Hanging Out in a Room full of Killers

 

Hanging Out in a Room Full of Killers

It was an amazing experience kicking it backstage at Metamoris 6, where the world’s most elite grapplers assembled and attempted to break each other’s bones and choke each other unconscious. I was honored to sneak back there despite the fact that this event was closed to the public AND the media. It was an interesting experience, and here’s how I got in:

The Energy

Some of the guys warming up.

Some of the guys warming up.

The locker room was straight up intense. Most jiu jitsu competitions I’ve been to have taken place in very large settings like the Long Beach Convention Center or massive basketball courts with at least 6 giant mats for matches. Usually thousands of people, most often friends and family of competitors, will come to support, and (if you’re lucky) you may have a chance to see a local superstar coach corner one of his students.  Metamoris  6 was the polar opposite.

The environment yesterday was closer to that of a fight than it was a Jiu Jitsu competition. There was no giant crowd backstage, some competitors were posturing, some of them mean-mugging, and there most certainly were not any obnoxious, uneducated (sport-wise) mothers cheering her child on.

In a fighter’s locker room, the night starts off loud and boisterous with everyone pumped to finally lay hands on the person they’ve been thinking about for the previous weeks. One by one, the room empties out. You hear the roaring of the crowd, someone comes back beaten and heartbroken, or ecstatic as hell. Then you wait. And wait. Silence creeps on as you visualize and prepare for a fight you’ve had weeks and sometimes months to think about.  It’s an intense silence, and that was what Metamoris felt like to me.

I enjoyed that gravity, and I wonder if those athletes did too.

Leverage is the key

Kron Gracie and me (yes I have a swollen black eye).

Kron Gracie and me (yes I have a swollen black eye).

Ah, the power of relationships. We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s who you know not what you know,” and I generally don’t like it for the fact that it somewhat encourages ignorance and resistance to knowledge, but, in this case, I lucked out with the  “who I know.” I’m lucky enough to shoot interviews for Jorge Guimaraes, co-owner of Blackhouse and quite the Brazilian business mogul.  (Maybe one day I’ll tell you about the “Sex Dwarf” experience I had in Jorge’s car.) He’s good friends with Rorion Gracie and the rest of the family, and got me backstage to shoot an interview with the current UFC Heavyweight Interim Champ, Fabricio Werdum. Thanks to Jorge I was able to say what’s up to greats like Josh Barnett, Jeff Glover, and I even got a selfie with one of my favorites Kron Gracie, son of the legendary Rickson Gracie.

Fabricio and Jorge before the show.

Fabricio and Jorge before the show.

It’s important to remember that leverage is all around us. Use relationships to get things done, and make shit happen. Relationships are give and take, and you must give, give, give, so you will be able to receive something of quality in return. Before I met Jorge, I gave a lot making videos and shooting videos for next to no money. All those videos I hustled together paid off because they led me to a new job and an opportunity to hang out in rooms full of killers.

Leverage. The key to control. 

Leverage. The key to control. 

PRO TIP: It makes no difference if you’re using it for business, finance, sport (my grapplers know what’s up), or leisure,

LEVERAGE IS THE KEY TO CONTROL. Control situations and work them in your favor.  Hell I believe in leverage so much I even made a shirt for it. Only sold at Mana Sport of course :)

#AnomalyArmy, how have you used leverage to get what you want in life?