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What brought you here?

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:14 pm

To linker and to combat sports?

For me my fascination with combat sports started at a very young age, I remember the love I had for Mike Tyson at 5 years old.
My dad loved to hear me imitate him, I'd copy his stance and even whatever he'd say at press conferences.
I also remember asking my dad if he talks like that so he comes across as less scary/intimidating.
I always imagined how scary a deep booming voiced Mike Tyson would be like, imagine Tyson with James Earl Jones voice saying "I'll eat your unborn children".
Jesus.
The reason I think I gravitated to combat sports and boxing especially is because I was severely bullied and very very competitive.
I hated team sports because from a young age all I cared about was winning, I'd give my all and even if I sucked proverbial ass I always, always tried to do my best.
I played basketball, baseball, volleyball, football, soccer, rugby and even ultimate frisbee in 14 years of community sports.
But at 18 I was finally allowed to box.

My father was a drug addict and alcoholic but very very high functioning and was and still is a phenomenal dad, just a bad person.
But he was brought up with a step brother whom was a professional boxer in Canada and from 9 until he was 15 my father was literally his brothers punching bag.
My dad would get up at 4, make his brothers rocky shake (4 raw eggs) make him coffee, and throw wood in the heater so his step brother could sweat more for weight cuts
My dad began dating my mom around that time, they've been together over 40 years and my mom saw first hand how violence seemingly beget violence and was adamantly against her children coming close to the sport.
I was bullied at home, at school and at night when I closed my eyes.
I had zero confidence and became severely depressed at 12 years old.
I picked up boxing with a man named Tim Thurston, he has trained Dennis Kang, Rory mac and more.
He established revolution Langley with the guy who lost to Forrest, Todd something.
I became a different person and within a year was in Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and even more.
I had never been happier and since then I've had no bigger than a 6 month gap where I do something entailing combat training.
After getting divorced and over another onset of depression I have really dove deeper into it.
I train jits three times and boxing every day now and am hoping by the time I'm 30 I'll have a few professional bouts under my belt.
But all I know is no oversaturation of events will ever deter my love of training and the blissful feeling that comes from growing in the art of combat.

I joined linker for the videos and based off the suggestions of my older brothers friend.
I loved the humour and engaged group that was here then.
It was shortly before the Kenflo fight with BJ and I had to make an account to watch the fight.
I was sitting in a camper in Kelowna BC off a lake called Kalmalka(if you been to Kal Tire that's what it's named after) and joined as lebenresistent an extremely dumb name I thought was suuuuper clever like only a young teen can.
That day forward I've been here almost every day save for when I don't have internet.
And I'll be here til linkers last breath.

Let me know your story and what you think of mine.
Keep linkers linked, we're family here.
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby KingOfPancrase » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:26 pm

Loved WWF wrestling in the mid to late 90's. Around the year 2000-2003 I started not caring as much because I was growing up and being disillusioned with the pre determined outcomes and over the top impossible to pull off in real fight moves. This was about the time Ken Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz 1 happened. That's what got me into MMA. Went back and watched all of Kens old UFC fights, Pride fights and Pancrase fights. Made me realize how much of a fucking animal that guy was. He's what got me into submission wrestling and boxing (which I picked up in college for a few years) along with weight lifting. So after a few years watching I found linker from youtube links in late 2007 because I was trying to watch fights on youtube. Started watching videos on here, created my account and linker and the rest is history. 13 fucking years :shock:[list=][/list]
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby DeceptaCon » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:28 pm

1. Fight Videos
2. Funny ass members and sigs
3. Better than joining a gym
4. Can drink and troll on here
5. Bored at work and keeps me focused
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:32 pm

DeceptaCon wrote:1. Fight Videos
2. Funny ass members and sigs
3. Better than joining a gym
4. Can drink and troll on here
5. Bored at work and keeps me focused


I figured we haven't had a new member since before the end so this was ok.

KingOfPancrase wrote:Loved WWF wrestling in the mid to late 90's. Around the year 2000-2003 I started not caring as much because I was growing up and being disillusioned with the pre determined outcomes and over the top impossible to pull off in real fight moves. This was about the time Ken Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz 1 happened. That's what got me into MMA. Went back and watched all of Kens old UFC fights, Pride fights and Pancrase fights. Made me realize how much of a fucking animal that guy was. He's what got me into submission wrestling and boxing (which I picked up in college for a few years) along with weight lifting. So after a few years watching I found linker from youtube links in late 2007 because I was trying to watch fights on youtube. Started watching videos on here, created my account and linker and the rest is history. 13 fucking years :shock:[list=][/list]


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Re: What brought you here?

