Staying in the Game, A Plum Dragon Herbs Podcast
EP20 Meet Master Pesina: The Original Johnny Cage

EP20 Meet Master Pesina: The Original Johnny Cage

May 29, 2020

In this episode, we're speaking with Daniel Pesina, a martial arts master, multimedia choreographer and actor. Master Pesina is perhaps best known for playing the original Johnny Cage and several ninjas in the first two Mortal Kombat games. He has also worked on films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, Book of Swords, Press Start, and Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning. In addition to continuing his personal practice, he teaches weekly martial arts classes in Chicago, IL and travels throughout North and South America to teach seminars on martial arts and choreography.

Show Notes:

3:30   At a young age, Master Pesina begged his dad to let him start martial arts.

7:00   What led to him becoming involved in the creation of Mortal Kombat.

13:15  His thoughts on improving fighting films by incorporating more skilled choreography.

16:25  What surprises many people is how approachable he is. 

18:25   Weird silly rules that he teaches his students

20:56   Why he uses Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow in his training and instruction.

22:53   The types of common injuries he most often comes across and how to prevent them.

25:18   Master Pesina tells what his ultimate piece of advice is to students.

27:38   The importance of flexibility in training.

28:30   An overview of the simple rules he tells his students.

32:22  Insights from watching the process of forming a professional elite martial arts team in China.

39:13  His thoughts on what it really means to clear your mind and other mindset and breathing techniques.

41:35  The reason why Dit Da Jow is so important when iron palm training.

43:16  What his morning routine consists of: dynamic stretching (which helped him to drop slowly into splits for his Johnny Cage filming), mindfulness, postures and iron palm training with Dit Da Jow. 

49:30  Future endeavors include his upcoming book on the making of Mortal Kombat and possibly being part of a new retro fighting game.

Find out more about Master Pesina:

http://www.masterpesina.com

https://www.facebook.com/realjohnnycage/

https://www.instagram.com/masterdpesina/

 

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EP19 A Personal Conversation with the Goddess of Gratitude

EP19 A Personal Conversation with the Goddess of Gratitude

May 15, 2020

Joining us today is Shilamida Kupershteyn, a Licensed Acupuncturist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, spiritual mentor and a retreat leader. She went from foods stamps to first class. A true rags to riches, American Dream story. Shilamida is a mom to 3 boys and 2 bonus boys and resides with her soul mate in NJ. She loves to travel, have fun and manifest her every desire while teaching others how to do the same.

Show Notes:

0:44 Shalimida’s latest book From Food Stamps to First Class, a spiritual self-help book with stories from her life.

2:00 Working through her anger when she was told her dad was dying from cancer and her mom found out she was also battling breast cancer.  Dealing with fight or flight fear and alcohol and drug use.

3:27 Finding the religion Kabbalah was a big part of her healing journey. She also was doing well in her career and earning six-figures.

4:15 By the time she was 27, however, she lost it all.  She lost her dad, got pregnant and found herself living on food stamps.

4:45 Heard the word acupuncture for the very first time while starting massage therapy school.

5:00 Learning about the impact of her negative emotions and how the law of attraction could help her.

6:45 The focus of her acupuncture practice in anxiety, depression, stress reduction, headaches, migraines and fertility.

7:45 One of the biggest mistakes people make in their emotional/mental health is suppressing their feelings, which then manifest in physical aches and pains and disease.

8:30 Going gluten and dairy free has been a life changer for her and helped her to lose weight.

9:30 How leaky gut syndrome can affect your mental health.

13:20 Allowing herself a few indulgences like wine and sweets.

15:20 Why she developed a gratitude membership program.

16:40 Expressing gratitude at least 20 times a day is her recommendation for changing negative thinking patterns.

19:07 Daily reminders, weekly love notes, monthly guided meditations, vlogs, and quarterly live coaching calls are part of Shilamida’s coaching program.

24:50 How to teach gratitude to kids and teach them about manifesting things they want but don’t yet have.

27:44 If people seem to be a little stuck in their negative thinking, Shilamida recommends learning about the law of attraction and the law of reflection, as well the impact of giving service.

34:36 Letting go and/or taking a break from influences and people that trigger you in order to facilitate healing.

