the rise above STORY
AT A LOW POINT
In the year 2016, I was in a depression. I weighed 300 pounds (the heaviest I have ever weighed in my life). I went for a routine doctor visit that changed my life. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and borderline high-cholesterol.
TIME FOR A CHANGE
On my way home from that appointment, I told myself I needed to change my lifestyle. I had my doctor put me on a supervised diet (I went in every two weeks for a weigh in). I started going to the gym 5 days week. Lifting weights was enjoyable, but I am not a big fan of traditional cardio. I'd gotten good cardio workouts in martial arts in the past - boxing, tae kwon do, karate, and muay Thai - but none of these great combat sports could keep my interest for long.
Then I found out about krav maga (the Israeli military's fighting system). I found a Krav Maga school near me and fell in love with the training right away. I have been training for almost 4 year nonstop and between the diet and krav maga, I have lost 40 pounds and gained an interest in helping others to do the same.
My lifestyle change and Krav Maga made me realize that I was stronger than my depression. I had to rise above the fears in my mind that were preventing me from achieving my goals. I took on one fear at a time until I was able to overcome it or control it. Conquering one fear after another, I was able to feel my mind and body come back under my control. I have beaten my depression by choosing to rise above my fears and turn them to ash.
Krav Maga has shown me that anybody can defend themselves against any attacker! I founded this organization so you can gain the same confidence.
I am a U.S. Navy Veteran who worked as a Gunner's-mate on the Ammunition Ship (USS Mt. Hood AE-29) for 3 years during Operation Desert Storm. As a Gunner's-mate my job consisted of maintaining, repairing, operating cannons, explosives, and small arms onboard ship. Being part of the ships security force and a firearm instructor was also a big part of his duties providing him with years of firearm experience. I am also an NRA (National Rifle Association) certified Firearm Instructor.
I am currently a blackbelt in Krav Maga working on his 2nd degree and also has some experience in Karate, Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, and BJJ.
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