If I have learned anything about life from fighting, it is that fatigue will make you a coward or champ.
I once read in a Japanese philosophy book I can’t remember the author or title of, “If you can do one thing well, you can do everything well.” I equate everything to fighting because it is the one thing I know well. The lessons I learn engaging in combat sports crossover into everything I do. This is my thing that allows me to be better at everything else.
I fought in the World Sabaki Challenge in 1999. This is a Full Contact, Bare Knuckle Karate world championships. It is held each year in Denver, CO. Denver is the Mile High City. This means; when you come from sea level, there will be no freaking air. So, I went to the mountains to test myself.
Long story short; I lost, but really won. I had a life changing experience. After 3 rounds of action, I could not breath at all. I was pretty sure I might die, seriously I did think this. But something changed in me. I was faced with excruciating pain from overwhelming fatigue due to alack of needed oxygen. Instead of quitting, I told myself that I trained to hard and long to stop for anything but the bell. The last minute of a fight, I clearly was losing, I threw everything I had left, and some I pulled out of I don’t know where, at my opponent. I didn’t win, but I did not quit.
I walked off the mat and collapsed into my coach. I woke up in the changing room with an oxygen mask on. My lungs hurt for days and I could barely move from pushing so far past my reserves for a week. I really came close to permanent damage to body from how hard I pushed.
Having the ability to endure whatever comes my way has carried me thru most of my years in business. Being able to take whatever is thrown at me and turning it into fuel is the key to any success I have ever achieved.
Why I am writing this now is because we are faced with a big challenge, we do not even fully understand yet. All I know is, we can get thru this and be stronger for it. We can rebuild our reserves and get back to being a profitable and functional community.
I don’t have to believe in myself because I know who I am. I know what I can take and I know what I can push thru. This is not belief, this is understanding. Each of you has overcome so many things in life. Give yourself some credit and respect what you have done in this life. This challenge is different than what has come before but you will overcome as you have everything else.
Coast and see what happens
Quit and fail right now
Be a Killer and smash adversity
I believe in you and look forward to getting back on that mat with all of you soon!
Killer B Combat Sports Academy – Oakhurst, NJ