Chris Baisan

is creating Martial Arts Recovery For Addiction

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Who are you?

My names Chris, I'm 22 years old, born in England, with an idea to help change peoples lives for good, so that they too have another chance at life.

Wait... what's this all about?

This is the bit that sometimes I struggle to get out in a consistent way because I get very passionate about it.

So the idea is the following: To take people that suffer with alcoholism / drug addiction and use martial arts as a form of therapy (Fingers crossed highlighting those key words helped!)

At the moment, I'm training with a world champion martial artist that took her position on the world stage back in 2002. She's passionate about my cause as is dedicated to giving me as much time as she can to help train me. Not only physically, but mentally, helping me understand and teaching more in a practical way. 

Since we started, things are already moving forward, and I can see within myself the direct relation of how learning something like this, can and will be so useful to others. Because I too was in the shoes of the addict....

So, you're an addict?

That's right. I was using drugs from the age of 13 years old. At 19 I decided that I had enough of the suffering, the homelessness, the suicidal depression and the drugs. I knew that if I didn't kill myself, the drugs were going to do it. I was throwing myself into more dangerous situations every day, with very little regards to myself and my safety. I knew, that if nothing changed, I wouldn't be around anymore. So, I reached out for help. The story from there, I'll tell if you'd like. But lets bring it up to now.

Last month I celebrated two and a half years clean and sober. I work on myself every day, looking into things that I can do to change and improve, fighting with character defects to keep myself in balance and moving forwards. I don't put anything abusive into my body, and keep myself toxin free.

With the supervision of medical professionals I managed to:

Stop using drugs or alcohol as a form of escape: 26th April 2012
Stop taking anti-depressants and look for alternative solutions: June 2012
Stop taking any form of medication: July 2012
Stop Smoking cigarettes: August 12th 2012
Stop eating meat November: 2014

And none of these came easy. I had to fight hard for these. It's something different to write a date on the screen, because the struggle, the mental battle, the tears that came with some of these, aren't done justice. In 2013 I also participated in a television program that aired on BBC Three: Old Before My Time: Drugs.

My therapist said to me:

"Chris... there is no magic wand that I can shake, nor a pill that you can take to make this all better. It's got to come from you. And it's going to take time."

And she was right (of course she was) but at the time I didn't want anything to do with a long term idea. I was used to a world of instant gratification. Whenever I needed a pick me up or for something to change dramatically, I used substances. 

Did you ever see yourself doing something like this? 

No. Honestly. Not in a million years. 

I've always wanted to help people, to be kind to others. Even when I was younger, I was 14 years old and organised a sponsored walk for charity raising over £200. I've always wanted to get involved and give something back. But like this? Never.

So why now?

With 6 months of sobriety under my belt, my life really began to fall apart, the questions of what I would do next really sitting heavy on my shoulders. And of course, there were the normal things to consider, find a job, save some money, finish education and so on. But something in my head didn't sit right. So I took a week to sit down, and really think about what I wanted from life. What am I good at? What am I passionate about? (If I can find the page, i'll upload it) Asking all of these questions, and wondering what the end goal would be. 

And it came down to a few basic points. 

I wanted to help. Not only myself, but other people.
I wanted to teach, to share my experience and knowledge. 
I wanted to learn, to have others teach me.
I wanted to change and look at myself and life in a positive way. 
I wanted to see other people succeed above and beyond what they thought was possible.

I'd always been interested in martial arts, doing it for a very short period before I started using, and never went back. But around this time, I'd started training, like the Shaun T Insanity workouts.

"I found a great strength in this new found ability, watching myself grow and become more capable. But more than that, I found this deep reserve that I could tap into and use in life generally."

So what's the plan?

The plan: To become not only the best person that I can be.
But the best person suited to teaching other addicts martial arts and helping them grow.

The Short Term

To train every day, no matter if I'm tired, "not feeling it",  feeling like I might not make it. To push that bit further, harder, knowing that the end goal isn't just helping me, it's helping someone else. That addict that needs someone to reach out to, that person who just doesn't know how to take on life right now, to give them social skills (among many others) they can use and apply, and watch their life grow.

To learn skills that I need to be able to help others, which also means finishing my studies. Going back to College and getting my A-Levels (which are in the process as we speak)

The Next 3 Years:

To have built and established a solid foundation of my training and continue to further progress in different styles, working with other teachers. Furthering my studies in the form of a bachelors degree.

The End Goal:

To open a residential martial arts based recovery center. Having a facility that I can not only teach, but also have a safe, clean environment, with medical staff that can help those coming in with an ongoing atmosphere of recovery and community.

 Giving back to the community what has been passed onto me. 

That's where I stand right now. And have done for the last two years. Each day, I've been working towards this goal. And sometimes, they've not worked out, and it's put me on the back foot. My trainers believe in my goals, and they know what they are talking about (even if I don't sometimes) they believe it's possible to take me to that point, so that I can help others.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
A personalized thank you message from me, not only thanking you on my behalf, but all those people that it will go towards helping.
Pledge $5 or more per month
The personalized message and an update every 2 weeks with photo's capturing what's been going on and a piece of text explaining what's been happening.
Pledge $10 or more per month
All of the rewards so far + More details, photos and even a video of some of the training.
Pledge $25 or more per month
Everything above + An extensive collection of information each week, documenting training, feelings and challanges that have been faced. Included in the form of photo's, text and a video.
Pledge $50 or more per month
You're a star. This is everything that you can see above.

But for your support, we will arrange times on Skype to be able to talk and discuss what's been going on, hearing it straight from the horses mouth. You'll also get a special mention at the end of videos thanking you for your continued support and help towards the goals.
Goals
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At this point in time, myself and my trainer are using what we have between us. We've got not any specialist equipment. What we have at the moment is ourselves, and a park that we can train in. This will be used to buy gloves, headgear, training equipment like a boxing bag / kick bag weights and other basic equipment such as mats.
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Who are you?

