I was jumped by some guys. My pride was hurt and I wanted revenge.

Sammy grew up in an area where violence was common. As he got older, he and his friends got caught up in it and began to carry weapons. He liked the feeling of power that came from carrying a knife.

When he was 16, he got into an argument with a group from his neighbourhood. Some guys got out of the car and confronted Sammy. He refused to back down and was badly beaten.

Sammy felt his pride was hurt and he wanted to take revenge. He and his friends planned to retaliate with a knife. Waiting for one of the attackers to arrive, Sammy began to think about the consequences of what he was about to do.

He realised that if he went through with the attack, he would probably spend his life in prison, or be caught in a cycle of revenge. He decided to walk away.

Sammy’s decision to call off the attack was a turning point. Afterwards, he stopped carrying knives and hanging out on the streets. He now channels his anger and aggression into mixed martial arts, which he says has helped him to overcome negative emotions and self-doubt. He is training to become an MMA champion.

_#knifefree since 23.06.15

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