That's why I think I prefer training people in an MMA environment to just teaching them the basic techniques of the sport.
I'm not going to pretend that people can't learn things when they're in an environment where they can, but I believe that when it comes to training people, a little bit of something for nothing is worth more than a whole bunch of nothing for a whole lot. My goal is to train people to the point that they can compete in MMA.
If I can't achieve that goal, I want that goal to be within reach. My goals are always based on the mindset that nobody has a perfect body, so it's imperative that we learn to get better at our weaknesses and use them as our strengths in jump rope training. I think that my best training partners in terms of teaching me the things I'm good at are the people who aren't athletes. They aren't fighters, but they have other goals in life. They have other pursuits, other things to pursue besides fighting. The thing about MMA is that you have to make sure that you're not putting these other things ahead of being successful in MMA. The ultimate goal of training is to be a successful MMA athlete. Everything else is more of an important part of that.
As an example, the last time I was in Las Vegas, I was sitting in a hotel suite drinking soda, eating chips, and doing whatever that entails. I was really bored. I'm a huge fan of the game, but the game is boring without the people. I can sit in front of a computer or a TV, but to be a real friend, you have to interact with other people. And my favorite food in the world is pizza. That's my first passion. I have to spend more time with the people in my life. I've been training out of Las Vegas for about two years now, so you might see me training at the Mandalay Bay with these guys just to get the basics down for me and for the people. But I want to be a successful MMA athlete. I do two years of jumping rope and one year of wrestling in the middle of a year of MMA. That's not a good plan, but I have to have priorities in my life.