What I learned from being in 2000 Fights.

I was punching some numbers in yesterday to see how many fights I have been in. I wanted compare the number fights I got in with the average person, as well as the average of my friends(who had been in a lot more than the average).

If you take the average boy in America, than he would most likely have only been 1-2 fights. However, if you take the average of different states, then the number sky rockets. The number of fights I got into on the east coast far outnumber the ones I got into in California before I started to learn how to fight.

New York was a much tougher place to live than in California. I lived in an area with prominent gang activity, and participated in it myself, and so fighting was a common daily experience.

However, the friends that I made in CA also seemed to have grown up in similar circumstances or just fought a lot more than the average person. This is mostly because they come from an immigrant mentality, or faced some sort of hardship when they were younger. And so, the average of my friends is a much higher 10-20 fights. So comparing to someone that has been in maybe 1-2 fights against someone that has been in 10-20, who would you bet on?

Now that number is based on the number of fights they have been in their entire life, now let’s get my numbers, this paints a powerful picture.

I am not going to count the amount of fights I had up until the age of 20. The number is going to be based solely on the number of fights I have been in the past 2 years.

By the end of this semester, I will have been fighting for about 4 semesters. However, since I started in the middle of my first semester here, I will say its 3 semesters. There are about 4 months in a semester, and I have trained 4-6 times a week, so let’s say I train 5 times a week. And I train Bjj(Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and Muay Thai, so I fight both standing up and on the ground.

In an average BJJ class, I get into about 5-8 fights. In an average Muay Thai Class, I fight around 10-20 fights. These are all conservative numbers, I am lowering them on purpose just to make a point. So let’s say on average I get into about 8 fights a day, 5 days a week.

Now we have all the numbers, let’s do some math.

3 semesters

4 months in a semester

4 weeks in a month

5 days a week

8 fights a day

1920 fights

Get a calculator and do the math yourself if you do not believe me.


This is the difference. Who would you bet on? The guy that has been in 1-2 or even 20 fights? Or the crazy bastard that has been in 1920? It’s not even a question at that point.

This number does not put into account the hours of practice I put in, the hours of shadow boxing, or any other type of physical training that I have put in.

The reason why people who do not know how to fight do not stand a chance against people who do is because they have not put in the time.

I believe when it comes to fighting, one can say that they know how to fight once they have 1000 fights under their belt. Pro-fighters have about 10,000 fights, and the best in the world have 2-10 times more. This is all speculation of course, but I believe it teaches a valuable lesson about life.

If there is anything that you want to become the best at. If there is anything that you want to become, whether it be a career, a skill, any dream at all, you just have to put in the time, and rack up your numbers. Make 100 hours, 1000. Now the 1920 fights mean a lot more because I fought against people that also knew how to fight. The average person usually fights people that have never learned how to fight. And so, the bet becomes even more unfair.

The bet becomes: the person that has been in 20 fights with people that do not know how to fight, against the person that has been in 1920 fights with people that do. What are the odds?  Now of course I do not mean professional matches, in which I have been in 0, but neither has the average person.

If you want to blow your competition away, then a surefire way is to put yourself to the test against people that are better, stronger, and smarter than you. It will only make you better, stronger, and smarter. You will become sharper. Put in the time, but be smart about it. If you are trying to become a singer, then you do not get training from a person that does not know how to sing.

Put in the work, and be smart about it.

It’s that simple,

-Sam


 

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