My names Chris, I'm 22 years old, born in England, with an idea to help change peoples lives for good, so that they too have another chance at life.

Wait... what's this all about?

This is the bit that sometimes I struggle to get out in a consistent way because I get very passionate about it.

So the idea is the following: To take people that suffer with alcoholism / drug addiction and use martial arts as a form of therapy (Fingers crossed highlighting those key words helped!)

At the moment, I'm training with a world champion martial artist that took her position on the world stage back in 2002. She's passionate about my cause as is dedicated to giving me as much time as she can to help train me. Not only physically, but mentally, helping me understand and teaching more in a practical way. 

Since we started, things are already moving forward, and I can see within myself the direct relation of how learning something like this, can and will be so useful to others. Because I too was in the shoes of the addict....

So, you're an addict?

That's right. I was using drugs from the age of 13 years old. At 19 I decided that I had enough of the suffering, the homelessness, the suicidal depression and the drugs. I knew that if I didn't kill myself, the drugs were going to do it. I was throwing myself into more dangerous situations every day, with very little regards to myself and my safety. I knew, that if nothing changed, I wouldn't be around anymore. So, I reached out for help. The story from there, I'll tell if you'd like. But lets bring it up to now.

Last month I celebrated two and a half years clean and sober. I work on myself every day, looking into things that I can do to change and improve, fighting with character defects to keep myself in balance and moving forwards. I don't put anything abusive into my body, and keep myself toxin free.

With the supervision of medical professionals I managed to:

Stop using drugs or alcohol as a form of escape: 26th April 2012
Stop taking anti-depressants and look for alternative solutions: June 2012
Stop taking any form of medication: July 2012
Stop Smoking cigarettes: August 12th 2012
Stop eating meat November: 2014

And none of these came easy. I had to fight hard for these. It's something different to write a date on the screen, because the struggle, the mental battle, the tears that came with some of these, aren't done justice. In 2013 I also participated in a television program that aired on BBC Three: Old Before My Time: Drugs.

My therapist said to me:

"Chris... there is no magic wand that I can shake, nor a pill that you can take to make this all better. It's got to come from you. And it's going to take time."

And she was right (of course she was) but at the time I didn't want anything to do with a long term idea. I was used to a world of instant gratification. Whenever I needed a pick me up or for something to change dramatically, I used substances. 

Did you ever see yourself doing something like this? 

No. Honestly. Not in a million years. 

I've always wanted to help people, to be kind to others. Even when I was younger, I was 14 years old and organised a sponsored walk for charity raising over £200. I've always wanted to get involved and give something back. But like this? Never.

So why now?

With 6 months of sobriety under my belt, my life really began to fall apart, the questions of what I would do next really sitting heavy on my shoulders. And of course, there were the normal things to consider, find a job, save some money, finish education and so on. But something in my head didn't sit right. So I took a week to sit down, and really think about what I wanted from life. What am I good at? What am I passionate about? (If I can find the page, i'll upload it) Asking all of these questions, and wondering what the end goal would be. 

And it came down to a few basic points. 

I wanted to help. Not only myself, but other people.
I wanted to teach, to share my experience and knowledge. 
I wanted to learn, to have others teach me.
I wanted to change and look at myself and life in a positive way. 
I wanted to see other people succeed above and beyond what they thought was possible.

I'd always been interested in martial arts, doing it for a very short period before I started using, and never went back. But around this time, I'd started training, like the Shaun T Insanity workouts.

"I found a great strength in this new found ability, watching myself grow and become more capable. But more than that, I found this deep reserve that I could tap into and use in life generally."

So what's the plan?

The plan: To become not only the best person that I can be.
But the best person suited to teaching other addicts martial arts and helping them grow.

The Short Term

To train every day, no matter if I'm tired, "not feeling it",  feeling like I might not make it. To push that bit further, harder, knowing that the end goal isn't just helping me, it's helping someone else. That addict that needs someone to reach out to, that person who just doesn't know how to take on life right now, to give them social skills (among many others) they can use and apply, and watch their life grow.

To learn skills that I need to be able to help others, which also means finishing my studies. Going back to College and getting my A-Levels (which are in the process as we speak)

The Next 3 Years:

To have built and established a solid foundation of my training and continue to further progress in different styles, working with other teachers. Furthering my studies in the form of a bachelors degree.

The End Goal:

To open a residential martial arts based recovery center. Having a facility that I can not only teach, but also have a safe, clean environment, with medical staff that can help those coming in with an ongoing atmosphere of recovery and community.

 Giving back to the community what has been passed onto me. 

That's where I stand right now. And have done for the last two years. Each day, I've been working towards this goal. And sometimes, they've not worked out, and it's put me on the back foot. My trainers believe in my goals, and they know what they are talking about (even if I don't sometimes) they believe it's possible to take me to that point, so that I can help others.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
A personalized thank you message from me, not only thanking you on my behalf, but all those people that it will go towards helping.
Pledge $5 or more per month
The personalized message and an update every 2 weeks with photo's capturing what's been going on and a piece of text explaining what's been happening.
Pledge $10 or more per month
All of the rewards so far + More details, photos and even a video of some of the training.
Pledge $25 or more per month
Everything above + An extensive collection of information each week, documenting training, feelings and challanges that have been faced. Included in the form of photo's, text and a video.
Pledge $50 or more per month
You're a star. This is everything that you can see above.

But for your support, we will arrange times on Skype to be able to talk and discuss what's been going on, hearing it straight from the horses mouth. You'll also get a special mention at the end of videos thanking you for your continued support and help towards the goals.