47:00 Parents shouldn’t try to live out their own dreams through their children.

48:15 How to get in touch with Shalimida.

Find out more about Shalimida:

https://shilamida.com

https://www.facebook.com/shilamida/

https://www.amazon.com/31-Days-Gratitude-Create-Desire/dp/1548825891

https://www.instagram.com/goddess_of_gratitude/

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EP18 Snatch This! Training Tips from an Olympic Weightlifting Coach

EP18 Snatch This! Training Tips from an Olympic Weightlifting Coach

April 28, 2020

View the complete transcript of the show HERE.

 

“...when you focus on too many movements, what will ultimately happen is it's very difficult to get proficient in anything.”—Robert Ronan

 

Joining us today is the Olympic weightlifting coach Robert Ronan, who has traveled to mainland China several times to study the technique they use in this sport. Coach Ronan is one of only a handful of western weightlifting coaches invited to professional training facilities in China. Robert and the team at Austin Barbell work with athletes of all levels and ages, from beginners to national competitors. He was a competition coach for world master champion, Jianping Ma, in the 2019 IWF world master championships and is currently working with athletes to qualify for national events.

Show Notes:

 

1:04 An overview of what Olympic weightlifting is.

6:10 What really sets apart an athlete is how prepared they are for competition.

8:20 Athletes need to be realistic with cutting weight and recognize it takes weight to move weight.

9:52 What is different about the Chinese style of Olympic Weightlifting that Rob incorporate into his coaching.

17:25 The Chinese system have 5 principles for the Olympic Weightlifting sport: close, fast, low, stable and timing.  These fundamental properties make a good athlete.

21:55 What a typical day in training looks like for Austin Barbell athletes.

24:04 What recovery methods his athletes use including myofascial release.

27:00 How often athletes typically compete and how their schedules have been adapted to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.

31:00 In the minutes before the athlete goes out on stage, what coaching do they receive.

33:40 Olympic weight training is a very difficult sport; showing up every day for training is critical.

35:00 As a coach, it’s important to be compassionate and accommodating to the athletes.

37:00 The surprising traits that make a great Olympic weightlifter.

42:06 How to reach Robert Ronan.

 

Find out more about Robert Ronan:

https://www.instagram.com/ronan_i_am/

https://www.facebook.com/rronan

https://www.austinbarbell.com

https://www.instagram.com/austinbarbell/

https://www.facebook.com/AustinBarbellWL/

 

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EP17 How to Keep Moving Even When You Need to Stay Home

EP17 How to Keep Moving Even When You Need to Stay Home

April 14, 2020

Joining us today is Kenton Sefcik, Dip.Ac, Dip.TCM, R.Ac, a seasoned acupuncturist and martial artist, author, and mentor. He is also the creator of TCM Graduate TV where he provides online education to up and coming acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors.

Kenton helps us understand how to keep moving during the COVID-19 outbreak and directive to stay home. We should keep training, pursuing hobbies that interest us, practicing belly breathing (which helps eliminate stagnation), eating right and taking care of larger health problems.  He is also on a mission to help acupuncturists get more comfortable prescribing herbs and continues to serve his TCM community online.

View the complete transcript of the show HERE.

Show Notes:

 

0:40 How the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Kenton’s business and life in general.

5:35 How Kenton continues to train solo in martial arts.

9:50 The importance of movement in our lives, especially when we are told to stay home and not move about in our communities.

 

“I really believe that part of our well-being exists with movement.”

 

11:45 Routine is good thing; waking up at a consistent time even though there may not be a job to go to, helps us improve our mood.

12:55 This is a really good time to reflect on whether there are any new projects we want to take on, to help us cope and adapt to our new circumstances.

15:05 Belly breathing allows the diaphragm to move like it was designed to do and is a very calming practice that we can do anywhere to center ourselves.

19:00 Becoming non-judgmental about the thoughts we have is important during diaphragmatic breathing.

23:10 What type of fuel we put into our body is ultimately going to determine how we are going to able to use our body.

25:30 During the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a great time to do a 180 on any poor health habits that we have developed.

27:00  Kenton tells about the digital download he created to help students graduating from Chinese medicine schools become more confident with prescribing herbs.

