43 episodes

Diving into the lives of "everyday" people and their real life experiences. Learn from their challenges, goals, failures, ability to overcome obstacles and how they grind through life and carve their own path. This podcast is not all about martial arts, even though we will speak with many Black Belts, it is however designed use the martial arts journey as a parallel comparison with life’s journey. Black Belts don’t know everything. They still have to fail, learn, grow and constantly set new goals. Each new beginning and goal is like putting your white belt back on. The same is true for life. You start something new not knowing anything (white belt) and you slowly gain skills and experience belt by belt until you have a solid foundation (Black Belt). Like life however, the journey continues. This is my chance to highlight the many amazing people in life that are out there killing it and living their life as a black belt. I hope their stories insprire you as much as they do me. If you enjoy the show please share with your family and friends and please don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.Email us at LifesBlackBelts@gmail.com - Listen on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIN Radio, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Radio Public and on your Echo/Alexa device say "Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Life's Black Belt's Podcast." Watch interviews on our You Tube channel

Life’s Black Belts with Eric Alders Eric Alders

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Diving into the lives of "everyday" people and their real life experiences. Learn from their challenges, goals, failures, ability to overcome obstacles and how they grind through life and carve their own path. This podcast is not all about martial arts, even though we will speak with many Black Belts, it is however designed use the martial arts journey as a parallel comparison with life’s journey. Black Belts don’t know everything. They still have to fail, learn, grow and constantly set new goals. Each new beginning and goal is like putting your white belt back on. The same is true for life. You start something new not knowing anything (white belt) and you slowly gain skills and experience belt by belt until you have a solid foundation (Black Belt). Like life however, the journey continues. This is my chance to highlight the many amazing people in life that are out there killing it and living their life as a black belt. I hope their stories insprire you as much as they do me. If you enjoy the show please share with your family and friends and please don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.Email us at LifesBlackBelts@gmail.com - Listen on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIN Radio, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Radio Public and on your Echo/Alexa device say "Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Life's Black Belt's Podcast." Watch interviews on our You Tube channel

    Episode #43 - Andrea Firpo

    Episode #43 - Andrea Firpo

    Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Andrea Firpo.  We had a great conversation on how she's battled through a very tough journey in life until she could find her true self and happiness.  Her story of perseverance is inspirational and she now uses her life experiences to help others through her life coaching as well as her podcast. She truly is a Life's Black Belt.
    She is a professional psychic cheerleader. She helps people transform their physical, spiritual and emotional pain in order to gain breakthrough and clarity in their relationships, career, and health.Shad has experience with psychology, plant medicine, Reiki, shamanism, and clairvoyant training, much of which I used to heal myself from Graves Disease within a year. She uses these tools to empower people to live a life they love.Growing up, she experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.She is a survivor of rape. Had an abortion at 19 and became a single mother at age 23. She had two DUIs and has also spent time in jail. She has navigated anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, a suicide attempt, and Graves Disease.E-Mail: andrea@andreafirpo.com
    Website: www.andreafirpo.com
    Show Host and Podcast Producer, Brilliance Through Resilience
    Podcast: www.brilliancethroughresilience.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychiccheerleader/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psychiccheerleader/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIJCtjmAGHOcYFK0dUK0bEw?view_as=subscriber
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/psychiccheerleader/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/psychiccheer
     LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anfirpo/
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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYiQl8zOvmlbL79lkUYkkfA

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    The Karate Dojo MMA & BJJ (Jackson, NJ)
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    • 57 min
    Episode #42 - Angela Marshall

    Episode #42 - Angela Marshall

    Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Angela Marshall, also known as “Author Stone.” She is an Augusta, Ga., native, entrepreneur and positive words powerhouse that utilizes her personal life experiences of struggle, strength and success to captivate audiences and readers abroad.

     Author Stone, is a motivational presenter, published bestselling author, columnist, ex-NFL wife and creative writing consultant. Having struggled through a lavish but sorely lacking lifestyle as a former NFL wife, that chapter in her life proved pivotal to her "wise words woman" nickname. It also produced the transparency in her inspiring inquiring minds want to know auto-biography, “Reality to Rags to Riches; The Story and Life of an Ex-NFL Wife.”

    Learn more and follow Angela today:
    Website: www.inotherwordsbystone.com 
    Website: www.lulu.com/spotlight/Author Stone
    LinkedIn-  https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-marshall-402004124/  Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/wisewordswoman Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode #41 - Daniel Bruce Levin

    Episode #41 - Daniel Bruce Levin

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    Today's guest is Danny Levin.  We had a great conversation about his life's journey.  He brings so much life wisdom and advice to the episode.  He has an inspiring outlook on life and philosophy on how mankind can help better themselves and respect one another, especially our differences.

