Our latest Redemption Martial Arts Profile focusses on RMA’s new Rise Up Against Bullying Official Spokesman – Chris Lytle.
Chris, why have you decided to align yourself with Redemption Martial Arts?
I think it just makes sense to be aligned with an MMA Anti- Bully Company, they understand that MMA is deeper than beating people up. As a leader in the MMA community to have an organization like RMA teamed up brings a lot of credibility and that helps get our message out.
What exactly will your role be with Redemption Martial Arts?
RMA Rise Up Against Bullying Official Spokesman.
What is it you hope to achieve by your affiliation with Redemption Martial Arts?
My hope is to get our message about the importance of stopping Bullying globally. It is all about helping people, not just kids, to defeat this issue. Like myself RMA is not afraid to stand up against people for the greater good of a cause.
From your perspective just how big an issue is bullying in modern day society?
I think it is more so of a problem right now than it has ever been. Take social media for example, there are now new ways to be a bully or to be bullied. Most people relate bullying to little kids in school, but it happens everywhere. Work, school, friendships, family, sports, anytime there is a chance for human interaction there is a chance for bullying.
You will soon be releasing a book titled ‘Lights Out On Bullying’ – can you share with us some insights into this book?
The biggest thing for the children’s book is I have a young son that is Autistic and I want him to have all the tools to be able to not be bullied by anyone. Now luckily he has me and other people that teach him and support that but not all kids have that. In my book the focus is on the bully and what he must go through to be a bully and then understanding why being a bully is not good. I can’t give all the big secrets away though haha.
What are the proudest memories of your mixed martial arts career?
My proudest moment is knowing at the end of my long career, I was never knocked out or tapped out in competition. I would say especially some of the fights I had in the early years that were bare knuckle, no rules or sanctioning, and even my fights in Japan where they allowed head butting. I would say my toughness is always something I will be most proud of because not a lot of long time veterans can say this.
What was your most memorable fight?
My most memorable fight was my last fight vs Dan Hardy. Just knowing how bittersweet it was to go out on top and on my terms. It was the perfect ending to long career. It was also awesome because my kids were able to share that moment with me inside the cage while my closest family shared it with me outside the cage.
If you could come back for one more fight who would it be?
If I came back for one more fight it would have to be against someone that I really respect. For a MMA fight I would say I would take another shot at Robbie Lawler or Nick Diaz. I fought these guys early in my career and by the end of my career I was a completely different fighter. If I came back for a final boxing match I would say it would be against Roy Jones Jr.
What advice would you give to up and coming emerging martial artists?
The most important thing you can do is surround yourself with the right people and always work on your weakness. I can’t stress it enough how in the MMA business the people that manage you, train you, and support you have to have the same vision as you.
What would you say is your ultimate goal through Mixed Martial Arts and Redemption Martial Arts?
Ultimate goal is to have people understand how good it feels to help people and prevent bullying. It’s much more rewarding & fulfilling than being the bully. I think we can get this message out using my international notoriety and the passion of the people I surround myself with and we can truly impact the Anti-Bully movement.