Eliot Andrew Marshall is a martial artist, business owner, podcaster, and author. He was the first American to win the BJJ Pan American championship at blue, purple, and brown belt. After transitioning to MMA, Eliot fought on The Ultimate Fighter, earned a UFC contract, and fought for 4 more years. Upon retirement he became the co-owner of Easton Training Center, one of Colorado's leading martial arts schools, with 7 locations across the Denver area. Through his podcast, The Gospel of Fire, Eliot will help you realize that you have the power to do and be whatever you want.
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Right now all of the lights are off. We are all in the dark. Nobody getting credit for anything they are doing. No athletes on Sports Center, no one showing that flash or crushing the market. Almost everyone’s business is shut down. What are you doing to prepare for when “All of the Lights” come back on?
With this mandatory social distancing and shutdown we are all doing things in our lives that we weren’t doing before but wish we were. Having real quality time with our families, taking our dogs for a long walk. My neighborhood gathers in the cul da sac for 20 minutes every night. These things are simple. Simple things that make us feel good and have a sense of togetherness. When COVID ends, will we still do them?
Not doing things in the most skillful way is part of the human experience. How do you talk to yourself in these moments? Do you berate yourself, call yourself names, yell and scream at yourself? Or do you give yourself some space? Some space for errors, some space for not always doing things in the most skillful ways. If you can do this, you will create kindness for not just yourself, but also others when they don’t act in the most skillful ways!!!
We brush our teeth every day to maintain our basic oral health. It is something we do twice a day so that our teeth don’t fall out. If we have a cavity or rotten teeth, brushing them will do no good. So what other habits do you or could you stick to in order to invest in other aspects of your well-being? For me, it’s meditation, gratitude, and exercise every day when I wake up. I encourage you to find some habits that you can build into your routine to live your best, healthiest life. Find your power.
Michael Cazayoux is a back-to-back Crossfit Games World Champion, a fitness and mental coach, and an entrepreneur. At age 17, Michael attended drug rehabilitation to overcome his addiction to opiates and soon after found Crossfit. In 2014, he co-founded an athlete development business which he then sold to his business partner in 2018. Michael then joined his wife’s company, Working Against Gravity, full-time as president. We discuss his addiction recovery, his training and business mentality, and more.
So often we beat ourselves up for having bad days. We look down on ourselves. We let that feed right into another bad day, and then the compound interest of our minds can take over, and things can spiral. Let’s change the narrative. Let’s look at our bad days as a source of strength. You have been 100% successful at navigating your bad days. In reality, it’s the one thing that I can guarantee that you have never failed at!!!
We take showers every day to wash off the dirt and grime from the day. It keeps us clean, and it keeps us healthy. Did you take a shower for your soul today? Did you do something that fulfills your human need and washes away the dirt and grime that can dirty your soul and corrupt who you are as a person?
30 min after I recorded the short podcast about having broader shoulders, I walked into my basement to ride my Peloton and received a phone call from my best childhood friend’s dad. My friend had died. He was my age and not sick. How could I be ready for that? Did I ask for more of a burden during these crazy unknown times? No, I didn’t. So what do I do?
Eliot Marshall is a former professional mixed martial artist and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Amal Easton. Coming through BJJ’s belt system Eliot was a prolific competitor, becoming the first American to earn IBJJF Pan American titles as a blue, purple and brown belt. It was also while climbing the ranks of BJJ that Eliot decided to enter the world of mixed martial arts in 2006, eventually competing in TUF and then signing for the UFC, the most prestigious MMA promotion in the world. In 2011, after a few ups and downs with his MMA career, Marshall decided to hang up his gloves and open Easton Training Center in Denver along with his coach Amal Easton.
In addition to being the co-owner and head instructor at Easton Training Center, Eliot became the head coach of Elevation Fight Team, one of the country's most highly regarded MMA teams. Despite his success as a business owner and coach, in the summer of 2015 Eliot suffered through a bout of severe anxiety, insomnia and depression, which he hadn't experienced since his adolescence. Relying on support from his friends and family in conjunction with on-going therapy, Eliot has been able to overcome his anxiety and now seeks to help others who may be suffering from a similar affliction. Eliot returned to the BJJ competition scene in 2016 and began tallying wins against some of the best jiu-jitsu competitors in the world while donating his entire purse to help Easton students, who might be struggling with anxiety or depression, receive the care and therapy they otherwise couldn't afford.
In his book "The Gospel of Fire," Eliot shares his story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. Sharing the experiences and tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair, Eliot shows you how to discover your own “why” and refocus your days on “how” to achieve it.
Eliot Marshall has always been a fighter—from overcoming bullies and bigots who targeted his half-black, half-Jewish heritage to using his martial-arts prowess to become part of the UFC. But beneath his badass exterior, Eliot struggled with severe anxiety, until he learned to live a life of true purpose.
In The Gospel of Fire, Eliot shares his incredible story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. Sharing the experiences and tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair, Eliot shows you how to discover your own “why” and refocus your days on “how” to achieve it.
You past doesn’t define you, and your present can set you free. With Eliot’s example, you can find your path and the power to remake your life.
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