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If you haven’t noticed by now be some of my recent posts there is a focus on self-improvement. For those of you who are new to the site or just spent to much time on Facebook and not on the content of these pages then UTKM’s core concepts may be foreign to you. One of them however is Never stopped learning and growing. This doesn’t just include the students, but the instructors and myself as well. For us, an instructor who no longer wants to improve themselves and face the challenges associated with it probably does not want to be an instructor anymore. We have this attitude because leading by example is the best way to get students and others to do it too.

Don’t get me wrong, being a better person is hard. In fact, it may be the hardest thing most people do in their lives. It means facing the things we don’t like about ourselves in a honest manner and deciding if we are willing to change for the good. With the new years in order, I don’t really want to make a new years resolution I want to make a lifestyle change.

For those who have taken a class with me you may think, or know that I can come off as very confident and charismatic. The truth is despite this, I truly have a hard time making meaningful connections with those around me. Whatever the reasons for this are, dont really matter. What matters is that I would like to change this.

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Without meaningful connections, it can feel like you are alone even if there are lots of people around you. People, you may even consider friends.

If you dont have meaningful connections how can you reach out and get the information you want for self-improvement? Traditionally, there were books, then the internet, now there are podcasts. Podcasts are amazing as they give you a direct connection, often to the people that textbooks cite, except you can get the most updated information directly from the source.

One of my go-to podcasts for health, wellness and fitness is the Ben Greenfield podcast. Ben is one of the top fitness and nutritional experts in America and an elite athlete. He is driven to constantly better himself in all aspects of himself because he knows despite his achievements there is much to improve.

 

His recent podcast posted before the end of the year titled,

The Hidden Health Epidemic Nobody Is Talking About (& 6 Ways To Protect Yourself From It)

Ben-Greenfield during a ultramarthon

Ben during a Spartan race

Really spoke to me. Yes, Ben is a little religious for my tastes but the reality he is right. If you are depressed because you feel lonely it is likely you are lacking meaningful connections with even a few people. I can say that this may very well be the case for me (though I dont feel particularly lonely as I have the UTKM family.) I find it difficult to relate to people, and many people find me difficult for one reason or another. I have noticed whether intentionally or otherwise the podcasts I listen to all have been focusing on self-improvement lately(probably very intentional due to the new year).

If you are like me a more right-leaning (Politically) indivudal then you might find a lot of the people who talk about mindfulness and meaningful connections often sound very WOO WOO. The truth is, its probably because they aren’t the best themselves and are really just parroting the information. That or they have done a little too many hallucinogens in their lives and have lost touch a little. The reality is, the science seems to be fairly consistent at this point.

Humans are social creatures and as humans to be happy we need meaningful connections.

Even if this podcast doesn’t reach you like the way it did for me use it as a starting point and find someone that you can connect to. Either way, Ben is an amazing source for the most updated science-based fitness knowledge and info.

To give you an idea of some of the things he covers in this podcast:

  • How loneliness, or “social isolation” negatively affects your physical health…8:30
  • The correlation between smartphone prevalence and loneliness…16:15
  • Practical things you can do to fight loneliness…24:12
  • The chemistry behind face to face interactions…38:20
  • 6 ways to enhance your life and longevity with love…47:15

*pulled from his website on the link given above for the podcast

At this point, this episode has been out for almost a week and I have listened to it a few times. Two of the things I am working on immediately is

  1. putting away my phone during meal times and turning off notifications outside of business hours.
  2. I am also working on the eye contact part, something that has always been a challenge for me for one reason or another. Usually, if you think I am looking you in the eye there is a good chance I am actually looking at your nose. A trick I picked up a few years ago but probably does not help with meaningful relationships.

In many ways. Podcasts like this are far more helpful than seeing doctors. Usually, their advice is diet and exercise. But that’s usually because they are not really trained outside of acute medicine among other reasons, but I will not get into a rant here about it….

For someone like me, this advice is useless because I do exercise and I do eat fairly well. So what else could it be? Well, it should seem obvious to the doctors, but it is not. (I generally only go to them if I have already figured out what the problem is like the time I tore my ACL, even though they thought I did not).

