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The Black Belt Podcast

What’s Up Martial Artists! Welcome to The Black Belt Podcast a Martial Arts Lifestyle Show hosted by highly acclaimed multi style martial artist Sifu Harinder Singh in partnership with Black Belt Magazine. “We are going to bridge the gap between sport, tradition, and reality. Join me as I sit down with world class practitioners to discuss their lifestyles to teach you about their mindset, training, and fighting methods so that we can grow from their wisdom.” Season 1 guests include Michael Jai White, Jocko Willink, Herb Perez, Rickson Gracie, Mike Swain, Justin Wren, John “The Pitmaster” Hackleman, Tony Blauer, Chatri Sityodang, Dave Kovar, Meisha Tate, Burton Richardson, Master Wong, Master Ken, Mike Ninomiya, and Jackson Rudolph. Follow Sifu Harinder Singh @sifusingh and Black Belt Magazine @blackbeltmag. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RSS feed, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. DISCLAIMER: Our guests are highly trained experts and masters of their craft. They take many safety precautions to mitigate the risks involved in the practice of martial arts. All training methods and fighting strategies discussed in these podcasts should not be attempted without qualified supervision and training with professionals.


#3: Herb Perez – The Art of Setting and Achieving Goals
“Do Things for the Love of It” vs “The Fear of Losing It” – Herb Perez My Guest this episode is the 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, in Tae Kwon Do, Master Herb Perez. He is the owner of Gold Medal Martial Arts Centers, the creator of the Torch Program, a Lawyer, and the former Mayor of Foster City, Ca.This episode is literally filled with gold, and I consider Herb Perez a master of high performance.  My Key take away is “The Art of Setting and Achieving Goals”.  We discuss failure, doubt, and how to rise above self-limiting beliefs.  Master Perez also shares his powerful Visualization Techniques to Win Matches in Your Mind, and how physical & mental training found in Martial Arts are the Foundations of all Success.What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.  Follow Sifu Harinder Singh @sifusingh and Black Belt Magazine @blackbeltmag.Show Notes  #3: Herb Perez – The Art of Setting and Achieving Goals00:00:28 – Master Herb Perez (@goldmedalmartialarts) Introduction and Key Takeaway00:01:57 – The Purpose of The Black Belt Podcast00:03:01 – How has Martial Arts Allowed You to Achieve So Much Success?00:04:45 – The Art of Setting Goals 00:07:18 – Where does Self Belief come from?00:10:06 – Passion (What’s In Your Heart) + Be Honest With Yourself + Do The Work = Success00:11:11 – “Doubt is the Greatest Weapon You Can Give Your Enemy”.  – Sifu Welch00:11:46 – Dan Milliman’s “The Peaceful Warrior” and The Enemy in Your Head, @danmillmanpw00:12:09 – Overcoming Doubt Against The Korean Tae Kwon Do Powerhouse00:13:20 – “You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take” – Michael Jordan, @michaeljordan00:14:24 – “Confidence is Born Out of Practice & What You Have Done Before” – Herb Perez00:14:42 – How Do You Pull Yourself out of a Doubt Filled Mind?00:16:50 – Fighting Matches in Your Head the Night Before to Prepare for a Competition00:17:40 – Train Your Mind Like You Train Your Body00:19:26 – Practice Dealing with Emotions, Fears, and Being Calm00:20:30 – Raise Yourself Up vs Diminish Others00:21:50 – Why Are We Not Training the Mind as A Weapon in Martial Arts Schools?00:24:10 – How to Use Visualization Skills to Win the Olympics00:27:23 – Advice for Martial Artists – How to Go from Visualization to Actualization 00:28:56 – 3 Steps to Overcome Discomfort by Choosing Courage and Letting Go of Fear00:32:00 – “Do Things for the Love of It” vs “The Fear of Losing It”00:34:39 – Using Self Expression to Make Your Art Yours00:38:50 – “What We Do Is Way Too Valuable to Be Shared with the Masses” – Herb Perez00:44:00 – Do We Need a Professional Martial Arts University?00:46:44 – What Should We Be Teaching? Philosophy, Role in Society, Self Defense?00:53:16 – You Must Understand Your Personal Challenges and Build Your Own Success Matrix00:55:46 – How Did You Develop a Strategy to Beat the Korean Tae Kwon Do Powerhouse?00:58:20 – Do a SWOT Analysis on Yourself and Understand How to Break Patterns01:00:00 – Martial Arts Provides the Arena to Discover Your True Self Through Fighting01:03:25 – Learn The Art of War and How to Apply it in Fighting and Life01:04:55 – Defining the Flow State and How to Enter It01:06:00 – Choosing to Attack vs Choosing to Wait01:08:17 – How to Be Ahead of Your Opponent with Time and Space Awareness01:12:26 – The Fear of Losing vs The Love of Winning01:13:58 – You Have to Believe You Can Win and Make Your Opponent Lose01:15:13 – How Do You Take Losses and Turn Them into Growth Experiences?01:22:20 – Where is the Future of Martial Arts Headed?01:25:26 - What Does A Black Belt Mean to Herb Perez?
