As much as I hate to ever come to an end, I don’t know if you’ve listened to the episodes. But there’s this thing that I always ask you the end, which is the final question, which is three words to describe your practice.
Yes, I have already thought of those three words.
Actually, people are starting to show up prepared but that’s fine too.
Well if you ask it in the podcast, it makes the listener also be like, “Oh, what are three words to describe my practice?” Because my dance background one word is technical. Very, very technical. I’m always thinking, “How do we make this smoother, better and always stick the stick better?” Yeah, 10 years of dancing will do that to you because dance is all technical.
Another word is, I would say mindful. I’m really interested in being present with what I’m currently going through and responding to the present moment instead of the way I wish the world were. Yeah. I like dealing with emotions and thoughts that come up in Parkour are really, really great practice for that, it turns out, and of course, the third word has to be fun, because that’s my life. It’s always when I bring it back to you is I’m doing this because I want to enjoy what I’m doing not because I’m trying to impress somebody or whatever. That’s because I literally enjoy doing these positions over and over. It feels good to drill this or to make this creative line, or even do four by eight deadlifts. This is going to make my jobs better. I’m enjoying those. I find a way to make it enjoyable. I’m always going back to that.
Thank you very much, Rebecca. It was a pleasure to talk to you today.
Not many of our listeners will probably know this trivial fact but I paid my way through university by working as a close-up magician and as such I spent a lot of time with playing cards. I mention this only because this is episode 52 of ‘The Hero Forge’ and so this conversation completes my deck of heroes and those working in heroic training. There will be plenty more to come of course, but it seems somewhat fitting therefore that for the first time since the launch of this show, I have a returning guest. This gentleman was the first person I interviewed back in March – in fact on March 5th 2017 and today is precisely 15 months on, today being 5th May 2018. I am talking of course about Founder and CEO of the Hero Roundtable and the Hero Construction Company – Matt Langdon.
Rafe Kelley is the founder of ‘EvolveMovePlay’ – an organisation dedicated to helping all of us to learn to move like a human and create the most heroic version of ourselves. Through a combination of parkour, dance, tree climbing, rough-housing and direct engagement with the natural environment, Rafe and his team invite those who train with them to become more joyful in their movement.
David Geffen is the founder of ‘Loving Classroom’ which is an educational programme designed to guide teachers, students and parents towards cultivating a lifetime of positive relationships in all areas of life – David’s ambition is to empower all of us to effectively ‘engineer love’ so that it might ripple outwards to have a global impact. This might seem, at first glance to be a lofty aspiration for a grass roots movement, but with successful initiatives already in place in the UK, the Middle East and South Africa, David might well turn that dream into a reality!
Rodney King is one of the world’s foremost martial art and self-protection coaches and is the founder of Crazy Monkey Defense. Growing up in the South side of Johannesburg, South Africa, he learned all about the challenge of interpersonal violence the hard way and went on the immerse himself deeper still in that abyss by working some of the toughest nightclub doors in the city. Rodney’s journey from hard man to ‘anti-hard man’ is inspirational and a true example of how we need not be defined by our past. Author, entrepreneur, Leadership consultant, philosopher and a man who walks his talk, he is a true renaissance man and I am delighted to welcome him to The Hero Forge.
Is self-discipline learned or innate? Are there strategies for developing our willpower so that we are more likely to be able to accomplish our goals, even when things get tough? In this episode I team up with co-host Dan Edwardes (CEO of Parkour Generations) to explore the latest research on the fascinating subject of ‘grit’.
Duncan Clark is the founder and owner of NorthRidge Adventure, an organisation dedicated to offering the some of the best navigation, mountain and survival training available anywhere on the planet. He has been a personal mentor of mine, not only in helping me develop my own outdoor skills but also coaching me to become a more resilient individual in life generally. This interview has been something that I have wanted to do since the inception of ‘The Hero Forge’ more than a year ago now and it is with great pride that I introduce him to our community of listeners.
In this first podcast of 2018, Dan Edwardes (CEO Parkour Generations) and I mine down into our relationship with Fear. What is fear? Should we seek to become fearless or is there a way in which we can work with our fear to become better versions of ourselves? Whether you are a first responder, a member of the military or law enforcement, an athlete or simply a human being trying to navigate the complexities of life, the chances are that fear is something you come up against on a regular basis. In this episode we look unflinchingly at what is too often a taboo subject – welcome to a whole new year!