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James Eke is an author and martial artist with over 40 years experience. Black belts in a number of systems and a certified instructor under legendary martial art Guro Dan Inosanto and a Jiu-Jitsu student under Steve Maxwell, Eke runs a successful school in Victoria, BC, Canada, The Eke Academy of Martial Arts. A former journalist and a combat arms Army Captain, Eke brings real-life lessons to his training and teaching. Eke is the author of Warrior's Way: A Guide To Lifelong Learning In The ...
 
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We take a look at Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and how his message has lasted two millennia and what it has meant to some of us and how we live our lives helping us through good and bad times. We talking about how learning a musical instrument can change your life and become a hugely important part of our training.…
 
We take a look at one of the most important icons in Buddhism, Shantideva who not just levitated and vanished but taught some of the most important lessons on compassion and loving-kindness and how we truly need to live our lives and train. We answer a listener question about the most important outlook to cultivate in our training and much more!…
 
This week we take a look at the incredible story of Yasuke the first African Samurai — a true story that will blow your mind. We talk about the reality of life that we are all connected. We talk about how inclusion and diversity are so vital in the times we find ourselves. We answer a listener question about books anyone who wants to train should a…
 
We look at a Tibetan Rinpoche’s view of discipline and some simple tools to bring meditation on discipline as a practice into our every moment. What does discipline really mean though? Is it about being tough? Or is it something more and far more transformative? We answer a listener question about how to deal with all the unpleasant things that com…
 
Do you react to life? Do you get the feeling of being led around by your emotions, anxiety or anything else? We look at some suggestions from meditation teacher Stephen Batchelor on how to respond to life without reacting to it. We discuss how cultivation of stillness, calmness and compassion can transform our training and our lives and we look at …
 
We examine an article by meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg on finding true freedom in life. What is cause and effect? How do the things we do impact our lives and everything around us? How living and training to cultivate compassion and understanding can change our lives and our world. We look at how martial arts training with compassion can be a…
 
What is fear? What are we all afraid of? In this episode we examine fear and the root it grows from in our battle to deal with death and constant change. We also look at how learning to truly train to live in the appreciate the present, the now, changes everything. We answer a listener question about dealing with distraction in training and meditat…
 
We talk about anger, how to recognize it, train against it and how dangerous it is with an excerpt from Tibetan Lama Chagdud Tally’s book Gates To Buddhist Practice. We answer a listener question about dealing with frustration and stress and we talk about the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program www.warriorsway.ca…
 
We look at an excerpt of the ever enlightening Zen dude, Alan Watts’ book, The Meaning Of Happiness. We talk about the fundamental importance of learning what stillness is about and how we can find understand and peace through stillness, as well as how movement helps to foster stillness. We answer a listener question about learning to relax in mart…
 
We examine the teaching of the Dalai Lama on how to transform anger into patience and compassion and how to deal with negative people and even enemies. We talk about how our enemies can be our greatest teachers and how to use this negativity to grow and transform our lives. We also answer a listener question about the hardest thing about training i…
 
We examine an awesome article from The Atlantic magazine by Tim Kreider and talk about what it takes to get back to living a life that matters post-COVID. We look at what kind of focus our training can take to get us through existential situations and get more from our lives. How do we live a better and more engaged life? How do we avoid delusions?…
 
We take a look at a Tricycle Magazine dharma talk Dharma Punx NYC teacher, Josh Korda gave on managing the fear and anxiety of returning to normal life after COVID. We investigate how to cultivate compassion and kindness in light of a changing world and we answer a listener question about the most important aspect of training. We also look at the W…
 
We examine the Buddhist view of getting more from life, living a more fulfilling life and a more happy one through thinking about the fact we will all die. An existential experience I had recently that helped make my life something far better and real. We examine an excerpt from the book The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, …
 
How exploration of our fear of darkness can reveal illumination of what comes after and what life really is about. We also examine how bringing Zen concepts of living in the moment changes everything and allows us to find our true potential. We answer a question about how to practice meditation regardless of how distracted our minds can be.…
 
We take a look at an excerpt from Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change that focuses on the ambiguity of being human, how to deal with change, our own mortality and dealing with a life that is always changing. We discuss what we all should do to stop COVID. We answer a listener question about how to lea…
 
We look at an article from Tricycle Magazine about an amazing place in East Harlem called Peace On The Street that combines modern Zen with Martial Arts, talk about how to integrate Zen into our lives, why compassion is so important and some of the lessons COVID has taught. We also look at what we can do when we are feeling overwhelmed.…
 
James Eke brings you a special post-season two special episode in which we look at the discipline it takes to develop mindfulness and a type of training that actually matters in these times we find ourselves in. We also answer a question about if we should be having physical contact with others before we find a way to pro text ourselves from COVID-…
 
James Eke talks about an experience he had fighting a wolf in the woods and how he recounts how it changed his life and his view of training in his book, A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist. We also answer a question about if you should be nervous to get back training even though your dojo has taken precautions.…
 
James Eke looks at an article from the CBC on how monks find liberation in isolation and what all of us living through the pandemic can do to use this time to improve our lives. We also answer a question about how to get back to training in things that weren’t socially distanced before COVID-19 but will have to be as we move forward.…
 
James Eke looks at a fantastic article about dealing with self-isolation as a vehicle towards becoming a better person and learning valuable lessons for living a better life in a better world thanks to the pandemic. We also answer a question about training jiu-jitsu by ourselves by tapping into our creativity.…
 
James Eke looks at an excellent article from The Atlantic on how COVID-19 may be a lesson to us all for how to slow down, live more purposeful lives and to create a better world. We talk about how we need to take every opportunity to train ourselves in ways that truly matter. We answer a listener question about how to keep our Jiu-Jitsu training go…
 
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