87:57 12/23/21
#2: Jocko Willink – Detachment from Emotions is the Master Key to Success
“You are going to die.  Accept Death, but move forward in life, and do everything you can to make it a good life” – Jocko Willink My guest this episode is Jocko Willink a former Navy Seal Commander & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. He led Seal Teams in the battle for Ramadi during the Iraq war and was honored with the Silver and Bronze Star.  Jocko is a Best-Selling Author and the host of the successful Jocko Podcast.This episode is filled with leadership wisdom from first-hand experience in life and death situations.  I consider Jocko Willink to be the Modern Miyamoto Musashi and my key take away is that Detachment from Emotions is the essential element to Success in Leadership and in Life.  Emotions cloud our judgement, make us reactionary, and lead to panic, stress, fear and anxiety.  In this episode Jocko details a step by step method to stay calm, not get caught up in emotions, and make better choices. What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.Follow Sifu Singh @sifusingh and Black Belt Magazine @blackbeltmag.Show Notes #2: Jocko Willink – Detachment From Emotions is The Master Key to Success 00:00:29 – Jocko Willink(@jockowillink) Introduction and Key Takeaway 00:01:38 – Miyamoto Musashi’s Early Influence on Jocko 00:02:55 – Most Valuable Teaching = Step Back, Detach and Don’t Get Caught Up in Emotions00:06:00 – Jocko’s Morning Routine00:07:28 – What is Extreme Ownership?00:08:48 – Humility is the Key to Leadership00:09:35 – Jiu Jitsu will Humble You00:12:08 – The Ego does not like to be Uncomfortable00:12:40 – “Make Yourself Comfortable in Uncomfortable Situations” – Rickson Gracie, @ricksongraciejj00:13:18 – Overcoming Discomfort by Moving Towards It00:15:22 – “BUDS was Fun” – Jocko Willink00:16:50 – How do You Discover Your Purpose?00:17:28 – Balance is Essential to Leadership and Martial Arts00:19:10 – How do You Teach People to Find Balance?00:20:20 – How to Manage Emotions and Make Smarter Choices in Chaos00:23:36 – Advice for Martial Arts School Owners During Pandemic00:24:25 – Be The Watcher and See The Bigger Picture00:25:58 – How do You Get Out of Your Head and Into the Flow State?00:27:25 – An Open Mind is Essential for Growth in Martial Arts00:28:10 – Why are some Martial Artists not willing to be Open and Evolve?00:32:05 – How to Find the Best Training Partners for Growth00:33:00 – The Pyramid Structure of a Martial Arts School00:33:50 – Martial Artists are Teachers, Technicians, Fighters and Have an X-Factor00:35:36 – What is the Fighter of the Future Look Like?00:37:36 – The Importance of the Ability to Be Like Water and Transition in Martial Arts00:39:30 – Success = Escaping in Transitions and Knowing When to Abandon Positions00:40:50 – Masters Can See the Future and Know What You Are Going to Do00:45:14 – Death Teaches Us That Life is Important. Accept Death and Live a Good Life00:47:19 – Acceptance of Death Allows You to Let Go and Focus on Your Job00:48:32 – Overcoming Real FEAR vs Projected FEAR00:50:00 – How Do You Express Yourself Honestly?00:51:55 – Jocko’s Message to Martial Artists  – “Stay HUMBLE”00:52:52 – “If You Know The Way Broadly, You See It In All Things” – Musashi00:53:22 – Jiu Jitsu’s Influence on The Battlefield, In Leadership, and Life00:55:08 – Sun Tzu’s Art of War - “Know Yourself & Know Your Enemy”00:55:56 – What Does A Black Belt Mean to Jocko Willink?00:57:45 – How To Find Jocko Willink, Victory MMA in San Diego California @jockowillink, Jocko Podcast, Origin Maine Jiu Jitsu Gi Company
59:15 12/23/21
#1: Michael Jai White – Martial Arts is About Overcoming Yourself
“Respect Needs to Go Around for Every Martial Art.  We can learn Something from everyone.”    -Michael Jai White  My guest this episode is Michael Jai White, a highly trained martial artist & actor.  Michael has broken barriers as a Hollywood star and is an International Box office sensation. He is a national martial arts champion, a special education teacher, and a Black Belt under the legendary Bill “Superfoot” Wallace.  He was awarded Black Belt Magazines, 2015 Man of the Year.This episode is filled with golden nuggets.  My key take away is all about the philosophy of looking to get better every time you train. Michael’s “growth minded” approach allows him to keep an empty cup as he seeks out the best martial artists on the planet to test himself against and to be exposed to their methods.  Because Martial Arts is not about fighting, it’s not about dominating your opponent, but about overcoming yourself.This Episode is brought to you by Black Belt.  Black Belt is the world's leading self-defense magazine and is dedicated to both the classical and the modern eclectic martial arts.... Black Belt also publishes instructional books, DVDs from a variety of disciplines, including jujutsu, mixed martial arts, reality-based self-defense, grappling, jeet kune do & more! Black Belt also publishes online courses like Sifu Harinder Singh’s “JKD for Black Belts: Advanced Attack Strategies”.What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.Follow Sifu Singh @sifusingh and Black Belt Magazine @blackbeltmagShow Notes#1 - Michael Jai White – Martial Arts is About Overcoming Yourself00:00:29 – Michael Jai White(@officialmichaeljai) Introduction and Key Takeaway 00:01:39 – Goal of The Black Belt Podcast00:02:08 – How do Martial Arts become a Way of Life?00:05:56 – The gift of Traditional Martial Arts00:11:22 – Tai Chi is the most Beneficial Martial Art on the Planet00:12:01 – “Respect needs to go around for Every Art. We can learn something from Everyone”-Michael Jai White00:16:47 – A Philosophy for becoming a Better Fighter00:24:56 – In Combatives the Mindset is Paramount – You must overcome yourself00:29:15 – From Forms to Fighting00:31:09 – Bridging the Gap between Traditional Martial Arts and Fighting in the Ring00:40:20 – Who’s the Baddest Man?00:45:10 – First thing in Self Defense00:50:45 – The Psychology of a Predator00:55:28 – Michael Jai White used to be a School Teacher01:01:27 – “Bill Wallace is my Martial Art Dad” – Michael Jai White01:03:36 – The importance of Deception and Hiding Techniques01:08:23 – Developing a Legitimate Weapon01:10:28 – Shout Out to Jackson Wink in Albuquerque, @jacksonwink_mma01:11:24 – On Sparring Jon “Bones” Jones, @jonnybones01:13:00 – Conor McGregor’s Ability to Re-Adjust to the Target @thenotoriousmma01:14:20 – GSP(@georgesstpierre), Israel Adesanya(@stylebender), and Anderson Silva(@spiderandersonsilva) are Masters of Time and Space01:16:18 – Bulging Muscles vs Masterful Skill01:17:44 – Is Watching, Observing and Reading your opponent the Master Key to Fighting?1:20:51 – Not enough Focus on Defense1:21:53 – How does one develop the Fighters Eye and Fight IQ?1:29:48 – “Know Yourself and Know Your Enemy” – Sun Tzu1:30:46 – How Do You Truly Find Out Who You Are?1:40:31 – The need for Security, Control and Approval robs us of our Happiness1:44:57 – What does a Black Belt Mean to Michael Jai White?Make sure to follow Michael Jai White on: Instagram: @officialmichaeljai Twitter - @MichaelJaiWhite Facebook – The Real Michael Jai White 
109:45 12/23/21
#4 : Justin Wren – Be Resilient, Never Quit and Overcome all Obstacles
