Ep 049 - How Larry Holmes Became His Own Boss

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Last week Mike Mittman joined Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman. Mike shared his unique insight and some rare stories about Larry Holmes. He talked about the boxing legend’s struggle against the odds to become the Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion we now know him as. Part of his rise to the top included being a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Earnie Shavers. But “The Champ” eventually realized to live his dream he would need to become his own boss and prevent getting “sparring partner syndrome.”

The sparring partner mentality is an example of how consistency dictates results. We talked before about how powerful consistency is — good or bad. When a boxer consistently "holds back" in the gym (because that might be his job as a sparring partner), they tend to not be able to push into high gear in an actual fight. Although at that point it’s not necessary to hold back — that limiting mindset kicks in — as a result of constant repetition.

This week, in this special several-part series, key takeaways include:

  • A sign of leadership is to be humble

  • Be confident and humble at the same time

  • Sensei Hoover’s “Ninja and Samurai concept” — when we need to be one or the other

  • Immediately after Larry Holmes defeated Muhammad Ali, hear what they had to say to each other in the dressing room

  • Mike Mittman talks about Bruce Lee, while Sensei Hoover brings up how he was another icon that rose to the top against all odds

  • It takes a bigger man to walk away from conflict than it does to fight — in line with an earlier episode’s discussion on there’s no need to act tough

  • There's a time for learning and simply doing what you're taught, and there's a time to think outside of the box to take what you’ve learned, make it your own, and improve it — just as Larry Holmes did

Was there something you took ownership of and possibly improved it by making it your own? Let us know in the comments.

If you happen to have a question for the Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion let us know. We’ll pass your question on to Larry Holmes and give you his answer in an upcoming episode!

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Ep 048 - Larry Holmes, Against The Odds

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Larry Holmes, Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion, is the topic of discussion as Mike Mittman, Steve’s dad, joins us on the show. Mike has a unique perspective and exclusive insight into both the iconic career of The Easton Assassin, and also the personal side of the boxing legend. Some of the things you'll hear include:

  • How and why Larry became a sparring partner for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier

  • As discussed in last week's episode, Larry didn't believe in "almost" doing something

  • How Holmes turned a negative into a positive after Frazier broke his ribs while sparring

  • The inside story of the severe bicep injury Larry incurred right before his heavyweight championship fight with Ken Norton — and the handicap he had going into that fight that no one knew about until after Larry won the WBC Heavyweight Title

  • How to apply some of the spirit, the work ethic, and determination that Larry Holmes has so that you, too, can be a champ and not a chump

Why do you think some people have the fortitude such as Larry Holmes does and others simply give up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. If you happen to have a question for the Hall of Fame Heavyweight Champion let us know that too. We’ll ask Larry for you and give you his answer in an upcoming episode!

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Ep 047 - Huge Difference between Almost Doing Something and Doing Something

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain

We talk about Twain’s quote and how it can change our lives on this last episode of 2018. We must work on eliminating the word “almost” if we want to become better, stronger people and have greater relationships.

Next episode — the first of 2019 — we kick off a several-part series with Steve’s Dad, Mike Mittman, talking about boxing legend Larry Holmes and what we all can learn from him.

Don’t “almost” leave a comment! Leave a comment! Let us know what you thought about this episode and/or if there’s something you’d like us to discuss on a future episode in 2019. Happy New Year! Thank you for listening!

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Ep 046 - Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, and Complementary Medicine with Dr Gopal

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Tirun Gopal MD, is the Medical Director of the Department of Ob-Gyn at St Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, CA. After completing an internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Bombay, he came to the US in 1974. He completed a second round of internships and a residency program in the US and began his practice in Allentown, PA. Dr Gopal received formal training in Ayurveda from the Open International University of Complementary Medicine and the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine. Having incorporated this into his Ob-Gyn practice, he realized that other modalities would enhance the care he provided.

Dr Gopal is the doctor that delivered both of Sensei Hoover’s daughters, and he’s our special guest on this episode. Hear him talk about:

  • Why we must respect our bodies by providing appropriate food AND thoughts too

  • How every single sense should be involved with the process of eating

  • How undigested thoughts are just as harmful as undigested food

  • Why he purposely consumes very few calories

  • The ritual he practices every single day

  • Yoga, pranayama, and meditation

Do you have any questions you’d like Dr Gopal to answer the next time he joins us? Let us know in the comments or send us a private message with the Form on the right.

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Ep 045 - Consistency Dictates Results

We talk about the importance of good choices, good practices, and quality rituals.

  • The definition of a ritual is: “An act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner.” Another way of saying “regularly repeated” could be consistent.

  • Two things that help us become more consistent are leadership and fellowship.

  • Even though consistency is so powerful, results are not able to be observed right away. And because we are hardwired to seek instant gratification (especially in today’s world), it is often difficult to maintain and sustain being consistent.

  • Being consistent means you commit yourself to a task, activity, or goal — and to stay engaged without distraction over the long-term. It sounds very simple, but it's not easy. And although it's not easy, it simply works. It's the most important factor in leading to accomplishment and success.

  • Hear some of our suggestions on how to become consistent in making wise choices and developing beneficial habits.


“What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While” — Gretchen Rubin

“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” — Tony Robbins

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” — Tony Robbins


What do you do consistently that makes your life better? Tell us in the comments.

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Ep 044 - Relationship, Leadership, Hardship

Out of an impromptu talk with a teenage black belt came the discussion for this episode:

    It’s important to cultivate REAL relationships. People are in our lives either for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Learn the difference.

    Leadership is like an arrow. The arrow’s tip (the leader) must have mass behind it (quality relationships), otherwise it’s nothing. Find good leaders and mentors (ones with no hidden agendas). Follow them and emulate them.

    Realize that not only WILL you fail, you NEED to fail in order to grow. Endure hardship. Know that there WILL be suffering at times. We must learn and grow (mentally, physically, and/or spiritually) from failure and suffering. Last week we talked about remaining calm to “weather the storm.”

Here’s the video “The Millennial Question” from Simon Sinek that we talk about:

Tell us about a relationship (good or bad) that has changed your life. Is there/was there a strong leader that you learned from? What hardship changed you and made you grow as a person? Tell us in the comments.

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Ep 043 - Martial Arts Philosophy Applied in Everyday Life with Sensei Tim Spiess

If you’ve heard our show before you’ll know we use principles from the martial arts as the foundation for discussion, but in a way so that the concepts can be appreciated by everyone — even those who are NOT martial artists. Our show is intended for anyone who’s looking to live a healthier, cleaner, more vibrant, fulfilling life and become a better, stronger person.

We continue to follow that format, however, if you ARE a martial artist you’ll really appreciate this episode. Sensei Tim Speiss, who is also a federal agent, is another very experienced, accomplished martial artist. He and Sensei Hoover, in fact, have a common teacher. For many years they both trained under Master Tim Hawk.

They discuss how martial arts are seamlessly woven into the fabric of their lives. Hear about:

  • The 45 degree angle principle to get a different perspective on things

  • The hurricane concept, and how remaining calm when faced with “high winds” and dynamic activity can help you “weather the storm”

Have you ever taken a step back and by physically observing something from a different angle the situation changed? If so, give us the details in the comments.

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