by Gene Crawford | Jun 4, 2023 | Podcast
In this thought-provoking episode, we tackle the controversial question posed by YouTuber and self-defense coach, Icy Mike: Listen in as we explore the idea of needing to work through lots of things in martial arts and how the culture of having to pay for levels or black belts can be seen as a form of ‘participation trophies’. We also discuss the concept of ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ and how this can be seen as a way of taking responsibility for students quitting due to unsafe gym environments.
We then venture into the realm of the the Dunning-Kruger effect in martial arts, including the peak of Mount Stupid and the valley of despair. Hear about my personal journey through this effect and its impact on my training. We touch on the importance of not overstepping as a student in martial arts classes, and the idea that pride can be bruised when someone tries to teach instead of learn. Finally, we talk about the importance of basics in martial arts training and explore different approaches to training for real problem-solving. This episode is packed with insights and reflections that will surely resonate with martial arts practitioners and enthusiasts alike.
by Gene Crawford | May 21, 2023 | Podcast
In this solo episode, I share my experiences and lessons learned from over 20 years of running various businesses. I talk about the challenges I’ve faced, including a costly legal battle, which taught me the importance of paying attention to contracts and liability. I also discuss the essential qualities of a great leader, effective communication strategies, and the importance of taking time to detach and process decisions. I talk about importance of respect in building relationships and trust. Join me in this episode for valuable insights and inspiration to improve your leadership skills.
by Gene Crawford | May 14, 2023 | Podcast
In this episode, we dive deep into confronting our shadow archetype, a concept introduced by Carl Jung that refers to the unconscious aspects of our personality that we reject or deny. We discuss the importance of self-awareness, embracing our shadow selves, and how doing so can lead to personal growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves. We also explore the impact of psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin and ketamine, on our subconscious, and how they may help us confront our shadow selves. Additionally, we delve into holistic health practices, such as meditation, journaling, and mindful eating, as well as enhancing communication and trust through coaching. Join us as we embark on a journey of self-discovery and confront the darker aspects of our personalities that we too often avoid or suppress.
by Gene Crawford | May 7, 2023 | Podcast
What does it take to overcome personal struggles and find success in the world of boxing and martial arts? Former boxer and current gym owner Keith Keppner shares his story of triumph over Lyme disease and the importance of cultivating a positive culture in combat sports.
by Gene Crawford | Apr 30, 2023 | Podcast
In this episode, I dive into the concept of “Chop Wood, Carry Water,” a Zen Buddhist principle that emphasizes the importance of focusing on the present moment and the task at hand. Let’s go through mindfulness and gratitude and how it can help us stay grounded and find meaning in our everyday tasks, ultimately leading to personal growth and inner peace. I’ll also explore strategies for staying focused, prioritizing tasks, and embracing a growth mindset. Join me as we uncover the secrets to becoming the best version of ourselves through mindful living and self-reflection. Don’t miss this episode packed with insights and practical tips to enhance your daily life!