“Live to Love and Fight for People” – Justin WrenMy guest this episode is Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren, a humanitarian, author, speaker, and a professional mixed martial arts fighter who has inspired millions.  He is the founder of “Fight for the Forgotten” a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the weak, loving the unloved, and empowering the voiceless around the world and in our own neighborhoods and schools.In this deep and highly personal episode Justin Wren shares how he used the martial arts to bravely overcome depression and addiction and how he has dedicated his life to fighting for other people.  My key takeaway, to quote Justin is that we can “defeat hate with love”.  We are all fighting a war within, and we need a support system and a higher purpose to overcome our obstacles and challenges.  We can then use the lessons we learned to “live to love and fight for people”.  I was honored to interview Justin a true example of the Martial Spirit.Show Notes  #4 : Justin Wren – Be resilient, Never Quit and Overcome all Obstacles00:00:27 – Justin Wren (@thebigpygmy) Introduction and Key Takeaway00:02:52 – Where does “Live to Love and Fight for People Come From?”00:05:11 – “I was a depressed drunk drug addict because I was only fighting for myself”. - Justin00:06:27 – 2 Things that will awaken the Martial Spirit = A Battle to Fight + An Adventure to Live00:08:35 – Rafael Lavato Jr(@lovatojrbjj) “You are a Martial Artist First and a Fighter Second.”00:10:21 – The Path of the Martial Artist is Warrior, Healer, Scholar, and Mystic00:12:00 – “Work on Yourself till you are of Service to the World” - @sifusingh00:14:35 – “No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever gets wasted.”- Aesop00:14:50 – “I was a missing person for 8 weeks during a relapse” – Justin Wren00:18:10 – Asked the Divine what do you want me to do with my Life?00:19:36 – Saw a Vision of a rainforest and a tribe in Africa, and came out with the word “Forgotten”00:23:28 – My encounter with a Mystic named Caleb who pointed me to the Pygmy People in the Congo Basin from my Vision00:29:50 – The traumatic path of depression and the way back out of it 00:30:50 – “We are programmed to succeed; we learn to fail.” – Sifu Singh00:34:30 – “We get so comfortable being comfortable that we don’t want to trade our comfort for discomfort ever.” Jiu-Jitsu teaches us to be resilient. 00:37:48 – Chaos is Nature’s Way and Peace is a Choice inside of Chaos – Sifu Singh00:41:31 – “Comparison is the thief of Joy” and that’s the society we live in today00:44:28 – Getting the Name Efeosa = “The Man Who Loves Us”00:46:18 – Witnessing firsthand death due to water born diseases, due to lack of clean drinking water and mobilizing a yearlong effort to provide clean drinking water in Africa.00:47:00 – Malaria almost Killed Justin and he was almost in an irreversible coma.00:48:30 – “I learned from martial arts to follow my instinct and intuition.” – Justin Wren00:51:11 – The Warrior's Way is to dig deep and overcome on and off the mats.00:53:55 – How do you teach Resilience and Self Respect to People?00:55:20 – “A good leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” – John Maxwell00:55:38 – Rayden’s Story and Heroes in Waiting (Anti Bullying Program).01:06:00 – You have to work on yourself first before you can create a healing space for others.01:07:00 – This last year was the worst and best year of my life.01:10:30 – Depression is a silent killer.01:14:00 – “Rehab is not a punishment, it’s a gift.” – Justin Wren01:15:15 – We need to be tough and vulnerable enough to allow people around us to help us.01:18:30 – Mr. Miyagi says it’s not about winning the fight, it’s about how we fight.01:19:11 – The Warriors Creed by Robert L. Humphrey
82:49 3/4/22
#5: Dave Kovar – Professionalism & Empowerment through a Growth Minded Passion Driven Approach
#5:  Dave Kovar – Professionalism & Empowerment through a Growth Minded Passion Driven Approach“There is no higher calling than teaching Martial Arts.” – Dave KovarMy guest this episode is Hanshi Dave Kovar who is known as “The Teacher of Teachers”.  He is the founder of Kovar’s Satori Academies and PROMAC, the Professional Martial Arts College.  He is a prolific author and the epitome of professionalism and humility.  His formulas for integrity-based success coaching have transformed martial arts training, teaching, and business across the globe.  This episode is filled with guidance and wisdom from a true pioneer of the Professional Martial Arts Industry. My Key takeaway is that “There is no higher calling than teaching Martial Arts”.  I absolutely love Hanshi Kovar’s Growth Minded Passion driven approach.  We discuss how to empower people of all ages to become more confident, healthy, happy, and contributing members of society.  Hanshi Kovar also shares what it takes to provide high quality martial arts instruction, how to develop professional instructors, and most importantly how to remain a student for life by being open, and enjoying and having fun in your training, and loving the process of learning.Show Notes  #5 : Dave Kovar – Professionalism & Empowerment through a Growth Minded Passion Driven Approach00:00:25 – Hanshi Dave Kovar (@hanshidavekovar) Introduction and Key Takeaway.00:02:39 – What Is the Goal of PROMAC?00:06:15 – “Adversity doesn’t make the person it reveals the person.” – Dave Kovar00:09:08  – The 3 A’s – Attitude(Aware of Frame of Mind), Adaptability, and Action00:12:43 – The Flow State, The Zone or Satori.  When you are in the Flow State you will always make the right decision.00:13:00 – What methods do you use to get into the flow state? Kovar Guards his Morning Routine.  First 60 min is scripted every morning that helps him get there and get back quicker.00:16:45 – “I hate it but every morning I do a sauna and cold plunge.” – Dave Kovar00:22:44 – 3 Questions - “How did I contribute? What did I learn? What can I do better? 00:23:30 – My favorite word is “Savour”, it brings you to the present moment with a sense of appreciation.00:28:55 – Do you think Martial Arts is needed more today than in the Past?00:31:32 – Athletic Development benefits for Children.00:34:22 – “Poor Endurance makes Cowards of us All.” – Vince Lombardi00:37:00 – The Confidence Spiral – Failure and Success vs Confidence.00:40:15 – Change your Physiology and Focus and that will Change how you Feel.00:41:50 – The Concept of Ikigai = Undaunted Spirit when facing a challenge.00:42:55 – Martial Arts is about Enjoyment.00:45:19 – What has kept you in this Constant State of Learning?00:50:11 – Adopting Shoshin the Beginners Mind.00:52:55 – An Open-Minded Approach towards Sport, Tradition, and Reality.00:55:45 – Know the Real Reason you are training in Martial Arts.01:01:25 – What is the biggest Challenge you have had to Overcome?01:04:55 – What is your process of molding and developing Instructors?01:06:45 – “There is no higher calling than teaching Martial Arts.” – Dave Kovar01:08:37 – “Your Job is to Believe in your Students Potential.” – Dave Kovar01:09:45 – Do you think a Professional Degree from a University would help the Industry?01:13:35 – The Mainstream success of Kobra Kai is driving students to Martial Arts Classes.01:14:18 – Do you think it is the relationship between Teacher and Student people are seeking?01:16:15 – Master Jhoon Rhee and 1,000 Push Ups a Day.01:21:00 – Secret to Growth and Longevity.01:25:50 – 6 Keys to Mastery – Posture, Breathing, Stride, Balance, Elegant Movement, and Intent.01:28:22 – What does a Black Belt mean to Dave Kovar?
