_Sammy

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

I grew up in an area where violence was common. As I got older, my friends and I got caught up in it and started carry weapons. I liked the feeling of power that came from carrying a knife.

When I was 16, I got into an argument with a group from my neighbourhood. Some guys got out of a car and confronted me. I refused to back down and was badly beaten.

My pride was hurt and I wanted to take revenge. Me and my friends planned to retaliate with a knife. When I was waiting for one of the attackers to arrive, I began to think about the consequences of what I was about to do.

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

My decision to call off the attack was a turning point. Afterwards, I stopped carrying knives and hanging out on the streets. I now channel my anger and aggression into mixed martial arts, which has helped me overcome negative emotions and self-doubt. I am training to become an MMA champion.

_#knifefree since 23.06.15

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