Number one most important thing I want people to walk away with from my classes is to feel safer walking around the world. I want them feel that they’ve learned something so they can walk without fear. If somebody can be put in a situation in my class where they feel uncomfortable and they fight out of it, they come out of it with something extra, something that makes them stronger. That’s what I want to give to everyone at every level, to walk out of the classroom feeling like I control my body, I control my environment, I’m a little bit safer than I was before I walked in.
Fighters aren’t the only ones who can use a song to precede them into battle. As Monday dawns and we’re getting ready to approach the week, FPF Episode 10 guest Jeff Isacksen wants us to face “True North.”
“I essentially had a crowd of people there for me when I was going through some of the toughest stuff of my life. It’s crazy the relationships you make in a fight community. There’s something about the connections you make when you fight with people every day.”
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.