This week I'm going to take some time to respond to a few of the questions and comments that I've received through various social media outlets. Before I get the first post out there, I want to make one thing painfully clear: I am not an expert or a genius. When I share my thoughts, I'm sharing my personal experience as a student and as a teacher. There are other, better students out there; just as there are other, better teachers/instructors out there. I'll be the first to admit that I've got a ton to learn. When I write these responses, I like to think that I'm using the same thoughts, tone, and vocabulary that I would with my own students. I add that in so that you would give me the benefit of the doubt, particularly if you don't know me well, that I mean my words to be encouraging. That being said, I'm not perfect, and I acknowledge that I will sometimes pick the wrong words/phrases...after all, in this day and age, we can't make everyone happy right?
So, I'm no genius, but I think that's a good thing. While I'm not a globetrotter who has trained in a dozen different countries, I can assure you that my thoughts come as a guy who:
- has been married to his sweetheart for 15 years
- is raising four children with that sweetheart
- once lost about 100 pounds in a year (and made it into Men's Health magazine for that accomplishment)
- has worked as a certified personal trainer
- just finished his 16th year as a teacher
- has been training in Kyokushin karate for over a decade (hence the weight loss)
- is a dedicated instructor in real, budo karate
- has a proven track record for helping people forge the strongest version of themselves
So...I'm not perfect, and I'm not the best, but I'm the real deal.