As much as I love to travel, and regardless of how much fun I had my first trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, even I was bummed out to turn down opportunities to go to UFC 156: Aldo vs Edgar. After having helped Tyron Woodley prepare for his UFC debut, he asked me to corner him at the fight; Yves Edwards asked me as well. I’m sure it was a great time and an electrifying experience to be in Vegas that week. But I am positive I will not have walked away with the same knowledge and gratifying experience that I gained by being in Little Rock with Roli Delgado and Matt Hamilton at Westside MMA.
Roli is a complex and eccentric character that balances his persona with a simple lifestyle and philosophy. His kindness, intelligence, and honesty makes him intriguing and attracts others around him. He also possesses a few game- changing Jiu- Jitsu systems that are revolutionary. Trust me on this.
Needless to say, the short stay that I and Cole Miller had was extraordinary. We had the opportunity to teach a seminar at Westside MMA (Roli and Matt’s academy) covering Cole Miller’s system of takedown defense and my guard system, which I like to believe can be a takedown defense in itself. We also had the opportunity to train with some of the top students there, which is always a pleasure. But the leading factor in this trip was the opportunity to share ideas about life on and off the mat with such high level people. If the walls could talk…
While a trip to the UFC that weekend would have been great, it still doesn’t compare to the weekend that I had.
Dedicated to constant learning,
Din Thomas is the owner and operator of American Top Team Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach, Fl. Providing Port St Lucie, Jensen Beach, Palm City, and Stuart with high level Martial Arts for 8 years and counting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Fight Fitness, and Junior Champion classes change lives.