Life’s Black Belts with Eric Alders

Life’s Black Belts with Eric Alders

Diving into the lives of "everyday" people and their real life experiences. Learn from their challenges, goals, failures, ability to overcome obstacles and how they grind through life and carve their own path. This podcast is not all about martial arts, even though we will speak with many Black Belts, it is however designed use the martial arts journey as a parallel comparison with life’s journey. Black Belts don’t know everything. They still have to fail, learn, grow and constantly set new goals. Each new beginning and goal is like putting your white belt back on. The same is true for life. You start something new not knowing anything (white belt) and you slowly gain skills and experience belt by belt until you have a solid foundation (Black Belt). Like life however, the journey continues. This is my chance to highlight the many amazing people in life that are out there killing it and living their life as a black belt. I hope their stories insprire you as much as they do me. If you enjoy the show please share with your family and friends and please don’t forget to leave us a 5 star rating in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.Email us at LifesBlackBelts@gmail.com - Listen on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIN Radio, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Radio Public and on your Echo/Alexa device say "Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Life's Black Belt's Podcast." Watch interviews on our You Tube channel... Show More

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March 8, 2020 57 min

Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Andrea Firpo.  We had a great conversation on how she's battled through a very tough journey in life until she could find her true self and happiness.  Her story of perseverance is inspirational and she now uses her life experiences to help others through her life coaching as well as her podcast. She truly is a Life's Black Belt.

  • She is a professional psychic cheerleader. 
  • She helps...
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    February 21, 2020 67 min

    Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Angela Marshall, also known as “Author Stone.” She is an Augusta, Ga., native, entrepreneur and positive words powerhouse that utilizes her personal life experiences of struggle, strength and success to captivate audiences and readers abroad.

     Author Stone, is a motivational presenter, published bestselling author, columnist, ex-NFL wife and creative writing consultant. Having struggled th...

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    February 14, 2020 78 min

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    Today's guest is Danny Levin.  We had a great conversation about his life's journey.  He brings so much life wisdom and advice to the episode.  He has an inspiring outlook on life and philosophy on how mankind can help better themselves and respect one another, esp...

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    October 16, 2019 58 min

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    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Bill Protzmann

    We talk about his early life, feeling alone and depressed at times.  He says he never "fit in" to any particular group.  Music was something required in his household since his mother was a piano teacher.  

    He...

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    September 26, 2019 83 min

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    On today’s episode I sit down with BJJ Black Belt Instructor, published author, PHD College Professor and Certified Life Coach, Valerie Worthington.

    Valerie discusses her life growing up with two therapists as parents. Having to...

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    May 12, 2019 62 min

    Dr. DeWitt is a Vanderbilt University graduate who earned a full athletic scholarship after his first semester. He went on to become the starting defensive end for the next four years and was awarded The Wade Looney Award for outstanding work ethic. He continued his football career with the NFL Houston Oilers, NFL Europe Champion Scottish Claymores, Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, San Francisco Demons of the XFL, and several teams i...

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    April 18, 2019 83 min

    Lorraine Reguly is an author and English teacher who is now a freelance editor and entrepreneur. Her life journey is motivational and inspirational. Lorraine’s book, From Nope to Hope, is designed to help anyone who wishes to lead a happier life. It contains a built-in workbook and is available on Amazon.

    Throughout her life, Lorraine has had her share of problems. She was raped at 14 years old, got into drugs, earned money through ...

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    March 25, 2019 55 min

    Alison Donaghey was a single mom on welfare when she met a guy who relapsed into drug addition.   After they moved in together, his addition to drugs and alcohol resurfaced and he died 6 years later.

    She was on welfare and didn’t know what to do so she started her own house painting business. She now has a great life, her son is taking over the business and she has another business called "Domino Thinking" where she challen...

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    March 13, 2019 72 min

    Louis Fuentes is the regional business manager for Phillips Healthcare. He is also a husband and father of 3 beautiful children, a teen son and two younger daughters.

    We discuss his heritage from Puerto Rico, growing up in the Bronx and then northern NJ. Louis talks candidly about what it was like growing up, losing a best friend to suicide at a young age, learning to mature into a man and climbing the ladder of his career. 

    Louis ...

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    March 7, 2019 69 min

    Chuck J. Rylant is best known for his work as an author, expert witness, college teacher, and a high performance coach.

