Monday, December 23, 2013

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Happy Holiday Depression

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Happy Holiday Depression: Here Today Gone Tomorrow If depression is creeping up and must be faced,  learn somethi...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holiday Depression

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

If depression is creeping up and must be faced,
 learn something about the nature of the beast: 
You may escape without a mauling.

This time of year emotions are very close to the surface.
Leave' yesteryear' in the past and look toward the future.
Life brings changes.
Don't set yourself up by comparing today with 'the good ole days'.

I find anger and depression is usually conjoined with emotional investment.
Change takes time, and allowing change takes patience.
Music can change perspective,
 to see things differently,
to see things like hope

Don't confuse a winning move with a winning game.
In the game of life, the skill one must have above all else is patience.

The art of the 'game' is knowing what is most valuable
 and then being willing to sacrifice it.

In the vacuum that is created by the loss of what is most precious,
 opportunity abounds, influence is maximised and desire becomes destiny.  

We all have the most extraordinary gifts,
 the only one we were denied is knowing it.

Merry Christmas  !!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Fellowship of Valor

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Fellowship of Valor: Fellowship of Valor I am fascinated by friendships. Not the acquaintances you see occasionally or Facebook friends who wouldn’t recog...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fellowship of Valor

Fellowship of Valor
I am fascinated by friendships.
Not the acquaintances you see occasionally or Facebook friends who wouldn’t recognize you on the street.
I’m talking about your real people.
The people who know and love the deepest parts of you.
 Their soul sees yours.
They’re the kind of people you can talk to about how hard it’s been to meditate lately or what’s really going on in your marriage. They’re the kind of people you call for a ride when you get a flat tire and they’re the ones who affirm and support all the “weird” things about you that make other people uncomfortable.
They’re your inner circle people. The heart of your life.
To me they are my brothers and sisters in the J.L.F.S., my REAL people !!

Worry looks around, fear looks back,
 faith looks up, guilt looks down,
but we look forward.
The only ‘official’ Joe Lewis Fighting Organization has the daunting task of carrying on the legacy of our fallen mentor, friend and instructor. In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision.
There is no chance, destiny or fate that can circumvent, hinder or control the resolve of a determined soul.
Education is the passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to those who
 prepare for it today.
-Malcom X-

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Let’s honor our inspirational teachers from this years JLFS conference.

    Renzo Gracie                 Bill "Superfoot" Wallace            Michael Jai White
 Dr. Roger Greene                     Phil Maldonato                       Danny Dring
Bob Mauro                           John Maynard                       Tom Updegrove
    Jim Graden                            Kevin Hudson                       Ronnie Copeland
John Graham                           Mark Graden                            Terry Dow

The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential... These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Joe Lewis inspired us to be the the yardstick of quality.
 Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

We at JLFS reward it, this years award winners are….

Gallantry Award - Robb Buckland

Promoter of the Year - Craig Smith

Instructor Of the year - Steve Snyder

Pound for Pound Fighter Of the Year -  Leagh Rogers

Pound for Pound Fight Trainer of the Year –  Bob Mauro ( 2 time winner)

Bob Mauro was nominated for Instructor of the year and  promoter of the year.

In contrast to the "black belt as master" stereotype, a black belt commonly indicates the wearer is competent in a style's basic technique and principles.

Since in many styles a black belt takes approximately three to six years of training to achieve, a good intuitive analogy would be a bachelor's degree: the student has a good understanding of concepts and ability to use them but has not yet perfected their skills. In this analogy a master's degree and a doctorate would represent advancement past the first degree.

Rank is earned not given
Congratulations to:
       JLFS BlackBelts                     Superfoot BlackBelts
Ken Smith 1st Degree                                             Jack Whitley 1st Degree
Kevin Hudson 7th Degree                                       Steven Taylor 1st Degree
William Calhoun 1st Degree                                     Jay Taylor 1st Degree
Shannon Stevenson 1st Degree                             Shannon Stevens 1st Degree
Justin Hailey 2nd Degree                                       Michael Jai White 1st Degree
Jordan Bunch 1st degree                                          Grant Campbell 1st Degree
                                                                                            Maria Snyder 2nd Degree
                                                                                               Rob Payne 1st Degree

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Suffering is from Resisting Pain

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Suffering is from Resisting Pain: Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain.  - Unknown- (I like reading with theme music)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Suffering is from Resisting Pain

Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain.

(I like reading with theme music)

Today I learned that the toughest athlete in the world is a 62 year-old woman.

 Spanning back 35 years to the first try, 1978, but especially these past four years.
From August, 2009, to Labor Day, 2013, there was nothing but Cuba.

 Every day, every hour, the focus was laser sharp. No stone unturned 

62-year-old Diana Nyad swam without a shark cage 103 miles
between Cuba and Florida !

  Despite deadly Box Jellyfish stings,
Diana courageously continued for 41  hours,

 eventually compromised by the physical effects of the stings.
 A year later, she again faced the seemingly impossible,
 this time with a secret weapon:
a jellyfish suit, a thin nylon covering that prevents stings.
  She swam 51 hours, 5 minutes, much of the country following her every stroke.
 Again the jellyfish attacked, striking her repeatedly on the lips,
where the nylon suit opens to allow her to breathe.
Life-threatening lightning storms and the powerful Gulf Stream
 current literally spun the Teams fleet compasses in circles,
shoving Diana on a winding route of nearly 100 miles through the water
 before the team had to removed her.
On Labor day 2013 she emerged on Smathers beach and gave us a message..

Nothing is impossible !!

What keeps us from being super acheivers ?
In my case, it was crippling fear, but in generalization,
 it’s attachment to any negative self-talk you have.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

-Helen Keller-

By giving up my attachment to that abusive inner dialogue,
I was able to release
the fear and anxiety associated with change
or the possibility of failure.

 I was able to look at it objectively by removing myself from it emotionally.
I have to remind myself every day to hold onto that objectivity and release the fear,
 but so far it’s working.