Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his television series Man vs. Wild, also known as Born Survivor in the United Kingdom, which ended in 2011. He is also involved in a number of television series in the United Kingdom and the United States on the theme of survival in the wild.
In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.
Before he could lecture Discovery Channel viewers on dehydration and shark attacks on his show "Man Vs. Wild," he had to overcome predators of his own: school bullies. Bear explains how learning karate gave him confidence.
"I will never forget the day I finally got awarded my black belt, and the pride I felt.
The day of the grading had taken three years to arrive, and for those three years I had given it my all: training at least four or five times a week, religiously.
The final examination came and my mother came down to watch it. She hated watching me fight. (Unlike my school friends, who took a weird pleasure in the fights—and more and more so as I got better.)
I had never felt so proud as I did finally wearing that belt after having crawled my way up the rungs of yellow, green, orange, purple, brown—you name it—colored belts.
I had done this on my own and the hard way; you can’t buy your way to a black belt.
I remember being told by our instructor that martial arts is not about the belts, it is about the spirit; and I agree . . . but I still couldn’t help sleeping with my black belt on that first night.
Oh, and the bullying stopped."
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Posted By: N2all |
3/18/14 1:42 PM
His Discovery show is fun to watch didnt know he was a black belt but he can do everything else so why should that surprise me