Warrior's Way Podcast

Warrior's Way Podcast

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By James Eke
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James Eke is an author and martial artist with over 38 years experience. Black belts in a number of systems and a certified instructor under legendary martial art Guro Dan Inosanto and a Jiu-Jitsu student under coral belt Master Jean Jacques Machado, Eke runs a successful school in Victoria, BC, Canada, The Eke Academy of Martial Arts. A former journalist and a combat arms Army Captain, Eke brings real-life lessons to his training and teaching. Eke is the author of Warrior's Way: A Guide To Lifelong Learning In The Martial Arts and A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist.
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James Eke is an author and martial artist with over 38 years experience. Black belts in a number of systems and a certified instructor under legendary martial art Guro Dan Inosanto and a Jiu-Jitsu student under coral belt Master Jean Jacques Machado, Eke runs a successful school in Victoria, BC, Canada, The Eke Academy of Martial Arts. A former journalist and a combat arms Army Captain, Eke brings real-life lessons to his training and teaching. Eke is the author of Warrior's Way: A Guide To Lifelong Learning In The Martial Arts and A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist.
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Episode 76: Training Rust; Deconstructing Martial Arts
James Eke looks at a chapter from Paul Bowman’s book Deconstructing Martial Arts and how training can help us to learn to relax and live far more chilled out lives. We also answer a listener question about hero worship in the martial arts.
22:23
November 6, 2019
Episode 75: The Hero’s Journey: Getting More From The Adventure Of Your Life
James Eke looks at the archetype of The Hero’s Journey and what it means to our training and getting the most out of our lives. We answer a listener question about eating healthy food.
27:17
October 29, 2019
Episode 74: Brenda King Amazing BJJ Black Belt At ‘60-ish’
James Eke celebrates the promotion of world champion and top level martial artist Brenda King to Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. We talk about what it means to ultimately earn the rank and answer a listener question about putting young children in the martial arts.
17:02
October 22, 2019
Episode 73: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Is A Game Changer
James Eke looks at the potential of mindfulness as proposed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, to save the world, and, you yourself. We also look at what we can do to get in better shape.
27:39
October 15, 2019
Episode 72: John Cage, Searching For Silence
James Eke examines avant-garde composer John Cage and his mind-blowing work 4’33” and what it means not only to music but to life and training. We answer a question about the most important thing to learn in the martial arts.
26:08
October 9, 2019
Episode 71: Old School Thinking For A New Day
James Eke looks at an article by author Keith Vargo on a martial arts parable that encourages us to be lifelong students and to prepare for the tests that training throws our way on the road to self-mastery. We also answer a listener question about meditation.
15:13
October 2, 2019
Episode 70: The Flow: Beat Stress To A Pulp With Mindfulness
James Eke looks at the Yerkes-Dodson law of disengagement, frazzle and flow, and how it relates to stress and performance. We talk about how we can use meditation and Jiu-Jitsu to find our own personal ‘flow’ state. We also answer a listener question on what to do when life throws us a curveball.
25:27
September 23, 2019
Episode 69: Rickson Gracie: Be A Well-Rounded Martial Artist
James Eke looks at a Black Belt Magazine article by Rickson Gracie on being well-rounded as a martial artist. We also answer a question on how much rolling in Jiu-Jitsu should you be getting.
15:25
September 18, 2019
Episode 68: Allostasis; Finding Balance With Disciple And Chaos
James Eke looks at how we can get more from our martial arts and training through learning what allostasis means and how to inspire yourself through balancing discipline and chaos. We also talk about what being a true martial arts champion is all about.
21:45
September 9, 2019
Episode 67: Nancy Wake, Freedom Fighting Nazi Hunter
James Eke looks at the amazing exploits of French Resistance spy and Nazi foe, Nancy Wake and what we can learn from her example on living a more full and awesome life. We also look at what we can do to get more from our training.
18:14
September 3, 2019
Episode 66: Steve Maxwell: Jiu-Jitsu & the Mature Athlete
James Eke looks at an excellent article by living Jiu-Jitsu and fitness legend, Steve Maxwell on what we need to do as we get older and continue training. We also answer a question about how to give back and support our dojo to show gratitude.
20:23
August 13, 2019
Episode 65: Zen Master Alan Watts On Jung’s Darkside
James Eke looks at Zen Master Alan Watts’ take on Carl Jung’s view of our shadow darkside and how accepting and reconciliation of it in our inner workings is such an important part of our training and or work to become better and more integrated characters. We also look at meditation and if it ever gets easier.
18:38
August 5, 2019
Episode 64: Fighting Your Way Out Of The Belly Of The Whale
James Eke looks at an article by Jung Therapist John Betts on the transformative potential of being swallowed whole and left to start anew. We also answer a listener question about how to deal with life and what it throws your way.
