Nabil Khatib would likely have me running in the opposite direction if we encountered each other on a dark path, he’s the exact look alike of every villain played in every movie every written, however since I know better, I’d be clinging to his arm knowing he’d likely be the best to defend against any danger. He is a teddy bear wrapped in an MMA fighter. While he can play the tough guy on film, stunt double some fight scenes and ride off like fast and the furious, this former professional MMA fighter and 4th degree back belt is a softy to boot. Just give him a knife and this chef would rather chop up a meal, then use it as a weapon. Actually, in all honesty he was in tears within 60 seconds of starting to speak- and there would be a handful more times throughout the podcast when he opens up about real life and what the future holds.
Over the course of Nabil’s professional fighting career where his nickname was Nabil “The Thrill” he also witnessed the influx of people, men, woman and children alike, turning to the martial arts for its discipline as well as the physical and emotional release. A way to combat stress and anxiety, and a tool used to hear the most silent of voices. As head coach of the team bushido fitness center – there approach is “Confidence, Balance, Self Protection….approaching the world with clarity, self confidence and control over your body.
I had intended for the podcast to be about self defence, martial arts as an exercise tool and the mind of a fighter, yet the conversation had so many twists and turns that I left feeling like anyone who has experienced adversity, rock bottom or self doubt would resonate with the story and appreciate everything about it. I do hope you all take a listen.
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