Control Your Emotions – Fear and Rage

“What we feel is a choice.”

-Piyush Shrivastav

Control your emotions.

We hear this phrase tossed around a lot, but rarely do we sit down and ponder its full implications.

What does it mean to control our emotions?

Should men simply wear a poker face at all times?

The answer surprisingly is absolutely not.  Humans are naturally emotive creatures.  It’s a tool to help us process the world around us and to properly respond.  Someone who tells you to control your emotions might mean well, but probably has a limited understanding of the subject. Continue reading “Control Your Emotions – Fear and Rage”

The Need to Fly Solo

Marriage can be tricky at times because you are constantly around your wife, especially if you have kids.  I’ve noticed a fundamental flaw in a majority of married men and its that they spend all of their free time with their wife and children.  Being there for them as a provider and protector is part and parcel of being a father/husband, but you need to spend time by yourself.  We’ll go over what happens when you don’t have time for yourself, things you can do when you’re alone to have a positive impact on your life, and how to assert your wants/needs in your relationship without having to get into an argument. Continue reading “The Need to Fly Solo”

Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 3

We’ve covered some general martial art/self-defense concepts in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Now it’s time to dig into some concept specific to certain martial arts.  That being said, these concepts can still be applicable to other styles and self-defense in general.  In fact, some of these principles are even more valuable than those previously discussed.

In addition to the concept, I will also be listing what style I’ve learned these concepts from in case you are still looking for a style to train in.  Without further ado, let’s dig in! Continue reading “Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 3”

Anti-Dad Bod: The Family Vacation Lifting Routine

Vacation.  A time for rest, relaxation, over-indulgence and gluttony.  Does that sound familiar?  Why does our hard work and determination have to stop just because we have a week off?  For me, lifting is as much mental as it is physical.   If I go more than 3 days without, I start to get mentally uneasy.  Today, I’ll post what I’ll be doing while on vacation next week to keep myself psychically and mentally strong.

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Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 2

This is a follow-up post to an earlier article discussing some basic principles that are applicable across all martial arts and self-defense in general.  This was originally supposed to be a one-and-done article, but as I began to write, more and more principles and concepts began coming to mind – one of the side effects of being in martial arts for nearly two decades.  A blessing and a curse as there’s tons of knowledge stored up in my noggin, but accessing it comes in ebbs and flows. Continue reading “Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 2”

How To Build A Bug Out Box for Your Vehicle

When out with your family, chances are you’re going to be piled into your family car.  I don’t care if its a minivan (okay I do but I’ll let it go for the sake of knowledge), a sedan, or a pickup truck, having the supplies you need when you’re stranded or even just in a pinch will help you control the situation a little better than the guy who has nothing.  Today, I’ll tell you some things you should keep in your car at all times and some things you may not have considered.

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The Inaugural #ManChat Highlights

Last Sunday, I took part in the first of hopefully many #ManChat discussions hosted by Ryan Stephens.  Here is a link to the questions brought up and some of the answers from people like Mark Baxter, Iris, and yours truly.  Enjoy.

Inaugural #ManChat Highlights

Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 1

Following up on my last post on the topic of martial arts and self defense, I thought it would be prudent to discuss some of the core principles I have learned over the years that strangely seem to get overlooked at most martial arts schools.  Today we are going to cover just some basic concepts that are applicable regardless what style you decide to train in, but in the future we will look at some more specific concepts that you will find interesting. Continue reading “Protect Your Family by Learning How to Fight: Part 1”

5 Time Saving and Productivity Tips for Guys Running a Family

Lets cut to it, if you’re a married guy with kids, you’re going to have a busy life.  Between getting your kids to school, dealing with work, after school activities, birthday parties and all the other things you have to handle, things can get a little out of control it may seem.  Rather than letting it get to you, you have to come up with ways to override the time constraints you have.  Below are 5 that I use that help me stay on track.

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