Having my own gym is a HUGE blessing in my life.

It is a representation of a few key things that keep me striving on a daily basis.

My gym reminds me of the passion and persistence that my wife and I share. It is so inspiring to watch her work the way she does, to give back to our community here in Rockaway Beach.

Whether it’s a holiday party that she sets up for our kiddos at the gym or chatting up someone who walks into our gym for the first time, looking to make a change in their life. She does it all with sincerity and love.

Due to the gym being quiet for the holidays, our recent trip to Thailand and a new project I’m working on for 2017, I have had some decent time to reflect on the past.

My fighting and training career was filled with many ups and downs. After stepping into the ring for the first time back in 1996, my very first trainer and mentor left to head back for Thailand, putting my desire to fight on hold.

I found another trainer a year later and had a couple more fights, then my first son was born in 1998 and fatherhood became my passion! So I took a couple years off to do the right thing as a family man.

Early on, as a pro fighter (2006), I was KO’d for the 1 time ever, face-down in the canvas (if I didn’t watch the video, I would still not know what hit me til this day) in a scrap that I will never forget since it left me with partially torn, ACL, MCL and meniscus. It took me 13 months to get back in the ring after months of physical rehab and other setbacks.

What does it take to keep hunting downs what you want?

WHY.

My WHY for as long as I could remember, even before Muay Thai, was and still is to give meaning to my family name, Romulo.

From an early age, I remember my father giving up on life, emotionally and psychologically abandoning our family, leaving my mom, me and my brothers to fend for ourselves.

So what drives me every day and keeps me moving through the thick and thin of what life dishes out is my WHY.

Take some time to sit back and find YOUR WHY.

If you have one already and life starts to hit you from all angles and it feels like you’re “on the ropes”, remember your WHY.