I just keep leaning back, looking at the picture of my team having a beer together after training a couple weeks ago, with a smile, and the complete certainty that I was awarded my brown belt because of each and every one of them. I truly am a lucky dude. Thank you, !
Thank you, Professor , for your patient guidance and persistent direction. Honored to learn from you and to have you at my side through this crazy journey. I am lucky to have you as a great friend and I’m beyond excited to see what the future holds. Coño, hermano!
Master ! It is a great honor to earn my brown belt with you and with this amazing team you lead. I am fully committed to helping carry the flag, and I look forward to representing the Bulldogs with great pride! Thank you for everything you do.
This journey began almost 7 years ago and I owe the notion of even starting to , , and . All in different ways of influence, but I took to the mats because of you. I am forever grateful to you guys for this gift.
To and my beautiful girls, thank you! You put up with me in general, but your commitment to me and my time on the mats is the only way I would have ever made it this far. I love you and I think you.
I can’t close this without saying thank you to . For starters, you love a perfect pour and your beard is magical. You have been there to motivate me when shit gets hard. I appreciate your friendship and our experiences on the mats. Lets grip and destroy, brother!
If a broken, obesely-overweight, 2-pack a day smoker like I was can make it this far, when everyone on the sideline said it wasn’t possible, anyone can do it. Accept the need for change. Own your imperfections and make yourself a bit better every day, no whatever what the latest polls from the sidelines are telling you.
None of us are special. But neither are the naysayers. It takes hard work, bull-headedness, stubbornness, commitment, and perseverance. So while they talk and laugh, go earn that shit, and make yourself a better you.
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