91:46 3/18/22
#6: John Hackleman – Physical and Mental Conditioning are the Master Key’s to Performance
My Guest this episode is “The Pitmaster” John Hackleman who is one of the most sought-after trainers in MMA history.  He is the founder of the world famous “Pit Martial Arts and Fitness” which is home to UFC Champions Chuck Liddell and Glover Teixeira.  The Pitmaster’s unique approach is catered to children, adults, and professional fighters.  His Hawaiian Kempo curriculum is designed to address school yard bullying, dangerous street assaults, and professional cage fighting.My Key take away is that “Peak Physical Conditioning Directly Impacts Mental Performance”.  I believe the Pitmaster is a creative genius when it comes to preparing his fighters for world class competition.  His innovative training methods are designed to replicate the pressures and stresses of combat.  In this episode we discuss physical and mental conditioning, what it takes to prepare world class athletes, and how to lead with confidence, loyalty, and humility.Show Notes  #6: John Hackleman – Physical and Mental Conditioning are the Master Key’s to Performance00:00:25 – John “The Pitmaster” Hackleman (@Pit_Master) Introduction and Key Takeaway.00:02:22 – The Development of the Legendary Left Hook00:04:03 – How to Get the Best out of Your Fighters and Help Them Develop Their Own Style00:06:55 – Be a Martial Artist and Not a Partial Artist00:08:15 – Get out of Your Comfort Zone so you Can Grow and Become Successful00:11:00 – Can’t Spar your Way into Shape, You have to get Creative Heart Rate Manipulation.00:12:27 – The Best Way to Mentally Prepare and Peak for a Fight“The More Physically Prepared you are for the Fight, Your mental preparation goes Up.”00:20:00 – Teach them to Actively Recover and Make Decisions in Chaos00:22:04 – There are 4 Priorities on the Bottom, Relax and Protect Yourself, Escape, Attack, You have to find out where you can relax and go to that range.  On the bottom, against the cage, or in long range.  You need to train anaerobic threshold and the ability to bring your heart rate down, and rest in the round, and in between rounds.00:30:00 – We Have to Practice Adapting vs Compartmentalizing Training00:32:00 – Drillers Make Killers, Drill to Build Muscle Memory, You can’t disguise repetition, you need to embrace repetition.  Become seamless to the point of no preference. Strike Grapple Conditioning, there should be no preference.00:34:10 - “Embrace the Repetition and Love the Fact That You are Getting Better At it.”00:39:34 – Jack of All Trades Master of One or Master Everything(No Preference)00:52:00 – Hitting People First vs Taking Them Down.00:57:50 – You need a Moral Compass and an awareness of Violent Offenders.  “If you don’t have a plan for them, they will have a plan for you.”01:01:30 – The On Guard Open Handed Bladed Stance for Aesthetics and Defense01:05:00 – The ability to feel what is happening with yourself and the ability to Watch Observe and Read, is paramount to situational awareness.01:12:36 – What is your perspective on Sport, Street, and Traditional Martial Arts?01:18:15 - “God put you here fort that.  So, you owe it to the people weather you want to do it or not. -- “Tony Robbins01:19:12 – As Martial Arts Instructors we are in the Business of Courage, Confidence, and Clarity.01:22:10 – “Confidence saved me.  I was bullied and scared before martial arts.” – Pitmaster01:24:00 – Everyone on my team is a part of my Hawaiian Kempo Belt System and must follow a Code of Conduct.01:28:20 – What’s the Difference between Chaos and Peace? Peace is a Choice in Chaos.01:32:20 – You have to run a successful business to be able to influence more people.01:41:50 – “I’m going to protect the community, my business, and my family.”-- Pitmaster01:48:00 – What Does a Black Belt Mean To You?
111:38 3/31/22
#7: Burton Richardson – Approach Your Training with Integrity and Pressure Test Everything
#7: Burton Richardson – Approach Your Training with Integrity and Pressure Test Everything“Self Confidence through the Practice of Realistic Self Defense.” – Burton RichardsonMy Guest this episode is Guro Burton Richardson who is one of the most cutting edge multi style martial arts masters and teachers on the planet.  He is the founder of “JKD Unlimited” which is dedicated to constant improvement through research, experimentation, and development of street affective self defense methods.  He is a full instructor under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto, a Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame Member, and is has trained Law Enforcement, Martial Artists and UFC Fighters across the globe.My Key take away is that “Intelligent Pressure Testing Leads to True Confidence”.  I believe Guro Burton’s Research driven humble and open minded approach towards functionalizing martial arts tactics and techniques is an honest approach towards developing true self confidence in your abilities.  This episode is all about self improvement driven by a thirst for knowledge.  We dive deep into teaching and training methods, and discuss the limitless philosophy of always getting better.
106:38 4/15/22
#8: Tony Blauer – How to Develop the Ability to Recognize and Manage Fear
“We are all Human Weapons.” – Tony Blauer My guest this episode is Tony Blauer a martial artist, self defense, and combatives instructor for over four decades.  He is the founder of Blauer Tactical Systems which is one of the worlds leading consulting firms specializing in research and development of combative training and equipment for military, law enforcement and self defense communities. This Episode is about Tony Blauer’s research into the neuroscience of fear and the startle flinch.  My key take away is that fear impacts everything we do and that Our ability to recognize, and manage fear directly impacts the quality of our life.  We discuss physiology, physics, and the psychology of personal defense, and how that led Coach Blauer to create the SPEAR System.
93:20 4/29/22
#9: Mike Swain - 1988 Bronze Medal Olympian in Judo
“Success Leaves Clues, so Surround Yourself with Greatness.” – Mike SwainMy guest this episode is Mike Swain who is one of the most successful American Judoka’s in history.  He is the first American Male Judoka to win a Gold Medal in the 1987 World Championships and followed that up with a Bronze Medal in the 1988 Olympics.  He is the VP of Martial Arts for Dollamur Sports Surfaces and one of the most respected Martial Arts Masters on the Planet.This Episode is all about what it takes to be a champion on and off the matts.  My key take away is that repetitions, balance, and discipline create an unshakeable trust in your ability to perform under pressure.  Mike’s philosophy is that “Success Leaves Clues”, so surround yourself with greatness. We discuss training strategies, match preparation, and how to deal with adversity.   Mike’s stories are inspirational and his humility and calm, cool, collected demeanor is truly masterful.
91:58 5/13/22
#10: Rickson Gracie – Spiritual Warrior: The Path of Empowerment
“Breathe and Flow with the Go.” – Rickson GracieMy guest this episode is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo, and MMA legend Master Rickson Gracie.  He reigned as world Jiu Jitsu champion both in the middle-heavy weight and open divisions for almost two decades, retiring with an undefeated record after hundreds of Jiu Jitsu, Vale Tudo and challenge matches.  Since retiring he has focused on unifying the Jiu Jitsu community and spreading his family martial art through his Jiu Jitsu Global Federation and teaching seminars across the world.  He is the author of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal Best seller, one of my favorite books, Breathe – A life in Flow.  Netflix is also developing a film on his life titled Dead or Alive.This Episode is a master class on the warrior’s way.  Master Rickson is an inspiration and personal hero of mine, he is the embodiment of a modern samurai.  My Key takeaway is that everything begins and ends with the ability to control our breathing so we can relax under pressure and approach both martial arts and life with a fluid body and mind mindset.  Master Rickson details that flow is all about presence of mind and body so we can seek a connection and find harmony through balance.  The art of flow is about cultivating our sensitivity so we can make micro adjustments and continuously make ourselves comfortable in uncomfortable situations.  We discuss training methods, teaching philosophy, and the gift of empowerment.  Master Rickson’s stories are so inspirational, and his lessons are life changing.  I hope you get as much out of this as I did.
