I recently had the honor of working and writing for one of my idols, Jay Dee Penn AKA BJ Penn @BJPENN.COM. For those who don’t know, I will gladly inform just a few things that this great man has accomplished.
They call him “The Prodigy”. For most people it takes up to 10 years to a life time to receive a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, but for BJ, it only took 3 years. He was the first non-Brazilian to win the World Jiu Jitsu Championship in the Black Belt Division held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds Championship Belts in 2 different weight classes in the UFC ( Ultimate Fighting Championship), where the elite of the elite compete and fight. He has the face of a “baby”, youngest out of 4 brothers, hence the nickname “Baby Jay or BJ” ; humble personality, but has a heart of a lion and the spirit of a true warrior.
Other then fighting, he is involved in many other things. He is a business man and entrepeneur. Ambassador to the mixed martial arts community, author of recent book entitled, “Why I fight”; father to a beautiful daughter, Aeva, always supporting the Troops fighting for our country in any way possible, promoter and motivational speaker, the list goes on and on.
Recently he retired from mixed martial arts and the UFC. Some might say he doesn’t have it anymore, and that the fire is dying within. But I don’t believe that for one second. He has fought doubters and proved them wrong all his life, just like I, so I know what it’s like. I know deep down the fire still burns and the lion is just resting, and the warrior is but camouflaged sharpening the blade.
A champion will always be a champion, it doesn’t have to be in fighting and competing. It could be in fatherhood/motherhood, business venture, music and/or whatever else they decide. As for the haters and doubters, they will always be there to envy and be jealous of the one thing that they will never have, the heart of a champion.