33:40 Kenton believes acupuncturists should not try to treat everything at the same time.  TCM teaches us to look at the whole patient, but focussing on the patient’s chief concern should be top of mind.

41:43 Kenton recently published a 60-minute acupressure and Chinese self-massage video.

 

Links and Resources Mentioned:

https://plumdragonherbs.com/collections/whole-herbs 

Find out more about Kenton Sefcik:

 

Website: https://kentonsefcik.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tcmgraduatetv/
Free Acupressure & Self-Massage Course: https://kentonsefcik.thinkific.com/

 

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EP16 Boost Your Immunity With These 10 Foods and Herbs

EP16 Boost Your Immunity With These 10 Foods and Herbs

March 25, 2020

*Disclaimer: The information in these show notes and in the recorded podcast is NOT medical advice or intended in any way to be a substitute for medical advice. The information provided is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any condition or disease including corona virus (COVID-19). Please use extreme caution when assessing info about this virus and please consult your licensed medical providers for treatment options. None of the statements in this post have been validated or reviewed by the FDA.

 

View the complete transcript of the show HERE.

“Osha is one of my all time favorite herbs. It's a really beautiful herb. The Native Americans used to call it bear medicine. And it's extremely powerful and unique. And that's one of those herbs which I have always in my clinic. And I always have people have that around the house during the cold and flu season.”—Craig Williams, LAc

In light of all the concern over COVID-19, we wanted to speak with Craig Williams, a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of East Asian Medicine, to explore the many foods and herbs that he recommends for building immunity. It’s our hope that we can help more people feel empowered to protect their health during this pandemic.

Craig is a Clinical Herbalist (R.H.) with the American Herbalist Guild, a NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and an East West Certified Herbalist ( E.W.C.H.). Craig has a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and is a Nationally Certified Instructor of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Craig is also an ACE Certified Health Coach, Certified Eat to Perform Coach, Certified Revolution Running Coach, ACE Certified Sports Conditioning Coach, AFPA Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach.  

Craig's Top 10 Foods and Herbs For Immunity Discussed in this Podcast:

  1. Walnuts
  2. Sunflower seeds
  3. Pumpkin seeds
  4. Fresh garlic
  5. Raw onions
  6. Ginger
  7. Osha Root (Tie Da Yin Chen)
  8. Astragalus (Huang Qi)
  9. Skullcap root (Huang Qin)
  10. Cordyceps (and other medicinal mushrooms)

And if you listen closely, you'll catch mention of a few additional foods and herbs that are great for the immune system!

Show Notes:

 

0:40 An introduction on Craig Williams and how his most recent column in Acupuncture Today addressed winter nutrition.

2:50 Walnuts are considered a lung and kidney tonic in Chinese medicine and provide a wonderful source of essential fatty acids.

6:58 Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, which are a great immunity booster and also important for prostate health.

9:17 Fresh garlic is one of Craig’s favorite herbs for all-around health.

12:44 Raw onions also provide substantial immune boosting and lung support benefits.

13:44 Ginger is one of those herbs that Craig always keeps on hand for addressing all types of conditions. 

17:00 Osha Root (Tie Da Yin Chen) is phenomenal for respiratory support.

21:55 Astragalus (Huang Qi) is a great herb to support the immune system during the cold and flu season.

26:00 Skullcap Root (Huang Qin) is typically used to clear out damp heat conditions. 

28:30 Medicinal mushrooms like Cordyceps provide lung support and help maintain a healthy immune system.  Great in combination with Astragalus.

31:05 Many people are nutrient depleted and dealing with chronic illness. If you keep your immune system healthy, you will bounce back from sickness more easily.

35:00 A discussion on Wen Bing diseases and why prescribing heat-clearing herbs are helpful.

40:50 In the earlier stages of disease, the Chinese Medicine treatment protocol can be more generic, but in the advanced stages, the treatment becomes more unique to the individual.  

 

[Important Note to readers/listeners: More recent findings show that COVID-19 may evolve from a warm disease into a cold-damp phase in which Shanghan Lun principles should then be applied instead of continuing Wen Bing principles. A discussion on this this two-pronged approach is discussed in our blog post Chinese Herbs to Maintain Healthy Immune System During Cold-Damp Phase of Corona Virus (COVID-19).]

