September 19, 2019

The Asian MMA Podcast

I produce a lot of podcasts, on many different topics, it is after all the foundation of my media company. But not all of them are a business endeavor, some are pure passion projects. The Asian MMA Podcast falls in that category.



I've loved the sport since I was first exposed to it in the late 90s. I was a very active submission grappler for the better part of a decade in the 00s and even a pro fighter (though not a very good one) for a few years.

Being based in Thailand I've become entrenched in the Asian MMA scene. I spent many years as a referee and judge for regional shows across Asia (something I no longer do). I've even done commentary for a few in more recent times.

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The Asian MMA podcast allows me to do a few things. First is give exposure to regional fighters who otherwise would not get any. Second I get the opportunity to dive into aspects of the sport I enjoy and provide insight and analysis. Lastly, I get to have a good time talking about a sport I love.

I am fortunate that my producer Emily, whom I have worked with on several projects over the years is also an avid fan of the sport.  She was willing to come along on this ride as a side project.  while we work on developing other shows and different forms of content together.

If you are also a fan of MMA subscribe and follow what we are doing.


August 26, 2019

Flexibility.

Flexibility has always been something I have strived for, both mentally and physically.

In my previous post, I talked about how I've always enjoyed lifting heavy and being big. One of the things I never like to do in the gym was take the time to stretch. Over time that resulted in me having the flexibility of a mountain, that is to say, none.

My BJJ instructor recommended a book he used to achieve full splits in only a month, titled: Even the Stiffest People can do the Splits.

Despite being in fantastic shape, he wasn't particularly flexible when he started which is what sparked my interest. I figured if it could work for him I might as well give it a try.

 It's a very unassuming book. There is an older Japanese lady on the cover doing a split with her chest on the ground and arms stretched out in front of her. all while looking up at the camera.
Eiko doing a full split on the cover of her book

May 16, 2019

On 1% of My Health...




As I stated in a recent post I've spent the past year or so building and running my company, while that journey is always a great one, I let a lot of things slide, my health being one of them. Before kicking off on this entrepreneurial endeavor I was working out four to five times a week. Most of my workouts were focused on getting stronger so they mostly consisted of lifting a lot of heavy things and capped off with a tad bit of cardio for good measure.

I actually really like heavy strength workouts, I like the feeling of being big, of being strong, I really enjoy smashing a large meal after a heavy workout. Maybe it's a mental block, but I feel that if I'm not lifting heavy or pushing myself in some strength increasing activity I am not getting better. As stupid as I know this sounds, it's a mindset I find myself struggling with.

May 12, 2019

There Was a Time I Wrote a lot.

There was a time where I wrote a lot. I had multiple weekly columns in various papers or websites. I also contributed numerous stand-alone articles to websites and magazines every month. It was a ton of work, but also very gratifying.

That all started to slow down a few years ago. At the time I was focused on designing and planning a new media company I had the idea for. There always has to be trade-offs. As much as I enjoy writing and having my work published I was excited about the prospect of starting a new company and was willing to make that swap.

I didn't stop all at once, it was a gradual transition over a few months time. As I began to spend more time on the business plan and getting the pieces in place the number of writing gigs I took gradually fell off.

These were tradeoffs I felt I had to make in order to put more time into designing and launching the new business, and they paid off. While I still spend a considerable amount of time building and running my media company I am at a point where I feel I can get back to writing a bit more.

And that is what I envision this blog will be, a chance to write about the things that tickle my mind at the moment. Most of what I write here will be opinion based and much of it will be fairly raw. But It's for my enjoyment, there won't be a schedule of when posts will drop or any reliable frequency. Just the musings of a random guy.

Well, I finally got this first post under my belt. Let's see what happens, shall we?



August 6, 2018

Hello World

As a long time nerd I get a great deal of pleasure out of always having the first post on any page or site I create being titled "Hello World". It brings me back to the very first program that many of us ever wrote, which was just a simple line of text printed to the screen... "Hello World".