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.
There are days that it is shitty. And on those days you have to dig really deep. You have to love it on all days.
Sometimes it works. Other times, you’re nighty night.