Outside the cage #4 (Old School)


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I’ve had the unique experience of growing up in a martial arts family. As many people probably feel about their past, I too wouldn’t change a thing about it because every moment or event that has occurred in my life has brought me to where I am today.

In a few Outside the Cage posts, I want to share with you some of the martial arts related experiences I’ve had growing up. I’ll add the “Old School” tag to the posts to distinguish them from my usual OTC ones.

In this, the first “Old School” post I want to tell you a little about my father Rick, because without him I wouldn’t be who I am today and would never have become a fighter.

The man is intense to say the least, ultra-focused, and extremely hard working. He worked his butt off for many years to build our martial arts school into what it is today, a very successful business that has served our community for over 40 years. To accomplish this, my father ran the school and worked a full-time job throughout most of his life. His days always began early didn’t finish until late each night. I can remember him arriving home from work each day, sleeping for an hour then heading downstairs –to our gym which we lived on top of–to teach classes all night. This wasn’t a rare occurrence; he did it every single night! I always thought that was the normal routine for all fathers. As I grew older I realized my dad was anything by ordinary.

Hyper-focused could possibly still be an understatement when describing Rick Joslin. He started martial arts as a teen and earned his black belt in less than 18 months. Late into his twenties, he decided to teach himself how to skate and play hockey. His progression was quick in this venture too as he became a very skilled player and ended up running a renowned hockey school for nearly two decades. Upon retiring from his day job several years ago, he took up the sport of golf and has become a machine on the links. He did all of these amazing things while continuing to build his martial arts school into a very successful business.

As you can imagine, like most fathers do to their sons, he always seemed super-human to me and I looked up to him a lot while growing up. I still do!

I look forward to sharing more of my past with you in these “Old School” posts. There are definitely some funny stories to tell.

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