We’re probably not what you expect . . .

When you think of people who do Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and CrossFit?

When people come into Derby City MMA. They often have a bit of a misplaced idea of who we are. And this past weekend is a great example of what I mean. 

When people think of MMA, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing and Crossfit. They think of fighting or intense physical exercise. And often, people wrongly assume that people who engage in these activities are a “certain” way.

You know what I mean. . .

People think that because someone does MMA or Boxing that they’re going to be aggressive or maybe even mean.

And if you lift heavy weights, you’re probably going to be a big dumb meathead. . .

But nothing could be further from the truth!

We’re Not What You Expect

This past weekend, our Boxers, Brazilian Jiujitsu and CrossFit members came together to do something really cool.

Raise toys for local families.

Even better, we did it with the help of people from all around the tri-state area.

We had people drive as far away as 3 hours to come to Derby City MMA for the Toy Drive Open Gym to train.

The open gym was done to raise toys for local families involved with The Scholar House Organization. If you’re not familiar, they’re a beautiful organization who help empower families. They assist parents by getting through schooling so that they can develop skills necessary to improve their lives and those of their children.

This was our 3 year running this event and this one was the best yet!

A Sad Event Turn Into Something Special

Something even more powerful was the generosity shown by one of our longtime members family.

Eric, one of our Blue Belts recently passed away.

His daughter (a Blue Belt in BJJ as well) knew how much he enjoyed the toy drive. And during his funeral visitation opted to have gift donations in lieu of flowers.

It’s a sad thing to lose a friend, father. . . or any loved one. But we know Eric would be happy knowing what his daughter and family decided to do in the situation and all of the families it benefitted.

 Why Am I Sharing This?

So why am I sharing this story with you?

Because people often wrongly categorize people. They just assume that people are a certain way that they aren’t.

And I just wanted to take this amazing weekend as an opportunity to share that people that do Combat Sports and Martial Arts as well as CrossFit are not what you might expect.

Thanks again to all the local gyms that came out to Derby City MMA support the Toy Drive this year!


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