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Episode #23 - Amberly Lago

Today's Life's Black Belt is Amberly Lago. What an honor it was to interview her and have her share her amazing story with our listeners. The advice, inspiration and incredible strength she shows in this interview is priceless. This is a must listen to episode. Amberly was a professional dancer, fitness coach/model and even was featured in MC Hammer's "You Can't Touch this Video." Having grown up in Texas in a small town dancing and eventually teaching dance, Amberly wanted to pursue her...


Episode #22 - Raana Zia

Today's Life's Black Belt is Raana Zia. Raana is corporate executive/CFO turned spiritual self-help author of the book "Your Hidden Light: A Personal Guide to Creating Your Desired Life." Raana's passion for developing others and her own personal growth journey has led her to writing a book that synthesizes ancient spiritual wisdom into practical application today. The purpose of the book is to awaken people up to the powers they already possess to fulfill what is in their heart. When the...


Episode #21 - Richard Kaufman

Today's Life's Black Belt is US Army Veteran, Author and Public Speaker, Richard Kaufman. Richard is now known at "The Comeback Coach" for all the work he is doing with helping veterans and people in general to overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. Richard and I had a very open and honest conversation about how he finally got sober at the age of 20. He talks about growing up without a father, getting into trouble a lot as a child, getting hooked on drugs and alcohol by 12 years...


Episode #20 - Candice Bakx.Friesen

Today's Life's Black Belt is Candice Bakx-Friesen. Candice is a successful real estate entrepreneur that manages 4 businesses, 4 children and a large portfolio of rental properties. We talk about her life growing up as a career focused and independent woman that didn't focus on finding a husband or having children. That all changed when she met her future husband and together they decided that having a family didn't hinder their goals or dreams but rather was an integral part of...


Episode # 19 - Joel W. Hawbaker

Today's Life's Black Belt guest is Joel W. Hawbaker. Joel is a Real Life Leader: husband, father, award-winning high school teacher and soccer coach in Alabama. In addition, Joel is a public speaker and the author of "Inverted Leadership:Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself" which is available on Amazon Joel talks about life, career and family. Meeting...


Episode #18 - Jeff Leisawitz

Today's Life's Black Belt is Jeff Leisawitz. Jeff burns with a mission— to inspire writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, entrepreneurs (and everyone else) to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a critically acclaimed author and internationally distributed filmmaker who has devoted his life to creativity. Not F*ing Around— the No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book...


Episode #17 - Mansu Edwards

Today's Life's Black Belt is Mansu Edwards. Mansu is a prolific artist who continually challenges art forms with boldness and creativity. He talks about his life growing up and how he followed his passion, got up every day to promote himself and never gave up trying to reach his goals. In 2016, Mr. Edwards produced, wrote and directed his first short film, "Texting In New York City". A work inspired from people's responses to the street marketing of its paperback (text) edition. Later on in...


Episode #16 - Rachel Smets

Today's Life's Black Belt is Rachel Smets. Rachel is an expat coach, bestselling author, 2x TEDx speaker, professor and Cultural Trainer. In her work, Rachel is dedicated to help dynamic single expats who feel overwhelmed or homesick to gain clarity, plan the next steps and build a social network so that they can feel energized and truly enjoy their new home abroad. She has been living and working abroad in various countries, for many years and has learned to turn every challenge into a new...


Episode #15 - Ken Schumacher

Today's Life's Black Belt is Ken Schumacher. Ken has a great story of perseverance and constantly pursuing your passion in life. How to never be afraid to fail and to always try new things in your life. He learned this through his involvement in school sports, where he wasn't the natural athlete but found success through his hard work and surrounding himself by people that were better then him. School sports led to a love for music, where he had a natural gift, and eventually joined a band...


Episode #14 - Scott St. John

Today's Life's Black Belt is Scott St. John. Scott's positive energy is contagious and after listening to this interview you're going to want to start setting and achieving your goals right away. Scott, along with his wife Laura, own Pearl Street Fitness in Colorado he is one of the top business leaders in Isagenix, he is one of the select few chosen to be on Team Isagenix (an elite group of athletic leaders), runs a very successful health and fitness group on Facebook called "Strong....


