My greatest moment in my greatest fight was a loss. . . . I lost to decision. I was bloody. I was bruised. . . . But I’d survived a moment that would have defeated me before. I realized that I’m not made of glass. That realization prepped me for a four-fight win streak
I wanted to be comfortable, and that’s a recipe for disaster. I started doing the things I didn’t like to do, and success started to come.
You don’t have to be the best in the room, but you have to be in the room.
On the walkout to the cage Terrified beyond belief and a strong sense of I belong.
Mike Segura is so nice that, after I interviewed him, I messaged the friend who connected us and said, “Holy crap, that guy is nice!” He’s also a talented martial artist, a great martial artist, and a reflective storyteller. This is a good one.
I go out of my way to make sure that people feel welcome and included, even down to our slogan: We are the Dark Clan.
I just never found the thing. When I found the thing, I thought, oh, this is beautiful. So why wouldn’t I want other people to have that in their life?
It’s an homage to the samurai culture. The logo is a samurai crest that I modified and made my own. The Dark Clan exists because I wanted a clan of my own.
Derrick Garza talks about community, from when he first found BJJ to when he opened Dark Clan Fight Lab. He’s a killer on the mats, and he’s also a leader, building other people up. As he says in the interview: I go out of my way to make sure that people feel welcome and included, even down to our slogan: We are the Dark Clan.
There are rough days, but there are days when you celebrate.