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Life is Fragile – Dr. Shannon Sovndal (E102)

Life is Fragile – Dr. Shannon Sovndal (E102)

Shannon Sovndal is an ER doctor, BJJ practitioner, podcaster and author of several books. Shannon serves as a physician and medical director for multiple EMS agencies and fire departments. Due to the nature of his job, Shannon has seen a lot of suffering over the years. His most recent book Fragile discusses these very experiences and the lessons that they have taught him. We discuss his view on COVID-19 and re-opening the economy, how he copes with patient suffering, and more.

 

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George Floyd

How does this continue to happen?  Why does this continue to happen?  What is it going to take to make a change?  When is every human life going to have value, regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, status, and criminal record.  Something needs to change!!!

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Questions

If you had 1 hour to answer a question and your life depended on it how would you spend that hour?

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Should is a Combination of Could and Shame

The words we use and say to ourselves are so important.  I should have done something means that I had the ability to but I didn’t and now I am shaming myself for that.  I agree with the first part but what is the use of the second?

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There’s Nothing Like Fighting – Amanda Leve (E101)

Amanda Leve is a BJJ brown belt, an amateur MMA fighter, and a young gym owner. Amanda began training when she was a kid and eventually decided to pursue a professional career in martial arts. She is the most recent female ADCC North American trials winner in the over 60 kg division. We discuss her career and mindset, her ADCC experience, her thoughts on training with the opposite sex, and more.

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Better Every Day – Braulio Estima (E100)

Braulio Estima is a 4th degree black belt in BJJ, a multiple time ADCC and IBJJF World champion, and one of the greatest competitors of the 2000s decade. Braulio came up in a small Brazilian town, far from Rio and other major BJJ hubs, and made his way up the ranks, winning the most prestigious tournaments in the world along the way. We discuss his training philosophy, how to better yourself during quarantine, and more.

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When Did We All Get So Right

What happened to us that makes us think we are so correct all the time.  So correct on topics that we have no clue about.  How many things are you really good at and do you really understand deeply?  For me it’s not many, so why do I have such strong opinions on all the others?

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Buddha’s Ears

Why in every picture of Buddha that we see are his ears so big?  Is it because he had those weird earrings?  Probably not.  We probably don’t actually know how big his ears were, but what the big ears are trying to tell us are that maybe we should do a little more listening and a little less talking

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Presence

“Why would I let the thought of missing a shot that I haven’t even taken yet enter my mind?” Michael Jordan.  This my friends is true present moment thinking!!!

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On the Frontline Against COVID-19 – Phillipe Nover (E99)

Philippe Nover is a cardiac nurse in New York City, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and UFC veteran. Phil has been part of New York City’s emergency response frontline team during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss his experience as a health worker during the pandemic, his thoughts on reopening, and more.

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