Aaron Cerrone is the owner and head instructor of Mid America Martial Arts in Omaha, NE. He started his martial arts journey with Sensei Hoover while in 6th grade— roughly 35 years ago. This episode reunites Tim and his former student, Aaron, to discover the profound and long-term impact they had on each other.
Tim briefly recaps the last couple episodes based around Cobra Kai — leading to two thoughts he shares:
“We learn from the things we suffer.” — Aesop
“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.” — Lorenzo Snow
As we continue to discuss Cobra Kai, Steve’s topic is the motto of the show’s dojo: “Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy!” Is there anything wrong with that? In The Karate Kid — the answer would be yes — considering that sentiment came into play in the tournament at the end of the movie. But life is not a tournament.
Steve presents that the real answer to that question lies in the context of any situation and the intent behind why ...
Tim and Steve discuss Cobra Kai — the very popular TV series based on The Karate Kid films. Tim brings up philosophies of two martial arts movie icons — Mr Miyagi and Bruce Lee.
Incidentally, it was on this date — October 1st — back in 1893 that Yip Man was born. It was while training under Yip Man and in Wing Chun, that Bruce Lee's philosophy began developing. When punching water, Bruce noticed that no matter how hard he struc...
We frequently talk about the importance of good choices and quality rituals. If you’re like most people, you're finding that being consistent with these practices is taking more effort these days during the pandemic.
With martial arts, you'll often hear Tim speak about the benefits of training in a dojo or gym — as opposed to on your own. The energy is contagious, motivating, and reciprocal. Also, the people you train with ...
Bernie, Tim, and Steve talk about:
The noise, frustration, and angst people are feeling
Experiencing the state of grace — the condition of being in God's favor
What you read, what you do, what you think about, and what comes out of your mouth is what you put out into the universe — shaping what you see and feel around you
compassion | (kəmˈpaSHən)
(noun) — sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of o...
Today — September 10, 2020 — is the 40th anniversary of Sensei Tim Hoover receiving his first black belt. He reflects on what it meant to him then, what it means to him now, and what it should mean to you.
“It’s not what we can’t do, it’s what we CAN do that matters.” — Sensei Tim Hoover
Right now is an opportunity to think about what things in your life are real and what are illusions. It’s a great time to realize what your purpose is. Decide what makes you happy. Recognize what makes you stronger — and do more of that. Reflect on what is essential to you. Set your priorities, but also learn to adapt.
"United we stand, divided we fall" — John Dickinson
“A house divided against itself cannot stand” — Abraham Lincoln
During the pandemic it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut. When you lack motivation, get yourself going by doing what boxer’s have been doing for decades. Getting started is usually the hardest part of anything. Once you get momentum, it's much easier to keep going.
Now, more than ever, during the pandemic, it’s important to be healthy and strong — mentally, physically, and spiritually. There’s plenty of information and inspiration to be found, including on our podcast, on how and why to do that. Much focus is given to adults, but we must not neglect the health of our kids. What they hear and see greatly affects them, too.
As we discussed last week, you cannot rely on others for answers. You m...
Hear his advice on how to stay motivated and sharp, even if we can’t be as active as we’d like.
Tim shares a neat story of how during the pandemic he’s been forced to quiet his mind and rewire his brain — strengthening inner senses:
Life Coach Dr Bernie joins Tim and Steve to talk about “The Camouflage Effect” — and how it’s more prevalent these days because of the stress the world is feeling with the pandemic. In other words, people’s true colors are coming out more often. On this episode:
How to know who you can trust
Learn what “The Camouflage Effect” is
What to do if you realize someone is hiding an agenda
Everyone gives off signals — learn to trust yo...
“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom." — Benjamin Franklin
Don’t rely on outside sources for happiness — not people, nor things
You must actively do what it takes to make yourself happy — before you can help others
“It isn’t what you have — or who you are — or where you are — or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy...
91-year-old “Pop Pop” joins us to share some life wisdom. He’s seen a lot over his years and he has lived through tough times before. Hear how he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Hard work pays off
Sacrifices are necessary
Strength often comes from family