Updated: Aug 29
Warriors of Hope Kickboxing Smoker
On August 26, 2023 Blacklist Martial Arts had their annual kickboxing smoker. The event was for Warriors of Hope, a special event because it honors an individual. A child. Brock Larisey was a young man fighting cancer, who's last wish was to be remembered. A wish that continues to make positive difference in the world even after his passing. His struggle. His fight. Gave him a perspective beyond his years. Love is the strongest power that exists. I believe he understood that and it's the reason Warriors of Hope was founded.
His love.......has given life in his memory.
Rest easy Brock, you will be remembered!
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A fighting spirit comes from an individual soul. Some are born with it, and some have to cultivate it. Either way it's a quality martial arts instills in it's students. Individuals with years of training know exactly what this means. This doesn't mean you are the best fighter on the planet. It's to know, fighting is in your spirit.
How You React In Times Of Stress
You push aside fear and doubt to find something greater in your being. You've walked past the threshold of unknown, and stand in front of a problem that looks to destroy you. You live the experience by taking in extreme levels of stress. Your body produces hormones that change time and you. Live in this moment without fear. When fear starts to peer, your fighting spirit stands in front providing cover.
After The Test
Walk away with your head tall. Know you fought your heart out. The end result of the fight doesn't matter. You tested your heart and spirit. In times of extreme stress people respond one of three ways: fight, flight, or freeze. If your fighting spirit provided cover for it's partners, you passed the test by refusing to accept defeat.
Paul Hingle IV and Mike Lee both tested themselves yesterday at the Warriors Of Hope Kickboxing Smoker. I'm proud of the performance these two put on yesterday.
Paul started at Next Generation Martial Arts years ago as a pre-teen. It's been an honor and blessing to have him as part of our program for so long. However, NGMA cannot take credit for his performance yesterday. Justin Verdin and Extreme MMA in Houma have been working with Paul on his striking for quite some time. What they have done with him has been amazing. We watched him become a bit more of a man yesterday. Paul we are all proud of you buddy!
Mike Lee is a martial artist, it's as simple as that. His demeanor embodies it. Plus, as Shane Thibodaux put, "he looks like he can kick your whole hip off." Yesterday was more proof of that. Mike it was an honor to have you represent us yesterday.
Here's a list of the other competitors that tested themselves yesterday at the Warriors of Hope Kickboxing Smoker.
Thanks for the show and the show of Fighting Spirit!
Braylon Lockhart - Empire MMA
Aidan Zoble - Louisiana Muay Thai (LAMT)
Aidan McDaniel - UFC GYM
J.T. LeBouef - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Grant Arceneaux - Louisiana Muay Thai (LAMT)
Tyler Anderson - Progressive
David Drago - Mid City MMA
Cody Simmons - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Tristen Saavedra - Mid City MMA
Johnny Gloves - Mid City MMA
Aaron Bacon - Bayou Jiu-Jitsu
Keith Mays - Mid City MMA
Ivy Musso - Extreme MMA & Fitness
Gage LeCompte - Evolution Training
Ryan ? - Louisiana Muay Thai (LAMT)
Charles Hue - Empire MMA
Zachary Phillips - Bayou Jiu-Jitsu
Justin Ternois- Mid City MMA
MJ Nicholas - Mid City MMA
Moe Mizell - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Willian Bucklew - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Seneca Joseph - Gladiators Academy
Richard Lopez - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Kevin Ward - Progressive
Maverick Becker - Mid City MMA
Bradford Cheramie - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
jaiden Burnett - Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness
Roman Pizzolato - Empire MMA
Jimmy Owensby - Fusion Boxing of Cutoff