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Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

Staying in the Game, A Plum Dragon Herbs Podcast Plum Dragon Herbs

    • Alternative Health
    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

    EP22 Bruce Lee Fan Discusses Fighting, Dit Da Jow and Concussions

    EP22 Bruce Lee Fan Discusses Fighting, Dit Da Jow and Concussions

    In this episode, we're speaking with Leo Rodriguez, a Bruce Lee enthusiast and martial artist who had to adapt his training routine to lessen the side effects of multiple concussions. He hopes his story will help others to recognize some of the signs of brain trauma and get the help they need. 
    Rodriguez also shares how he was introduced to Dit Da Jow—herbal liniments with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties—through a friend whose father knew James Lee, the martial artist who is said to have introduced Iron Palm training to Bruce Lee.  Dit Da Jow has been used for centuries in martial arts and Chinese culture and has been an integral party of iron palm training.
    2:00 Leo begs his dad to let him study boxing.
    9:30 Leo’s boxing coach at the New York Athletic Club, Shawn Raysor, dies of cancer. This devastating news became a turning point in Leo’s life, and he decides to pursue training in jiu jitsu.
    12:45 Meets UFC Fighter Wonderboy Stephen Thompson at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City who tells him, “At first, you’re the nail. Over time, you become the hammer.” 
    22:00 Experiencing double vision from multiple concussions and doctors not being able to help him address his concerns.
    26:00 The back of your head (occipital lobe) is where most of the process is for vision; the frontal lobe is where your emotional and cognitive functions take place.
    32:00 Severe concussion symptoms feel like a daily hangover including nausea, headaches and double vision.
    38:00 Mentions how Bruce Lee died of a brain hemorrhage.
    42:00 James Lee introduced Bruce Lee to iron palm and used lots of Dit Da Jow to accelerate their training.
    43:15 Dit Da Jow has been used for hundreds of years in martial arts and is necessary for iron palm training to help prevent injuries and provide post-training conditioning.
    47:20 Leo’s friend, Felix Macias, Jr., introduces him to Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow, and he recognizes the quality and effectiveness of these products.
    57:00 For injury prevention in iron palm training or for addressing other types of pain like back pain, Leo recommends using Dit Da Jow.
    1:03:00 Leo decides to train smarter than giving up training altogether. Jiujitsu has been an amazing art that has allowed him to avoid impact and blunt force to his head.
    1:05:00 How to get in touch with Leo.
     
    Resources Mentioned on the Show:
    Black Belt Magazine Article: "Meet James Yimm Lee: "The Man Who Helped Make Bruce Lee a Success"
    Inside Kung Fu Magazine Article: "Al Novak's East Wind Gung-Fu Club"
    The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 1: The Birth of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do
    The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 2: The Untold Story of Jun Fan Gung-fu and James Yimm Lee
    Connect with Leo Rodriguez:
    Instagram
     
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection
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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP21 Doctor Shares the Secrets to Optimal Health and Fitness Gains

    EP21 Doctor Shares the Secrets to Optimal Health and Fitness Gains

    In this episode, we're speaking with Dr. Carl Russo, who has been a doctor of chiropractic since 2010 and received a masters in Clinical Nutrition in 2018. He grew up in New York and is married with an almost 2-year-old son.
    His current practice is inside a CrossFit gym.  Dr. Russo shares his journey leaving a more traditional medical office to pursue what he truly enjoys: helping people unlock their potential and be the best that they can be. 
    Show Notes:
    2:17 Why Dr. Russo re-started his practice in a cross-fit gym.
    5:11 Felt drawn to natural healing over mainstream medicine.
    8:52 Carbs are not necessarily the enemy; some people aren’t getting enough “gas” to fuel their bodies
    13:00 Losing weight slow and steady is better than speeding to the finish line...and other weight loss tips.
    17:45 Problems that young athletes face when they push their bodies too hard.
    25:00 Getting the word out on alternative medicine to address inflammation in the body.
    29:00 How Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow herbal analgesics work.
    32:00 Using natural remedies may involve smaller incremental improvements over time rather than providing "instant fixes". Mainstream painkiller medicine focuses on shutting off pain but does nothing for healing.
    38:30 Specific Tips for Men’s Fitness:
    Hydration: Drink half of your body weight in ounces and a 8 oz of water for every cup of coffee that you drink (which is dehydrating).
    Flexibility: Before doing physical activity, make sure you are doing stretches or working on mobility for those things.
    Warm-up your body before your activity.
    Don’t overdo it!
    42:38 Why sleep is your biggest recovery tool.
    Find out more about Dr. Carl Russo:
    https://www.instagram.com/functionalcarerx
     