90:52 5/27/22
#11: Master Wong – Know Yourself, Know Your Enemy
“Know yourself, know your enemy, know your ability and know your surroundings.” – Master WongMy guest this episode is Michael Wong, known to the world as Master Wong.  He is the first martial artist to successfully use YouTube as a teaching platform with a reach of almost 3 Million followers.  His high energy and dynamic teaching style along with engaging content has inspired and educated millions of viewers.  He is truly an internet trailblazer.This episode is all about Master Wong’s story and his drive to overcome bullying, gangs, and how martial arts has transformed his life.  My key take away is Know Yourself to Know Your Enemy.  We have to develop an awareness and understand our abilities, be able to read our opponents and gage the threats in our surroundings.  This awareness is vital to choosing the correct tactics and strategies in dangerous situations.  We discuss training strategies, teaching methods, and martial arts mindset and philosophy.  Master Wong’s stories of overcoming adversity are inspirational, and he lives and breathes what he teaches.
75:08 6/10/22
#12: Cynthia Rothrock – Life is An Adventure
“Martial Arts taught me to never accept failure.” – Cynthia RothrockMy guest this episode is a film legend, a forms World Champion, a Black Belt Magazine Hall of Famer, the one and only Cynthia Rothrock.  Cynthia is a lifelong martial artist who holds 7 Black Belts and is receiving the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Century Martial Arts Super Show.  This episode is all about Cynthia Rothrock’s journey from training under Ernie Reyes Sr., representing the legendary West Coast Demo Team, becoming a multiple time world champion in forms, to being discovered by the Hong Kong Film Industry.  My Key Take Away is to Never Accept Failure and to Never Quit.  Martial Arts teaches us to overcome adversity, to learn and to grow.  Not everyone is a natural, but with grit, strong determination, and most importantly a Positive Attitude you can keep going and achieve your dreams.  Cynthia is a true martial artist, her passion for teaching, learning, and her quest for adventure in life is inspirational.  
72:33 6/24/22
#13: Jackson Rudolph – The Martial Art of Discovering Your Potential
“Achieving a black belt is telling you that you can do anything you set your mind to." –Jackson RudolphMy guest this episode is Sport Karate World Champion Jackson Rudolph.  Jackson is known for his innovative Bo Staff Routines which have led to 14 ISKA U.S. Open Weapons Titles, the most for any man in history.  Jackson is the founder of The Flow Weapons Training System, a representative and now a Coach for Team Paul Mitchell and was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame in 2018 as Competitor of the Year.Jackson Rudolph is a remarkable young man and this episode is all about his competitive martial arts and scholastic journey.  My Key Take Away is that Martial Arts Teachings are the Key to Success on the matts and in the Classroom.  Along with being a martial arts world champion Jackson also graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology and is currently a USUHS Med Student & US Army 2nd Lt studying to be a surgeon.   We talk about preparing for competitions, entering the flow state, clarity in setting goals, developing concentration, overcoming bullying, and that the biggest thing martial arts gives us is the ability to overcome our doubts and build true self confidence. We also talk about the importance of Creating Art and honestly expressing ourselves and why Martial Arts are a gift for children to discover their full potential. 
58:55 7/8/22
#14: Miesha Tate – Mental Toughness and Fighting the Inner Battle
“It’s a matter of winning the smallest battles in your head before you win the big battles on a big stage.”—Miesha TateMy guest this episode is Miesha Tate who is a pioneer and trailblazer of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. She is the former Strike Force and UFC Bantamweight Champion and was Vice President of One Championship.  She is currently fighting for the UFC.Miesha Tate has built a career on mental fortitude and going beyond her limitations.  My Key Take Away is that Martial Arts teaches us to stay calm and composed in high pressure situations and gives us the ability to not freakout and be over emotional.  We talk about fight preparation, strategy, and the importance of mental and physical conditioning.  We also discuss the growth of Mixed Martial Arts and how important it is for Athletes to be able to train the individual parts, boxing, Thai boxing, wrestling, and Jiujitsu, and then be able to integrate them into one fluid whole.
66:39 7/22/22
#15: Master Ken – Lethality, The Way of Ameri-Do-Te
“My goal was always to see how quickly I could hurt or paralyze every opponent.”—Master KenMy guest this is episode is the most famous martial arts master in history, the founder of Ameri-Do-Te, the one and only, Master Ken.  Master Ken is the founder of Ameri-Do-Te which is an American street fighting system.  You may know him as the Professor of Pain, he has a Master’s degree in Mutilation, and a Doctorate in Destruction.This episode is all about Master Ken’s greatest gift to the martial arts world, the creation of his style Ameri-Do-Te.  In this episode we discuss how he dissected the ingredients of every fighting style to create his own martial arts stew based in Lethality.  Lethality has always been his goal, and his main concern was how quickly he could hurt or paralyze his opponents.  My key takeaway is how honest and free Master Ken’s approach to martial arts and life is, he never worries about what other people think, and always expresses himself regardless of the consequences.  Stay tuned for one of the most exciting, eye opening, and enlightening conversations I have ever had.
37:15 8/5/22
#16: Chatri Sityodtong – Fight for Your Dreams
“Martial Arts is the Greatest Platform to Unleash Human Potential.” – Chatri SityodtongMy guest this episode is Chatri Sityodtong who is best known for being the founder, chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship.  Chatri’s diverse background includes over 30 professional Muay Thai fights in Thailand, a brown belt in BJJ, an MBA from Harvard, and in 2019 he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.Chatri Sityodtong is driven by an unbreakable will and drive to fight for his dreams.  My key takeaway is that martial arts is the greatest platform to unleash human potential.  In this episode we talk about dealing with fear, doubt, and adversity.  Chatri shares his inspirational story of how martial arts training instilled in him the grit and determination to overcome obstacles, deal with great loss, and create ONE Championship.  Tune in for an in-depth high performance conversation with a martial arts trailblazer.
