If it weren’t for being bullied, Georges St-Pierre might never have become a two-division UFC champion and arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
“Growing up, I was a child who lacked self-confidence. I think that’s why I was chosen, ”St-Pierre told Burt Watson in the last episode of“ Legend 2 Legend ”. “As in nature, predators always hunt the weakest of the group. I was one of those (children). I didn’t have good self-confidence and the way I behaved was very different from what it is now. I used to walk, look down, shrug my shoulders. It showed in my behavior, and I think that’s the main reason I was harassed.
St-Pierre said he was 7 when he started training karate. After a few years, he noticed a change in his behavior.
“Martial arts, of course, taught me self-defense, but they also taught me confidence, that confidence is a choice,” said St-Pierre. “I changed the way I behave. When I shook hands with someone, I looked them in the eye. When I talked to someone, I looked them in the eye. I no longer shrug my shoulders and lower my eyes. I was walking straight with a sort of confidence.
This confidence carried St-Pierre throughout his adolescence. The rest, as they say, is history.
You can watch the video above to hear from GSP talk more about his upbringing and how martial arts changed his life. The full episode of “Legend 2 Legend” can be seen below.