MMA Gym In Memory Of Son
We all deal with grief in different ways. Some people sink into depression while others use denial to cope. And some people try to find the strength to make something positive out of the life of their loved one.
Curtis Lee, from Redruth in Cornwall, UK, definitely falls into the latter category. Lee, who is 28 years old, first took up Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) seven years ago, after the death of his son, Mason.
Fast forward to today, and Lee is not just still practicing Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) but now runs his own gym. It is equipped with a 24ft professional cage; the only one of its kind in the region. As Lee explained to CornwallLive, he attributes his decision to take up martial arts after his son died as the main reason his life didn’t spiral out of control as he tried to come to terms with the tragedy. “I needed something to focus on and keep me going forward with my life and stop me from turning to drink or drugs.”
As well as martial arts, Lee also works as a scaffolder running his own company named Mason Scaffolding, again in memory of his son. But when the opportunity to own his own gym arose, Lee jumped at the chance. The gym is located in part of the former Triple M site in Portreath, but when Lee first viewed it, the room was little more than a derelict shell.
“We came up and had a look around, it was full of stuff and boxes, carpet and plants growing everywhere,” he explained. “[But] about half an hour after seeing it I just decided to have it.”