martial arts

Life As A Trainer/Coach/ Martial Arts Instructor(the blessing)

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Just a little motivational thought today for those of us who live this hard but blessed life. Also for those thinking about getting in to it. It’s not about the money baby! I’ve been blessed to fight for a living early on but that isn’t always great financially either. I’ve done well with pr and do well training but it’s not going to make you a billionaire. It is going to bless you!

Through full contact karate pro fights, Muay Thai pro fights and later sport karate the love of it drives. The love of training, pushing and doing better. That love cascades over into teaching. Training pros is great. What is better is seeing people get better. To know your living is about helping people change their lives and become better. Imparting knowledge while imparting bruises! That is the gift and blessing we get as trainers. Whether you were a competitor or just teach, we are brothers. We are blessed to do this and have it be our life. Sometimes pushing through the aches and pains of this life, we live a life many dream of. Sweating and working out for a living. Having people look up to you. NEVER FORGET that!!! Enjoy the ride. Enjoy the lifestyle. Now go train!

The Time Is Now! Make The Change

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I’ll start tomorrow. Things are bad and I need to make changes. I’ll start tomorrow. I’ll start my novel tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow is the day I take charge of my marketing business and work harder. Tomorrow is when I start to get in shape and feel better. Tomorrow is the day I learn a new muay thai combo and really begin to push myself. Maybe I actually start training to compete, learn to defend myself or lose some weight.

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Nope!!! Right now. Make the change. You can do this. Right now. If you wait you will likely always wait. I can’t tell you the number of wanna be fighters that like to hang out in our room and talk about how they hung out with fighters. They talk about what’s going to happen when they turn pro. The problem is that they never train. They talk. They dream, but they don’t put in the work.

Same thing with pr and travel writing. I’ll do this when. I’ll contact potential clients when. I’ll write a great travel story about Dubai when I win the lottery. Start now. You can dig through old posts here and find where I talk about writing what you see. Travel is where you are! Do it now. The reward will come. If you work people will want to work with you! Go to work! Quit post dating your own checks for success and get started.

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Just Get Going ! (Martial Arts,Travel,Lifestyle)

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It’s not that simple you say, but it really is. It isn’t simple doing it but if you don’t start the actual process you’ll never get there! Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but that is why its worthwhile. You have to start. As I say over and over to people I train, you have to take the first step. 


If you want to be a black belt, a fighting legend or just be a confident martial artist, research. See what is around you and see who you can work with and how much. Then go! If you cant afford it, really look. Change your spending habits, but also look. Lots of cheap clubs at schools, colleges etc. Not always the best, but a place to start. Soon we will have a video series available here. Just basics but cheap, and a place to start learning the basics so stay tuned.


Yearning to travel or have an adventourous lifestyle you write about? Start where you are. Seriously, look around your area and look for a story. Somebody wants to know about it. Blogs are easy to start. Heck post the story on facebook! It is a start at writing. No you wont get paid but it is a way to sharpen your skills and get your name out there. It is a place to start and that is how it works. Make where you are an adventure, and that will help get you to other places. That will get you noticed!


Whatever it is, start. Find out what, where and how. Then don’t just sit there and dream about it. Do what it takes to make it happen. Success is hard work. Enjoying it is easy. Go!
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Training Gives You A Positive Mental And Physical State (find something you want to try today!)

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        Life can be tough. It often is. Job, financial and relationship stress can be a killer. When that happens and you don’t have a release and a fighting/coping system that you use,things are going to go south fast. Add in health problems that crop up and the stress will make health worse!  It will make it all worse!! What do you do? Is there something that helps? Yep, at least for me and you have nothing to lose trying it. Before we go on, mine is martial arts but training at any activity helps. While I hope yours becomes martial arts ( join Team Transcend Today!!! Lol) anything you get a physical/ mental benefit from training at is good.
    