Episode #13 - Cole "Magrinho" Miller

Today's Life's Black Belt is Cole "Magrinho" Miller. Cole is a 20x UFC Veteran, over the last 10 years in the UFC he has won the Submission of the Night 4x and Knockout of the Night 1x. He was a cast member of Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured other future UFC stars such as Gray Maynard, Joe Lauzon and Nate Diaz to name a few. Cole is the owner of Miller Martial Arts and Fitness in Bonaire, GA. You can visit his school's website at www.ATTWarnerRobins.Com We discuss Cole's...


Episode #12 - Life’s Stripes Series: Eric Alders

If you’ve listened to past episodes, you know that my podcast focuses on an individuals story. How their life’s journey is similar to the martial artist’s journey towards Black Belt and beyond. Through these episodes I’ve highlighted stories that have shaped my guests into the people they are today. I thought it would be interesting to offer episodes in addition to our full interviews that go more into more detail of these impactful events. Stories of the past or present that substantially...


Episode #11 - Jeff Eisenberg

Today's Life's Black Belt is Jeff Eisenberg. Jeff is the best selling author of "Fighting Buddha - Marital Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving it" as well as "Buddha's Bodyguard - How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P." He is currently working on his 3rd book which is due to be released next year. In addition to holding several Black Belts in a variety of marital arts, he is also a Brown Belt In Brazilian Jiujitsu under Professor Bill Scott of BJJ Shore Academy in Point Pleasant, NJ. In this...


Episode #10 - Ricardo Liborio

Today's Life's Black Belt is Ricardo Liborio. Master Liborio is a legend and pioneer in the martial arts. An original member of Team Carlson Gracie, the very first World Jiu Jitsu Champion in the super heavyweight division back in 1996, an original co-founder of Brazilian Top Team and original co-founder of American Top Team. He has been featured on tons of magazine covers, TV, radio and more. You can learn more about him here: In most...


Episode #9 - Stephane D'Amour

Today's Life's Black Belt is Stephane D'Amour. Stephane is the owner and head instructor of Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Academy in Kanata, Ontario Canada. His school is also the only certified American Top Team MMA school in the country. Stephane takes us through his childhood growing up in Ottawa. How bullying early on in school led to him starting martial arts training. He talks about being adopted, growing up as an only child, trying to figure out who he is in life and some challenges...


Episode #8 - Gabe Cohen

Today's Life's Black Belt is Gabe Cohen. He reviews his life growing up in NY and Colorado. How at a young age he fell into hard drugs and crime and wound up in and out of jail 7 times. He's since turned his life around and teaches Krav Maga, mentors our youth, tours around the world doing seminars and also works with the Sheriff's Department to do public speaking/motivational talks with inmates. His story is very motivational, raw and real. I appreciated his openness, honesty and...


Episode #7 - Bonnie Carolan

Today's Life's Black Belt is Bonnie Carolan. Bonnie is a close family friend that has inspired my wife and I a lot over the years as a friend, mother and overall with her approach to life. I think her real story and outlook on life will inspire you as well. We start her story growing up in the 60's and 70's, meeting her future husband on her first day of college when she was 18. We review how life was then, the importance of friends and family. Their adventure as a couple from NJ to...


Episode #6 - Dave Gerber

Today’s “Life’s Black Belt” is Dave Gerber. I sit down with the President and founder of Synergy Development and Training, Published Author and Certified Krav Maga Black Belt, Mr. Dave Gerber. As always we discuss his early childhood filled with memories of being bullied, moving to new schools and cities, starting college, finding out out he had Graves disease, how he overcame divorce, a variety of obstacles in life and much more! Dave’s story and outlook on life is inspirational to say the...


Episode #5 - Jay Alders

Today I sit down with my big brother who also happens to be a world renowned artist. We cover more then just his art career. We start at the beginning and go through Jay's story of overcoming insecurity, learning to turn his talent into a business, overcoming failures and more. We discuss his time in high school, college, Theta Xi fraternity, his wife and children and of course we go into how his art career took off to the point it is at today. Introducing our next Life's Black Belt, Jay...


Episode #4 - Shilamida Kupershteyn

On today’s episode I sit down with Shilamida Kupershteyn. She is the best selling author of "31 Days of Gratitude - Create The Life You Desire", a motivational speaker, acupuncturist, mother of 3 boys and stepmother of 2 and overall one beautiful human being both inside and out. We talk about Shil being born in Russia and coming the the USA with her parents when she was only a few months old. They had very little money and didn’t speak any English but wanted to provide a better life for Shil...