In the past few years UFC and MMA combat sports leagues have made an explosive debut onto millions of televisions and social media pages around the world. The UFC, MMA and others fighter sports are a modern form of mixed martial arts based on the ancient Olympic sport of “ Pankration,” a no-rules empty hand style of combat.
Its’ recent popularity has become so huge that mainstream television stations have begin including the match results into its nightly line up. As a result of this new found popularity many young people have become actively involved in learning and participating in the sport.
In an indirect way this often controversial sport has had immeasurable impact on our society.
It has motivated and improved the health and personal development of many young men.
It has encouraged them to improve the quality of their own lives through extreme exercise, discipline and socialization.
Divided much like boxing into different class weights the current Welterweight Champion and my personal favorite fighter is a french speaking Canadian from Saint-Isadore, Quebec. His name is Georges St-Pierre but is often referred to by his loyal fans simply as “GSP”.
His background reads much like a modern day version of David and Goliath. Bullied as a young man, he began to learn various forms of martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and boxing to defend himself. This eventually led him to compete in the sport and obtain his current title of Welterweight Champion.
It is not his unique fighting style, award winning smile or championship title that makes this fighter a hero but rather the classy and professional mannerism in which he deals with the public. One cannot help but notice how tactful and gracious he is whenever he addresses the media. He constantly provides positive feedback about his opponents and his enthusiasm and pride in this sport has convinced many to change their opinion about this controversial sport. Clearly one can see that GSP has taken a great deal of stride in his own personal development and it has paid off in positivity and self esteem.
The controversy of MMA and UFC is based on whether this extreme sport is too dangerous or aggressive in nature. Recent changes to the rules have offered the sport a chance to prove itself on the world wide stage and admirable individuals like GSP are helping to make that possible.
It has been rumored that when approached by testosterone filled males (intoxicated or otherwise) wanting to challenge Georges he has often been noted as simply smiling and saying something like “I know I can fight I do not need to prove myself.” This is generally followed by a handshake or autograph. It is this calmness and respect for others that people have come to love about the man they call GSP and what makes them proud to call him a hero.
It takes discipline, inner strength and will power to rise to this level of heroism and although not everyone can be GSP, you can achieve some personal development goals that will greatly improve your daily life and help you to seek your own success.