The Gospel of Fire

Greatness vs Mediocrity (Short Hitter #10)

Greatness vs Mediocrity (Short Hitter #10)

It’s easy to give up on a goal when things get hard. Anyone that has ever been or done something great has had a rough time at some point. The difference between someone average and someone great is that the latter did not give up when things didn’t go their way. Don’t settle for average. Strive for greatness.

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Brandon Gibson — What Makes a Great Coach (E63)

World-class MMA striking coach Brandon Gibson joined me in this week’s episode. Brandon is well-known in the MMA world for working with standout fighters Jon Jones, Rustam Khabilov, and Alistair Overeem, among others. In this podcast, we discuss our experiences as coaches, what it means to be a true martial artist, and much more. 

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All We Have Is Now (Short Hitter #9)

One moment is no more important than another. We often get caught up with what we deem to be important situations, sometimes even neglecting our loved ones or our own enjoyment for this particular moment we may be anticipating. But why live in angst? Why choose to deprive ourselves of the experiences we want to have, simply because we are anxious about a particular event? There is no guarantee for tomorrow, so let’s make the most out of today. All we have is now.

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The Power of Self- Alex Huddleston (E62)

Alex Huddleston joins the podcast to talk about the power of the human mind. When Huddleston’s MMA career came to an abrupt end, he struggled to find meaning in his life. Concussed, anxious, and suicidal, Huddleston spent months locked up in his home thinking about what he perceived as his failed existence. Alex finally found the strength to build himself back up upon the realization that he was cared for. In this episode, he discusses his Buddhist practices, the benefits of meditation, the flaws of human perception, and the power of self-belief.

Set GOALS, NOT Limits (Short Hitter #8)

We seem to live for our limits rather than our goals, but what if we lived a LIMITLESS existence? What if we BELIEVED in ourselves rather than sell ourselves short? As a professional MMA fighter, I often psyched myself out of believing in myself. I convinced myself that I could not hang with the best in the game. I sometimes even had arguments with coaches and teammates where I “justified” my complete lack of belief in myself. It’s impossible to know whether or not I would have ever reached the top of my division in the UFC, but my mindset most certainly did not help me reach my goal. I did not believe I could beat the best, so I was never the best. I cannot guarantee that you will reach the goal you’re chasing, but I can assure you this: regardless of the end result, you will have a much more meaningful, empowering journey if you CHOOSE to believe in yourself.

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Karyn Bryant (E61)

UFC host Karyn Bryant joins the podcast to discuss her career, her identity, racial and gender inequality, and her unique experience in the journalism industry.

Karyn began interviewing and commentating combat sports in 2006 when she joined the Showtime Championship Boxing team. She later began her career in the MMA industry with CBS. Karyn currently hosts and co-hosts most of the UFC’s Pre- and Post-Fight shows on ESPN.

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NEVER Give Up – Here’s Why (Short Hitter #7)

Here’s where NEVER giving up took me. I’d been chasing my goal of qualifying for the ADCC World Champion since I was 20 years, and it always seems to elude me. I tried and failed to get into the most prestigious grappling tournament in the world for 18 years. I took 2nd and 3rd multiple times at the qualifers, and, as time passed, my dream seemed to distance itself from reality. Yet I kept training, I kept teaching, and I kept trying to become the best version of myself that I could ever become. Now at 38 years old, well past my physical prime, with two kids and a wife, I was unexpectedly invited to compete at the 2019 ADCC World Championship. Let this serves as a lesson for you and me: never let failure, others’ opinions or your own disappointment prevent you from chasing your goals. DON’T EVER GIVE UP.

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Damon Martin (E60)

In this episode, Eliot sits down with Damon Martin, a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.

Don’t Let Fear Own YOUR Life – YOU Own It (Short Hitter #6)

Rule #4 for me and my kids: if you’re scared of something, you have to do it. When fear runs your life, you live in a constant state of regret. Well, there’s only one person that can change that pattern, and it’s YOU. YOU can take charge of your own life, look at fear in the eyes and say “Not today.” Take risks, make mistakes, fail, succeed, but most importantly live the life YOU want to live, and not the one fear dictates for you. Happy Friday, everyone, go find your power.

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Tony Blauer – The SPEAR System (E59)

This episode of the podcast features martial artist Tony Blauer. Tony is perhaps best known as the founder of “The SPEAR System.” A close-quarter protection system that uses a person’s reflex action in threatening situations as a basis for defense. Tony developed the SPEAR System in Canada during the 1980s.

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