Check out this great feature that ESPN did on one of the best mixed martial arts gyms in the world: the Jackson/Winkeljohn Gym in Albuquerque, NM (which is, according to the article, “less a battlefield than an ashram”). The article and the accompanying video don’t address calling by name, but the themes certainly are present. To understand purpose as it relates to . . . well . . . punching someone in the face, you really only need to see what his fighters (some of the best in the world) say about trainer Greg Jackson:
I owe everything to you. – Nate Marquardt
You Are Creating a Whole New Me. – Cub Swanson
I am honored to be part of your team – Georges St-Pierre
The whole article is worth a few minutes of your day, even if you aren’t a fight fan. Check it out. Isn’t it great when calling-esque stories show up in unexpected places?