 

43:50 Craig’s top three recommendations for staying healthy: 1. eat warm foods and lots of vegetables, 2. make sleep a priority and 3. find some exercise or movement that you love.

47:40 How listeners can get in touch with Craig for more great tips.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

https://plumdragonherbs.com/collections/whole-herbs 

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/huang-qi

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/huang-qin

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/huang-qin-extract-chinese-skullcap-extract

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/wen-bing-defense-immune-system-support-formula

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/tie-da-yin-chen-osha-root

https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/wildcrafted-osha-root-liquid-extract-2-oz

Find out more about Craig Williams and connect with him at http://www.ayurvedaaustin.com, on Instagram or on Facebook. You can also check out his latest column in Acupuncture Today by clicking here

 

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EP15 8 Tips for Staying in the Game and Getting Better At Anything

EP15 8 Tips for Staying in the Game and Getting Better At Anything

March 2, 2020

View the complete transcript of the show HERE.

Master Jeff Webb, 6th Degree, is the chief instructor of the National Ving Tsun Organization (NVTO). A former private student of Grandmaster Leung Ting, Dai-Sifu Webb has studied martial arts for over 37 years in the USA, Europe and also in Hong Kong. A veteran of the US Airforce, Dai-Sifu Jeff is based in Austin, Texas where he instructs martial arts, defensive tactics and firearms. A sought after instructor, he has been popular on the national seminar circuit for more than 20 years. He has authored a number of articles over the years in addition to his recent book, The Empty Cup, which is geared towards helping martial arts students “stay in the game.”

“It's all about the number of repetitions that need to be done to get you to where you need to be. And nothing stops you from doing that except your own mindset.”—Dai-Sifu Jeff

 

Show Notes:

0:13 An introduction to Sifu Jeff and a little about his side jobs as a safety officer at a gun range, an NRA certified instructor on rifle, pistol and shotgun, and a licensed-to-carry instructor.

5:35 Doing seminars for the Ving Tsun seminar association as a high-level instructor

7:45 Has a unique perspective on Ving Tsun, combining several styles including both European and Asian influence.

11:50 Kung Fu is a numbers game; repetition is what makes you better than someone else in the class. There’s no way around doing the hard work.

16:00 Flexibility, strength and reflexes can improve with kung fu training. Mental, spiritual and emotional benefits are found in training too.

20:23 By following a pattern of discipline, you develop self-discipline that carries to other parts of your life.

21:45 Sifu Jeff discusses the 3 A’s: Attendance, Ability and Attitude.

24:10 Discusses his book The Empty Cup.  You have to be open to receiving advice in order to learn from wise people.

30:20 The learning should never stop.

35:30 One of the most important things you can learn is that sometimes you lose and what really matters is how you handle it.

“But, hey, everyone gets beat or defeated or they lose something somewhere at some time in their life. It's how you handle that is what makes the difference.”—Dai-Sifu Jeff

Summary of Dai-Sifu Jeff’s Training Tips:

  1. Repetition is key.  Doing something over and over will help you to improve more than being big or strong.
  2. When you start something, see it through. The beginning is always hard, but stick with it.
  3. Do the work.  We don’t always feel like training, but afterwards we feel better.
  4. Attendance is key. You have to show up for the game.
  5. Attitude is the most important component of staying in the game.
  6. Always be ready and open to learning. Dai-Sifu Jeff says to all students, "Be open minded….Come in open to anything because if you come in with a closed mind, you're automatically blocking out information and knowledge that could be useful to you."
  7. Be humble. The more advanced you get, the more humble you should be.
  8. Accept that sometimes you will lose.  It’s how you handle it that determines the type of person you will be.

 

Find out more about Dai-Sifu Jeff’s seminars, instruction and books at the following links: 

 

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EP14 Overcoming Obstacles Like Pro Racer Nicole Mericle

EP14 Overcoming Obstacles Like Pro Racer Nicole Mericle

February 4, 2020

View a complete transcript of the show HERE.

