561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 EMBRACE YOUR INNER GEEK
W e all have something that we geek out over. For some people, it’s movies; for others, it’s music. You can geek out over just about anything you are passionate about. Why do I bring it up? Well, July 13th is a little known “holiday” called Embrace Your Geekness Day, and I thought it would be a great time to share a few things that I’m passionate about outside of the office. As you may know, I’m a huge Star Wars fan — so much so that we dedicated an edition of the newsletter to talk about my love of these movies and what they mean to me. But Star Wars is not my only passion. Another one of my biggest passions, which I have written about in the past is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In many ways, no-gi Jiu-Jitsu transported me back to my college days as a wrestler. Those days were a lot of fun. I found that practicing Jiu-Jitsu was a great way to focus, expend energy, and release stress, which is especially important in the profession I’ve chosen. While I have taken some breaks from my Jiu-Jitsu practice since starting my own law firm and family, fortunately I did find my way back to the sport. In fact, I recently obtained my purple belt and am striving toward a black one. Another big passion of mine is music, and I’m a total geek for the band Pearl Jam. I’ve seen them live 15 times since the 1990s, and every time it’s a
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phenomenal show. However, I do have a friend who may be a bigger Pearl Jam geek than myself. This is someone who has seen Pearl Jam around 50 times in concert. That is true geek dedication. As of recent, one of my geeky interests has been the show “Stranger Things” on Netflix. It’s probably one of the geekiest things I’m into currently, Star Wars aside. It’s one of the few shows I watch with my wife, Ashley. When you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and watch TV, you really have to pick and choose what will be worth your time, and I think we made a pretty good choice. Of course, for me, it doesn’t get better than Star Wars. With all the new movies lined up for the next few years, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars geek. No matter what your passion is — no matter what you geek out over — it’s always good to make some time for your interests and really let yourself enjoy them. –Matthew Konecky
My love for Jiu-Jitsu stems from my history with wrestling. Wrestling was a huge part of my life growing up and into my first year of college. Then I reached a point when I needed to focus more on academics, and I stopped the sport. It became a thing of the past. After college, I started to learn more about Jiu-Jitsu. I had really taken notice of the martial art during the early days of the UFC. For a long time, I had a passing interest in Jiu-Jitsu, but in the area I had grown up, there weren’t many opportunities to train and participate in the sport. It wasn’t until I moved to South Florida and began my career as a lawyer that I started to try my hand at Jiu-Jitsu. First, I tried no-gi grappling, which is part of Jiu-Jitsu at large. This style of Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t use the gi as a training uniform (a gi being a kimono jacket with pants, similar to what many people think of as the standard martial arts uniform).
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