Tom Cronin – 6 Time World Champion BJJ Fighter Who Started at Age 33

Tom Cronin BJJTom Cronin immediately flew home when his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

When he arrived in Louisiana, Tom discovered the cancer had aggressively attacked her body and she was on her death bead.

Tom remembered it was the night before his 33rd birthday when he sat with his mother in her hospital bed.

“You won this?” she said while holding the gold medal he won at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship.

“You fight these guys?” she asked contemplating how he earned the medal. He was never athletic as a child and started Jiu-Jitsu only six months earlier. “How much did they pay you?”

“Nothing,” Tom said. “I paid to do it.”

His mother looked confused wondering why he would pay money to fight with other men. She paused as she thought about it for a minute and said, “I’m really proud of you.”

“That was good enough for me,” Tom mentioned as he recalled the story.

“Tomorrow is your birthday,” she said. “What do you want?”

“I just want more time with you,” Tom answered because the doctors said she was hanging on by a string.

Tom held his mother and they fell asleep.

The next morning she woke up and said, “Happy birthday.”

Tears welled up in Tom’s eyes as he told me, “She made it to my birthday,”

A few minutes later Tom’s mother whispered, “See you later.”

Tom held his mother and they cried as she passed away in his arms. Continue reading

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Chad Robichaux – Marine Special Forces, MMA & Jiu-Jitsu Fighter Overcoming PTSD

chad-robichauxA man was barricaded in his house pointing a rifle at Chad Robichaux – the police officer who responded to the domestic violence call.

“That morning, if you asked me what if a guy points a gun at me,” Chad said. “I’m going to blast him.”

But it was not that easy after Chad glanced in the living room full of family pictures and toys.

“I felt compassion,” Chad said. “It would be such a permanent decision.”

Chad kept his handgun in close, stepped forward and reached for the barrel of the rifle.

“When I grabbed his gun, I really believed I could yank it out of his arms,” Chad said. “I still felt like I was in control.”

They started fighting over each other’s weapons, but the guy was much larger.

“When he grabbed my hand, I knew I was in trouble,” Chad said. “I got pissed. I remember thinking, You’re going to make me kill you.” Continue reading

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Bill “The Grill” Cooper – The Trials and Tribulations of a Fighter

Bill-Cooper-BJJBill Cooper was watching the Lakers/Bulls game while his father and sister were arguing in front of the television.

Bill was used to the yelling, so he ignored them until a Slurpee flew across the living room at his dad.

When the icy red drink exploded all over the wall, his father clenched his fists and started charging after Bill’s sister.

Bill jumped up and rushed towards his father. They started brawling on the floor until Bill ended up on his back with his dad towering above.

“He grabbed my neck,” Bill said. “So I spun my hips and sunk in an arm bar.”

Bill cinched the lock tight and yelled for his sister call the police. Continue reading

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Javier Vazquez – The Making of a Shy Kid Turned UFC Cage Fighter

Javier-VasquezFifteen seconds into the world championship fight, Javier Vazquez stepped forward for a single leg take-down, but when he planted his foot, his right knee buckled.

Javier did not stop, instead he continued to drop his weight and took his opponent to the mat.

Both fighters scrambled to stand up. When Javier stepped back, his knee collapsed again and a confused look revealed on his face.

Seconds later, Javier stepped forward and threw a left/right combination and his knee buckled a third time before he toppled to the mat.

It became painfully obvious to everyone watching that Javier’s knee was wrecked – but he kept fighting.  Javier battled not just his opponent, but also his failing leg for three grueling rounds of back and forth action. Continue reading

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Achieve Unlimited Confidence

IMG_0684e-1“Ask the driver to stop at Playa Langosta,”

“But he doesn’t speak English,” she replied.

“I can tell you how to say it in Spanish.”

“I don’t want to say it in Spanish,” she said, raising her voice — part frustration — part fear.

“The beach is coming.”

“Please don’t make me do it!” She begged, now in complete panic.

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