A very well written article on warrior-ship, masculinity and the the greater purpose behind martial arts training by my Boxing Coach and mentor Rodney King of the Crazy Monkey Defense Program. If your interested in learning about some of the inspiration behind my own martial arts philosophy and website Embodied Strength I highly recommend checking out Rodney’s blog. (Pictured below, myself and several of my clients with Rodney circa 2009 after a training session)
Tagged: Mental Game
This is the first belt I ever earned in Martial Arts training. It’s an orange belt from Tang Soo Do a Korean Martial Art similar to Japanese Karate. It was given to me and signed by Master Fred Kenyon, back in 1985.
On the other end he wrote something in Korean the meaning of which is Tang Soo.
Master Fred Kenyon was the first martial arts instructor I ever had. I started with him when I was 8 years old, which would have been about a year before I earned this belt. My cousin and I took private lessons from him twice a week for close to a year before we started training in group classes.
The world is full of “has been’s!” Washed-up out of shape former athletes many of which accomplished something remarkable years ago but have never done anything significant since. The majority of great high school, college and even professional level athletes fall out of shape shortly after their career ends. Many of them will try to relive their past glory through their own children and memories. Some will join recreational sports teams or leagues in an effort to relive lost days. Unfortunately most of these athletes find themselves slower, weaker and fatter. Rather than having the admiration and respect of their piers these people are often disliked seen more as over confident, hyper-competitive, ego maniac, “has been” than anything else.