Garrett’s Fight – No Limits

Garrett Holeve is perhaps the most inspirational fighter I have ever seen. The video below highlights his story. Do yourself a favor and set aside 13 minutes of your day to watch it in its entirety.

Inspiration is an understatement.


“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

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  1. Hey Ross, This was an amazing story.Proud of Garrett Holeve . He Takes a punch like a man, Fights back to life like a man.

  2. Ross,

    I’ve been an avid reader and fan of your blog for a couple of years. I am continually inspired by your videos. Never before, though, has one left me crying. I literally have tears coming down my cheeks as I type this.

    I’m a lifelong combatives guy: grew up wrestling, coached HS wrestling, studied four different combatives, etc, etc.

    I’m also the parent of four children, the youngest of which is a two-year old boy with Down Syndrome. I am so very proud of Gartett.

    And the fighter who fought him (I can’t recall his name) is a big-hearted lion who understood that Garrett WANTED to step into the fire, he wanted the refining that can only come by “feeling the punch. Feeling the slam.”

    Outstanding, and thank you.

    1. Thank You. I’m here cryng too. A mother of a ten years old son, Down Syndrome. I’m a fitness and pilates instructor, from Italy. It really touches the heart to see things like this because we, parents of these children, are always in fear from non-acceptance. But the limit is ours. Not theirs 🙂
      Outstanding, and thank you.

  3. Thanks for posting this Ross. I try to stay offline as much as possible, watching this makes every minute I do spend online worth it.

  4. Thanks Ross for the link/inspiration. As a father myself, I believe the real hero is Garrett’s dad. He let Garrett live to his limits and beyond instead of ensuring he lives within the boundaries imposed by society – a definite lesson for all fathers. I only hope I can do the same for my kids.
    Thanks again.
    By the way, this is my favourite website for training, inspiration and motivation. Every time I visit it, even if there are no new posts, I feel like time well spent.

  5. I nearly teared up because my cousin has Down Syndrome. Thought I highly doubt she herself would want to take up MMA or any form of martial arts, but this story is amazing.

  6. Ross,
    I just watched this and was deeply moved to say the least. Anyone who has competed and left it all out there to test oneself, understands what can be gained in the pursuit, not necessarily the victory per say.Garret is inspirational because he refuses to accept the limits that others place on his condition, not necessarily his condition. Like his dad says at the end, he has accepted that he has Down Syndrom, but it doesn’t have him. I loved his answers. He reminds me of Robles the wrestler and other inspirational athletes. Thank you. I understand how people could look at what his father was allowing, but his father was also providing his son with a way to express himself. Nobody asked him to fight… he asked them to allow him to fight. He is a fighter. He has the passion for the training and watching him teach the children you see a genuine passion and caring for others. You can’t fake that.
    GREAT STUFF. Thanks again.

  7. Most inspirational thing i’ve seen on this blog and that’s saying something.

    Up most respect to him and those who’ve worked with him.

    Simply a true warrior.

  8. I’m an occassional reader of this blog and have regularly returned and always found it rewarding,

    What an amazing story. Deeply moving. Deeply humbling.


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