    Today, Chuck provides high performance coaching on life, personal finance, and marketing through his books, online training, and one‐on‐one coaching.

     We discuss his life growing up with two mentally ill parents.  Getting out on his own at 17 years old.  Becoming a Police officer and Homicide detective of 15 years...

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    February 24, 2019 42 min

    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Daniel Ameduri.  Daniel is the CEO and founder of www.FutureMoneyTrends.com.

    Daniel is a self-made millionaire real estate investor that bought his first property at 18 years old.  He reached a high level of success, only to loose it all and end up bankrupt a few years later.

    He discusses how he and his wife had to make sacrifices like getting rid of their pets, moving to the dessert and muc...

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    February 7, 2019 61 min

    Today’s Life’s Black Belt guest is Maggie Kelly.  Maggie is a Holistic Lifestyle and Spiritual Wellness Educator, Life coach and the founder of Satsang House, which is a meditation and spiritual healing center in San Diego, CA.  Maggie is also the host of the “Life Illuminated” Podcast. 

    Maggie takes us through her story from her childhood, to moving to Spain for a few years, to being a manager in corporate American and a full time ...

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    January 29, 2019 87 min

    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Helen Owens.  Author of "Finding Our She-Compass: 15 Life Lessons For Women Voyaging toward Restoration, Reconstruction, and Renewal."

    This is an extraordinary story, that's a must-listen-to episode!  Helen is an incredible human and someone that empowers women to find happiness, confidence and beauty in their life again.

    Helen takes us back to when she was a child growing up in...

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    January 20, 2019 78 min

    Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Maura Sweeney.  Maura is a self-created "Ambassador of Happiness®" and is on a mission to advance the human race. From law school "escapee" to corporate manager to home schooling mom, Maura launched again at midlife to positively impact the greater world. Featured on NBC, BBC, European TV and African press, she’s lectured to aspiring FBI and CIA candidates, spoken at the i...

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    January 12, 2019 71 min

    "Multifaceted", "passionate", and "skilled" all describe today's Life's Black Belt guest, Mr. Damon “DaRil” Nailer.  DaRil is a New Orleans native who currently resides in Monroe, LA.  Known as a "Renaissance Man" and a "Multi-talented Inspirational Communicator", Mr. Nailer does many things.  Among them are mentor, motivate, educate and address people's mental, spiritual, and emo...

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    January 2, 2019 51 min

    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Glen Kirkpatrick, Jr.  Before retiring in 2011, Glen served as southern California law enforcement professional for over 25 years. He is a three-time, thirty-one-year cancer survivor, living with late effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

     Glen enjoys sharing what he's learned about how to persevere in life, the importance of finding joy in each day, and the significance of living in ...

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    December 19, 2018 73 min

    Today’s Life’s Black Belt is Kenny Weiss. A Life Coach, Speaker, Author of “Your Journey to Success”, Podcast host and founder of The Greatness Movement
     
    We discuss Kenny’s life and upbringing. How he played two professional sports and also, in his words, his self destruction. 

  • His addictions: Alcoholic, a sex addict, spending addict, sugar addict, tobacco addict, a love addict. 
  •  2 horrific divorces, a child custody battle and a ba...
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    December 11, 2018 62 min

    Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Mr. David Moadel.  David proudly serves as the Chief Analyst and Opportunity Researcher for PortfolioWealthGlobal.com. His YouTube channel educates and informs a loyal crowd of followers on topics ranging from cryptocurrencies to stocks, options, precious metals, bonds, futures, and other areas of finance. With a master's degree in education and decades of investing experience, David h...

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    December 4, 2018 81 min

    Today's Life's Black Belts guest is Caleb McAllister.  Now a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Caleb has been a martial artist his entire adult life. He represents the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts under Jamie Ridgeway, part of the Pedro Sauer Association.  Caleb is a former professional MMA fighter and also actively competes as a professional submission grappler.

    As always, we go deeper throughout our conversation t...

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    November 27, 2018 88 min

    Today's Life's Black Belt is 3-Time BJJ World Champion, Co-Owner and Master Instructor of Princeton Brazilian Jiujitsu, Professor Emily Kwok.  Emily is a pioneer of the sport of BJJ and a great ambassador for women’s jiu jitsu through her work with Groundswell Grappling Concepts, as well as through the “How to Defeat the Bigger Stronger Opponent” series produced with Stephan Kesting. Emily is also a highly demanded instruct...

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