Well let me start by saying, I've been a huge hughes fan for a few years now, and i've sometimes lurked in the shadows on these forums while sitting at work, but not until now have i ever felt i had something to contribute.
I'm a US Marine, and i've been serving since before i graduated high school in 2005. My first Duty station was camp Pendleton CA, where I stayed from 2005-2007. From there I had a place in Temecula, where i occasionally trained with Cory Cass.
In October of 2007 I got sent to Okinawa Japan, and little did i know, that place would turn my life upside down...
I kept myself in pretty good shape, but kind of fell out of the loop on MMA and the like, because i didnt have a TV, and because i didnt have anyone to roll with. About a year passed, and then i met some friends who liked to Grappel and liked to wrestle. We started up an all Marine after work grappeling tournement every thursday after working hours, and it grew. Eventually cardboard title belts were handed out, and me and my friend Jake were the only two that passed it off from week to week. Eventually i wound up with cracked ribs and fell out of that.
Jake, later found a place out in town where the local Japanese comepeted and would let the Americans come out and try their skill. I never really got to deep into a 'formal' training, other then looking on technique websites, and growing up getting beat up by my brother and sister. Long story short, my first fight i wound up getting clocked in the mouth by a stray shot and was out. I was awake before i hit the ground, so it was more of a knock down then a knock out, and the reff still called it... whatever.
But that set a fire under me, and all i did