Well, if you’re anything like me, your answers to the above questions are a resounding “YES!”
My name is Joe Brammer , when I was 15 I started asking those same questions and that started my martial arts journey.
I began working on boxing and wrestling when I was 15 and started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when I was 17.
When I first started training MMA in Des Moines, there was not a school Like Elite Edge where I could go and learn all of the aspects of MMA from experienced pros who had already been there and done that.
So we had to learn things the hard way through trial and error. But I knew that there had to be a better way. I discovered the secret to success was to find more experienced people and learn from them and copy them.
So I moved to Seattle, Washington to train with UFC star Ivan Salaverry and former K-1, UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith.
After training with these two legends I learned so much and got better so much faster than I had in the past. I began competing and soon I went pro.
Before I knew it, I was the Glory 155lb Champion as well as the MCC 155lb Champion.
I knew I had to keep improving my game to take it to the next level.
Enter 3 time world champion Ricky Lundell. I began taking private lessons with Ricky Lundell who is a 3 time World Champion. Needless to say, working with someone of his caliber I learned a lot really fast.
Eventually I worked my way up to the UFC. I moved to San Diego, California to train with the current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and a ton of other top MMA fighters and BJJ World Champions like Dean Lister and Brandon Vera.
I do not tell you all of this to impress you, but I do want to impress upon you the importance of learning from experienced people. And that is what we provide at our Des Moines MMA School. So that’s my story…..