Jeff and I are good friends who are mercilessly mean to each other during training and all the rest of the time. But we got serious here and talked about learning who you are on the mat, living through a devastating breakup, and how pretty and strong Holly Holm is.
“We’re a very close-knit team. There’s a saying we have: One team, one family, one legacy. We call ourselves a family. We really are in the true sense of the word.”
“My coach has certain goals for me. I don’t know if we’re yet on the same page, but I am desperately trying to catch up with him. . . . He has more faith in me than I have faith in myself. . . . He thinks I can do anything. . . . I’ve learned now that if he thinks I can do it, I’m doing it.”
“The people who got their black belt at 60 or 70, they never gave up. To me, that’s what makes a really good martial artist, that determination not to give up, to love their craft so much that there is nothing that’s going to stop them.”
Fighters aren’t the only ones who can use a song to precede them into battle. On Monday, we all need a song to get us out there. Today, Rebecca Lee Varady, FPF Episode 9 guest, gives us Disturbed’s cover of “The Sound of Silence.”
Rebecca Lee Varady, BJJ purple belt, talks about having patience and following a long path. We also compare notes on how it feels to always be the smallest person on the mat. Follow Rebecca on Instagram @littlethundertx. Try some jiu jitsu at Gracie Humaitá. Get conditioning from Atomic Athlete. And check them out in this month’s Austin Fit!
Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA)—the merger of the two regional MMA promotions, Legacy Fighting Championships and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA)—launched their first event on January 13, and I was lucky as hell to be there.
“People are afraid of me. They think I am going to turn into a werewolf and eat all the chickens and kill everybody in the house.”
Jeffrey Norrod gives us our Monday walkout song for this week. Approach your week like a warrior. Go.
Jeffrey Norrod talks about his combat injury and how doing Krav Maga can help with recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and help manage post-traumatic stress. Also hear all about how to realign the bones of the skull, which sounds both awesome and terrible. Read more . . .