Kostas Danaos is a writer and martial artist with a background in engineering. After watching the documentary Ring of Fire, he sought out nei kung master John Chang and became one of his rare students. Kostas has since written The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal and Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages, in which he details his master’s abilities, and also the ch’i-based mechanisms behind them.
A ninja (忍者?) or shinobi (忍び?) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations. Their covert methods of waging war contrasted the ninja with the samurai, who observed strict rules about honor and combat.The shinobi proper, a specially trained group of spies and mercenaries, appeared in the Sengoku or “warring states” period, in the 15th century,but antecedents may have existed in the 14th century, and possibly even in the 12th century (Heian or early Kamakura era). Stephen Hayes is regarded as one of the foremost martial artists in the world. In this episode we dicuss the history of Ninjutsu and much more.
Ido Portal is a movement coach who is obsessed with movement, of all varieties. After embracing Capoeira at the age of 15, an Afro-Brazilian martial art with numerous elements including dance and music, he embarked on a worldwide journey to find a Movement teacher. Not finding one, he resolved to learn all he could from people in other disciplines, learning from them as they learned from him. Now, he runs workshops around the world through his Ido Portal Company and has created a yearly event called “The Movement Camp”, a gathering where movement fans from all areas and disciplines can meet and swap information. specifically, he suggests that the long-term benefits of mindfulness include the reduction of stress, binge-eating and also increased optimism and self-control. This is easily one of the best episodes we’ve ever recorded, don’t miss this one.
Daniele Bolelli may have initially gravitated toward the martial arts for the discipline created between mind and body. He excelled to earn a 5th-degree black belt in Kung Foo San Soo, while he built that strong warrior prowess. Little did he know is that one day he would have to call upon all he’d learned to rise to overcome a barrage of major life challenges, and save his soul in the process. In this episode we discuss martial arts, discipline, facing life challenges, how to overcome them and so much more.
STEPHEN K. HAYES – Ninjutsu In the 1970’s Mr. Stephen Hayes traveled to japan to seek out Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Sensei, the grandmaster of the ninjutsu fighting art. Without even correspondence from Hatsumi Sensei Mr. Stephen Hayes accomplished the seemingly impossible for a westerner at the time – he began studying the art of the ninja. After several decades of training Mr. Stephen Hayes brought back the teachings of Hatsumi Sensei and opened his own schools to spread awareness of one of the most esoteric fighting styles known to man. Black Belt magazine regards Mr. Stephen Hayes as “A Legend; one of the most infuential martial arts masters […]