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Podcast Program by the Best Selling Authors of Books and DVDs about Karate, Life, Violence, and Self-Defense.

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Podcast Program by the Best Selling Authors of Books and DVDs about Karate, Life, Violence, and Self-Defense.

    Texas Kung-Fu

    Texas Kung-Fu

    Direct, yet pleasant and affable Wallace Smedley. You are going to like this guy. Wallace started in Monkey Kung-Fu and was off to Hung Gar Kung Fu because his Monkey Sifu called him, stout. A little TKD along the way and then a massive leap to pro-wresting. Not to leave anything on the table a little time in security and as a bouncer.

    We talk about the trials of martial arts training and other aspects of life. Listen as he discusses his sons’ death. The impact it has had on the way and why of how Wallace maneuvers through life from that time forward.Solid as a rock and honest as the day is long Wallace Smedley is what we would all hope to be as we walk this path of Martial Arts.

    Come alongside and take a listen.

    Wallace’s website is https://wallacesmedley.com Videos, free courses, and his Blog that I would call, “Crunchy” well thought out, no punches pulled.

    Wallace passes my neighbor test; would I want him as my neighbor?  An unhesitating, “YES!”


    • 35 min
    Instant Calm

    Instant Calm

    A section of the new book, Sh!t Sun Tzu Said, that may well be more appropriate today than in recent times I would submit. Yes, I am saying this is applicable today – look I did the intro without mentioning a virus by name.  A big promise, and delivery upon that promise. The quality of stillness. The inner stillness.  The trope of the calm, stoic master. The culprits that attempt to exploit the results of A/B testing (here is more on that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A/B_testing)

    The natural anxiety of the human experience and the constant

    state of vigilance. There is a price to be paid for that state of attention.

    The bucket that gets bigger and the secret of that bucket

    you are trying to fill.  Then the undisclosed

    means of cooling the hot flame of the seeking mind.

    A genius teacher lays out the simple facts of stress, “When

    stress goes up intelligence goes down.”

    • 22 min
    Iron Palm

    Iron Palm

    Iron Palm. I reconnect with Phillip “Pete” Starr as his new book, Authentic Iron Palm, The Complete Training Manual.

    Iron Palm is a set of martial art conditioning skills–dating back to the Shaolin Temple of fifth-century China–whose purpose is to strengthen the hand while empowering the fighter to strike with force and precision. Training is focused and incremental, requiring the guidance of an experienced master. In Authentic Iron Palm, author, instructor, and five-time US National Chinese martial arts Champion Phillip Starr provides the definitive guide to Iron Palm.

    And the greatest martial artist you ever met + stupid martial arts moments.


    • 45 min
    When Buddhists Attack – Martial Arts & Life Classic

    When Buddhists Attack – Martial Arts & Life Classic

    Jeffrey K. Mann is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA). He teaches courses on Church history, world religions, ethics, and Zen, as well as a service-learning program in the Philippines. He holds a yondan in Okinawan Goju-ryu (IOGKF) and teaches this art at the Susquehanna Goju-ryu Karate-Do Club.

    Film, television and popular fiction have long exploited the image of the serene Buddhist monk who is master of the deadly craft of hand-to-hand combat. While these media overly romanticize the relationship between a philosophy of non-violence and the art of fighting, When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts shows this link to be nevertheless real, even natural.Exploring the origins of Buddhism and the ethos of the Japanese samurai, university professor and martial arts practitioner Jeffrey Mann traces the close connection between the Buddhist way of compassion and the way of the warrior. This zen book serves as a basic introduction to the history, philosophy, and current practice of Zen as it relates to the Japanese martial arts. It examines the elements of Zen that have found a place in budo—the martial way—such as zazen, mushin, zanshin and fudoshin, then goes on to discuss the ethics and practice of budo as a modern sport.Offering insights into how qualities integral to the true martial artist are interwoven with this ancient religious philosophy, this Buddhism book will help practitioners reconnect to an authentic spiritual discipline of the martial arts.

    Today, we live in a world where we are less exposed to violence than at any other time in history. However, we also know that violence can come knocking on our door at any moment. Preparing for this possibility means more than physical safety; it means being clear with ourselves about the ethics of violence. Can violence be justified? When should we fight? How should we fight? And in situations when things have gone badly, may we kill?These questions are not only for politicians, soldiers, and police officers, but are also important considerations for civilians whose lives do not normally intersect with violence. Whether advocating for government policies, marching in the streets, or defending ourselves and loved ones, a coherent moral framework is essential to good decision-making.May I Kill? examines the efficacy of different approaches to non-violence and Just War Theory. By scrutinizing these ethical theories, the reader is encouraged to critically examine occasions for the use of force from a moral perspective, whether nations at war or violent encounters in

    • 54 min
    Survive & Defend

    Survive & Defend

    Alain Burrese is a former Army Sniper, a fifth degree black belt, and a certified Active Shooter Response instructor.


    He is the author of 9 books and 11 instructional DVDs and teaches a common sense approach to staying safe and defending yourself through his Survive a Shooting and Survive and Defend programs and websites.

    He’s combined his experience, education, and training to design programs to teach you how to stay safe and survive.

    A New Idea In Public Safety


    * Extreme Stopping Power: Sprays up to 15 feet, and shoots in a tight stream allowing for accuracy and eliminating wind blow-back. 

    * Intuitive Technology: Revolutionary new design.

    * Dissipates Quickly: Presidia Gel™ has a fast dissipation rate (about 15 minutes) making it ideal for workplace use.

    * Collateral Damage: Temporary blindness and intense pain within moments of use debilitates the attacker, giving you time to escape and get help. Our cutting-edge Reflex Remove™ decontaminate neutralizes and begins reversing the effects of Presidia Gel™ in a fraction of the time required for traditional pepper sprays.

    * Sticks to Its Target: There is little risk of cross-contamination to an innocent person or the surrounding environment.


    • 48 min


    The idea of discipline is bandied around in our world of martial arts. Discipline is spoken of more often than the trite saying, “A Black Belt is a White Belt that never quit.” (I detest that saying – but that is for a later date). I am here to replace the idea of discipline with regulation. When I get done the idea will make more sense to you. I will tell you now you will use the word regulation in your own training more than discipline. This trade out will make you a better Martial Artist. In the We’re All In This together section the Challenge wall comes to prominence once again. An odd challenge discovered in the post-training minutes.

    Here is a podcast from last year on getting progressively better: https://kriswilder.com/progressively-better/ (It’s just three minutes long)


    • 19 min

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