We had the good fortune of connecting with Jace Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jace, what matters most to you?
Believe in yourself and be completely honest with yourself. If you truly believe and are honest with your decision-making, without second-guessing, then you have a clear path for your personal and business roadmap. You can listen to advice, and opinions, but be careful of noise that can infiltrate your beliefs. No one will believe in the capabilities of what you can do other than yourself, and if you can live with that mindset, regardless of wins or losses along the way, then you are on the right path. You can make adjustments for yourself, improve yourself, and get better every day – bet on yourself.
What should our readers know about your business?
Two businesses. Mission Muay Thai is an authentic Thai Boxing/Boxing gym located in Long Beach, CA. Jace Music, I have been a Los Angeles/Las Vegas DJ-Music Producer for over 20 years, but I am closely exiting the nightlife world of resident djing. I have managed to marry the two professions together, and I enjoy every bit of the Music x Muay Thai journey! The journey to owning a Muay Thai gym took pure will, determination, and belief, considering I invested everything into this next chapter of my life plus getting hit by the global Covid-19 pandemic five weeks after we opened our doors. It was not easy and is still not easy – we continue to overcome these challenges by staying true to our brand and company culture. We love to teach authentic Muay Thai to the community. We constantly gain more energy from the rewarding feeling of improving a student’s overall health and wellness and Muay Thai knowledge. The lessons learned along the way include:
-Stay focused on short-term and long-term goals.
-Treat people with respect and honesty.
-Surrender to actions/things you can’t control.
-Don’t be afraid to make hard decisions.
-Never give up, ever.
Teaching authentic Muay Thai arts to the masses requires a lot of experience, knowledge, and mental/physical strength. Muay Thai also requires elite strength & conditioning and is very taxing on the body! This is an art that is just now becoming popular in the states, and there are so many historical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of Muay Thai. I have spent a lot of time in Thailand, and I am constantly learning and evolving my curriculum with this growing sport. Muay Thai (Art of 8 limbs) and Kickboxing are two completely different arts (sometimes people confuse the two) – stop by our gym, and learn the difference!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I enjoy spending time on 4th Street (Retro Row area) including Salud, and the Socialist! I also spend time at The Hangar in Long Beach – eats, coffee, and culture.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my grandma, who babysat me, my 7th-grade teacher, and the influential book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. The love my grandma gave me, even if it was a short time (age 4-8), made me realize I could do anything in life. She understood me, cooked for me, nurtured me, and taught me responsibility. She used to make me go with my grandpa to his work (at the time, he was a laundromat custodian) and help him collect all of the quarters from each machine. He would give me money to get candy afterward, and I felt like an accomplished kid! My Mom tried to be strict, but my grandma would tell her he’s a good kid, give him some room to grow – let him wear his hat backward! My 7th-grade teacher Mrs. Francisco saw my talents (outside of sports) and supported my creative skills – she believed in me and coerced me to be in the school plays, musicals, and talent shows. I love music, singing, and dancing, but I was always too timid and never really confident that I could be a part of these public events, let alone have a lead role in some. She helped me find my inner self, and that confidence stuck with me throughout my life, leading me to become a Resident DJ in Las Vegas for ten years and a traveling, global DJ/Music Producer. The book The Four Agreements changed my adult life and helped me improve my personal and business relationships, but more importantly, it helped me surrender and let go of the weight I thought I was always going to be attached to for the rest of my life. Past weight like guilt and shame. I started to agree with my life more, enjoy life freer, and make better decisions for myself without second-guessing. It’s a powerful book.
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