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.
It’s his dream. I’m willing to do anything I can to support that dream.
All the good that has come out of the losses, I am taking it with me.
The moment when you’re pretty much broken down, that’s the moment you decide.
Maria Lopez found MMA when she was in her 30s, and a few years later, she was starting a pro career. I’ve had the good luck to know her for most of that time. Maria talks about hard stuff in this interview–including successes and not-such-successes. She’s reflective about her fighting career and grateful for who she is as a result of it.