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When you work at building skill, you also build outlets for stress. You build mental and physical strength through doing so. Besides the obvious health benefits of being in better shape, the overall health benefit is well being. Mind and body. You handle things better because you’ve put yourself through things. You handle things better because your trainer has put you through things. That gives you an advantage. It gives you a strength others do not possess!!!!!  What more can I say. It makes a huge difference in your life!  Get on it now. Change your level of success. Change your health. Change your enjoyment of life.

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If you want to make the change today, find something you want to train at. An activity you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t wait. Start now. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here ( story in earlier posts). Get going. If you need personal coaching/ motivation I have a great inexpensive program for that. I also now have a Team Transcend video version to help you. It’s a daily personal training and coaching system. In no way is it like being in my dojo or other good ones but it gets you started. Toward confidence. Toward health. Also inexpensive. Email tompkinscontent@gmail.com to find out and follow @combatsportlife on Twitter.
     

Are You Motivated As An Instructor Or Trainer For The Right Reasons? Your Success Depends On it!

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The Title might make you think it’s about monetary success. Nope. Personal, monetary and effect on humanity. All of those are metrics and sometimes they are combined. Time to understand why you do what you do. It doesn’t matter what you are training people to do. I’ll aim what I write at martial arts/Muay Thai/mma trainers as I spent decades in that world ( still there ) but ive also trained personnel in forex trading and social media marketing. The answers and reasons are similar.
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As an old po fighter I live working with the upcoming animals and pros. It is who I was and it pays  well. Wanna know a secret?  The free class I teach motivates me. These kids often don’t have much. Sometimes that night working with us is the only time anybody spent time with them that day. That’s what motivates me. Handing down knowledge. Helping them get better. Helping them be confident. It’s true throughout my classes and students. That class motivates m to do well as a trainer so I can keep teaching that group for free. It boils down to making sure I have knowledge to hand down. At each level. If my seminars didn’t help pros and solid dojo’s, it wouldn’t work. If my promo work for companies was bad???!!!  I get to travel to teach people at seminars and promote while I’m there as well. If I didn’t have something worth handing down, the chain is broken and the money doesn’t matter. The money would not come in. Get motivated. Know what motivates you,then build your program/product. Deals on Gear We Use

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It’s the same teaching people to trade forex or teaching people about social media marketing. If you don’t have good legitimate information to teach them, you’ll crash and burn!!!!  You have to enjoy teaching and training whether it’s Muay Thai/ mma/ karate or social media marketing. If a guy pays you to teach him to trade forex, you need to actually know what you are doing. Otherwise your just another scammer headed for a bad end. Deals on Gear We Use

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Understand why you are a trainer. Understand what motivates you. Otherwise just get out of the game. If you need help with personal coaching, seminars in your dojo or great advertising/ marketing campaigns hit us up. Inexpensive rates and engaged following plus you’ll have fun! Email tompkinscontent@gmail.com and follow @combatsportlife on twitter

A Road Trip To The Chicago Suburbs To Judge Martial Arts ( with stops at IKEA,Portillos,Mago Cantina)

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Sometimes my favorite trips are the simple ones to judge sport martial arts tournaments. Not big fights, not national tourneys and not big PR trips. I live all those, but sometimes just having fun in short ones with little or no pressure is the best.  That was this weekend. My wife and I judged at a small but great tournament that was a fundraiser for wounded veterans up in the Chicago suburbs. Part of the way we drove two lane through the country on 47 and across old rte 66. I’ll do another piece about that area but here is a quick pick of tiny old school trailer selling coffee in a small town. Heck it might end up being its own story some Day. More about the trip after the jump.

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The trailer sits in Forest IL along 47 which is about half way between my place and the burbs. It was closed but I’ll be making a trip just for it. OK, on to the real trip. The tournament was well run ( with my help of course, jk lol) so it went quickly. That left us plenty of time to wander around. Shopping, drinks and appetizers and dinner. First a few pics from the tournament including one of me with a guy I used to fight years ago. Good friends but we had some battles lol. It was his tourney.

