It's a great feeling to have your hand be held up by the referee at the end of a fight, while the announcer stands behind you, saying, "And winner by TKO, JoJo "Switch" Musse!!"
As a proud father, cornerman and fighting coach, I must say, it's a beautiful site to see and hear.
It would be so easy to sit here and take all of the credit for raising this guy (picture above), training with him day in, day out, year in, year out. Strengthening his bones, joints, muscles, tendons and mindset throughout his lifetime!
However, regardless of ANY input I've had, ultimately, there's only three people in that cage - the opponent, you and the referee. The cage door closes and now it's on you and only you to put your money where your mouth is. That's what he did.
Now of course I had to mention the two most obvious people in this article - me and my son.
Again, so aside from the fact that the fighter and only the fighter himself, is the one ultimately fighting - the old saying does really hold true - "It takes a village!"
WORLDS COMING TOGETHER
The teams that not only got my son prepared for this fight and indeed the win, came from two separate locations: Passaic and Elizabeth, NJ. Between these two schools, there were no stones unturned. These guys gave my son some of the most intense, vigorous, bone-crushing, head-rattling, heart-pounding, sweat-dripping, body-aching, ankle-twisting, jaw-popping workouts known to man!
SOMETHING ABOUT SMART TRAINING TO BE SAID
For the best cardio, fat loss and strength conditioning on this planet, we were fortunate to have teamed up with two of the worlds fittest guys alive: Jorge "Lobo" Betancourt and Richard Almonte of Train Smart - Passaic, NJ.
The conditioning they put my son through was insane! We're talking "athlete" type training and nothing less!
While they have the capacity to train any and all athletes, their clientele ranges from super beginners to fight competitors. Both coming from a military background, it's only natural that their style is intense but with a touch of compassion. At the end of the day, if you're not pushed beyond your limits, there would be no results and they would have failed to do their jobs.
On a personal level, as friends and I would even say family, they have been there for me and my son emotionally, mentally, physically and yes, spiritually. These guys were a massive part of my sons growth and were definitely one of the integral forces behind the win!
THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL AND "TRU" DEAL
Talk about gifts from heaven! Sheesh, can I just tell you guys, this school right here, made training in Mixed Martial Arts, the toughest training around! When you train with these guys for an MMA fight, the chances of you winning the actual fight in the cage goes through the roof.
Between MMA, BOXING, KICKBOXING, JUDO, JIU-JITSU, and Self Defense for both Adults and Children... We're talking about the full package. Not to mention the fact that these guys ALL fight in matches outside of teaching it in class.
So who are "these guys?"
Good question. I'm talking about none other than TRU-MMA. If you guys are interested in getting yourself physically and mentally prepared for fight-night performance - then you have to go to these guys - NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
Let me tell you...
There aren't too many schools out there that offer the services these guys do. With padded floors and walls, heavy bags hanging off half the space, a slew of people always willing to help and not to mention the three partners of the place itself: Jonathan Romero, Lou Weber and Richard Bianchi, it would be impossible not to love the place and people!
It is with an incredible amount of respect and gratitude, that I write this article and pay homage to the three partners of TRU-MMA. Not unlike Train Smart, these guys took my son in, trained him as if he was one of their own, treated him (and me) like family, never gave up on him, and as a matter of fact... they showed that they believed in him when others clearly didn't, right from the start.
SO WHAT ARE YOU GUYS WAITING FOR?
There is absolutely no excuse! I mean, between me in Clifton and Teaneck, Train Smart in Passaic, and TRU-MMA in Elizabeth, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be in a gym right now trying to get yourself in optimal shape!
Everyone always waits till New Years to make their resolutions. I'm telling you now, if you're waiting for that one magic day to make the decision of your life, to get stronger, fitter, healthier, better and have more confidence to spill into any and every arena of your life...now is that day!
SO WHERE CAN FIND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR?
TRAIN SMART, LLC
838 Main Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055
416 Morris Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208