“My Mother was the first person to drink & do drugs with me. . .
. . .my 12th Birthday present was her getting me high.”
13 Days. 2 Wins. 2 Fights.
. . .but nothing compares to the fight that Cassie has been battling since the age of 12.
Cassie’s first text to me about training was, “tell me what time to be there, and I’ll be there until you tell me that we’re done.”
I tested those words.
3 hours of training passed. Endless rounds of pad work, bag work, balance drills and conditioning. She never broke face about anything other then the frustration she felt with herself. She never asked how much longer she will have to keep going for.
Close to an hour later, I said “okay that’s enough. . .”
Months and months later she has stuck by her words one hundred percent of the time. . . but this discipline wasn’t taught to her by anyone outside of herself. It was ingrained in her through trials and tribulations, through the darkness that she overcame before becoming a product of her environment.
I am unsure of the sole reason why I attract fighters with a specific background. I have trained individuals who are business professionals, house moms, professional athletes, “I’m going to be a UFC Champion one day” trial class pros, grandmothers with a little pent up anger, kids with autism, families, people who are poor, rich, tall, short, fat, skinny, those who speak English, those who don’t, and out of everyone that I have trained. . . the ones who I ended up creating a bond with as a trainer. . . were those with a checkered past, those who were abused as a child – sexually, physically, those who went down the wrong path, those who went left when they should have gone right, and those who were taught that they’re unlovable.
The socioeconomic status, the age, the accent, the sex or the skin color, none of it ever mattered or made a difference within the gym’s walls. It’s what each and every one of these individuals has gone through in the past – what has molded them into who they are today. Cassie has been one of the more extreme examples of that. [Cassie was exceedingly open and suggested to help with this project, I personally edited this story & video to what I thought was most appropriate to get the message through, whilst keeping the more intimate parts private by choice]
Cassie recently won two fights within the span of 13 days on NoBoundary Fight and New York City’s famous Friday Night Fights Promotion at the Broad St. Ballroom. This is her story of overcoming fear and breaking the feeling of being unlovable. Through the years of trial and error and of continuous failure. This is her story of overcoming the negative shaping through her environment, of reaching a newly found path of passion & success:
If you know someone in need of help, help them to restart their life:
Cassie currently trains everyday under her head coach Mohamed Hadifi and drives from Boston to Hartford, Connecticut on a weekly basis to train with Paul Banasiak. She still continues to go to her meetings and to help others facing the same hardships.
Her sights are on living and training in Thailand for a full season. You can follow Cassie’s upcoming journey or personally reach out to her on Instagram.
About the Author:
Paul Banasiak is a Professional Muay Thai Athlete/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for passionate individuals that want to take their lifestyle, mindset & training to the next level.
Today we begin forging our bodies and
strengthening our limitless minds.
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