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After we left the tournament our first stop was IKEA in Bolingbrook. We love Ikea,and have bout lots of things there especially furniture for our kids. It’s just a cool place to walk around and get design ideas.

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After that we did a little shopping at The Promenade Bolingbrook. It’s a cool mall but not the enclosed kind. Open walking environment with lots of restaurants and bars with great outdoor seating. My wife insisted that we were going to Portillo’s for dinner( an addiction!)  but we decided to grab drinks at Mago Grill and Cantina. Great selection of sauces with our chips and salsa. We absolutely will return here for dinner and a full review. I had a couple great beers from Two Brothers brewing ( one of my faves & always great. ). Sandy had a piña colada mojito. She loves mojitos but hadn’t had one like that. Quite good with lots of fresh lime!  Again we will be back! Check some pictures from Promenade and Mago.

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No matter how many times or often we are in the Chicago area ( which is often) we makes lots of trips to Portillo’s!  We have for decades. Great Italian beef,burgers and dogs. Always great food and such a cool look. They all have a slightly different kitsch to them depending on size. Great prices and just a fun place. One of my absolute favorite places on the planet. Tried other stuff but I almost always get the Big beef with spicy giardinera and fries. Can’t beat it. Huge and delicious!  Take a look at what the one in Bolingbrook looks like, and part of my sandwich.  I was hungry and forgot to take pictures!  I’m a fighter that writes a little lol.

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Im blessed to go all over and see all kinds of things, but a weekend like this close to home is awesome. Martial arts,drinks and food!  The best. Check these places out. And hit this area if you get a chance. Warrenville, Naperville and Bolingbrook are all close together. Great food and shopping.
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Start By Doing What You Can Where You Can ( martial arts/travel/writing )

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  Well on #motivationmonday I want to make this point !  You can start. If you have a dream, something you want to do then you need to do what you can. I didn’t grow up with money. It was something far less than money that occasionally resembled a tiny amount of money!  Its why I started fighting professionally for small amounts at such a young age. My parents are great hard working people, we just didn’t have money. Heck, I’ve had periods as an adult that I had nothing! My reason for saying this is that I want you to understand that you can start and you can do it.
    I’m blessed. No argument. I know I am. I know God must really love me. Still, it was a struggle. Whether trying to find training, starting on Wall Street or getting into writing/PR. It’s just a fact. It was always hard to find and get there. That is what makes it sweeeet!  It also allows me to be comfortable enjoying the simple and local. Yes I’ve been all over and get paid to enjoy and promote/ write about luxury. Didn’t start like that, and I enjoy walking around taking pictures of and writing about some small town 20 minutes from me as much as I do anything. In the coming weeks I’ll do a bit more if those just to show that you can make an interesting article out of what’s around you. I should do that more often but IM Busy!!!! Lol. Not complaining. Martial arts?  For 14 years I’ve taught a free class one day a week at a church. I know I’m not the only one. Out of itvive had national champs and a pro. Not as much as my other stuff but that is exciting to me. Look around and see what you find. Plus if you want it, make a way. Don’t buy a game or cigarettes, buy training!  Take a look at this mix of pictures from classes and travel. I’m not going to tag therm. Some are free class, some pro. Some exotic travel, some in my tiny town.all of them equally important and equally as popular when I post.

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The point is, if you want to train martial arts, you can find a way. Maybe not free where you are but work to afford it heck I’ll teach you cheap through video ( coming product). You can, you just have to try. Want to be a travel writer?  Start with writing about things in your area. Parks, malls and even super cheap restaurants. Sharpen your skills and see where it goes. Remember, people who don’t live where you do might think joes hog fest cafe is the coolest place they’ve read about! Take a look at a few more pics and we will talk about helping you.

