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My special guest is Johnny "Cupcakes" Campbell, an MMA fighter, bjj brown belt, and all-around awesome individual. Johnny's fight at Cage Titans 9 years ago was what turned me back into a fan of the sport. We had a great first interview a few days after that and another at Brown University a few years later.

It was great catching up with Johnny after his latest win at Bellator. We discussed:

  • His willingness to take fights on short notice.
  • Overcoming negative thinking and dark thoughts.
  • How at 34 he is in peak performance, physically and emotionally.
  • Loyalty to his gym South Shore Sportfighting in Rockland and his coach Bill Mahoney.
  • Why he fights and his plans after he retires.
  • If he worries about brain health.
  • What he gets out of playing video games.

Also includes the short dystopian story "Two Minutes to Midnight"

For more on Johnny: Follow him at:

https://www.facebook.com/cupcakesmma

https://twitter.com/JohnnyCCMma

IG @johnnyccmma

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What a fun conversation with Mat Santos, a lifelong martial artist, devoted family man, and co-author in the Try Not to Die series.

Mat, the owner of Team Santos Fighting Academy, is one of the brightest and funniest black belts I've had the pleasure of hanging out with.

In this episode we discuss:

Connections made through martial arts.

Skill acquisition.

Overcoming obstacles due to the pandemic.

Raising our sons and understanding our fathers.

The importance of participation trophies.

Why I no longer get drunk or high before recording podcasts, and why I'm rethinking that approach.

The highest compliment you can give a Rhode Islander and the quickest way to start a fight with one.

(1:34:50) The short story "Twenty-Twenty" from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson.

For more on Mat and his academy check out: http://matsantos.com

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My special guest is Evan Scott, the drummer from the Boston-based death metal band Stone the Oracle.

I first met Evan 9 years ago when I interviewed him for Unlocking the Cage at Lauzon MMA and I've had the pleasure of training with him a few times since.

In this episode we talk about what he has gained from martial arts, what a positive gym culture they have at Lauzon's where he is a kickboxing instructor, how he developed a love for music and became part of Stone the Oracle.

You can pick up the band's new EP at https://stonetheoracle.bandcamp.com/ 

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This week I took time off of playing with Derek the Demon so I could focus on Tales of the Blessed and Broken series. The new developments are going to turn this second book into a much more brutal and bloody book than I had originally planned.

I just received the German translations of Beyond and Before Brightside and am having the covers designed.

I mention my recent appearance on Oops: Caught Me Smoking and how I enjoyed talking about my cannabis use.

Includes the short story "Twenty-Four Hour Bullshit" from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson

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How my interview with Mareike Kleinbohl, my guest from episode 107, has led me to release TBI or CTE: What the Hell is Wrong with Me? In both English and German this October while attending the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Why my family and I are back to training jiu jitsu.

How I’ve raised close to $1,500 for the Concussion Legacy Foundation through the virtual 5k I’ll be running this weekend.

Why I’m excited about my breakthrough while working on The Bridge.

(16:30) Also includes the short story “Eleven Times More Likely” taken from 25 Perfect Days narrated by David Thompson.

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My special guest is Dr. Mike Simpson, the author of the upcoming book Honed: Finding Your Edge as a Man Over 40, the host of The Mind of the Warrior podcast and the man behind Greybeard Performance supplements, fight gear, and first aid kits.

We talk about traumatic brain injuries, CTE, PTSD, and improving both your brain health and overall health.

(43:40) Includes "30 Day Program" a short story taken from 5 More Perfect Days and narrated by John Anthony Davis. For more info on Doc - https://drmikesimpson.com/ For info on Greybeard Performance - https://greybeardperformance.com/

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My special guest is Sifu Alan Baker, a high-performance coach and an internationally recognized martial arts & self-defense expert with over 20 Black Belts in his 40 years of training. He is the author of The Warrior's Path: A Warrior Based Approach To Personal Change and is the Civilian Tactical Training Association founder.

Sifu Baker discusses his introduction to the martial arts, what he has gained from it, his philosophy on incorporating the different arts, the importance of breathwork, how to continue training through injuries and advanced age, and what his book is all about.

I had a fantastic time learning from him and am excited to read his book which can be found on Amazon at this link

You can find out more about him on his website

And if you're in the Atlanta area you can check out his martial arts center

(33:50) Includes the short story "Nineteen in a Row" from 25 Perfect Days narrated by David Thompson.

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In this special episode, I talk with Joey Hauss and his wife Lindsay after they led me through a powerful breathwork, meditation, and ice bath session. We discuss what led Joey to become a Level 2 Certified Instructor of the Wim Hof Method and why breathing, meditation, and cold immersion can help us heal. To learn more about Joey and his classes, check out https://joeyhauss.com/ (43:00) At the end of the talk, I share the short story "US-89N4X" which is from 5 More Perfect Days and narrated by John Anthony Davis.

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Today's special guest is my friend Zach Waldman who's a professional comedian, magician, YouTuber and a 10th Planet Brown Belt.

Zach shares his jiu jitsu journey and how it helped him overcome anxiety, PTSD, and improved his life.

(17:20) How Covid has affected his training. (23:45) Zach shares his magic and comedy journey.

(39:30) Despite Covid shutting down work opportunities, Zach is refocused and building a career as a YouTuber.

(52:00) My short story "Last Will and Testament"

Subscribe to Zach on https://www.youtube.com/user/ZachWaldman

You can also check him out at ZachWaldman.com

 

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Spoiler Alert!

Don't listen to this episode if you're going to read Try Not to Die: In Brightside. I walk my 6-year-old son through all the choices as he tries to best the winners of the 22 Days of Death contest. Congrats to Dusty Dirt for taking first place.

Includes the short story "To Catch a Killer"

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