When I started wrestling my freshmen year in high school I really had no idea what it was even about. However, after the first week I was addicted and the kid who talked me into going out with him had already quit. I wasn't the greatest wrestler and never made the medal stand at state but I did well enough to get a few letters from Jr. colleges and one division two school but more desk work wasn't in the cards for me.
I started really missing the mats not long after finishing school so my old coach would let me come in to help with practice and workout with his team when my work schedule permitted. After a couple seasons of this he helped me start a kids wrestling program that I was the head coach of for about five years before my wife got pregnant. After which I chose to walk away from the coaching commitment to make time for my new family.
During these years of coaching wrestling I also chose to broaden my horizons and took up karate as well. Although a stark contrast from wrestling I still enjoyed it and the people I got meet and learn from. Karate is one of those martial arts that has earned a spot amongst the "McDojo's". Most of these schools rightfully earned that title as well. Mr. Roger Carpenter's school is anything but that, he spent a lifetime in law enforcement and as a military contractor in war zones. His training philosophies reflect this and my time there was well spent. However, a spot in my soul was still left vacant.
A young kid that also trained at Mr. Carpenter's was also training bjj down at the only jiu jitsu school in town at the time. I knew it was a wrestling style but that most of it was done in a gi, which as a wrestler I didn't care for but signed up anyway.
The rest for another day.