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To get personal coaching/ help with your writing /PR/travel blog business contact me. I’ll set up an extremely Affordable rate set to get you started and understand the contacts and intricacies of selling yourself. You can also email me to be notified when our new martial arts training video series is available. An inexpensive way to start learning and get going. Not a replacement for a dojo, but a way to get going for a small amount. Email tompkinscontent@gmail.com and follow @combatsportlife on twitter

Pick Yourself Up Off The Ring Floor and Finish ( in fighting/life/business)

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   As a fighter we would talk about beating the count or riding the clock out of trouble. It happens no matter how awesome you are in the ring or cage. You’re going to be in that position. It will happen in business at some point, no matter how smart you are or how great your product is. It will happen in life no matter how hot you are or how much money you have. The way out is the same. I’m going to tell you a short, embarrassing story from my fight career to make my point.
   

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  A life time ago I was fighting in an absolute tournament, open weight in other words. It was part of a GP series heading into a national cup. Part of the long defunct LFF it was different than normal. No weight class (absolute) and a mix of styles. No ground but standard rules for sweeps. We usually had a Muay Thai or kickboxing format in these pro series fights but this brought all kinds in. From brawlers to guys who looked like WWE people.  In the semi round I came up against a Tongan guy (Manny something lol). Well over 6ft and mid 200#  I was taller then, maybe 5’9 as I’ve lost about 2 inches of my neck from damage now. I was also only about 138# then lol. I decided to get the crowd pumped right off by going back to my karate roots and throwing a flying side kick out of the box. Not a normal technique for kick boxing, and I thought it would look awesome !!!  Plus executed well to the head it might set the tone or end the fight early. Sooooo, I basically misjudged where I was and missed. Classic airball miss. As I came out of the air his giant hand clocked me right in the face and took me to the canvas. My cockiness and lack of of distance judgement had just put me flat on my back. In pain, embarrassed and likely being laughed at ( couldn’t tell you because my ears were ringing) I could have easily been done. Somehow I managed to beat the count and get to my feet. I think I spent the rest of the round running from him. The next rounds I cut angles and basically side  kicked his leg until he couldn’t go on( chopping the tree ). Again not standard Muay Thai but it’s what I had available, and it kept me away from those giant paws!!!

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So what’s my point here overall? Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Yes it hurt. Yes I was embarrassed. Yes I could have still lost. You know what would have been worse?  Giving up. Laying there when I had a choice. Try!!!!!  Don’t stop trying. I don’t care if it’s an issue in your marriage, or a hiccup in your social media marketing plan. Don’t stop trying. Change your tactics. Change how you do it. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give up on winning. Don’t give up on success.

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  If you need personal coaching or motivation for yourself/employees contact me. From seminars to Motivational speaking I love to help people. Also social ads and marketing on multiple channels. Email tompkinscontent@gmail.com today. Also follow @combatsportlife & @tompkinscontent on Twitter.

Adjust Your Attitude And Set Sail For Success

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This will truly be one of the  shortest blog posts I ever write. Similar to when I give a quick pump speech to my fighters or marketing employees. Very short, but very important! In their case if they don’t  listen it means getting pushed around the ring ( or not working for the company for the non fighters lol). Pay attention!!!

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    You control your attitude for the most part. Yes people do things that effect you, but you choose to stay in the state you are in. Deciding to stay angry, negative or have no passion for what you do is a choice. Unsuccessful people view it as bad things happen. Successful people view it as a choice and make the appropriate cha

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So in this super short post, understand that you can make a difference. Understand that you can be successful. Change your attitude. Don’t let jerks hold you hostage. I’ve been there. I did it. I should not have! 

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Find your motivation. Decide what you want in life. Head that way. Is it easy? Nope!!!  Can you do it ? Oh yeah!!!!!!! If you need personal coaching or help with your marketing/vision/promotion then email tompkinscontent@gmail.com and also follow twitter for @combatsportlife & @tompkinscontent

Embassy Suites in Destin Florida ( From a Fighter Who Has Been Around The World)

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I have to say that I’ve lost count of how many times and how many places I’ve stayed in an Embassy Suites. I know the first time was in the late 80s when I was young man. I was doing a kickboxing seminar in St Louis after fighting there a few weeks before. They booked me in to an Embassy in Laclede’s Landing. I was hooked!  Yes like any hotel chain there are ups and downs but for the most part I never worry when a company or dojo book one for me.

