Philosophy

If you just care about the fitness and physique stuff, skip this page. I get it. I once thought strategy and philosophy was all hippie bullshit too. You can go here instead and get started with our physique-focused training and nutrition plans: FIT START

But if you want to know more about Warrior Strategy & Wave Man Living, read on.

WARRIOR STRATEGY

No matter what it is, there is nothing that cannot be done. If one manifests the determination, he can move heaven and earth as he pleases. — Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai.

The journey of a thousand ri proceeds step by step, so think without rushing.  Understanding that this is the duty of a warrior, put these practices into action, surpass today what you were yesterday, go beyond those of poor skill tomorrow, and exceed those who are skillful later…See to it that you temper yourself with one thousand days of practice, and refine yourself with ten thousand days of training. – Miyamoto Musashi.

1. Some people use martial arts just to kick ass. Cool. But to some, it becomes a much deeper and defining influence in their lives. It is a gateway to gain self-awareness, confidence, and focus. And the lessons learned in the dojo can be used to improve in all other areas of life.

2.For whatever reason, physique training has been to me what martial arts have been to so many others. And I don’t mean the process of trimming the pubes, slapping on a fake tan and a dong thong, and prancing around on stage like Magic Mike. Nor do I mean flexing for professional photo shoots or annoying “selfies” like Zoolander. I mean the actual athletic process of training with weights to transform the physique.

3. While it’s the body composition change that motivates us in the beginning, sometimes it’s the character change that ends up being the true transformation.

4. Maybe I’m just a hippie making it out to be more than it really is, but committing to some type of athletic lifestyle has provided me with a solid foundation in this chaos called life, and my journey in particular, which of course has been full of ups and downs, successes and failures, achievements and disappointments. I have always been able to find comfort, peace, escape, value, and a sense of purpose in the gym, regardless of whatever else was going on around me.

Miyamoto Musashi

5. More importantly, the lessons learned in the gym (the strength trainer’s version of a dojo) — discipline, delayed gratification, sacrifice, commitment to a craft, and perseverance — have helped me in all other areas of my life. At the very least, it taught me how to put my energy (both positive and negative) into something constructive rather than destructive. I believe it can provide you with some of the same benefits.

6. Bruce Lee merged philosophy, and this mind-body-spirit connection, into his martial arts training. He saw something bigger in the sport, as a tool not just for physical conditioning, but also for self-awareness, self-help, and personal growth. I am in no way talented or knowledgeable enough to proclaim I can do the same thing in the fitness space. But I do get tired of talking about 6-packs, squats, spandex, and the same shit all of the time. And even the biggest of meatheads and fitness divas must know there is more to life than personal mirror reflection time. So we both must branch out to find a little balance.

7. And besides, if all you do care about is cosmetic change, there is something that many physique enthusiasts, athletes, coaches, and writers often overlook. Even the best, most scientifically based, most anecdotally proven programs on the planet are meaningless unless they are actually applied. Research and planning will only take you so far. It is implementation that matters most. So we can all use a little kick in the ass from time-to-time in order to get shit done. That’s where warrior strategy comes in.

If that sounds like something you could use, here are some posts that just might provide the boot to your bottom that it needs. If it needs a spanking, well, Little Shiitake Miyaki’s got the hook up. Holla if you hear me…Actually, the schedule is full right now, so lets get you started with these warrior strategies first: ENTER THE DOJO

WAVEMAN LIVING

The Master gives himself up to whatever the moment brings. He knows that he is going to die, and he has nothing left to hold onto: no illusions in his mind, no resistances in his body. He doesn’t think about his actions; they flow from the core of his being. He holds nothing back from life; therefore he is ready for death, as a man is ready for sleep after a good day’s work. – Tao Te Ching.

Life’s not about money. Look at achievements, accomplishments. It’s about having fun. It’s about enjoying life. – Mike Ditka

Ditka knows best, "Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions."

Ditka knows best, “Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions.”

1. Getting fit, getting rich, and just getting shit done in general is one thing. But getting shit done for the right reasons, knowing what you are truly fighting for, and ultimately finding your passion, your purpose, and peace of mind is something else entirely. Most people bury these true keys to happiness under the responsibilities and grind of daily life.

2. In the Internet Era, we all seem to be way too freaking anxious and stressed out all of the time, mostly over meaningless shit. We get caught up in projecting a perfect PR image and improving our social status vs. being authentic, honestly expressing ourselves, personally growing, and truly connecting with others. We are completely miserable trying to “keep up with the Joneses” or follow the path we are supposed to vs. the one that we truly want, or is the right fit for us. We live by other people’s core values instead of finding and following our own.

3. It is because we forget to meditate on, or at least accept and respect death. We live like we are just going to go on living forever, whether in this life or the next. Thus we take everything for granted, focus on the wrong things, ignore what really matters, procrastinate, turn minor problems into major disasters, etc. We settle, because we believe there is always time to improve some other time down the line. Happiness and personal fulfillment can wait for another day. Bullshit man. The sands of time are ticking away and can’t be stopped. They can run out on you or I today for all we know. That’s where Wave Man Living comes in.

4. Rōnin literally translates to Wave Man, a samurai that serves no master and is socially adrift. But not all who wander are lost. The most famous rōnin was Miyamoto Musashi. He was a warrior who did not follow traditional conventions or social standards.  Authenticity, daily growth, and self-mastery mattered most. He spent his life perfecting his craft, learning martial strategy, gaining philosophical insights, constantly testing and improving his skills in battle, creating his own fighting system, and his own way of life.

5. History often remembers rōnin in a negative light, but I like to think of them as warriors who had the courage to pursue self-knowledge, self-help, and their own style vs. mindlessly clinging to dogma, archaic traditions, social shackles, or peer pressure. You don’t have to become a hippie hobo to benefit from this lifestyle approach. All you have to do is have the patience to find, and courage to follow your own path, regardless of what others may think. This can be applied to any industry, career, or pursuit.

6. Combine that with a little Aloha spirit where Kalai is from, and a little beach dude mentality where I’m from, and that’s history’s mystery of who we are. Treat people like family, focus on kicking ass in what you can control, and be calm and flexible enough to roll with the rest. I don’t know, I think it’s a good way to live, and could help you out if you seem to be struggling. But I could be wrong, and it certainly ain’t for everyone.

7. So you see, sometimes its time to buckle down, rise above, commit to a cause, persevere, and get shit done. That’s where Warrior Strategy comes in. Sometimes its time to loosen up, roll with it all, choose yourself, follow your gut, blaze a few trails, and have a little fun. That’s where Wave Man Living comes in. It’s not The Warrior or The Wave Man. We believe a good life includes both The Warrior AND The Wave Man. It’s like our version of Yin & Yang.

If that sounds like something you are into, I wrote a book that includes strategies from both in order to overcome any challenges you are facing in life.  You can check it out here:

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