“The more things you can do that bring you joy and don't feel as much like training, I think the better.—Nicole Mericle

Last year alone, Nicole placed 2nd in the 2019 Spartan US National Series, 1st in the 2019 15k North American OCR Championships, 2nd in the OCR North American Championships 3K, 2nd at the 2019 Spartan North American Championships, 1st at the 2019 Spartan World Championships, and 1st in the 2019 Spartan Trifecta World Championships.

Through it all, she has found her background in running and rock climbing has prepared her well for the OCR and Spartan events.  However, she has had to work hard to develop the strength and mindset needed for all elements of OCR. 

Keeping her “mental game” in check is a big factor of Nicole’s training.  If one thing is not working out for her, Nicole will approach her goals in another way. Being flexible, but keeping her overall ambitions in sight, has played a key part in her OCR career.  Although road running was causing more injuries than it was worth, she was able to channel her passion for competition and running into something that worked for her, becoming an inspiration to everyone and a world-class athlete in OCR. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:45 What races Nicole Mericle has coming up and her OCR wins for the past year

3:50 How she handled her nerves in the 2019 Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe

10:45 Her unique race weekend in Trifecta World Championship 2019 in Greece

13:15 What training she will be focussing on in 2020

15:35 What she has done to keep racing while dealing with past running and hip injuries

19:00 Nicole’s tips to find success in training

20:45 How Nicole unwinds and relaxes

23:45 Her inner dialogue and mindset for competitions

25:40 Handling race jitters at a start of a race

28:50 How she overcame major setbacks earlier on in her life

31:39 Accepting certain limitations and adapting goals

35:10 Recognizing there is power in rest and power in altering goals when needed

36:00 Her nutrition and health philosophy

 

Find out more about Nicole Mericle and connect with her on Instagram or on Facebook.  

 

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EP13 Q&A With Original Plum Dragon Founder Josh Walker

EP13 Q&A With Original Plum Dragon Founder Josh Walker

January 12, 2020

Welcome to the Plum Dragon Herbs Podcast Series “Staying in the Game.” 

In this episode, we’re addressing YOUR questions in a special Q&A interview with Josh Walker, the original founder of Plum Dragon Herbs. We dive into detail on how to use Dit Da Jow (topical herbal formulas) as well as Dit Dan Wan (internal tonics).  We also answer training questions and some of the special herbs that Josh recommends.

For more details, check out the show notes below. We also welcome NEW questions in the comment section, so we can answer more of your questions!

Show Notes:

0:24 How Plum Dragon came about.

1:50 Formulas that would be geared toward osteoporosis.

3:50 Picking the best alcohol to mix with Dit Da Jow herb packs.

5:53 Best liniments for iron palm practice.

15:55 How long to age Jow before it’s effective.

17:27 Using Internal Wine’s and Josh’s favorite internal formula.

23:25 Promoting Qi flow.

25:06 How to measure your iron palm training progress.

32:02 Using mineral water instead of vodka.

34:50 Advice for finding a first-class practitioner and acupuncturist.

38:08 Products Josh recommends to strengthen bones and joints.

40:25 When products start diminishing in potency.

47:40 How Jow is affected by the temperature at which it is stored.

51:30 Best Jow for finger conditioning/training

54:20 Why granulated herbs don’t work as well as whole herbs.

1:01:02 When and how the Plum Dragon Chai Training tea is useful and how to make it.

1:04:53 Basic differences between our top-three selling formulas: Ho Family Dit Da Jow, Bruise Juice and Ancestor’s Advanced Conditioning Formula.

1:15:03 What Plum Dragon products Josh would recommend for contact sports.

Quote: 

“This is where TCM ends up being really powerful…. Let’s treat the underlying reason [for pain] in addition to treating the symptom and making the patient feel better….”—Josh Walker

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Find out more about Josh Walker and connect with him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PlumDragon),  LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-walk...), or Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/plumdragon)

 

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*Ancestor’s Advanced Conditioning Formula (https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/...)

*Ho Family Dit Da Jow (https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/...)

*Bruise Juice (https://plumdragonherbs.com/products/...)

 

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EP12 Tips for a Stronger Body and Mind From an Iron Palm Expert

EP12 Tips for a Stronger Body and Mind From an Iron Palm Expert

December 31, 2019

View a complete transcript of the show here.