So recently my wife, on a whim booked a week in Destin Florida at one for spring break. I was already going to be in the area for a day to do a private coaching session for a fighter, so my wife decided to make a trip of it with our youngest ( my 20 year old daughter ) as we won’t have many left with her at home. Embassy suites it was then.

I like to do my reviews of a hotel or resort as a rolling conversation, but with a core. The general, the meat and the area but mostly pictures!  It gives you an idea of what its really like and as an old fighter, it’s simple!

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So here is the general. Embassy suites is known for three things. Being all suites, having a breakfast buffet with some great cooked to order items and it’s evening happy hour. The evening reception is snacks and free drinks for two hours. Wine, beer and simple mixed drinks. It is a huge draw!  Always served in a gorgeous atrium. This one happened to be under construction during our trip. They used one of their many nice meeting rooms for it, not great but they did a good job. The work was finished our last night so we go a good look and some pics( more later).
The room was very nice. Always good space. Clean and well designed. It has a good luxury feel at a less than luxury price. I always like them, and this location was no exception. Beach locations are hard to stay ahead of cleaning and maintenance but they did well here. I’ll let some room pictures speak for me.

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It’s not in the top of luxe places we stay, but for family trips for many folks it is great. I’ve been all over and we are spoiled, yet this place didn’t disappoint us.

You get private access to strip of beach. It’s a quick walk across the street and it’s gorgeous. You have numbered access through a gate. All places along this strip are like that but keeps things quiet and subdued. Upside is its clean and no drunken stripper battles ( OK upside at my age lol). Downside is that you don’t have the cool cheap Beach food stands right there. If that’s you’re thing for Beach vacation, this isn’t your place. The beach is stunning, but I’ll cover that in other pieces.

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Location wise it’s great for some things, not others. It’s a distance from some big things, harbor walk etc and clubs. If you want to party, arrange transportation or stay elsewhere. For the most part that isn’t who would be here. Harbor walk is great ( upcoming piece) but the party part is different. We stayed here and went there several times. It is very close to Destin Commons which is a cool shopping center with great views( another coming picture review. It’s also close to Silver Sands Premium Outlets if that’s your thing. They are both on 98 and within a couple of miles. Heck I walked up by Silver Sands one night. Ok full disclosure, we all got hungry late and there had been a bit of drinking. Solution, walk to Whataburger and bring food back. Easy walk, and not a bad area. I might not be a good judge as I get hit in the head often!
You can walk along scenic gulf drive, as the hotel sits on it. From Beach rental homes, gorgeous private complete es to kitschy shops it’s a cool place to walk. I’m going to post a few of that ( expect an article just on that street) along with the atrium and other amenities. Catch the final after the jump.

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A quick summation.  If you are want to yell and party naked on the beach, this isn’t you ( I’ll probably hit you ). If you need perfect luxe this isn’t you ( been to that place but still like this). Enjoy it. Enjoy the  area. Enjoy your family.
If you want your place promoted or reviewed, contact us. Want a cheap link or ad with us? Hit us up. Full creative social campaign? Got it!  Motivation for your company?  Personal coaching or private sessions for fighting?  Email tompkinscontent@gmail.com and follow @combatsportlife & @tompkinscontent on twitter. Extremely affordable, unbelievable as to how cheap ( except the fight sessions, those are expensive ♥). If I’m a few dollars and up.
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Links and PR from today
http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/embassy-suites-by-hilton-destin-miramar-beach-DSIESES/index.html
http://m.premiumoutlets.com/default.aspx?id=1348
http://www.destincommons.com/
http://whataburger.com/