Youth is a time of finding your place in the world, both literally, by understanding where you are from, absorbing cultural and historical notions, and how things function around; and figuratively, with character development, self-understanding, personality being key to one’s individual growth. But, of course, given the complexity of the situation and how high the stakes are, it’s not smooth sailing for everyone.
BRAVE Combat Federation’s Marcel Grabinski can vouch he’d experienced a bumpy road himself. Grabinski was born in Germany, and lost his father when he was a little kid and struggled to find his own identity as a teenager.
One of the main pillars for Marcel’s development and his personal stronghold is his relationship with his mother, which hasn’t changed much over time. He revealed that even nowadays, being married and having his own house and family, he’s not only calling his mom daily, he’s visiting her pretty much every single day.
But even that strong bond was put to proof, as Ms. Grabinski has faced several health complications over the last years, which she overcame with the support of her beloved son.
Being from Germany, with football as the most popular sport in the country, it’s no surprise that Grabinski put on the cleats and spent most of his younger days inside of the pitch. And he did so with great success. So much so that he says that, even to this day, some of his friends question him on why he left the sport.
But everything in Grabinski’s life changed when he turned 16 and he had his first contact with Mixed Martial Arts. “I loved watching Bruce Lee movies and I even trained Karate when I was 6, but eventually left. When I was 16 I found my way back to martial arts when I was introduced to MMA. As they say, old love doesn’t rust!”, he said.
Since then, he transformed into one of the brightest stars in European MMA, a two-division champion in Germany, and possibly the next big thing in BRAVE Combat Federation.
On June 4th, the Marcel Grabinski forged through a struggling identity, a loving mom, and his passion for Mixed Martial Arts will face the biggest test of his entire career, as he takes on the former world champion Lucas “Mineiro” Martins in the BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here main event, in his first international headliner, in Minsk, Belarus, which takes place in association with Rukh Sport Management.