So if your doctors are not helping you, and you do exercise and you still feel lonely. Then it is possible you lack meaningful connections. This is why those who are surrounded by people are still lonely. It is because the majority of the relationships are shallow, hollow, fake or just surface relationships. So if you think this might be you then, this podcast is a great start to a new lifestyle change for the new year.

I hope it is as helpful for you as it was/is for me.

P.S. If you are the type of person who prefers to read. The Transcript for the podcast can be found here!

 

 

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Amit Himelstein with the UTKM Instructor Crew.jpg“Amit has been part of the martial arts world since the age of 8. Started his journey in Karate, and progressed from there into the full contact world. As a teenager, Amit represented the Israeli National Team in competitions in Israel and around the world.  At the age of 18  he joined the IDF Special Forces and served as a Krav Maga instructor. The military experience gave him the best “training” ground for CQB.
After his army service, Amit moved to China and joined a training team of traditional Kung fu, Sanshou and Shuai jiao. He trained and compete there for 3 years.

After returned to Israel Amit opened the “Israel Sanshou academy ”, a martial arts academy for Sanshou, shuai jiao and tactical training. Chose Sanshou as the main focus. Sanshou is a fighting system that is used in the training program of the Chinese police and as the main combat sport in China. Sanshou combines striking and wrestling skills. The academy and Amit himself  keep computing in sanshou, grappling , traditional wrestling and MMA.

In addition, Amit is working with police and army units on kapap and CQB training.

The IKF- Israel Kapap Federation: In 2010 Amit  joined the federation. He added his experience in martial arts and Army CQB to the Kapap methods.

The IKF is working on a variety of projects and seminars around the world.  Special units, police, anti-bulling programs for teenagers and children and self defence programs for civilians.”

Source – http://www.ikf-cqb.com/about

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Jonathan at Rob's school in Nanaimo with other visting students

Jonathan with Rob and other Visting students.

Rob Biernacki is a BJJ black belt who can often be seen alongside Stephan Kesting, (who we dad a podcast with back on episode 19 a long time ago.) on his Youtube Channel that supplements grapplearts.com. Since his first appearance on Stephans channel, Rob has the unfortunate luck of losing his school due to a fire. He has since then, come back bigger stronger and maybe faster with a new school in the same City of Nanaimo BC. Rob is well known for his ideas on a conceptual approach to BJJ both in practice and teaching. He recently launched a new online academy where everything you would learn at his school can be learned online (assuming you train BJJ under an appropriate instructor). His online academy can be found at www.bjjconcepts.net  or you can check out his school’s webpage at www.islandtopteam.com. If you are one of the many possibly millions of people who find BJJ a monumental task to understand Rob’s concepts and ideas might be the place to start as he has simplified the approach to jiu-jitsu using fundamental universal concepts. You can also find Rob on Instagram @islandtopteam.  To top it off, Rob was voted #1 BJJ instructor in Canada and #3 in the world in 2014.

 

 

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Geoffrey Chiu of GC Performance Training is an up-and-coming local trainer, although he prefers the title “coach,” specializing in the strength and conditioning for any and all sports. Follow him on Facebook, he does weekly Q&A every Monday. Joining him and Jonathan is UTKM’s own marketing director, Miss Zerlinda Chau.

We talk about Geoff’s background, high school PE classes, Geoff’s blog post about MMA strength and conditioning, politics and more!

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#thisisUTKM In this episode UTKM Co-Founder Borhan Jiang and Jonathan Fader are joined by UTKM manager Josh Hensman to discuss how UTKM has changed over the past year. We also discuss Krav Maga and its politics and instruction a little.

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UFC 200 imageThis is the UFC 200 Fight cast. If you missed the event know that it was hyped up like crazy and they probably spent millions promoting it. Yet, I think that this podcast is more exciting than the actual fights. SO, if you are watching the fights after the fact, why not listen to this podcast at the same time as we talk about politics and MMA as well as the usual banter.

Featuring Justin Pierrot of Eye of the Storm MMA podcast and UTKM Co-Founder Borhan Jiang.