36:25 8/19/22
#1: Tim Kennedy – To Serve and Protect
“A Fight is a Fight, it doesn’t matter what tools you have, all that matters is how efficient your chassis is.” – Tim KennedyMy guest this episode is Tim Kennedy, a Special Forces Sniper, a Range Qualified Green Beret, a former UFC & Strike Force Fighter, and the President of Sheep Dog Response.  He is one of the few fighters to simultaneously serve in the United States Army while also fighting professionally and is the recipient of the Army’s Bronze Star Medal.  Mr. Kennedy is the founder of the Acton Academy, which is a K-12 Charter school.  He is also active as a television host, producer, and entrepreneur.This episode is filled with leadership, mindset, and fighting wisdom from Tim Kennedy’s first-hand experience in life and death situations and his experience competing in Mixed Martial Arts.  My Key takeaway is that “Awareness, Assessment, Action, and Analysis” are essential skills to success on the battlefield, in the boardroom, and in the cage.  In this episode we talk about how important it is to build a physical and mental chassis that can adapt and change in chaos.  We dive deep into dealing with Fear and understanding the value of time.  Time is all we have, it is constantly running out, and we can never get it back.  So live a life with intention, discipline, and focus so that we can be ready to serve and protect when called upon. 
74:06 10/7/22
#2: Ernie Reyes Jr. – The Art of Living Life to Its Fullest
“At the end of the day if you don’t have hope, you have nothing.” – Ernie Reyes Jr.My guest this episode is Ernie Reyes Jr., a martial artist, actor, and fighter.  He is known for his work in films like The Last Dragon, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Surf Ninjas, and the Rundown starring alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  I first remember being wowed by Ernie as he burst on to the television screen in the 80’s tv series Side Kicks.  At the age of 6 he joined his father’s famous West Coast Demo Team, he would also go on to a 3-0 professional Kick Boxing record in Strike Force.  He is a father, a stuntman, and action film maker.This episode is filled with inspiration, wisdom, and the artistic expression of martial arts in film and in life.  My key takeaway is that we must value the gift of life and live it to its fullest.  We dive deep into Ernie’s battle with Kidney failure and how it transformed his life.  Martial Arts gives us the ability to face challenges on and off the matts.  Ernie describes how he used his martial arts training to stay mentally focused, make himself comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and operate from a hope driven mindset as he went through the process of kidney failure, to dialysis, to receiving a kidney transplant, and to making a healthy recovery.  We also discuss his friendship and training relationship with the Diaz brothers, what makes great fight scenes, and what it takes to be a good teacher and a great martial artist.Ernie has been a true inspiration to many, first sparking the martial arts interest for generations of kids and adults, and now showcasing the power of the arts, and how to keep hope in the face of darkness.  Tune in this is a great episode with a Martial Arts Cultural Icon.
49:33 10/21/22
#3: Ray Sefo - Mental Toughness is the Courage to Step Forward and Face your Fears
“Your Conscious Mind is So much stronger than the Subconscious, if you allow your Conscious Mind to take control of what is happening.”—Ray Sefo My guest this episode is the one and only Ray Sefo, he has fought in 110 Professional Fights, achieving 54 Knock Outs and 6 World Titles.  He has competed in 4 Combat Sports (Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, and MMA).  Mr. Sefo is the President of Fighter Operations for PFL, the Professional Fighters League and is a true martial arts renaissance man.This episode is filled with golden nuggets.  We cover the lost art of vision, timing and setting up your opponents.  We talk about Ray’s transition from traditional arts like Wing Chun to Sport Combat arts like Boxing and Muay Thai.  My key takeaway is that “Mental Toughness is the courage to step forward and face your fears.”  We dive deep into understanding the inner workings of the Conscious mind and how it must be trained to take control of what is happening around you.  Ray describes that “The biggest battle is always fighting yourself.”  We also discuss his amazing fighting career, his is epic battles with Mirko Cro Cop, Ernesto Hoost, Jerome Le Banner, and the birth of the PFL.  This is an insightful episode filled with great wisdom from a true humble warrior of the arts.
60:49 11/4/22
#4: Shannon Lee – Be Water, My Friend: Bruce Lee’s Philosophy for Life
“Bruce Lee’s Superpower is Self-Mastery.” – Shannon LeeMy special guest this episode is Shannon Lee who is the daughter of the Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee.  She is a martial artist, an actress, and the CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company, which is on a mission to share the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee to inspire personal growth, positive energy, and global harmony.  She is the Author of Be Water My Friend and behind the success of the superhit TV Show "Warrior."This is a special episode for me as I get to sit down and flow with the daughter of the founder of Jeet Kune Do.  We talk about Bruce Lee’s philosophical teachings and how they can be applied in our daily lives.  My Key takeaway is that Bruce Lee’s Superpower is Self-Mastery, and that he never considered himself a master, but rather an eternal student.  We dive deep into the concept of flow and the process of self-actualization, and how martial arts philosophy can be used to discover our true potential and honestly express our best selves.  This was a deeply insightful conversation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 
71:06 11/23/22
#5: Darren Tibon – The Highest Level is When Your Offense becomes Your Defense
“Fighting is a chess game. If you don’t get your opponent within 3 moves, you are dead already.” —Darren Tibon My guest this episode is Grand Master Darren Tibon who was a personal student and graduate of Great Grand Master Angel Cabales’ Serrada Escrima.  Angel Cabales was known as the teacher of teachers and in 1967 was one of the first to commercially teach Filipino Martial Arts and he heavily influenced their spread across the United States.  I am honored to sit down with GM Darren Tibon who is one of my personal teachers, the head of Angel’s Disciples Stockton, and the founder of the Legacy Events, which were designed to unite Filipino Martial Artists of all Styles and Systems and preserve the Teachings of their Grand Masters. In this episode we discuss the history of Serrada Escrima and how it was developed by Angel Cabales.  We also discuss Darren Tibon’s private training with Angel Cabales and how he carries on the legacy today.  My key takeaway is that High Performance in any art is directly related to the training method.  The ability to teach the knowledge you have is the most important thing.  We dive deep into drilling, flowing, and fighting strategy.  We discuss how to read and setup your opponent, how to close the distance, how to generate power and control, how to build reflexes and counter your opponent’s counters.  Afterall Fighting is a Chess Match, and everything is an illusion.  I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I hope you do too.
84:41 12/9/22
#6: Apolo Ladra – Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn
“People get hung up on the ranking as opposed to the teaching methodology.  Upgrade your teaching methodology instead of getting more techniques.  Instead of collecting new techniques connect the basic techniques so that you can make them look advanced.” -Apolo LadraMy guest this episode is Tuhon Apolo Ladra who has trained in the martial arts for over 40 years.  He is a 7’th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he has taught thousands of students and managed 57 schools.  He is a master instructor of Pekti Tirsia Kali under Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, and has been inducted int the Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame as “Weapons Instructor of the Year”.  Tuhon Apolo is the founder of the iKali and the World Kali Association which is dedicated creating and standardizing curriculum and requirements for students, instructors and school owners while spreading the indigenous art of the Philippines, the Art of the Blade, worldwide.This episode is filled with insight.  We discuss teaching and training methods that are designed to develop students and instructors and uplift the arts.  We talk about Tuhon Apolo’s traditional Tae Kwon Do roots and how he transitioned into building one of the largest Kali organizations in the world.  My key takeaway is that continuing education on training methods is what will uplift the arts.  Instead of chasing rankings and techniques, time and effort must be spent on developing your teaching ability so that you can create future high quality instructors.  We also discuss the advantages of teaching by concepts and principles so that students can learn how to find their own unique expression of movement instead of trying to copy their instructors.  Everyone has different attributes and limitations, empowerment lies and finding who you are and how you express yourself.  I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I hope you do too.
