Amazing, Inspiring, and Boring...all at the same time?
by Jason,posted Apr 27 2009 8:00PM
The video you are about to watch is really amazing. It's inspiring. It also shows that amazing and inspiring can be boring. Kyle Maynard is an amazing guy. He was born with a birth defect that left him without arms and legs. He was a great amateur wrestler and speaks around the country as a motivational speaker.
Recently, Kyle started training in Mixed Martial Arts. On April 25, 2009, Kyle had his first pro fight. I am not posting this video for people to laugh at. This guy shows more guts than I ever will show. If you ever say to yourself, "I can't do it!" Remember this video and remember that a guy without arms and legs fought in a Mixed Martial Arts fight!
The problem? Mixed Martial Arts is fighting that involves not only wrestling (which Kyle can do), but boxing, kickboxing, ju-jitsu, and other martial arts that involve the arms and legs. While it is amazing that Kyle was able to get into a cage and fight, this may not be the best way to show off his amazing determination and unwillingness to let his handicap get in the way of his dreams. Plainly said, the fight was boring.
I wanted to see him win the fight, but it was quickly apparent that wasn't going to happen. Actually, if I'm being honest, I thought something good would happen in Kyle's favor in the fight. I wanted to see something amazing. I wanted to see Kyle overwhelm his opponent and make him submit. It never happened. I wanted the happy ending. Instead, I felt bad for Kyle.