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Jordan Blick is a Warrior from our Melbourne series at Resilience Training Centre. In his own incredible words, read about his ‘why’ for doing the Wimp 2 Warrior program and what he learned from it. Best of luck for your next big challenge Jordy – fatherhood!
And in 6 minutes it was over!
Sadly, the win didn’t go in my favour and I lost to a more superior fighter by decision after 2 very hard-fought rounds.
On the day I had 3 main objectives walking into that cage:
1. Display the skills I’d learnt over the past 20 weeks
2. Do my family and friends proud
3. Don’t get seriously hurt
…and aside from a couple of bruises, I’m more than confident that I was able to achieve all three!
Although it would have been great to get The W on the day, that in itself really does pale in comparison to the journey it took to get there and what all of us were able to achieve over the past 20 weeks. That’s the real win right there.
Looking back over the program I can safely say it was the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. And completing it is something I am extremely glad I was able to achieve before our first child was born.
She was the reason I decided to undertake this challenge.
When my wife and I decided we were going to try for a child I wasn’t happy with who I was. Out of shape and overweight, with an extremely unhealthy lifestyle that revolved around “getting fucked up” at any given chance. I was unmotivated and lacked confidence. Put simply, I wasn’t proud of the person I had become. And it made the thought of having a child very hard because I was worried about the type of father I would be. So, after Hayley and I made the decision to try for a child, I made the decision to better myself.
And so began the journey.
After our very first training session, I vividly remember bounding home through the door to see my beautiful wife sitting on the couch. I was so excited after getting through day 1 that I failed to realise how strange it was that Hayley was sitting in her pyjamas and not dressed for work. She waited patiently while I finished going on about our first training session, then motioned to something on the coffee table. I looked down and it was a pregnancy test. As I looked back at her, she smiled and nodded. To which I replied, “I’m going to be a dad?!”.
Now, I’m not a religious person in the slightest, but the coincidence here was hard to miss. It was like the universe was telling me I was on the right path. And I realised there and then that I had to make the most out of the program and give it my all. For our little Blueberry.
Funnily enough, after we received our 13-week dating scan results we traced it back and the date she was conceived was the night after my W2W tryouts. Like, what are the fucking chances?!
I hope when Blueberry is older she’ll be proud of me. And I hope it shows her how important it is to be a fighter. Not so much in the literal sense – although you best believe I’ll be signing her up for kids kickboxing or judo classes the minute she’s of age – but fighting for whatever it is you are doing in life. If there’s one thing I learn from this psychotic journey its the importance of fighting. Fighting to be a better person. Fighting to be happy. Fighting for what is right. Fighting for your right to party. The list goes on.
I’m confident now I’ll always be a fighter in whatever I do in life.
Now for the thank yous…
First and foremost thank you to my beautiful wife, Hayley, for putting up with me for the entirety of the program. Words can’t express how much it meant to me having you there every step of the way. I can honestly say without your support I would have never been able to make it to the end of this.
Thank you to my brothers in arms – Steve and Taran. My respect for you both is immeasurable. One of the biggest things I’m grateful for is this unique bond we have formed throughout the program. It is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
A very special thank you to Sensei Alex for getting us in this mess to begin with. I cannot thank you enough for your support, guidance, body shots and kind words throughout the program.
Thank you to all of my friends and family that came to the finale and showed their support. It meant the world seeing you all there cheering us along. The list is too long to mention, but you know who you are.
Thank you to my coaches – Daniel, Sara and Ben. You guys are lifesavers. Literally. I really hope we did you proud throughout the program and especially on fight day. I look forward to seeing you at the gym in the not too distant future.
And last but not least, thank you to all of the other warriors who I had the honour of training with. I’ll cherish the memories for the rest of my life and I can’t wait to continue on with the friendships we have built. You’re all a bunch of deadset legends!
And with that, now it’s on the to the next challenge…. fatherhood.
Wish me luck!
Jordan Blick, WARRIOR
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