72:56 12/22/22
#7: André Galvão – Finding Joy in Uncomfortable Moments
“The state of mind is more important than your body being prepared.  When you compete, your body will not always be 100%, but your state of mind has to be super ready.” –André Galvão My Guest this episode is Prof. André Galvão who is a legendary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grappler and a professional mixed martial artist.  He holds 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt and is also a Judo Black Belt.  He is one of the most decorated grapplers in history, winning 6 x ADCC and 6 X IBJJF World Championships.  Prof. Galvão is the co-founder of Atos Jiu Jitsu in San Diego California and was inducted into both the IBJJF and ADCC Hall of Fame.This episode is filled championship wisdom.  We discuss what it takes to become a world champion, diving deep into training methods and how to cultivate a competitive mindset.    My key takeaway is that Balance is the key to performance.  You have to find balance in your training and in your life.  You have to be honest about your strengths and weaknesses and put the time and effort with the correct plan to develop to your full potential.  The journey is different for everyone and our ability to find Joy on and off the matts is extremely important to achieve Balance and avoid burnout.  Tune in for an insightful conversation with a world champion.
50:37 1/6/23
#8: Mike Chat – Overcome Obstacles and Unlock the Creative Process
“Highest Degree of Discipline is Self-Awareness.  It can only be achieved through thousands of constant repetitions.” – Mike Chat My Guest this episode is Mike Chat who is a Martial Artist, Actor, Producer and Stuntman known for his role as the Blue Power Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.  He is the founder for Xtreme Martial Arts or XMA which is a combination of Martial Arts, Acrobatics and Gymnastics, with an emphasis on showmanship.  Mike was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1992 and has captured over 50 National and International Forms and Weapons Championships.  He is also an elite Stunt Coordinator developing the next generation of Stunt Performers with 87 North. This episode is all about creating art.  We dive deep into the Mike Chat’s creation of XMA and how he developed a new wave of performance martial arts by adding gymnastics and acrobatics to traditional martial arts forms.  My key takeaway is that perseverance and overcoming obstacles is an essential element to the creative process.  We must be able to deal with loss, extract the wisdom from the experience, so that we can transform and grow into a higher version of ourselves.  World Class performance on championship stages and in Hollywood Blockbusters requires honest self-expression, dedication, discipline, and determination.  Tune in for a great conversation with a martial arts trailblazer. 
58:18 1/20/23
#9: George Chung – Fall in Love with Martial Arts Again
“If you can embrace chaos and change, you can get greater focus, efficiency, and become more creative, because you have to figure out how to maneuver and get around the change, so you can take the negative and turn it into a positive. “ – George ChungMy guest this episode is George Chung, who is a Martial Artist, Businessman, Actor, Director and TV Show Producer.  He is currently the CEO of JungoTV and the creator of the Black Belt + App which is the world’s most complete platform for martial arts, it includes training videos, classic martial arts movies, and Black Belt Magazine issues digitally remastered and available for your phones and tablets.  Master Chung is a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, a 5 Time world Karate Champion, former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and an original member of Grand Master Ernie Reye’s Famous West Coast Demo Team.This episode is all about embracing change and falling in love with martial arts.  We dive deep into the creation of success in our personal and professional lives.  My key takeaway is that if we can embrace change and chaos we can continue to grow and create.  People have difficulty dealing with change, because change creates uncertainty, and this leads to stress, fear, and anxiety.  Instead if we can embrace change, and learn to maneuver around it, we can then find the opportunity inside of chaos.  What I appreciate about Master Chung is his ability to understand himself, his teams, and his students.  He leads by example and fosters growth and creation by encouraging his students and teams to be explorers and discovers of truth.  I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, and you like me will feel the love and passion for martial arts coming from his entire being. 
78:01 2/3/23
#10: Paul McIlroy – The Martial Art of Strength
“Pain isn’t going anywhere, it’s always going to feel the same, but how you decide to categorize it is what changes.  I can’t change that it hurts, but I can change that I don’t care. As a fighter and martial artist, the biggest thing to ensure your success is that no matter what situation you are in, there is an acceptance of pain.  Once you fully take that on board you have become a very dangerous individual.” – Paul McIlroyMy guest this episode is Paul McIlroy, who is one of the most sought-after Sports Scientists in the World.  He is a former Boxer, a Martial Artist, a Powerlifting Champion, and a world class Kettlebell Instructor under Pavel Tsatsouline.  He has coached and trained World Champions in Powerlifting, Kettlebell Sport, and Combat Sports.  He is the founder and creator of the Amazing 12, The World’s #1 Body Transformation Program that has produced over 10,000 transformations in 148 countries.This episode is all about physical and mental strength as a martial art.  We dive deep into the mathematics of strength and conditioning and how kettlebell training directly transfers to martial arts and sport combat.  My Key takeaway is that the ability to relax your mind under pressure and accept pain is essential for success in our endeavors.  When we feel pain or discomfort the mind wants to give up, we have to train the mind and body to find our center and make adjustments so we can endure.  When training we need to programmatically approach our sessions with the goal of progressively expanding our comfort zones.  If we can embrace pain and teach ourselves to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations, we begin to remove the limits of what is possible.  This is an eye-opening conversation with an innovator in Martial Arts Strength and Conditioning.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for Paul’s work and I hope this conversation inspires you to find out what your mind and body are truly capable off.
97:49 2/17/23
#11: Scott Coker – Be A Black Belt in Life
“The journey just starts at Black Belt.  How do you carry yourself as a master instructor of your own domain?  Be a black belt in all 3 disciplines, life, business, and martial arts.  Integrate them all together, now you are a martial artist.” – Scott CokerMy guest this episode is Scott Coker, who is an Ernie Reyes Protégé, 8’th degree Black Belt and an original member of the famous West Coast Demo Team.  He was the Founder and CEO of Strike Force and is the current President of Bellator MMA.  As a martial artist and promoter of Combat Sports since 1985, Mr. Coker has first-hand experience being a part of the evolution and transformation of martial arts through combat sports.This episode is all about the scientific study and evolution of martial arts from Karate to Kick Boxing to Mixed Martial Arts.  We dive deep into the last 30 years of MMA evolution, beginning with no rounds, next to no rules, and no weight classes, to the current product we have now.  We dive deep into the evolution starting off with striking arts, then the BJJ revolution, to the rise of wrestling.  Now it is all about the flow of the striking, wrestling, and bjj arts, and the champions of the future will be those who can flow and transition between the styles, and fuse them together as one molecule instead of separate entities.  We also discuss leadership and how martial arts philosophy has influenced Scotts ability to lead organizations, fighters, and himself.  Mr. Coker is a treasure trove of martial arts history, knowledge, and insight.  What I appreciate most about him is that there is no separation between martial arts and life.  He carries himself as a martial artist everywhere he goes.  He is a Black Belt in Life.
