Deutsche Bank Exec Says Fighting Other Dudes Helps His Banking Career

Mushin Mixed Martial ArtsTwo men practice mixed martial arts at Mushin in New York.

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Richard Byrne’s sport of choice is called mixed martial arts — a combat sport that blends elements of wrestling, karate, Brazilian jujitsu and Muay Thai boxing. 

And according to Byrne, the chief executive of Deutsche Bank Securities, it’s beneficial for banking.

First as a business opportunity: Byrne recently helped finance Mushin Martial Arts, the Fifth Avenue gym where he frequently works out. 

But also mentally.

“If I’ve learned one thing, it’s the ability to relax under pressure,” Byrne is quoted as saying in the New York Times DealBook. “It’s definitely made me a better banker.”

Apparently rolling around on the ground with another dude is relaxing.

Another perk of training at the Mushin gym: models in workout gear. 

From DealBook:

“In addition to Mr. Byrne’s regimen, Mushin … also hosts Model Fit, a conditioning class intended for female models.”

(Check out the pictures in the New York Times DealBook)

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