Years ago, I met this martial arts "master" that was so proud of his diplomas and awards, a matter of fact, the wall of his office was covered by  30 certificates, long distance courses, some fakes ones. There is nothing wrong displaying your credentials especially if you run a business, but to have your ego run by it is not good at all.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that values more the "suit" than the man wearing it. When looking for a school or any business, it is a good idea to look at the professional credentials, but most important, is if that person really is what the diploma say he or she is.

Would you trust a doctor to perform a surgical procedure on you or your child just because you saw a diploma hanging on his office?
The answer is NO, you and I will do a little research to find his track record.

Martial arts, however, is a little different, there is lots of diplomas and certificates out there, but to teach and be honest with their students, are very few. Not everyone can teach, teaching is a skill, some great fighters out there that will never have the ability to teach, just there is lots of great teachers that will never win a tournament.

Freddie Roach is one of these amazing teachers that was terrible in competition because he went to a brawl soon someone punched him.
From 1978 to 1986 he had more losses than victories and he was not happy with the sport until he found his true calling was teaching!

He became the best boxing training the world ever know
having been voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009,2010 and 2013. 

He is the boxing coach of former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division World Champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. as well as top prospects Jose Benavidez,[6] Peter Quillin[7] and Vanes Martirosyan. 

Roach was also the trainer of former two-time world champion and notable women's champion Lucia Rijker.[8] Roach has also trained a former junior welterweight champion, Amir Khan.

So next time you see someone bragging about their diplomas, ask them about their legacy, how many people he or she help to grow into a better human being, that my friends are the best diploma you can have, not the ones you hang on your wall, but the one you carry into eternity.




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