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Ep 057 - Yin Yang: Courage and Fear, Expanding and Rooting

Ep 057 - Yin Yang: Courage and Fear, Expanding and Rooting

Tim and Steve talk about the yin yang principle — the duality of opposing forces — and how all things exist as inseparable, yet contradictory opposites. By recognizing, being aware, and capitalizing on this universal truth — one will be better off. Topics discussed include:

Next week Shelley Brown from the State Theatre in Easton joins us and we’ll talk more about the special event coming up in April — and how it’s tied in to our podcast in many ways.

Are there opposites in your life where when you keep them in balance you are at your best?

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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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