Nate “Get Money” Oses, 24, discovered martial arts when his mother forced him to pick up his little sister from Karate class. Before that, the only martial arts he had ever seen were on his Xbox, playing Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. He was into video games and not interested in really fighting. That day, the one time his mother forced him to pick up his sister, his life changed.
“When I saw what they were doing, I was like wow, I could do this,” Oses said.
Oses immediately approached his sister’s sensei to begin his training. The sensei saw Oses’ potential and invested in his future, allowing him to train at no cost. After less than two years he was a red belt and competed in Worlds, and won the world championship. He received his black belt when he was 16 and competed in so many tournaments that he lost track. He estimates the total to be around 80.
Then, like any true martial artist, he became hungry to expand his horizons.
“I got tired of playing tag,” Oses said. “I wanted to do more.”
Oses started Muay Thai and quickly advanced through his academy’s Muay Thai rankings to become an instructor. His sensei then placed him in Jiu Jitsu.
“My sensei wanted me to grow to become not just a fighter, but also have a second career in teaching,” Oses said.
As a loyal student, Oses followed. He trusted his sensei and trained and taught diligently. He saw Lyoto Machida fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and wanted to test his Karate in the cage as well. Oses again wanted more out of martial arts, to expand his horizons and challenge himself further.
“When I was about 18, I left my gym,” Oses said. “When you grow, you have to move on.”
Nate joined another gym to begin his mixed martial arts career. He was ready to become part of the team and contribute to his school like at his first academy. He had high hopes and expectations, and naturally placed trust in both his teammates and trainers.
The gym did not care about Nate as his first sensei had. No one saw his potential or took the time to develop him as a fighter, and mostly threw him into tough fights he was not ready for. Nate reflects on his first pro MMA bout and regrets taking it. When he recalls the experience, he mentions the feeling of being “brainwashed” by one of his training partners.
Luckily, in exchange for money or work. Tristar has been a temporary home to numerous professional mixed martial artists, including successful fighters like Georges St. Pierre, Rory MacDonald, Miguel Angel Torres, and Kenny Florian. Its family atmosphere and team attitude give the fighters motivation and help to become successful.
Nate had to raise his own funds to be accepted into Tristar. He left his home in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, to move to Montreal into the gym’s dorms, where he immediately became part of the family.
“Everybody loves him,” Robbie Stein, owner of Tristar and creator of Fund-a-Fighter, said. “Since he came here, we never let him leave.”
Nate did not attend university after high school and admits growing up with tremendous learning difficulties. He has never been good at reading and writing. A teammate at Tristar takes it upon himself to make Nate read every day, and he’s learned to communicate better.
“I’m happy., I’ve worked hard to be where I’m at now.”
Oses has created student programs at Tristar for children, and teaches kids MMA and Jiu Jitsu. Working in Montreal, many of his students speak French. Wanting to give the best coaching he can, Oses has taken it upon himslef to learn more of the French language.
“I learn French to help French students (get) better,” Oses said. “I know the shelf life of a fighter isn’t long, so I have to create something for myself. My main goal is to be one of the best instructors.”
Nate’s fight nickname is “Get Money,” and as superficial or arrogant as it sounds, Nate could not be further from the stigma.
“One of my sponsors nicknamed me Get Money because I work so hard, and I send money (home) to my mom, (where) she lives in a housing complex. I believe you should get money to help others. Martial arts is going to open those doors for me. ”
And one last note.
Oses Claims, “I love the sport so much (I’d) marry it.,”
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