Category Archives: Mental Toughness

How wise would you be if you were 300 years old?

I am going to suggest a rather interesting departure from traditional health, fitness, and longevity articles I have read.  I am going to focus on WISDOM.  There is a saying in Spanish, mas sabe el Diablo por viejo, que por ser el Diablo. This translates into: the devil knows more (and is more powerful) because

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You have what it takes to succeed and no one is better than you. – Matt Furey

“But I’m not a world champion.” “But I’m not educated enough” “But I was born in the wrong side of the tracks” But, but, but… One of the great lessons that Matt has taught is that you already have what it takes to succeed. Some people feel they need some kind of external assurance to

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Simplicity is Genius. – Moni Aizik

Moni Aizik is the founder of Commando Krav Maga (CKM). As an ex-Israeli Special Forces soldier and a seven time national judo champion in his home country, he is capable of making a complex system of self-defense that only tough Special Forces types could do. However, his belief is that CKM “has to work for

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One man is much the same as another and he is best who is trained in the severest school. – Thucydides

Why are the Spartans held in awe and movies made about them? Because their training was more severe than a lot of their neighboring states and their track record in battle backed up their methods. Why are elite units and special forces in all of the world’s military held in higher regards than regular units?

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Destiny

Last week one of my Army colleagues was talking about concepts like Glory and how people should refrain from looking for it, because it is in large part a matter of destiny. On a lighter note, my brother-in-law and I were once having a conversation regarding destiny and free will. He looks at me and

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How to Master the Burpee

A friend of mine and I were recently discussing books and we both mentioned how much we liked The New Toughness Training for Sports by James E. Loehr. While reviewing it I found some key lessons on something that seems to stump and stumble a lot of people, and that is mastering the burpee. You

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Lessons from my Sigung – Part 3

What it really takes to achieve Mastery While I was training in Chen Style Taijiquan my Sifu brought my Sigung over for a seminar (Sigung is my Sifu’s teacher and it is a term that is synonymous with “grandfather”). While we received training at our level, my Sifu was getting specialized high level training from

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