The first time I started this podcast I did it as a project to involve my son. He is an introvert but a funny and great guy to be around. I knew that podcasting had helped me speak and express myself better, so I thought I’d fix up a show that we could both do. He talks passionately about the martial arts and lives the lifestyle of a fighter. Neither of us realized what that meant. It’s a life of sacrifice, denial, consistency, perseverance, dedication, honor, and truth. You cannot party like others. You do not eat everything. You train to fight and live honorably in a time when it’s a fad and a cliché.
Our show allowed him to talk about the weekly fights both boxing and UFC that were coming out. It soon expanded to talk about anything he liked which included pop culture, Anime, video gaming, Comic book topics, and for me The Walking Dead. It was a little hard to talk about most of that with a thirty-year generation gap so we brought in his friends. It changed the dynamic of the show.
My son told me about this woman that was like his dream girl, from New York. I asked her to be a guest on the show and learned that she is no joke. I have a lot of respect for Phoenix Carnevale who also is a trainer, actor, martial artist, pop culture nerd, and host of a podcast called Fighting Shape. She is all of that and a bowl of salsa. The New Yorker is always doing something, so follow her if you are curious. Good peeps.
It was hard to get all his friend together when it was convenient for me to act as producer and co-host, so it podfaded. This episode marks the return of WarriorCast. Today it has a different mission.
I love podcasting. It is my hobby. I love the ability to interview and learn from the experiences of others and record it all into an almost permanent record for anyone to listen to. For the past nine, and almost ten years I have been doing a show about guns, and things that interest that community, called the Black Man With A Gun Show.
Years have passed. The martial arts has changed since Jhoon Rhee owned the TV commercial spots with his line of Self Defense Karate Studios franchise and the slogan, “Nobody bothers Me.
I’ve taken Wu-Shu Kung Fu, Hapkido, and Tae Kwon Do , from probably six different schools. My son, has grown up from being a a Ninja Turtle, to Power Ranger and Super Saiyan. I kept him in schools and went with him until he was able to get his Black Belt. He has continued on and now scares his mother regularly as a lifestyle martial artist. It’s her baby, even if he is six foot tall and over 25.
The college grad is still training and living healthy. He found a boxing gym that he likes and has recently had several smokers there. After a tiring day at work, twelve hours actually, he invited me to see him compete.
I walked into the gym and there had to be eighty people in the place. The vibe was electric. It was a family, carnival, party atmosphere. Little kids were wrestling, and tumbling. Heavy weight fighters were warming up all around them careful not to step on them. Women were shadow boxing and also warming up for fights. It was amazing.
The place is called Level Up Fitness & Boxing. It is run by a really nice, business savvy guy named Jason. We talked and the conversation made me want to start a podcast about his tribe. People like my son, the women, the bearded guys, the tattooed guy, the little muscular guy that looked like a Yakuza hit man. All of them.
But I thought, there are plenty of MMA podcast. There are UFC fans a plenty. But wait, maybe I could do something different.
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thanks.Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the founder of Blanchard.Media and the GunPodcastNetwork.com