Welcome to my blog!

My name is Hirsha Venkataraman, and I am an MMA enthusiast. I’ve been watching the sport since about 2012, and have grown to love just about everything about it. My technical knowledge isn’t particularly sound, admittedly, but I’m just as enthusiastic about learning more as I am about simply enjoying the art that is represented by fighters who blend the sound skills they’ve crafted over years of hard work. To me, this isn’t about brutes on display for the enjoyment of a savage audience; this is about competition  between elite martial artists who are undoubtedly the greatest athletes on the planet.

I believe that I truly became a fan the moment I saw Anderson Silva fight Forrest Griffin. I’ve never quite seen anything like it – a fighter so dominant in his own division that he decided to fight the elites of a larger weight class for a new challenge. In Forrest Griffin he found a former champion put in front of him to truly test his mettle, but there was no test to be had for The Spider in this fight. It seemed as though every strike thrown by Griffin was in slow motion; I’ve never seen someone so swiftly and easily dodge attacks while being able to immediately counter in devastating fashion. The untouched Spider has forever been etched in my mind as the greatest of all time (however debatable that may be), and his performances have made me a believer in the notion that a person can truly transcend what people may perceive to be normality. In MMA, there is no such thing as normal – there is only extraordinary.

I must add that I wouldn’t have had the inspiration (or the guts) to start this blog without my beautiful bride to be, Mamta Karani, who always stands by my side and supports my endeavors (even though she’s not exactly a fan of face punching). Hopefully, she’ll come around 🙂

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. – Bruce Lee