Been gone a while but this sparked my interest. So why I train . . .
When I was younger I was sent out to bring my baby brother back home from the park. A guy I knew from high school came up to the park with 3 of his friends. Never liked the guy, he didn’t like me but we stayed out of each others way.
For some reason he decided he was going to pick on my brother and his friends. He didn’t know he was my brother, and didn’t know I was walking up as he started hassling them. I yelled for them back off, he said “what you gonna do about it.” and it was on. We fought, I won.
I then told my brother time to go home, and keep your mouth shut to mom. As we walked home his 3 friends slowly walked in our direction. They never advanced, cause they had to help their buddy along. But I always wondered what would I have done if they had?
After that I started training martial arts.
I’m not saying I train to be some bad-ass one man army. I train because there are people out there who will hurt the ones I love if given the opportunity. And GOD forbid, if that day comes, and all that’s between them and my family/friends is me. No matter what happens, it will not happen because I was unprepared.
That’s why I push my self in the gym, ring, on the mat, etc. Kind of like what Ms Parker said I guess. But that’s my story. Outside my family and close friends no one knows I train though.