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection
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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 45 min
    EP20 Meet Master Pesina: The Original Johnny Cage

    EP20 Meet Master Pesina: The Original Johnny Cage

    In this episode, we're speaking with Daniel Pesina, a martial arts master, multimedia choreographer and actor. Master Pesina is perhaps best known for playing the original Johnny Cage and several ninjas in the first two Mortal Kombat games. He has also worked on films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, Book of Swords, Press Start, and Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning. In addition to continuing his personal practice, he teaches weekly martial arts classes in Chicago, IL and travels throughout North and South America to teach seminars on martial arts and choreography.
    Show Notes:
    3:30   At a young age, Master Pesina begged his dad to let him start martial arts.
    7:00   What led to him becoming involved in the creation of Mortal Kombat.
    13:15  His thoughts on improving fighting films by incorporating more skilled choreography.
    16:25  What surprises many people is how approachable he is. 
    18:25   Weird silly rules that he teaches his students
    20:56   Why he uses Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow in his training and instruction.
    22:53   The types of common injuries he most often comes across and how to prevent them.
    25:18   Master Pesina tells what his ultimate piece of advice is to students.
    27:38   The importance of flexibility in training.
    28:30   An overview of the simple rules he tells his students.
    32:22  Insights from watching the process of forming a professional elite martial arts team in China.
    39:13  His thoughts on what it really means to clear your mind and other mindset and breathing techniques.
    41:35  The reason why Dit Da Jow is so important when iron palm training.
    43:16  What his morning routine consists of: dynamic stretching (which helped him to drop slowly into splits for his Johnny Cage filming), mindfulness, postures and iron palm training with Dit Da Jow. 
    49:30  Future endeavors include his upcoming book on the making of Mortal Kombat and possibly being part of a new retro fighting game.
    Find out more about Master Pesina:
    http://www.masterpesina.com
    https://www.facebook.com/realjohnnycage/
    https://www.instagram.com/masterdpesina/
     
    Find out more about Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection
    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 52 min
    EP19 A Personal Conversation with the Goddess of Gratitude

    EP19 A Personal Conversation with the Goddess of Gratitude

    Joining us today is Shilamida Kupershteyn, a Licensed Acupuncturist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, spiritual mentor and a retreat leader. She went from foods stamps to first class. A true rags to riches, American Dream story. Shilamida is a mom to 3 boys and 2 bonus boys and resides with her soul mate in NJ. She loves to travel, have fun and manifest her every desire while teaching others how to do the same.
    Show Notes:
    0:44 Shalimida’s latest book From Food Stamps to First Class, a spiritual self-help book with stories from her life.
    2:00 Working through her anger when she was told her dad was dying from cancer and her mom found out she was also battling breast cancer.  Dealing with fight or flight fear and alcohol and drug use.
    3:27 Finding the religion Kabbalah was a big part of her healing journey. She also was doing well in her career and earning six-figures.
    4:15 By the time she was 27, however, she lost it all.  She lost her dad, got pregnant and found herself living on food stamps.
    4:45 Heard the word acupuncture for the very first time while starting massage therapy school.
    5:00 Learning about the impact of her negative emotions and how the law of attraction could help her.
    6:45 The focus of her acupuncture practice in anxiety, depression, stress reduction, headaches, migraines and fertility.
    7:45 One of the biggest mistakes people make in their emotional/mental health is suppressing their feelings, which then manifest in physical aches and pains and disease.
    8:30 Going gluten and dairy free has been a life changer for her and helped her to lose weight.
    9:30 How leaky gut syndrome can affect your mental health.
    13:20 Allowing herself a few indulgences like wine and sweets.
    15:20 Why she developed a gratitude membership program.
    16:40 Expressing gratitude at least 20 times a day is her recommendation for changing negative thinking patterns.
    19:07 Daily reminders, weekly love notes, monthly guided meditations, vlogs, and quarterly live coaching calls are part of Shilamida’s coaching program.
    24:50 How to teach gratitude to kids and teach them about manifesting things they want but don’t yet have.
    27:44 If people seem to be a little stuck in their negative thinking, Shilamida recommends learning about the law of attraction and the law of reflection, as well the impact of giving service.
    34:36 Letting go and/or taking a break from influences and people that trigger you in order to facilitate healing.
    47:00 Parents shouldn’t try to live out their own dreams through their children.
    48:15 How to get in touch with Shalimida.
    Find out more about Shalimida:
    https://shilamida.com
    https://www.facebook.com/shilamida/
    https://www.amazon.com/31-Days-Gratitude-Create-Desire/dp/1548825891
    https://www.instagram.com/goddess_of_gratitude/

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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 51 min
    EP18 Snatch This! Training Tips from an Olympic Weightlifting Coach

    EP18 Snatch This! Training Tips from an Olympic Weightlifting Coach

    View the complete transcript of the show HERE.
     
