’ve always been fascinated with self-defense, and watching the UFC provided an avenue where I could watch these arts first hand. It was also at this time I realized that traditional martial arts struggled against other forms of arts such as BJJ and wrestling.

My Training

Since 2013, I’ve been training in MMA in a number of different arts including: boxing, muay thai, sanshou, BJJ, judo, and wrestling. I would train upwards of six days a week and twice a day (cardio and conditioning during work lunch). In addition to learning all the different arts, I keep myself healthy by taking vitamins such as a multi, fish oils, protein powder and glutamine. This helps to sustain my body during the intense and rigorous training sessions.

Even after four years, I still love every minute of my training sessions. Despite the few setbacks such as my broken hand and nose (both requiring surgeries), I don’t regret any of it. It was a dream of mine to take up this sport, and I’m glad I did.

I also accomplished my goal of stepping into the cage, something I dreamed of since I watched my first UFC fight. What an amazing moment that was. I did not know what to expect or how the bout would unfold. But one thing was sure – my coaches, training partners and loved ones all helped prepare me for this bout. I felt extremely confident stepping into the cage and knew I had completed the hard part (training camp). Thankfully, the fight lasted a mere 27 seconds with a one hit knockout to my opponent.

I’m still training to this day and cannot see myself stopping. I love every minute of it – the training, the camaraderie with coaches and friends, and the culture and atmosphere of the gym (Redline Fight Sports). I might not fight for the rest of my life, but I do anticipate achieving my black belt in BJJ one day.

Till next time

MMA is a wonderful, beautiful sport and cannot wait to see what’s in store in the coming years. I hope I can continue to live out my dreams and win an amateur title soon as well. I may not compete forever, but one way or another, I’ll be a part of this sport, whether through coaching or opening my own gym. Till next time!