62:37 3/3/23
#12: Zoltan Bathory – The Power of Creative Problem Solving
“When people are faced with obstacles, they try to brush it away, or shut it out of their minds.  Obstacles and doubts are different.  Obstacles are real and doubts are created by the mind.  Martial Arts is one of the best ways for your mind to train for real situations.  You have to deal with situations and deal with them right now.  You have to face it right now.  This training has shaped everything.  You are not looking for a way out, you are looking for a solution.  As a martial artist, I become a problem solver, and get to figure it out.”  -- Zoltan BathoryMy guest this episode is Zoltan Bathory who is a Martial Artist and a World Class Musician.  He is the founder and rhythm guitarist of Las Vegas based heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.  In 2010, he was named Golden God's "Best Shredder" by Metal Hammer magazine.  He is an actively competing martial artist, holding Black Belts in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo.  In 2022 he won Gold Medals at the IBJJF International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships in both Black Belt Super Heavy Masters and Black Belt Absolute Masters Divisions.  He also practices Wing Chun Kung Fu and is one of a few civilians certified by the US Army as a Modern Army Combatives Instructor.  Bathory is also a founding board member of the veterans nonprofit Home Deployment Project in Las Vegas and sits on the Board of Advisors at VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife), an anti-poaching organization operating on the African continent, composed of US combat veterans.This episode is a truly enlightening discussion and a journey into the conscious experience of being a martial artist.  We dive deep into how to get the body and mind to work in perfect harmony so we can harness our true potential and find flow on the matts and in our lives. My key takeaway is that the through the practice of martial arts we can unleash the power of creativity and solve problems in real time.  Martial Arts provides us with an experiential feedback loop in which we get to test our ability to relax under pressure, create sequences and adapt and change under pressure.  We also dive deep into the spiritual growth that comes through martial arts, how we get to grow as people, express ourselves without fear, and responsibly conduct ourselves with integrity and honor.  I thoroughly enjoyed this episode; it is a true reminder of the value of the mental and spiritual benefits of martial arts practice.  After all we don’t “Do martial arts, we become martial arts.  It’s a Lifestyle”.
114:42 3/17/23
#13: Ron Van Clief – We Have to Be Strong Enough to See our Way Through the Bad and Find the Good
“Martial Arts is a people building device, it teaches you how to live in a chaotic world and be happy.  If we make the best of our lives by doing our best in life, we can create the life that we want.  And that’s really what life is about, being kind, courteous, respect, and respect for yourself.  Do things that make you feel good and help people to be kind.” – Ron Van CliefMy guest this episode is Ron Van Clief, The Black Dragon.  Mr. Van Clief is a multi-style Martial Arts Pioneer, a decorated Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran, and an actor in Hollywood and Hong Kong Films.  He has competed in over 900 tournaments, a 5-time world Karate/Kung Fu Champion and a 15 time All American Champion.  At the age of 51 he competed in UFC 4 against at that time the Undefeated Royce Gracie.  In 2023 at the age of 80 he received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt and is actively competing in BJJ Competitions.  He is the 2002 Black Belt Magazine Instructor of the Year and has taught over 200,000 students over his career.  His extensive experience in Martial Arts covers Goju Ryu Karate, Wing Tsun, Modern Arnis, and BJJ.  This episode was all about the love of martial arts and how to stay young in the body, mind, and spirit.  We dive deep into Mr. Van Clief’s story, starting from his early beginnings with Grand Master Moses Powell, to his Military Service, to his Hong Kong Films, to his UFC Fight against Royce Gracie, to his current quest of earning a BJJ Black Belt.  His story is one of great inspiration and mental fortitude.  We discuss his bouts with Racism and PTSD, he was lynched in the 1960’s and his Helicopter was shot down in Vietnam.  My Key Take away is that martial arts can be used as a vehicle to heal from unimaginable traumatic experiences and live a life filled with great joy, happiness, and kindness.  We will all be faced with challenges, how we face these challenges is what will determine the quality of our lives.  We have to be strong enough to forgive and make the best of our lives by doing the best in our lives.  Life is really about respect, for yourself and for others.  The ultimate purpose of martial arts is to be kind, courteous, and help others by first helping ourselves.  We also dive deep into his training experience in many different styles, and his realization that no one style has it all, and that through extensive research and study we get to the point of finding our own unique style.  This is a special martial arts lifestyle episode that will inspire you to train and redefine your concept of aging and what is possible.
85:01 3/30/23
#14: Dave Kovar – A Mindful Approach to Martial Arts and Life
“The key to getting good at anything is mindful training over time.  Make a conscious effort to shift gears, empty your cup of everything in your day, so you can become present and focus on your martial arts training.  Spontaneous right action equals a moment of enlightenment, in the moment at your best, mental clarity, physical energy, and emotional calm.  In flow you will automatically find the best solution to handle situations.” – Dave Kovar My guest this episode is Hanshi Dave Kovar who is a multi-style black belt and is known as “The Teacher of Teachers”. He is the founder of Kovar’s Satori Academies and PROMAC, the Professional Martial Arts College.  He is a prolific author and the epitome of professionalism and humility. His formulas for integrity-based success coaching have transformed martial arts training, teaching, and business across the globe. This episode is filled with guidance and wisdom from a true pioneer of the Professional Martial Arts Industry.This episode is all about personal and professional development through martial arts.  We discuss how to learn, how to teach, and how to develop quality professional instructors that can empower others.  My Key Takeaway is that the Ultimate aim of martial arts training is to strive towards the perfection of character so that you can become the best version of yourself and bring it to your students.  We dive deep into using traditional martial arts for spiritual development and how to battle the ego.  Hanshi shares his insight on how to approach the study of martial arts curriculum and the importance of becoming a well-rounded martial artist.  Above all what I appreciate about Mr. Kovar, is the way he carries himself and lives the martial arts lifestyle on and off the matts.  This was a wonderful episode, with practical advice on how to become more mindful and present in your training and in your life.Join us at the 2023 ProMAC International Martial Arts Conference in Sacramento, CA, from MAY 18- 20.  It’s an amazing opportunity Accelerate your growth with hands-on Business and Martial Arts Training.  Learn from the experts and enhance your skills with leading Martial Artists, School Owners, and Instructors.  I am so honored to be giving the Opening Keynote and conducting a Physical Martial Arts Session.  For our Black Belt Podcast Listeners Hanshi Kovar is graciously giving you $100 off of each ticket until 4/30, and then $75 off until the event date! The code is BLACKBELTVIP23. Visit and click “apply promo code” before ticket selection.  See you there.
67:38 4/14/23

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