One of the few men I have gotten to know since I have been a part of the MMA community and admired is Eddie Lallo. I once got-in-ear that he had a very interesting up bringing and was interested in finding out what his journey to MMA was like. Interesting enough, what I heard was not the half of it yet.
Here is what he had to say.
My name is Eddie Lallo, I'm a BJJ and MMA coach residing in Grassy (Grassy Park). I had a bit of a difficult one - Speaking about is childhood - I grew up in Vrygrond a poverty stricken informal settlement near Muizenberg. My father and mother working hard to keep us afloat. Both my parents were alcoholics due to bad decisions made, but they did the best they could for us. People normally laugh when i tell them that, I use to eat with pigs, thinking I'm joking. As kids we would wait for the guy that use to drop the pigs food, so that we could also have a little to eat. You would have to wrestle with pigs for their own food. No food in the house, going ar…
I recently caught up with Chris Bright who has just received his black belt grading in Jiu Jitsu. Chris is one of South Africa's icons when it comes to the art of combative sport. He is also the owner of Port Elizabeth Submission Fighting Academy (aka PESFA) and trains pro athletes such as Cameron Pritchard and Warren Allison who both participate in EFC World Wide.
So I wanted to know from Chris what his journey was like to getting the black belt, which I'm sure you all know is not an easy thing. Here's what he had to say.
Chris Bright : Journey to the Black Belt I found BJJ purely by accident, it was never my intention to
formalize what we did to conform with one style or another to be honest.
Initially it was really only about utilizing techniques that worked for MMA and
eventually the parallel lines drew closer to BJJ.Although
I now have a Black Belt in BJJ, the grappling I coach is really mainly self-taught
and still mainly MMA focused. It’s largely Jiujitsu in format b…