Some time towards the end of 2006, I happened to catch a marathon of the Ultimate Fighter on Spike. It was interesting, so I watched it.
At some point not long after that, I decided that I wanted to learn thai boxing. My mindset was if it can be done, I can do it.
The first step was to find somewhere to train, so I hit up Google and typed in Maryland Thai Boxing. Of the options that came up, I decided to give Evolve Academy a try. I put in all my information, they gave me a call, we set up the appointment, and I went in for my intro.
That first day was rough….
When I stepped into that gym, I was about 340 pounds at the time. So it cannot be said that I was in the best of shape. Also I had never done any sports in school or done any kind of consistent physical exercise for several years.
The key point is that I made it through that class without quitting and after speaking to Mike Moses, I really wanted to see what was possible if I kept coming.
For about nine months, I only trained in the PDS system there, which is a mix of thai boxing, self defense, conditioning. Then there was a opportunity to help out at a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament that the gym was organizing, and I decided to do it.
I drove down to Mechanicsville VA early in the morning because I had to be there at 7 am. I don’t think I made it…. It was close though.
Anyway, I worked on the table so I had a bird’s eye view of the matches, and I got a really good perspective on the passion that some people had for the art. It made me interested. Not long after that, I did a intro for BJJ and had my first class, but it was not a good experience…
First of all, I got some really bad mat burn from the warmup drills. It actually took some time for it even with the alcohol and iodine I put on it. Then I got teamed with someone who was wearing a dirty gi. The smell was terrible, and that’s probably why I still remember it. Altogether, the experience soured me on BJJ for a small bit, but I went back and officially started in January of 2008.
Now I wish I had started at a much earlier point in life. BJJ has become a passion, and I want to pursue it to the absolute limits of possibility because the process of growth and innovation is fascinating to me.
This site is the canvas where I plan to paint broad strokes. In time, it will be clear how my skill set and thought process about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are evolving.