Thank you to all of you who accepted my book and video as a gift, last week at www.BreathingGift.com. From the thousands of positive comments on my facebook page with over 32 million weekly readers, we are definitely making an impact together, sharing with those we think could benefit from the free resources.
To keep paying it forward, I have another, much larger, gift to offer you, worth thousands of dollars and amounting to my entire life’s work. Before I offer it to you, please allow me to give you a little background on why I feel so strongly about giving away that which I have learned from so many great teachers.
When my father returned from the Korean War, the violence in our household erupted. Younger than four years, I could not understand why my family disintegrated. A child only experiences a blanket of ubiquitous anxiety. That early childhood experience combined with the impoverished scarcity following my parent’s violent divorce, was solidified by my obesity, disease and disabilities.
Raised in a trailer court by a single mother laid-off steel-worker, we could not afford quality education, therapy or nutrition. As a result, I was eventually institutionalized in a children’s psychiatric hospital since teachers didn’t know how to educate me. But my mother continued to seek out alternative education to bind language to movement so I could “break the code” between the two. She gave me a pinhole of hope, and I clawed and crawled after it.
During university, working in a neurobehavioral clinic for brain damaged and mentally ill children, I discovered that my dyslexia gave me distinct advantages in the connection between movement and language. Applying the research on myself, I sought a “cure” for recovering from excessive stress. Martial art became my laboratory. Fighting for and coaching the USA Team refined my approach and its impact upon our health and performance.
When I began teaching for the government, my thesis crystallized. Many of the agents and soldiers I trained could not “enter” the intensity of exercise. Regardless of age, gender, race, background, experience, shape, condition or size of the participants, when intensity met a specific point, excessive stress broke them down, and their bodies responded in a predictable, measurable, trackable series of physical patterns. As I dissected these common traits, I helped them remove them one and cataloged the research.
My personal challenges encouraged pursuit of alternative methods. It allowed me to heal my own body, as well as strengthen myself to resist excessive stress, even when competing in at the World Martial Arts Games. Teaching refined these methods to a series of distilled tools, which I want to give you in the largest collection of books and videos I’ve ever published. I’m going to give some away for free in the next few days. I want to do this because, perhaps, some of you out there face situations like I did, and feel overwhelmed, frustrated, annoyed, maybe even angry and hopeless at the state of your health and fitness.
Let me just say this and get it out there: it may not be for the reasons you think. Trainers often over-simplify problems because they’re on the other side of a challenge, and they mistake the means as a universal end-in-itself which must apply to everyone. I’ll shed some light on this problem, because maybe you’re like me. Though some people would like to force you into a cookie-cutter cut-and-paste routine of diet, exercise and attitude, not everything works for everyone. I’ll send you a few critical reports on how you can find determine for yourself what works best for you, and you decide.
Please check here over the next few days for announcements, if you’re interested in what I’ve shared so far.