We have been eating like cavemen and training like Beasts for as long as I can remember.
Funny how everything old is new again, training methodologies like H.I.I.T. and the Paleo diet have been a staple of 'serious' martial artists and athletes since I began training at age 9.
Please don't ask how long that is ....lol.
I guess fitness is like fashion,
if you hold on to your bell bottoms long enough they'll be back in style with your skinny ties.
Funny, 'educated' opponents of both the diet and the training methodology
will begin telling us soon that they are dangerous and 'gym science'.
The point ?
Train hard eat clean it's not a fad it's a lifestyle ....Nuff said !
My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said,
'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'
Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe.
How committed are you to being a good friend?
To being trustworthy? To being successful?
How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate,
a good role model?
There's that moment every morning when you look in the mirror:
Are you committed, or are you not?
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself.
It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change.......
you're the one who has got to change.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person he believed in me.
I believe in you Drew Leone (Buckland) !
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 !!
Suffering is from Resisting Pain
Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain.
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.
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.
Other than weighted walking and classes at the Joe Lewis Research Conference,
Since my surgery and resulting infection this was gym day #1.
I'm staying at the Sheraton Uptown in ABQ New Mexico it's got a great gym and a salt water pool and have put together a training regimen for the next ten days. ..............
Outside of Martial Arts.....
Mentors provide wisdom without pain
my mentors provide both
- robb buckland -
3 rd Times a Charm.......
courageous behavior, esp. in battle.
"a medal awarded for outstanding gallantry during the raid"
What he said.......
I respectfully nominate Robb Buckland for this year's JLFS Gallantry Award. Over the past several years, Robb has endured and recovered from several delicate abdominal surgeries, emerging from each one stronger than before. As soon as he is back on his feet - sooner than most men could ever hope for - he is right back to teaching the JLFS to his dedicated following.
Despite Robb's medical challenges, he has been a staunch supporter of Joe Lewis, the JLFS, and his brother and sister black belts in the Association. He has traveled from Maine to my dojo - some eight hours - to train with Joe and me on several occasions as well as to Dennis Nackord's and Jeff Troshane's, as well as others, for simple day camps. That's a tremendous investment in travel in order to support us, his JLFS family.
Faced with his medical issues, similar to Joe, Robb has never asked, "Why me?", but rather, "What more can I do to get past this and represent what the JLFS is all about?" Robb Buckland's tenacity in and out of the ring, coupled with his gentleness of spirit, embody everything we as Joe Lewis Black Belts aspire to be. In my professional opinion, Robb Buckland is a role model both to those working toward their Joe Lewis Black Belt and those of us who work toward maintaining the oath we took the day we achieved our coveted Joe Lewis ranks.
The Mirriam-Webster dictionary defines gallantry as "spirited and conspicuous bravery". Robb Buckland has demonstrated such bravery repeatedly and is more than worthy of the 2013 JLFS Gallantry Award. Thank you for your consideration!
Respectfully yours,Dennis J. Campo
"Sometimes a teacher; always a student!"
President & Chief Instructor
Wisdom Way Martial Arts Inc.
What I said....
The best years of your life
are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.
You do not blame them on your mother,
your health, your spouse, your job
or your financial situation.
I've driven hundreds of miles and slept in my car to attend a day camp or seminar.
I taught a KickBox Fitness class benefiting the food
pantry the week they put in my callastamy bag.
The last time I shared the mat with Joe Lewis was
at a hotel in western Massachusets with Phil Maltinado
5 days after having my illiostomy bag removed..
Ego is not your enemy.
It is a necessary tool.
Without ego, we couldn't be aware of oneness.
Our seperate perspective allows us to understand the big picture.
In other words ego is contrast and necessary for growth.
As we prepare for combat our rival pushes us to be the best we can be.
So is our rival our enemy or our best friend ??
My friend Angie told me,
Ego says you must be number one.
Spirit says you always have been.
Joe Lewis ..."Legends are Forever"(Thank you Angie, Ian, Dennis,Mike and the Board)