Testimonial regarding my grappling career from Serge Bouyssou of Mayo Quanchi Judo


My name is Serge Bouyssou and I am the head instructor at Mayo Quanchi Judo and Wrestling. I have been the world team coach and US Olympic team coach on several ocasions. It takes a very special person to do judo and participate in my program. For the average person, training here is unbearable.. It is difficult for most people to last in our program for even a short period of time. Our team has been at the top of the nation multiple years in a row. After coaching for such a long period of time it is easy to recognize a special person/athlete when you see one. One of my most memorable students is Mike Bruce. From the very first day he stepped on my mat, I knew he was special. It was clear that combat sports were meant for him. He loved to fight and win or lose he never gave up. In the 1998 Connecticut State Championship Mike Bruce broke his wrist in just his second match. Like any sane coach, I was ready to withdraw him from the tournament. He refused to let me do it, instead, he simply wrapped some tape around his wrist and continued to fight. It is something I have seen only in great champions. The average person would have given up. But, the fighting spirit is instilled within him would not let him quit. During practices he strived to be the best he could be every day. His drive and fighting spirit encouraged everyone in the room to push hard. Mike portrayed all of the characteristics to be a great leader. This is why i am positive that Mike will be a great coach and mentor for all he comes in contact with. His courage and the will to win is what lead him to a gold medal that day and his vast experience on the mat will help him to help others as a positive role model. I wish I had a hundred more kids just like him on the mat. After judo everything else in life is easy.

Sincerely, Serge Bouyssou Mayo Quanchi Judo and Wrestling


Team Machine Martial Arts/Fitness class Tuesday/Thursday at 4pm.

Team Machine meets at The Machine Shop Gym located behind The Pink Bee and Earl Brooks music. We are located at light 12 on 27. The cost is $50 per month.

We focus on being good boys and girls, with manners, respect, great listening, cooperation, Strength equals Team, anti bullying, preventive bullying measures, body mechanics, exercise games, proper nutrition, following directions and much more. Stop on by and let your child try it out for FREE! Yes the first class is FREE.

I look forward to seeing you.

Coach Mike

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Various pictures of strength over the years.

What makes The Machine Shop Gym different than everyone else?

How is The Machine Shop Gym DIFFERENT FROM other Gym’s?
Because we are a smaller gym it gives me the ability to focus more on my clients and give them 100% individual attention that is sometimes lost when dealing with a larger volume of people.

I understand that my gym is NOT just about
training, but instead, it’s about “place”,
a place where a variety of people begin
as acquaintances, then build a camaraderie which leads to friendship….. they grow together
and share success together.

One of the things I pride myself on is my background. I PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH and always use myself as an example to follow. I’m no different than the new person walking through our door’s, I was once where they are now. If I can do it so can they.

I teach them how to be COMMITTED and see their training all the way through, with the end in mind.
I teach them values that were taught to me during my time in the USMC. I not only build my clients up physically, but I work on building their character.

Our training is tough, your legs are going to hurt, your lungs are going burn, you will sweat profusely but you will look at the person next to you and know you CAN do this.

At Machine Shop Gym I build stronger ladies & gents in our community.
I have a very selective admissions process. So I require that every potential prospect be interviewed before I make a decision if you will be accepted or not.

Feel free to give me a call between 12-2pm and we can see what your looking to do and if you qualify for my programs.

Kind regards and keep the faith,
The Machine

Eat what you want this weekend.


Here’s what I want you to do: Go out and PIG out on anything you want, cake, pie, ice cream, pizza. You name it and go eat it.

The reason for this is after you scoff down all this junk and you are sitting there feeling miserable I want you to go on a 3 day zero carb diet. This will be easier for you to tolerate knowing the insult you inflicted upon yourself.

Think back to our caveman cousins. These guys didn’t have refined sugar,pop,cream,pizza,bad things in bags, etc etc. They ate fish, fowl, pork, beef and eggs.
All these food sources are high in protein.

If you cut out the carbs your body goes in to a state of ketosis,meaning that it eats off of your stored fat.
This is good for us. There is a way of finding out what your max carb intake should be but it is very long to explain and will be discussed in a further training tip.
Any excess carbs will only lead to extra fat on the body. So keep the carbs at a minimum and the protein high, dairy intake low and you will have a much leaner look.

Also keep your protein intake at 45 grams or below for optimum digestion for this is the most your body can handle at one sitting.

Don’t do to much PIG out parties because it will only hurt the physique you are building but remember if you do you can always cut back the carbs to a leaner you.

Keep the Faith,
Mike “The Machine” Bruce

My thoughts on Steroids.

