So, as some of you may know I'm a professional fighter, from boxing, to Mixed Martial Arts. What I want to talk about is the spiritual side of
fighting, the side everyone doesn't see. When you see two fighters in the ring or cage fighting most people see brutality, they see the combat side of
the sport, even serious fans heck most fighters. What a lot of people fail to realize is that there is much deeper side to the sport and a much deeper
aspect to being a fighter then just what you see on the screen or live at an event.
This is a picture of me, I know, I'm a narcissist, but really. What you see in this picture is 2 battle hardened warriors fully expressing themselves
in a form of combat known as Mixed Martial Arts. In the picture what you see is one man winning a fight and another man losing. What you don't see
happens in the here in the gym.....
During a fight we experience INTENSE levels of clarity and of focus. It requires mental agility and planning and strategy that is like chess. Bhuddist
spend their entire lives trying to find this level of focus. I wish everyone could be a fighter.
Now here in the gym is were the fight really happens, this is where the blood sweat and tears happens everyday. Here in the gym is where the real
story is. Here is where I come everyday.. here is where I have to day in and day out overcome my own fears, my self its where i come out of my comfort
zone everyday. In this place i find out who i am. I spar with opponents who know my style, who get the best of me more then 50% of the time. This is
where i learn to dig deep into my soul where i learn how to overcome my insecurities and overcome my limitations and mental blocks. The gym is where
we fighters meditate. The gym is relentless, physically and spiritually exhausting.
I know... this sounds glorified i get it. Its not really that deep, alls it is, is a workout thats it stop being such a whiner. Honestly though there
is more to it then that. You really learn who you are. When you step foot in the ring everyday you learn what your limits are and how deep you can go
and what your willing to do. Literally every single sparring should be pushing your limits before a fight.
In order to be a REAL fighter you need to commit to the sport 100% with your heart and with your soul. This is why you hear stories of fighters losing
their minds such as Rampage Jackson during the Newport Beach event in California. The pressure is immense. Losing a fight can really break your spirit
especially after 10+ years of training. It can take a man and turn them into a broken lost soul in an instant. Often we hear about fighters who go off
the rails and we are left wondering why as laymens, what happened to this man who was once so great. We often hear about fighters who can't or won't
quit, like Bernard Hopkins who recently fought at 47 years old. What is this, what is this about? Its a struggle deep down inside that is unrelated to
anything. Its impossible to fathom the internal struggle experienced during the decades of training and running and managing your diet and sleep
patterns, managing your relationships which tend to be short and non existant. Its a long and lonely road and it is only traveled by the deepest and
most brave souls. It pains me to watch someone lose a fight, its hard for me to watch someone take a beating, i can feel the spiritual break that
happens in a champion when they lose, i can see it in their eyes.
This story touches me personally as i have been spiritually broken in the past. So broken it has taken me years to recover.
In conclusion, i hope some of you will read this and understand that there is more to it then just 2 brutal animals beating the crap out of each other
for a paycheck, or for entertainment.
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