    “...when you focus on too many movements, what will ultimately happen is it's very difficult to get proficient in anything.”—Robert Ronan
     
    Joining us today is the Olympic weightlifting coach Robert Ronan, who has traveled to mainland China several times to study the technique they use in this sport. Coach Ronan is one of only a handful of western weightlifting coaches invited to professional training facilities in China. Robert and the team at Austin Barbell work with athletes of all levels and ages, from beginners to national competitors. He was a competition coach for world master champion, Jianping Ma, in the 2019 IWF world master championships and is currently working with athletes to qualify for national events.
    Show Notes:
     
    1:04 An overview of what Olympic weightlifting is.
    6:10 What really sets apart an athlete is how prepared they are for competition.
    8:20 Athletes need to be realistic with cutting weight and recognize it takes weight to move weight.
    9:52 What is different about the Chinese style of Olympic Weightlifting that Rob incorporate into his coaching.
    17:25 The Chinese system have 5 principles for the Olympic Weightlifting sport: close, fast, low, stable and timing.  These fundamental properties make a good athlete.
    21:55 What a typical day in training looks like for Austin Barbell athletes.
    24:04 What recovery methods his athletes use including myofascial release.
    27:00 How often athletes typically compete and how their schedules have been adapted to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.
    31:00 In the minutes before the athlete goes out on stage, what coaching do they receive.
    33:40 Olympic weight training is a very difficult sport; showing up every day for training is critical.
    35:00 As a coach, it’s important to be compassionate and accommodating to the athletes.
    37:00 The surprising traits that make a great Olympic weightlifter.
    42:06 How to reach Robert Ronan.
     
    Find out more about Robert Ronan:
    https://www.instagram.com/ronan_i_am/
    https://www.facebook.com/rronan
    https://www.austinbarbell.com
    https://www.instagram.com/austinbarbell/
    https://www.facebook.com/AustinBarbellWL/
     
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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 43 min
    EP17 How to Keep Moving Even When You Need to Stay Home

    EP17 How to Keep Moving Even When You Need to Stay Home

    Joining us today is Kenton Sefcik, Dip.Ac, Dip.TCM, R.Ac, a seasoned acupuncturist and martial artist, author, and mentor. He is also the creator of TCM Graduate TV where he provides online education to up and coming acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors.
    Kenton helps us understand how to keep moving during the COVID-19 outbreak and directive to stay home. We should keep training, pursuing hobbies that interest us, practicing belly breathing (which helps eliminate stagnation), eating right and taking care of larger health problems.  He is also on a mission to help acupuncturists get more comfortable prescribing herbs and continues to serve his TCM community online.
    View the complete transcript of the show HERE.
    Show Notes:
     
    0:40 How the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Kenton’s business and life in general.
    5:35 How Kenton continues to train solo in martial arts.
    9:50 The importance of movement in our lives, especially when we are told to stay home and not move about in our communities.
     
    “I really believe that part of our well-being exists with movement.”
     
    11:45 Routine is good thing; waking up at a consistent time even though there may not be a job to go to, helps us improve our mood.
    12:55 This is a really good time to reflect on whether there are any new projects we want to take on, to help us cope and adapt to our new circumstances.
    15:05 Belly breathing allows the diaphragm to move like it was designed to do and is a very calming practice that we can do anywhere to center ourselves.
    19:00 Becoming non-judgmental about the thoughts we have is important during diaphragmatic breathing.
    23:10 What type of fuel we put into our body is ultimately going to determine how we are going to able to use our body.
    25:30 During the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a great time to do a 180 on any poor health habits that we have developed.
    27:00  Kenton tells about the digital download he created to help students graduating from Chinese medicine schools become more confident with prescribing herbs.
    33:40 Kenton believes acupuncturists should not try to treat everything at the same time.  TCM teaches us to look at the whole patient, but focussing on the patient’s chief concern should be top of mind.
    41:43 Kenton recently published a 60-minute acupressure and Chinese self-massage video.
     
    Links and Resources Mentioned:
    https://plumdragonherbs.com/collections/whole-herbs 
    Find out more about Kenton Sefcik:
     
    Website: https://kentonsefcik.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tcmgraduatetv/ Free Acupressure & Self-Massage Course: https://kentonsefcik.thinkific.com/
     
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    Thank You For Listening!
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comments and takeaways below.  
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    Podcast Music Credit:
    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 45 min

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