How To Be Like John Wick

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By now you’ve most likely seen the movie ‘John Wick’ starring Keanu Reeves, and I guess that a lot of people have thought to themselves, “man, it would be really cool to be like John Wick.” This post is going to explore that question, and the short answer is yes, you can be just like John Wick, but it will take some commitment and dedication on your part to realize the dream of becoming John Wick.

Firearms: This category is a must if you’re looking to be like John Wick. Let’s get one thing straight: firearms are serious business, and it’s not to be taken lightly. Please take the time to research gun ranges near you, and go talk them about learning how to shoot a firearm, and receive feedback on what type of training that you would like to sign up for. Also, keep in mind gun laws in the state that you reside in. Always keep up to date on firearm safety and gun laws. Moving on now: so you’ve decided to sign up for classes (or you’ve already taken some classes) you’ve purchased a firearm, and now you’re on your way to becoming John Wick, right? Wrong! Learning how to use a gun (proficiently) is painstakingly rough, but don’t give up. Keep practicing and keep honing your skills. Nowadays, it is vital that you keep yourself safe (or your family) at all times, and learning how to use a firearm properly is very empowering, but please don’t get an ego thinking that you’re Mr. Wick just yet, we still have some work to do.

 

Hand To Hand Combat Skills: There is no way around this particular skill. This skill set is essential to becoming not only John Wick but a complete, well-rounded human being. It is in our DNA to express ourselves not only emotionally, but physically as well. Once again research in your area MMA gyms that are accessible to you, and visit the gym. Talk to the people that train there and ask questions. Everyone has to start somewhere, and when you first start training you’re going to feel discouraged, but that’s the whole point about mixed martial arts. MMA teaches you how to push past your own limits, and it also teaches you to rely solely on yourself and how you handle pressure situations. Even with just a month of training consistently with MMA, you’re way ahead of your average man or woman that doesn’t train MMA, but be careful and stay humble; there’s plenty of people that train MMA, and they let the world know it, too. Don’t be that person. Instead, continue to train and always strive to get better in the gym (and outside of the gym). Having trained in MMA is a great feeling, but keep it to yourself and never boast about it, but by all means, use it when it deems necessary.

 

Mindset: So far we’ve discussed being proficient in firearms and MMA, but one particular, integral part of becoming John Wick is having a healthy mindset. So many people know hot to shoot a gun and know how to somewhat defend themselves, but the missing piece to tie all this together is a mindset. Developing a strong sense of who you are and where you’re going is one of the best skill sets that you can have in life, but it doesn’t come easy, though. So, you’re probably asking how can build a stronger mindset? For starters, make certain decisions right away, even if it’s something as simple as “what should I eat?” when you make those certain decisions, you’re training your brain, just like you would be training your arms, legs, etc. Another way you can prepare your mindset is to read. That’s right read. Read anything and read often; reading will expand your thinking process, broaden your vocabulary, and you’ll be a more complete individual for doing so.

 

Being John Wick is not farfetched. With a lot of training (emphasis on “a lot”) and commitment, you’re well on your way to becoming the best individual that you can possibly be.

Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone

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For quite some time now, I’ve been a fan of MMA. The conditioning, training, and strategy involved have piqued my interest over the years. Of course the first time you see a MMA event, you can’t help but to notice the blood and violence that gets displayed. It’s when you take the time to educate yourself about the sport, and talk to fighters that you gain a totally new perspective on the sport.

 

Reading about MMA and watching it was satisfying to me— until I had a realization: I should get  out of my comfort zone, and learn more about MMA by actually doing it. My favorite fighter George St. Pierre, is the welterweight champion in the UFC, and after learning more about George and his training, it became clearer to me that I should at least attempt to train. In his book, “The Way of the Fight” Georges describes how he got his start in MMA training, and how much he had to overcome. With his hard work ethic and determination, Georges St. Pierre transformed into one of the finest athletes the UFC has ever seen. The point I’m trying to make is not about thinking I can transform into a fighter, but to gain knowledge about the sport and experience the world of MMA.

 

It was a cold night (30 degrees to be exact) and I was on my way to my first MMA training session. Getting out of my vehicle, I walked up to the door of the gym, and proceeded to go inside. Stepping inside the gym was an explosion of activity in front of my eyes. Guys and girls gearing up, stretching, light sparring, laughter, shaking hands, loud music, and me (taking it all in). To my right was the front desk, and I was greeted by a black belt in Hapkido. After filling out a waiver, I was given a tour of the gym and was introduced to several fighters. Putting on boxing gloves, it was time to work out. First up was cardio, and it was the most exhilarating feeling I’ve had in a while. Standing in line, then sprinting to the punching bag and throwing a series of combinations, and sprinting back— completing more exercises was grueling. During that workout, I smiled to myself and was glad to be in such company with great athletes.

 

After cardio, the real training began: drills. This part was tough to grasp at first, but after getting some instruction I started to nail down some combinations. The constant sound of 1-2-1, 1-2-3, and 3-2-3 was heard throughout the gym. Next I received instruction on how to put it all together and add some kicks. Working on the bag, a professional fighter taught me the basics of combinations and how to properly throw punches and kicks.

 

The training session got even more intense after that, and it involved sparring. For my safety, I was not allowed to spar whatsoever. My instructor wanted me to observe, and learn just by watching. Surveying the fighters, I picked out (in my mind) the best fighters, and watched them with exquisite detail. It’s amazing what you can learn just by watching something, and I definitely picked up on some things.

 

The home stretch was grappling, and I was eager to learn this aspect of MMA. Typically in a MMA fight, the fight might go down to the ground and that’s where you will see a complete fighter, as opposed to someone that’s not. In MMA, it’s absolutely crucial that you learn the ground game and learn how to defend yourself if the situation comes up in a fight. Getting to learn various moves was such a thrill, and getting instruction from a seasoned wrestler was the icing on the cake. The last part of the training session was getting to grapple with a fighter.  Grappling was definitely the highlight of the night for me, and being able to escape a few times was exciting as well. When the final buzzer sounded, I was exhausted beyond belief. Talking to my instructor afterwards, he expressed to me that from what he could see,  I was doing a great job for a first timer. Thanking him for his kind words, I told him I loved every minute of it and that I would return. Walking out of the gym, I felt a sense of accomplishment and was glad that instead of thinking negative and downing myself, I challenged myself and got out of my comfort zone.

Ignore Impossible #14: Whitney Miller

 

Whitney 2 Miss Texas 2012, Miss United States 2012, and MMA figher, Whitney Miller, joined me on the podcast, and she shared with me her MMA experience, training, and gave some solid advice about life.  She is an exceptional woman, and I am humbled that she wanted to be a part of my podcast.