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  1. #21
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    Dec 2007
    Getting strong, it takes too long
    To become like Henry Rollins.
    Every dog has his day
    One day you'll see me.

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    Damn man I know what the hell that feels like... I'm at that stage right now. Except I was worse than you when I first started working out. Could'nt even bench 25 Kilograms... and I weighed 60 kilos... and I was not premature...

    On the bright side I could run two miles before I collapsed.

    The annoying thing is that I cant go to the gym anymore. Long story short the educational system here(Bangladesh) is SO FUCKING BAD that I have to go to extra classes (besides doing school) to get good grades. As in come home from school, eat, run to class, run to another class, run to another class. No time for gym, unless I cut out Judo. And Judo takes first priority for me.

    And teachers are fucking annoying too. They're like 'Oh you know, your a student. You should take your studies as seriously as your parents take their jobs'. The fucking idiots have been saying that to me since I was eight. Get it? EIGHT YEARS OLD!

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    Boxing, Beginner BJJ,
    Great article. thank you.

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    an interesting read

    It is similar to my upbringing, i was a very later bloomer. Until i was 17 i was among the shortest and weakest in high school, my puberty was protracted with my growth beginning slowly at age 16, followed finally by a growth spurt at 18.

    It didnt matter how hard I tried in sports, I couldnt match the speed and strength of others. Even though i had football training (australian football a very physical game) twice a week, i was bested by people who spent their free time on the couch.

    I never made the school football team because a bunch of soccer players were better than me as a footballer. I didnt make the team 3 years in a row.

    Without testosterone your not an athlete. After my growing did begin, and i started doing some weight training here and there many things did change.

    Every lunch break for about 5 months a tall fat tough guy would push in front of me in the lunch line. (he singled me out) I was 17 weak as a girl and fighting him and his 4 buddies wasnt an option. I ran into this guy at a bar about 2 years later, we made eye contact.

    It was great to see that short fat **** squirm. Im now 5 11(not a tall guy but about a 1ft taller than i was when i was 17) and a bit solid,

    Exercise is great
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  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by 1point2 View Post
    Great article. I had a similar experience, but much less dramatic, on a slow grade through high school. This, however:

    "Most importantly I had learned that if I didn't like something about myself, I had the power to change it as long as I worked hard, smart, and consistently."

    was the same, and was similarly powerful.
    I've had a similar experience too. It was exactly the experience my dad had. I wonder how many people are driven to martial arts and exercise because of this sort of thing?

    I had that stuff. And all the bells and whistles. No confidence, self doubt, socially awkward, all that jazz.
    But you see, that's exactly the thing. EVERYONE is socially awkward until someone has measured them not be. The language of the alpha geek internet denizens could be termed socially awkward too. Even though it's just a difference in humor and dialect. And often intelligence.
    I had the same epiphany at some point. For the longest time, it felt like everyone else just understood and knew how to act and were naturally confident. When you come to find that they have problems too, they don't really understand anything either, and everyone else is also shooting from the hip, you get over it. Exercise and martial arts only harden the confidence that comes with that wisdom.

    For me, being socially awkward was kind of like not knowing how to throw a ball or a punch. Like there was a right way and a wrong way to do every little thing, including socialize. I thought, if only I knew the TECHNIQUE OF SOCIALIZING, I could succeed.

    Then I learned no else knew the "technique" either.
    Although martial arts was already an interest of mine (primarily stick fighting), that epiphany was when I started training seriously. I think I was 15 or 16 at the time.

    Seriously. MMA should be the the spearhead of every anti-bullying program. It stops a lot of problems at there roots. Even if justice never gets meted, the confidence gained and the lack of mental problems occurring from the bullying that would have happened because of the classes would save some people a lot of time and pain.
    Although, I don't think it would be a panacea. It could still cause some problems, but in the long term, I think it would be a lot better for the person. Both in their school career and in their later years.

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