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Dr. Farhad Dastur is a Ph.D is Psychology specializing in Cognitive and Evolutionary psycholgy. Dr. Dastur is currently teaching for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has taught the following:

PSYC 1100 – Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
PSYC 1200 – Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
PSYC 2300 – Applied Statistics
PSYC 2315 – Brain and Behaviour
PSYC 2375 – Perception
PSYC 2385 – Cognition
PSYC 2400 – Research Methodology
PSYC 3800 – Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 3950 – Cognitive Ergonomics
PSYC 4200 – Human Factors and Ergonomics
PSYC 5000 – Honours Thesis
Dr. Dastur is a fascinating individual with experiences that have taken him all over the world both for pleasure, personal and educational. He received his B.Sc from the University of British Columbia and his M.Sc and Ph.D from Dalhousie university in Nova Scotia. He also pushes open source education with some of his colleagues at KPU.
While I did not get to talk about half of the things I wanted to in this podcast I am sure I will have him on again.
In case you are wondering as to why a non-Martial Artist came on as a guest the answer is simple. As the description of the podcast says:
“The Society that separates scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools” – Thucydides
As such I hope to have more guests of the Academic nature to broaden the perspectives, opinions and knowledge you might gain from this podcast.
Here is a TEDx presentation Dr. Dastur gave on his battle with depression and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Here is another talk he did at Science World on The Quest for Meaning in an Age of Anxiety, Conspiracies, and Superstitions
In addition below are some of his published works:
Sager, B., Yanko, M.R., Spalek, T.M., Froc, D.J., Bernstein, D.M., Dastur, F.N. (2014). Motorcyclist’s lane position as a factor in right-of-way violation collisions: A driving simulator study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 72, 325-329.
Orban, L., & Dastur, F. N. (2012). Shifts in colour discrimination during early pregnancy. Evolutionary Psychology 10(2):238-252.
Dastur, F. N., McGregor, I. S., & Brown, R. E. (1999). Dopaminergic modulation of rat pup ultrasonic vocalizations. European Journal of Pharmacology, 382(2), 53-67.
Brown, R.E., Dastur, F., Stanford, L., & Schellinck, H. (1998). Mouse IQ: Development of standardized test batteries for knockout and mutant mice. Developmental Psychobiology, 33, 368.
McGregor, I. S., Dastur, F. N., McLellan, R. A., & Brown, R. E. (1996). Cannabinoid modulation of rat pup ultrasonic vocalizations. European Journal of Pharmacology, 313, 43-49.
Pinel, J. P. J., Mumby, D. G., Dastur, F. N., & Pinel, G. J. (1994). Rat (Rattus norvegicus) defensive behaviour in total darkness: Risk assessment function of defensive burying. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 108(2), 140-147.
Mumby, D. G., Pinel, J. P. J., & Dastur, F. N. (19
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This is the UFC 196 Fight Cast. With Jonathan Fader, Rod “Zilla” Wingrove, Borhan Jiang, Dylan Hanna, Matt Kiomall and the man with the perfect voice Neil.

The main card for this fight was Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz and co-main event was Holly Home vs Meisha Tate.

 

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Justin Pierrot, Christiaan Allart and Jonathan Fader at Budo MMA Vancouver after a podcast

Justin Pierrot is the founder and host of The Eye of the Storm Podcast  and writer for www.mmasucka.com Christiaan Allart is the Co-host and BJJ and kickboxing instructor at Budo MMA vancouver.

Find Justin on twitter and Facebook and Instagram

Find Christiaan on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram

 

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Dave Young is a UTKM Student and assistant instructor, Juno Award winning musician and all around badass. He started his journey nearly 2 years ago with Urban Tactics Krav Maga and is currently an Orange Belt getting ready for his Green belt test and newly certified UTKM Instructor. While he is passionate about Krav Maga his real passion is music as he is currently the guitarist for the devin Townsend project and is also in his own personal band regal. Dave has also contributed his musical talents to UTKM in created both out Youtube Channel theme song and our new Podcast intro. If you want to follow Dave as a Musician you can like his proffessional Facebook Page Dave Young Music. or follow him on twitter @davetheyoung