Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hapa’s and Ronin

Happy Halloween!  Do you have your costumes prepped and ready to go?  I used to go as The Crow almost every year — the original Crow with Brandon Lee, not the horrible sequels.  I think Edward Furlong was the last Crow — ridiculous.  But I haven’t been able rally and roll the last few years.  The last Halloween I actually went out there was a gang fight right in front of us, and two people were shot about a block away.  I figured I’d stay away from that stuff for a while.  I don’t need to risk getting killed to have a good time (it’s funny how things change when you actually start to have something to lose).

This past week I had the honor of being asked to write a guest post for  It was a great experience.  This was my first non-fitness related writing piece since I took up the pen.  I enjoyed the change of pace.  This is from their home page:

ha•pa (hä’pä) adj. 1. Slang. Of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. n. 2. Slang. A person of such ancestry.

Hapa, literally “half” in Hawaiian, was originally used as a derogatory term to describe people of biracial ancestry. Today, many multiracial individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification. Although some object to the term’s appropriation and perceived misuse outside of its traditional Hawaiian context, “Hapa” has been widely adopted by the Asian and Pacific Islander multiracial communities, and even by some multiracial, non-Asians.

While many Hapas take pride in their ancestry, some find that their multiracial identity creates personal dilemmas and social challenges. was started by Erica Johnson to provide a resource and community for anyone struggling with identity.  I think it is a great resource for Hapa’s, but lessons can be learned no matter who you are or what your background is.  We all need to be more accepting of others’ ethnicities, backgrounds, and life philosophies.

But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the fitness game.  This week I want to introduce you to my network of health & fitness professionals (The Ronin Warriors).  To be the best you have to surround yourself with the best.  These are the people I go to when a question or topic is outside of my personal area of expertise.

As you know I primarily focus on physique development, fat loss, and body composition transformations.  But my team has it all covered: fitness psychology, medical nutrition therapy, rehabilitation, posture/alignment corrections, and sport performance training.  We’re growing every day.  I am excited to keep brining you new tools and content so this site becomes your go-to health & fitness resource.

Check out the piece if you are interested in something different.  Then check out the Ronin Team.

See you next time my friends.





I’ve been slacking on the blog posts lately.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been working hard on some other aspects of the website/online business.  I started a Twitter account, linked it to Facebook, linked it to the website, etc.  Nate Miyaki is going high-tech, which is completely against his nature, as is referring to himself in the third person.  But hey, I just found out yesterday that my wife likes the Rock??  So expect more third person references, People’s Elbows, and eyebrow raises out of me.  Can you smell what “Miyak” is cooking?

My goal is to make this website as comprehensive as possible so it can become a valuable instructional tool.  Bodybuilding and fitness is my passion.  I’ve learned a lot over the last 15 years about the physique transformation process — from formal education, training/nutrition certifications, thousands of hours reading and doing personal research, competing in bodybuilding/fitness competitions, prepping for photo shoots, and practical experience coaching hundreds of clients — and I want to share that information with all of you.

I can only train so many clients one-on-one, yet I believe everyone deserves access to top-quality fitness information.  There’s a lot of biased misinformation out there (for a variety of reasons – none to truly help YOU), so I want this site to become a trusted resource where you can get honest, no bullshit info.  I’m not going to sugar coat stuff.  I’m not going to hold your hand.  I’m not going to tell you what you want to hear.  I’m going to tell you what you need to hear.

But what you will get is everything I think you need to know to get in top “appearance-based” shape.  I’m not holding anything back.  Everything I would tell the people I love the most about health and fitness WILL be on this site.  Just ask my wife.  She’s helping me with the whole web development process — but don’t bring up the Rock to her or I will find you.

To be honest, I believe the content has been there for some time.  What was holding me back was my lack of tech knowledge.  Well, I’m happy to say I’ve met some great people over the last few months that are helping me overcome that fear and get that content out to you.

So here is what you can expect over the next couple of months from this website:

  1. Weekly blog posts (I promise)
  2. More and better training and nutrition principles.  I want you to know exactly what you should be doing for optimal physique development.
  3. The Body Composition 101 Series.  This is a compliment to my Nutrition 101 Series, and will go into the science behind why I think you should train a specific way if your primary goal is physique enhancement.
  4. Some video clips.  We’re starting to film some time this month.  So look for the YouTube Channel soon.
  5. Regular tweets.  Follow me at

Til next time, train hard, eat right, and follow the Way of the Physique Warrior.