Lebron James, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, Lionel Messi are some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Their success is not a story of luck. Their greatness is carved out of two ingredients: talent and humility.
While there are plenty of great talents in the sports world, very few possess the quality of a real sportsman: keeping his feet on the ground amid various success. They fly so high that when they fall, it hit them so hard.
This is exactly the case of an overconfident street fighter who challenged a more experienced jiu-jitsu master to a boxing match. Later on, he will learn his lesson in a tough way.
Picking the Wrong Fight
While conducting a regular BJJ class at World Triumph Martial Arts in Tallahassee, Florida, Shane Weinischke was surprised when a guy popped up and demanded a fight. The stranger claimed he is an undefeated street fighter boasting an immaculate record of 20-0.
With this feat, the street fighter wanted to go toe to toe with the best guy in the class. That was the level of competition he demanded, believing his game was over the top.
In an interview with the Jiu-Jitsu Times, Shane recalled how the incident happened and how he gave the guy a classic response.
“A ‘Street fighter’ claiming a record of 20-0 (on the street) called World Triumph Martial Arts on Monday, October 9th. He said he wanted to fight the best guy. He came into my school during the BJJ class and asked to box, I took my kimono off and just so happen to have 16-ounce gloves.”
He, later on, gave the street fight the experience he will never forget.
You Reap What You Sow
The street fighter may have entered the fight with his perfect record. But he forgot to bring the more important weapon: knowledge.
Coming out of nowhere, the guy was not aware that the BJJ instructor is a Marcelo Cohen brown belter. So when he asked to fight the ‘best guy,’ Shane graciously granted his request.
But despite the street fighter’s arrogance, the BJJ instructor refused to hurt him. His goal was only to teach him some ounce of humility.
“I didn’t want to hurt the kid, just show that it takes discipline to train combat sports.”
Watch the video below and find out how it ended for the street fighter:
For sure, he was ashamed of himself after that fight. But we hope he learned his lesson from the wise man.