    Bio:
    Daniel Levin walked away from an opportunity to run a billion dollar business, to find happiness and inner peace.
    His life has been a combination of massive victories and incredible defeats.
    He left the seminary one day before being ordained a Rabbi, and then became a monk for 10 years. He has practiced meditation for over 45 years. He has run a restaurant, a publishing house, a market, a meditation retreat, has owned and run a clothing company, a branding company and a coaching business.
    He was the Director of Business Development at Hay House and led it’s growth from $3,000,000 to $100,000,000 in revenue over a 10 year time span. He started DbL, by branding “the most anticipated hotel opening of the year 2013” according to USA Today, The Andaz Maui @ Wailea Resort and Spa.
    His fourth published book, The Mosaic. It is a fable about how to reconnect in a life that has experience disconnection. It is about seeing what we do not see and listening to those that no one listen to. Levin is a storyteller and the beautiful story he weaves touches the heart and soothes the soul.
    Follow and connect online with Danny:

    email: zenseidanny@me.com
    websites:
    www.DanielBruceLevin.com
    www.TheMosaicOnline.com
    social media links:
    https://twitter.com/dannylevin
    https://www.facebook.com/danny.levin.735
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-levin-themosaic/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQAe3mbYOT0AFY6Zr-xskg?view_as=subscriber
    https://www.instagram.com/themosaic_/
    The Mosaic on amazon: http://a.co/dvgsgG3
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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYiQl8zOvmlbL79lkUYkkfA

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    The Karate Dojo MMA & BJJ (Jackson, NJ)
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode #40 - Bill Protzmann

    Episode #40 - Bill Protzmann

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    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Bill Protzmann

    We talk about his early life, feeling alone and depressed at times.  He says he never "fit in" to any particular group.  Music was something required in his household since his mother was a piano teacher.  

    He shares a great story from his childhood about the first time he felt his music connect to an audience and the power of that moment.  

    A succesfull IT entrepeneur Bill always maintained a passion for music.  Through his desire to helps others he studied the science behind how music can help people on every level of their life.  He developed a company called "Music Care" where he teaches audiences and businesses how they can use music to help themselves and their businesses.  

    You will hear the passion Bill has for music and it's power to positively change lives.  It was a great conversation that I know will help to inspire you.  In addition Bill also authored the following book you can pick up on Amazon:
    More Than Human: The Value of Cultivating the Human Spirit in Your OrganizationI hope you enjoy today's interview with Bill.  Leave your comments, share and repost.  Also learn more about Bill below and find links to his websites and social media. 

    Background 
    In addition to being a successful IT entrepreneur, Bill holds magna cum laude degrees in piano performance and creative writing, and has concertized and performed for many years with a focus on bringing music to audiences in non-traditional ways.
    In 2011, he launched Music Care Inc, a for-profit corporation dedicated to teaching practical ways music can be used for self care. His work was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health with an Award of Excellence in 2014 – the behavioral health equivalent of winning an Oscar.
    When he talks about music and self care, he speaks with gentle conviction and from real experience.

    Website
    http://www.billprotzmann.com
    Website #2
    https://quest.musiccare.net
    Website #3
    http://www.practicalheartskills.com
    LinkedIn URL
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/billprotzmann/
    Facebook URL
    https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Protzmann-31362093115/
    Twitter URL
    https://twitter.com/BillProtzmann
    YouTube URL
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5fg36DMzTRrcEpI3NgpQhQ

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    • 58 min
    Episode #39 - Valerie Worthington

    Episode #39 - Valerie Worthington

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    On today’s episode I sit down with BJJ Black Belt Instructor, published author, PHD College Professor and Certified Life Coach, Valerie Worthington.

    Valerie discusses her life growing up with two therapists as parents. Having to move to Germany as a teenager with her family and how that brought them all closer together. Then returning to the states she then tells us about going to college for psychology but felt that something was missing in her life. An athletic person already her life journey took her next to her first Brazilian Jiujitsu class in the late 90’s.

    She discusses overcoming the awkwardness, fear and anxiety that came with training and then competition. How facing adversity and fear head on allowed her to grow the most as a person. She discusses her passion in helping and empowering others.

    We cover a variety of topics and great insight that Valerie has to offer from her life experiences.  I know that her story and words will be something that many can connect with and find inspiration in.  I hope you enjoy today’s interview. 

    Find more about Valerie and find links to her articles, books and more at her website:
    https://valerieworthington.com/

    Follow her on Social Media:

    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/valerieworthingtonphd/

    Instagram:
    https://instagram.com/worthingtonvalerie?igshid=1icl4vmyykozy

    Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/worthington

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode #38 - Dr. John DeWitt

    Episode #38 - Dr. John DeWitt

    Dr. DeWitt is a Vanderbilt University graduate who earned a full athletic scholarship after his first semester. He went on to become the starting defensive end for the next four years and was awarded The Wade Looney Award for outstanding work ethic. He continued his football career with the NFL Houston Oilers, NFL Europe Champion Scottish Claymores, Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, San Francisco Demons of the XFL, and several teams in the AFL including three seasons with the LA Avengers. 

    After retiring from football, Dr. DeWitt earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Los Angeles Chiropractic College. His ultimate goal is to have a clinic where those suffering with PTSD, CTE and Concussions can come to get treatment via nutritional advice, mental health counseling and chiropractic care as well as a place for the families of those suffering to get the assistance they need as well. 
    He has authored several, best-selling books on a variety of topics including Goal Setting, Golf, Concussions and CTE and a three-part series on Natural Vision Correction.

    Website: https://drjohndewitt.com/

    Links to Dr. DeWitt’s books: https://drjohndewitt.com/dr-john-home-page#row--26181

    Dr. DeWitt on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drjohndewitt?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1xja6r0tviy1o

    Dr. DeWitt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjdewitt/

    Dr. DeWitt's APP: https://www.drdewittapp.com/

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    • 1 hr 2 min

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Brushfire11 ,

Superb perspective and insights

Eric does a great job of finding the magic moments along his guest’s paths. His expertise as a teacher and discipline as a martial artist and compassion as a father really give him a unique quality as a host.

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I love this whole idea. Put down the phone and talk to others to hear the amazing things they are doing! Very true! So glad you are facing your fears, throwing away your excuses and moving towards your goal. Congrats and good luck!

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