Steroids and all their Significant Offspring

Well this ought to make a lot of people “STEAMED” at me. Here is the facts about me, I have never put anything Illegal in my body. I have at times offered to anyone that doubts me that I will be more than happy to take a drug test if you, The Doubter pay for the Doctors visit. I have trained my Butt off for 21 years, Consistently. Granted I’m not the Biggest, I’m not the Strongest and I’m not the fastest. But I have done pretty darn good for a guy that has never put a needle or illegal pill in his body. I claim to be one of the strongest all natural strength athletes on the planet, and I have proved it.
But here is where I’m going to really throw you for loop:
Are Steroids really Bad for you? Or are they, in Moderation actually a Fountain of Youth ?
Lets take a more detailed look at this: People damage their bodies on a regular basis everyday in a variety of ways. Some but not all are Alcohol,Smoking,Drugs [Pot,Coke,Heroin,Etc] and Food. Look at The Obesity problem in our country, about 80% of our population are overweight. These people are what I call Walking Corpses. Prime candidates for Heart disease and diabetes. Look at the grocery store, everything that is bad for you costs very cheap. But everything that is good for you is expensive! Is there a problem here? I think so. It could be a conspiracy, such as If we eat all this junk and we become unhealthy then we will need to go to the Doctor to get treated. The other side to to this is if we are healthy then we won’t have to go to the Doctor except once a year for our physical. Well I can tell you, Doctors don’t like guys like me because they don’t make money off us. They see us once a year and that’s it. But if we eat all this nasty fast-food and junk then we are more likely to be in the doctors office a lot more. Thus the conspiracy is The Powers that be decide Hey, lets make all the good foods to expensive for the average joe to afford and lets make all the junk food really cheap. This way people will become less healthy and we will make more money!

Far-fetched? maybe. But I’m not here to rant, I said this to make a point. There is proven documentation that Steroids in moderation will actually help your body. That’s right they will not harm you but help you. Doctors are prescribing steroids to burn victims,aids patients,cancer survivors and the elderly. Did you know that Doctors are prescribing testosterone treatment to men in their forty’s and above to help them with their libido,muscle mass and muscle mobility?
Did you know that as men our testosterone levels drop significantly as we age? And our estrogen levels increase. This is bad for men because once our test levels drop we will no longer be able to produce muscle mass, our libido decreases, and our rise in estrogen will contribute to more female type characteristics. As we age, you want your test levels to be higher than your estrogen levels. This can be done by a blood test. *Only needs to be done by those over 35*
If Doctors are prescribing types of steroids then are they really bad or are they actually a way to help prevent sickness and muscle atrophy?

Makes you think, doesn’t it? Here is just one of the many problems with taking steroids. Addiction. People get so excited to the new muscle growth that they want more. It is the way we as people have been brought up. We can never be satisfied with what we have. Herein lye’s the problem to addiction. This is where the side affects come in to play. Taken in moderation and as prescribed by a doctor it has been shown that no side effects occur. Just like a bowl of ice-cream won’t make you fat . But eating ice-cream everyday will contribute to obesity. If you start taking double of what you are supposed to take then of course you are going to have problems.

Another Problem is people taking steroids to get ahead before they ever tried pushing their bodies to the limit without any enhancement. How will they ever know what they are capable of doing without drugs? You will be surprised at what the human body can do if it is trained right and taken care of. The body is like a fine tuned machine. If you put bad gas and no oil in the machine it won’t work. But if you change the oil and put good gas in the machine it will run great. But in today’s world where parents that couldn’t cut it as athletes try and live their past glories through their children, then cause fights at their children’s sporting event, is it really shocking to you the amount of cheap short-cuts that we see today?

But then here is the argument to the above statement: If we as human beings want to be the best and/or have the best life expectancy we can, then why wouldn’t we want to use enhancement to aid us in our quest or goal?
Since it is proven that steroids help enhance the body, prevent muscle atrophy,look younger,and increase libido then why is Juicing bad?

I don’t know, I feel this raises more questions then answers. With many top athletes being found guilty of Juicing the impression to the youngsters out there is that in order to be the best you have to take some gear. This is really a shame. I feel this teaches the kids to not bother putting forth any real effort on their own to see how far they can get on Gods given talent they have been blessed with. Instead they know that if they are having a bad season then next year they can go on the sauce and maybe hit a little better,maybe run for some more yards etc.

And can you really knock them if this is all they are fed by some of televisions sports stars? I wish I had the answer, I know I’m not in the public eye like Professional ball teams or actors. But I can tell you this I have been titled one of the Strongest Men On the Planet, and I have never done any kind of steroids. Everything I have done physically I EARNED with consistency,motivation,determination,hard work and a good work ethic. If you want something get out there and read, learn as much as you can and take in all the knowledge possible to attain your goal. We as humans are an amazing species. You are only as weak as your mind lets you be. If you tell yourself I can do this, think positively, and be patient, the rewards will be a life long treasure that can never be taken from you.

Steroids, are they really that bad for you? Or are they an aid to assist the body to its maximum expectancy?

In my opinion they are a little bit of both. In the wrong hands they are a curse that will lead to a big fall.
Under the right circumstance such as to combat against life-threatening illnesses and under the proper guidance of a qualified health provider then I think they just may be a fountain of youth that can aid those that are terminally ill to live a better quality of life.

I will continue as I always have remaining drug free, I do not advocate nor suggest anyone to take any kind of illegal drug. This article is written with the sole purpose of educating those that may have some interest in the subject. I feel that our society spends so much time and money knocking down subjects such as steroids. But steroids are not killing people like other drugs are. Look at alcohol. Do you ever see any big news about the Big people in office ranting against this deadly drug that kills people everyday?
No!!! Because alcohol sells and makes millions of dollars a year. Kids get drunk and get in their cars and then go out and get in an accident, thus sometimes resulting in the death of an innocent.
The last time I checked Some guy shooting a needle in his butt and training hard in the gym didn’t cause the death of another.

Make your own decision, I’m not trying to tell anyone how to live. I just wanted to give some insight from a drug free strength athlete with 21 years of training who has never juiced but can see with an open mind both sides of the fence.

Keep The Faith and may you be blessed,
Mike “The Machine” Bruce