How Martial Arts Changed Me

By Nico Lagan
April 6, 2023
By Nico Lagan
April 6, 2023
We are all born weak, but remaining so is a choice. One of the things I’ve learned about being bullied is that bullies are cowards. Just like criminals, they pray on soft targets. They take advantage of the vulnerable.

Overcoming bullying

Do you know why I was bullied? Because I was a coward, I was weak and had a victim mentality. Bullies and criminals could smell it on me. My bully also knew I couldn’t defend myself and would just take his abuse. This type of shit stays with you! Realizing I was weak and an easy target messed with my head for years. Deep down, I knew I had to do something about it and learn to defend myself, but I did everything possible to avoid taking responsibility for it. To this day, I don’t know why I waited so long, but eventually, I joined a martial arts school.

How martial arts changed me

In life, you have two ways of dealing with bullies and criminals, stay a victim and let them mess with you, or you learn to become a controlled monster, and that’s exactly what I did. I tried taekwondo, judo, boxing, and kickboxing, but none of them really spoke to me. I could see the value, but I wasn’t passionate about them. That’s until I discovered Muay Thai. I don’t remember the first time I walked into OAMA (Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts), but I was hooked, addicted to the science of 8 limbs. Originally, my goal was to know how to defend myself, but that was just the beginning. A new passion was born. My first fight was at a smoker event, then I fought as an amateur, won a North American title, became an instructor (Kru), and coached amateur fighters. To this day, I still train, obviously not as much as when I used to fight, but I’m still a student of the game or will be for the rest of my life!
Martial arts are more than just self-defense techniques: they have forged me into the man I am today. I owe everything to martial arts. Until next time, stay, Manly Brother. Have you ever felt misunderstood, judged, or restricted in expressing your true masculinity? Tired of keeping taboo or delicate subjects to yourself? Do you wish there was a place where manliness is not only embraced but required? Where political correctness and the woke agenda have no power? I have fantastic news for you: I’ve created an exclusive, private Facebook group just for men like you, eager to reclaim their freedom of expression and grow together. A place where every man can be his authentic self without fear of judgment or being labeled. Join our exclusive brotherhood now: The Legion of Men.

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