“You’re constantly battling yourself, so you’ve got to constantly battle with what you’re weakest at...to try and self develop as many aspects of your weaknesses as you can.”—Brett Barrell

Our latest podcast guest joins us from down under.  The ‘Iron Body Martial Artist,’ Brett Barrell, is originally from South Africa, has spent lots of time in the U.K., and now lives in Australia.  So if you can’t pinpoint his accent, don’t worry about it…it’s cool either way. 

Brett has spent the past 10 years serving as a police officer and has been involved in martial arts since he was 5.  He has a black belt in juijitsu and has studied Shaolin Kung Fu since his early teens.

Brett also runs a YouTube channel where he trains people in Iron Palm, which is the main topic of our podcast.

Highlights:⠀

◉ Overcome challenges by never giving up and channeling your focus into something positive.

◉ Consistent and progressive practice will help prevent permanent damage when training.

◉ Remember where the skills of iron palm came from: the mindset of constant self-development.

Show Notes:

0:50 Brett Barrell introduces himself as a police officer and and runs a YouTube channel to help train people in Iron Palm.

4:50 Iron palm training is like a form of meditation and helps you combat emotional stress as well as helping defend yourself physically .

8:47 In a real confrontation, you don’t have gloves, so the iron palm self defense techniques can help protect yourself from a surprise attack.

10:10 Consistent and progressive practice will help prevent permanent damage when iron palm training.

16:40 How Brett recommends staying in the game of life by eating better and assessing our health.

18:45 Taking antiinflammatory herbs can help your body recover and cope with the demands of iron palm training.

21:15 Take a realistic look at yourself and don’t underestimate how aggressive and violent people can be.

26:10 Incorporate military-style endurance training and yogic-style flexibility exercises for overall health.

30:10 Qigong—bone and tendon washing—helps to align the spine and increase circulation around the tendons

35:20 Overcome challenges by never giving up and channel your focus into something positive.

39:10 Your mind is a powerful tool; you don’t have to give up.  Take a few minutes. Take a couple of days and get back on track.

43:30 Remember where the skills of iron palm came from: the mindset of constant self-development. 

Quotes:

“You’re constantly battling yourself, so you’ve got to constantly battle with what you’re weakest at...to try and self develop as many aspects of your weaknesses as you can.”

“A lot of problems that are years in the making, people don’t realize they could be years in the breaking…..Know and have faith that you can work through a lot of things.”

 

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EP11 ELI KNIGHT DISCUSSES IMPACT OF MARTIAL ARTS ON MENTAL HEALTH

EP11 ELI KNIGHT DISCUSSES IMPACT OF MARTIAL ARTS ON MENTAL HEALTH

December 10, 2019

Don’t. Miss. This. Podcast. We’re thrilled to have Eli Knight, 2nd degree blackbelt in jiu jitsu as our latest podcast guest. Filmed in video for the first time,
we present: “EP11 Eli Knight Discusses Impact of Martial Arts on Mental Health”.

Highlights:⠀

◉ How martial arts was an outlet for Eli dealing with some emotionally difficult times in his life.
◉ How combative arts can actually calm the mind.
◉ Eli’s personal advice for getting the most out of the martial arts experience.

Show Notes:

0:22   Eli introduces himself and his background in martial arts and his success on YouTube.

6:35   Eli’s start into martial arts and how he was mentored and eventually got into teaching with Jason Hawkins.

9:48   Impact of martial arts on our mental health.

12:45 How martial arts was an outlet for Eli dealing with some traumatic life events.

13:50 How combative arts can actually calm the mind; you have to be in the moment.

18:18 Benefits of training in martial arts for depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism.

24:14 Martial Arts teaches you what focus is.

29:35 How Eli has seen martial arts improve students’ self-esteem.

“IT’S GREAT TO SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY INTROVERTED COME OUT OF THEIR SHELL.”

34:40 A healthy dose of realism is one of the biggest things you can get from martial arts

37:15 Just because someone is impressive doesn’t mean they’ll be a good coach

39:10 Upcoming seminars and projects that Eli is working on

43:00 Eating clean but not getting too tied up in fads

50:57 How people can reach out to Eli or connect with him online

 

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