“I never try to look for a big moment, because those are so few and far between. But it’s all the little moments. The other day I told three different people, ‘You have improved so much since you began,’ and they’re like, ‘That means a lot coming from you.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I’m not saying it coming from me, I’m saying I want you to know.’ Because sometimes we need to hear that, we need that reassurance sometimes from out of the blue.” FPF Episode 2
Lin Hughs, brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, relates how he got a stripe on his white belt after a year, what makes him laugh (everything), what he’s lost, what he’s gained, and how he’d like to fight John Wayne. Listen now. Things we talked about during the episode: Garajitsu—Lin’s garage, which he made into a place where his friends can come get extra training Flow Kimonos—Check them out at that link, and then (if you’re in or near Austin) contact Lin through his Garajitsu page for lower prices. ATX BJJ Facebook page—where Lin and others post about regional events and have lively discussions Ultimate MMA Fitness—where Lin teaches Cooper MMA—where Lin trains and teaches Crazy long fight scene in The Quiet Man with John Wayne. Gonna start spitting in my hand before I punch people. Lin teaching at Ultimate HBO boxing ad Lin talks about
“I think it’s just a matter of just exposing women to this and having them realize that they can take this. They have a physical presence on the world. Even if they’re not super strong or big, they can do something, and they can control a person. And just exposing them to that in the first place is a big part of the first step.” Save Save
“I just kept punching her in the face and eventually we clinched up and moved towards the middle of the ring and I started with knees, and I kneed her in the liver. . . . She went down immediately. . . . The video that I have of that fight is the video my brother recorded, who came there with my mom. And that was important because my parents do not approve of the fighting and had never attended anything until then, but my mom came to my first MMA fight with my brother and my brother turns the camera to my mom, and she’s like . . . literally cry-laughing. I love that. It’s so lovely.” [Art by Christine Vanderkaap]
“That’s when I first learned that I could be tough. Fight training—I always say that there’s always a point, maybe several points, where you cry and break down and stuff. I feel that that’s important, so that you’re kind of humbled by that experience, and then as you come back from that . . . for some reason, I always feel more put together after that moment.” [Photo by Tessa Simpson]
There’s an element of cockiness and arrogance you need in order to focus. You need to believe that you’re the best in order to prevail, especially when you’re fighting against another person, you have to believe you’re the best, because it’s just you, there’s nobody else. If you don’t believe you’re the best, then what are you doing? [Photo by Mike the Truth.] Save
Brittany Anne Robertson tells what it’s like to train so hard you forget basic life processes, how it feels to pose like an action hero for art students, and why fighting is the best.