Postby PBells » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:20 pm

Got into MMA thanks to my brother-in-law. My very first exposure to the sport was the UFC game for Dreamcast where Bruce Buffer was a secret character, and BIL would also rent UFC's from Blockbuster wearing his "Tap Out or Get Owned" t-shirt. Having been a pro-wrestling fan, I was in complete awe that an armbar would be enough to stop a real fight, remembering it as one of the weakest submissions in the WWE video games. My sister's character in our little D&D campaign was named Mirko. :lol:

But even back then I was super into it, it was just something novel that killed time. MMA as a whole was gaining prominence and a lot of people, my parents included, believed it was an edgy form of pro-wrestling. UFC and PRIDE were even promotions in a pro-wrestling promotion simulator game I used to play, with PRIDE being one of the sneaky Japanese orgs your wrestlers could sign with under your nose and be unavailable for months at time while you were SOL. I remember signing Frank Shamrock and Ken Shamrock e-mailed me about how happy he was. TNA somehow managed to sign Fedor and the Nogueira brothers and I don't even want to think about how that would've gone...

Fast-forward several years and thanks to door-to-door AT&T salespeople and a very impressionable roommate, we ended up with a premium cable subscription. That's when I discovered EliteXC, UFC Fight Nights on Spike TV, and PRIDE re-runs. EliteXC was what really got me hooked initially, believe it or not. UFC came later on after UFC 84 which is still to this day the only PPV I've ever paid for. Affliction came to prominence later that summer and I was curious about this "Fedor Emelianenko" they kept promoting so I looked him up on Wikipedia and his record made my jaw drop. I HAD to see this guy's fights, and a Google search brought me here where I proceeded to watch every single fight leading up to the Sylvia one. And the rest, as they say, is history...

Oh, and my parents STILL think MMA is pro-wrestling (though they became less and less wrong from the WME purchase onward).
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby Luminum » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:08 pm

I was always a quiet kid, bit of a geek and had an older brother who used to beat the shit out of me. I lacked confidence and really struggled to interact with people socially.

After heading to uni, I wanted to take up some form of martial art. I enjoyed boxing and had started getting into watching UFC events when they appeared on tv (which was not often in the UK!) Tried some traditional stuff but couldn't get into it and thought it was mostly bullshit. Eventually a friend of a friend recommended an mma club training in the back of a small bodybuilding gym so i went along.

I started with just mma and even had a fight around 9 years ago (which I lost via decision), but then started getting into the self defence stuff he also taught (jkd and Filipino martial arts). I liked learning new stuff but lost the focus on competing. I hope to get back to it but I can count the number of sessions I've had since my son was born on one hand and have another on the way.

I do miss it, but at 32 with the hips and knees of a 45 year old, it's probably not going to happen. I am thankful for getting involved though, it really helped me develop my confidence and self belief, plus it was very satisfying bring able to you with my hyper competitive elder brother (who is not so much of an asshole after taking up training as well).

As for linker, it was fight videos initially, but the forums taught me about Pride and about some Russian guy named fedor. I've been lurking ever since, love seeing all you mad fucks giving each other grief and learning about orgs and fighters I don't have time to discover by myself!

Ps. Glad to hear martial arts has helped you out Speakeasy. Depression can be a real bitch, but it's always good to hear from people getting through it and doing well.
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:34 pm

Thank you kindly gentlemen, I heard a lot of the complaints in the linker is dying thread that we are kind of a boys club.
So I know these threads are done to death but not in a minute and maybe with some transparency and relations we can build an inclusive group and not a members only club.
Or at least eliminate that feeling some get that we are one.

And luminus same to you brother, your body might break but don't let your spirit.
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby MiniMan » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:18 pm

Hey, Luminum, I only ever come on here on my phone so can’t see location, but as soon as I read ‘giving grief’, I knew we had another Brit lurker. :beer:

*edit I missed the part where you clearly say you’re from the UK :lol: :redface:

I got into MMA via UFC1 on VHS. Over here it was in the same rating as a XXX porno, which was R18 at the time. This was when stuff like that was a year or so behind it being released in the States. My pal got hold of it somehow (we would’ve been 14 at the time), and I still remember getting absolutely pumped like we were watching a fight in real life.

I used to go to MMAShare, but couldn’t find Rampage vs Henderson and stumbled across Linker whilst searching. Never been anywhere else since.
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby kezzaman » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:39 pm

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Re: What brought you here?

Postby bruins2012 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:58 pm

The fight videos and my life long hatred of that dirty, rotten, god forsaken scoundrel Con. I will always be here until he is destroyed once and for all.


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Re: What brought you here?

Postby Shuck » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:19 pm

bruins2012 wrote:The fight videos and my life long hatred of that dirty, rotten, god forsaken bum-ruins. I will always be here until he is destroyed or cont's to post threads for us all.


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Re: What brought you here?

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:29 pm

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Re: What brought you here?

Postby hawdrigoh » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:36 pm

I don't even remember anymore...it's so far in the past it may as well be the future.

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Re: What brought you here?

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:11 pm

hawdrigoh wrote:I don't even remember anymore...it's so far in the past it may as well be the future.

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April 24th, 2010.
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Re: What brought you here?

Postby hawdrigoh » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:14 pm

SpeakEasy wrote:
hawdrigoh wrote:I don't even remember anymore...it's so far in the past it may as well be the future.

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April 24th, 2010.
We got you buddy.


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