November 2, 2012

Why I Train....

Big Mike and I go back over a decade in the martial arts.  I would be happy to post an old pic of us back in the day but at the moment I do not have access to them.  But we met as brothers in the Chinese martial arts.  Unfortunately both he and I were a bit disillusioned as to the reality and honesty of some within CMA circles, and have always kept our minds open to new frontiers and change.
The Pacific NW Crew with the Machado Brothers!  Big Mike bottom row right.
  I invited Big Mike to the Machado camp mainly as a selfish excuse to see my buddy and hang a bit, but also because I thought it was important for him to meet the Machado's and see that not everyone in BJJ is a knucklehead!
  As some of you know I have been going through some tough times, but the one thing that has kept my sanity, that has helped me through the darkest days, is training.  Martial arts are a vehicle for self improvement and Mike's letter is EXACTLY the reason I got into the martial arts and why I love teaching! Below is a letter I just got from Mike and I think it pretty much says it all, welcome to the mat brother:


Jake,
   Thanks for the pics bro, they are something that I will treasure always. I'm glad that we had a chance to witness history together with Carlos getting his coral belt. This whole weekend has been auspicious and many new paths were crossed. My feet still haven't hit the ground yet. Well tell the NWBJJ crew that yours truly is the latest member of the Machado family as I joined Marcos Santos and the RCJ Fort Worth branch yesterday. It really hasn't even officially opened yet but I start next Tuesday. So I guess I'm one of his first students there. Roger Machado was there as well but was leaving for L.A. today.
   Jake I can't thank you enough for getting me in  the mix. I mean I go to the camp and then they open a school in my hood the same weekend, what are the odds? I know it won't be easy and I don't want it to be. But the journey has begun, and to say I've been bitten by the BJJ bug is an understatement. It's more like a velosa raptor gnawing on my shoulder. Anyway, CHEERS my friend and we'll talk soon.
MIKE

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