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Priming Yourself For Success: Befriending Your Crocodile Brain!

I often describe the brain to my martial arts students as a “do-not-get-killed device.” Our brains are designed to keep us safe. Your brain is not a fan of ambiguity, uncertainty, and chaos. Instead, your brain seeks out coherence, structure, and order. In other words, its default setting is to think that it is far better to be safe, than sorry.
This may have been all and well for our ancestors on the Savannah, when real life......

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The Barefoot Martial Artist: Why Taking Your Shoes Off, Is Good For You!

When I first started training martial arts as a kid in Karate, the thing I noticed first was that all training was done barefoot. The beautiful thing about martial arts in general, is that unlike many other sports and hobbies all you really need in order to train and to enjoy the experience is your body. Equipment when I first began training over 3-decades ago was optional. And to be honest, if done right, it still is today.  

A Naturalistic Approach

This naturalistic experience of the......

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Why The Hoot, Is Better Than The Roar!

I am, by all accounts a ‘Mans Man’ (what ever that really means). I grew up poor and tough, learned to fight, served in the military and in the end spent most of my life teaching others how to successfully defend themselves. I have a half ‘Manly Beard’ too — which really isn’t my fault, I blame genetics. But one thing that irks me to no end, is this constant Rah, Rah, ‘Navy Seal’ type motivational stuff meant to inspire us to be Real......

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What I Taught at AirBnB & Google

There were three lines in a book that changed my life, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” As simple as this advice may sound from Victor Frankl author of Man’s Search for Meaning — it is arguably the most profound, life changing advice I ever received. Not only did I read those words on the page, I put it into action in my own......

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