Martial Artist Profile: Tommy Borscheid Andersons Martial Arts NYC

1.    What inspires you to train?

I’m inspired by the mental and physical progress, by my training partners and their hard work and most of all by how much damn fun it is.

2.    How has martial arts changed your life? Your perspective?

When I came to training I was immersed in what some might call the “rock and roll lifestyle.”  I’ve done a complete 180.  I’m an athlete, a competitor.

4. How did you find martial arts?

I trained Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and JKD when I was younger.  I wanted to get back to it.  Anderson’s was the clear choice for what I was interested in.

5. What is your single most defining factor in training?

Consistency.  No matter where I am or what I am doing, I train a minimum of four days a week.  If you always show up, you are going to get better.

6. What was your biggest hurdle in martial arts? How did you get over it?

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, they say you have to be the nail before you can become the hammer.  You have to let go of your ego and learn from defeat.  It’s a difficult lesson.  I’m still working on it.

7. What class(es) do you train you the most?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, once I tried it I was hooked.

8. One go to move?

Triangle Choke

9. How do you get your training in, even on the busiest week?

If anything, I’m trying to make sure I fit in life outside of training.  I’m lucky my wife and daughter also train or I would be in trouble.

10. How has martial arts transformed your body, your health, your mind, your ability, your confidence? 

At 47 years old, I’m in the best shape of my life.  I’m healthy and strong.

11. Why should I try martial arts?

Because you’ve always wanted to and it’s never too late to start.



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