Attack Life, Not Others

Attack Life, Not Others

This show is intended to help you become a better, stronger version of yourself. The martial arts are a way of life. But what exactly does that mean? Tim Hoover and Steve Mittman use martial arts principles as the foundation for discussion, but in a way so the concepts are appreciated by everyone. Even if you don’t train in the martial arts, this show will enhance your life. The essence of this podcast is realizing we all have an enemy within ourselves that must be defeated. Together we can Attack LIFE, Not Others!... Show More

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October 22, 2020 14 min

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.

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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

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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 ...

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October 1, 2020 12 min

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...

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September 24, 2020 4 min

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 ...

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September 17, 2020 12 min

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...

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    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

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    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.

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    "United we stand, divided we fall" — John Dickinson

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand” — Abraham Lincoln

  • This is not a time to be on cruise control

  • Believe in yourself, never say die, and have the spirit of a peaceful warrior

  • Now more than ever, we must be focused and mindful of our thoughts and actions
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    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.

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    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...

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  • Stop waiting for someone else to give you the answer

  • Learn to be your own leader by trusting your gut and listening more

  • Rather than aptitude — it's your attitude that determines your altitude

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    Chelsea from Fuel for Thought Nutrition offers advice on nutrition to help with inflammation and keeping your immune system strong. Last week we talked about the role our minds play in our overall health — now we talk about food we consume and its effect on how we feel.

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    Dr Jarrod Spencer from Mind of the Athlete, LLC joins us as he talks about the role our mind plays in our overall health, well-being, and performance.

    Hear his advice on how to stay motivated and sharp, even if we can’t be as active as we’d like.

    Contact Jarrod if you’re interested in his keynote speech for business leaders or his signature keynote speech for athletes.

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    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:

  • Instinct

  • Intuition

  • Inspiration

  • Imagination

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    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...

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  • Refuse to waste this time
  • There’s nothing quite like “the fight”

  • A few simple words can greatly help others

  • We all must be fighters as we step into “the unknown”
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    June 25, 2020 13 min

    “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...

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    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

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    We continue where we left off from last week’s show talking about firearm safety with Mark Schlofer from Eastern Arms and Outfitters. Whether you’re a current firearm owner or are considering purchasing one, do it the right way — legally, safely, and wisely.

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