So, my hubby and I got tickets for the UFC match in Toronto on Saturday. I'm not really into it all that much, but he is, and it should be pretty exciting anyways, to experience it. For those of you who don't know, UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and it is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting.
The thing that I am most looking forward to though, is meeting the real champions who are going to be there. In our military, there is a section called Soldier On. A buddy of mine who I once worked with, is one of the "ambassadors" basically the poster child of the section. They set up and organize different physical activities, and raise money for soldiers who lost limbs overseas. My friend, Jody, I have spoken about before on here. He lost both legs below the knees after he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) while on a foot patrol. He really is my inspiration. Within 2 months of returning back to Canada, he was walking again, with his prosthetics. He is a true testiment to picking up and carrying on with life, with such a positive attitude.
Anyways, he organized a charity to raise money to get some of our guys who lost limbs, some tickets to go to the match. I had posted a message on his wall on Facebook that I was going to be there too, and hopefully we will meet up. He sent me a message back and said he would be looking out for me, and he would love it if I could meet some of the other guys. Anyways, I ended up getting a pm on Facebook from somebody I didn't know. Turned out to be the Commanding Officer of one of the guys who is going, and told me to look out for Tyler, that he is such an amazing kid. It was so nice to get a message like that, and I can't wait to meet him.
These guys, to me, are the Ultimate Fighting Champions... Georges St Pierre who??? LOL. These guys came back home missing parts, and have overcome their "disabilities" and shown people that they actually are not "disabled", they are "abled, minus a limb or two". Truly inspirational. They go around to different bases, have basketball, volleyball, sledge hockey tournaments. They run in charity races. Jody himself, one year after losing his legs, ran in a 5 km race. He's done several others, and is training for a marathon. He also does MMA to condition his body, as he says, it's great for building the core muscles (and from my own experiences with MMA in the past, it's so true... I miss my 6 pack
) Whenever I start to feel down on myself and life in general, I think of these guys, and how their struggles are so much more than mine.
I can't wait to meet my champions!!!