Warrior Roots

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Check out this article.  My friend Tom Murphy from TUF season 2 started this company for charity.  They actually check your DNA to see where your ancestors are from.  I had to do it because I'm a sucker for history, especially the Jardine history.  I was shocked by the result.  

 Do you know who you are?  Do you know where you came from?  I bet you have no clue!  Just ask The “Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine and you might be a little surprised by what he found out.  

Jardine is one of the most imposing figures in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) today and people often comment on his Viking like appearance.  It is no accident that we associate today’s modern day gladiators with ancient warrior cultures of the past.  These warriors are fighting with the same skill, talent, and athletic ability that their ancient ancestors used to see a new day.  The big question is, who were Jardine's ancestors?

The “Dean of Mean” is a heck of a lot more than just one of the best fighters on the planet; he also has a deep appreciation for history.  Where do we come from?  How did we get here?  Looking for those answers Jardine used his brains rather than brawn by enlisting the help of science, the same way he approaches the fight game; smart! 

Jardine can fight and compete because thousands of generations of his forefathers were strong enough and successful enough to have a son, who in turn was able to also have a son, all the way down till Jardine was a twinkle in his father's eye.  Most individuals can only look back at their own history a couple hundred years before running into the genealogical “brick wall.”  The brick wall is when the public and private records of your ancestors run out and it looks like the tracks into history run cold.


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I was born in Butte, Montana.
A proud town known for its hard nosed rough sort of people. From there, I moved to a small town in Central Oregon where I spent a number of years before moving to Southern California. This is where I went to Canoga Park High School and then LA pierce Junior College.

I spent my last two years of college football at a division II school in Las Vegas New Mexico called New Mexico Highlands University. I finished playing football there and then coached for a few years when I met a guy teaching mma at the local rec. center. I was sold right away and drove to Albuquerque to meet Greg Jackson, who was already well known in the area. I then decided to move to Albuquerque to train with him. That was in 2000 and I have been here every since.

I got my big break in 2005 when, after my training partner Diego Sanchez did so well on The Ultimate Fighter season 1 where I got the opportunity to be on the second season of the show. Although I didn't win, I learned a lot from both Rich Franklin and my training partners while at the same time developing lifelong friendships. The show was great for my career, and has given me the opportunity to become a full time fighter and to progress to where I am today.

I have had 11 fights now in the UFC and I am currently regarded as one of the best fighters in the world.

- Keith Jardine

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