Recently, member Chris McCue traveled to Montgomery where he competed in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fight. He definitely surprised many of us who didn’t even know he had a history of training. When Chris was a junior in high school he suffered a career ending head injury playing football. The next summer, when he would usually be preparing for football by working out/attending camps, he made the decision to join his cousin in starting martial arts.
I studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai for 4 months under Rafael Rebello at American Top Team Deerfield Beach. When school started up again I quit Jiu Jitsu, a decision that I still regret to this day. After graduating high school I considered starting back up again with BJJ, but I discovered Crossfit and I’ve been a kool-aid drinker ever since.
According to Chris, some of the best Mixed Martial Arts fighters utilize CrossFit style workouts to improve their strength and conditioning, or at least to supplement their current training program. Guys like Tim Kennedy and Jon “Bones” Jones, both ranked UFC fighters out of Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, train using CrossFit style workouts multiple times a day, sometimes logging 25+ workouts a week.
Chris walked away with a victory that day. He also plans to pursue additional fights in the future. By living a healthy and active lifestyle, Chris was able to pick up a skill from his past and find success.
Chris is an honor to have at CFP. We are thankful for his home gym allowing us to have him while he is in school!