23:28
July 30, 2019
Episode 63: Kelly McCann; ‘Rage Is Powerful’
James Eke looks at an article by combatives instructor, Kelly McCann, and his assertion that we should tap into our rage when it comes to self-defence, and discuss the problem with following this advice to the letter. We also answer a question about starting the martial arts and feeling a time crunch.
23:45
July 22, 2019
Episode 62: Hiro Onoda, The Last Samurai Of WW2
James Eke looks at the amazing story of Lt Hiro Onoda, the Japanese soldier who kept fight World War Two for 30 years after the end of the war in the jungles of the Philippines. We also talk about the most important thing a new person can do to improve their Jiu-Jitsu right from the start.
18:29
July 15, 2019
Episode 61: Warrior Program; Inspiring Leaders Of Tomorrow
James Eke looks at the Warrior Program launched in the Vancouver Island communities of Ucluelet and Tofino to teach respect, responsibility, discipline and cultural traditions to First Nations youths. We also answer a question about what one martial art is the best to train in.
18:21
July 8, 2019
Episode 60: Dam Awesome Way Of Life
James Eke talks about a visit to some Northern BC Canada hydro electric dams and how he got a lesson for life and insight into maximizing training. We talk about gratitude, compassion and respect as well as answer a listener question about learning from everything in your life.
15:57
June 24, 2019
Episode 59: Step On The Mat; Life Lessons Of The Ninja
We take a look at the new book, Step On The Mat by martial artist, Ninja Nguyen. This is a terrific read by a martial artist who obviously knows his stuff. We also look at age and training — too old or too young.
29:14
June 16, 2019
Episode 58: Why Getting Kids In The Martial Arts Matters
James Eke looks at how important being a child in the martial arts was in his life and why it should matter to every parent. We also answer a question from a listener on diets.
23:31
June 10, 2019
Episode 57: Haida Gwaii (part 2): The Legacy, The People
James Eke takes us on a journey to Gwaii Haanas and the magical land of Haida Gwaii. We examine what we can learn from ancient people and the experience of those around the world to make our own lives and our training better. We also talk about the legacy of the Haida people and what we can learn about ourselves. We answer a listener question about which translation of the Bushido is the best to listen to.
19:30
June 3, 2019
Episode 56: The Bushido
James Eke looks at the Samurai code for like, The Bushido, and how we can use its 8 main points to focus our training and live better and deeper lives. We also answer a listener question on the ultimate martial art.
18:49
May 26, 2019
Episode 55: The Viking Laws
James Eke reviews The Viking Laws and what they mean to training and living an amazing life. We also answer a question about joining the military.
24:44
May 21, 2019
Episode 54: JK Rowling’s Lesson Of Failure & Imagination
James Eke looks at JK Rowling’s 2008 graduation speech to Harvard on the lessons learned through failure, the importance of imagination and the value of friendship. We link all that in with its value to our martial arts and training. We answer a question about drinking supplements and the importance of water.
32:09
May 13, 2019
Episode 53: E.J. Harrison First Western Black Belt In Judo
James Eke takes a look at the first foreign person to receive a black belt in Judo and his book, The Manual Of Judo. We also talk about having a healthy balance in life both on and off the mats and answer a listener question about how much training is too much.
20:44
May 6, 2019
Episode 52: The Magic Of Turning 50 & A Lesson From Haida Gwaii
James Eke talks about what turning 50 has taught him not just about life but about his martial arts and training. He also recounts what a trip to Haida Gwaii has taught him about life and how to move forward and build a better future.
19:06
April 29, 2019
Episode 51: Dan Inosanto, A Burning Desire To Learn
James Eke looks at an article written by martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, entitled; A Burning Desire To Learn. We also talk about important things to keep in mind for longevity in the martial arts.
17:09
April 22, 2019
Episode 50: The Sweat Lodge
James Eke talks about his personal experience during a First Nations traditional sweat lodge he took part in on a rooftop in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside. We also talk about how we can help those in need in our community and the first steps we all need to take to both understand and help.
18:37
April 14, 2019
Episode 49: Thich Nhat Hanh, Finding Zen Through Fear
James Eke looks at Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing on Fear. We talk about acceptance and non-judgement in our training and our lives as well as the importance of breathing and mindfulness. We answer a question on if CrossFit will improve your Jiu-Jitsu and how important it is to workout.
24:36
March 31, 2019
Episode 48: Admiral McRaven’s Challenge To Change The World
James Eke looks at US Navy Seal Admiral McRaven’s 2014 speech on how to change the world and your life. We talk about how we can learn from what the Admiral is saying to help improve our lives and amplify our training and make a difference. We answer a question about eating junk food and eating healthy.
33:36
March 24, 2019
Episode 47: Memento Mori, Remember Death
James Eke takes a look at Stoic philosopher Seneca’s letter on living life preparing for death and what that really means. We also talk some more about Jiu-Jitsu and why it is important as well as the need to train in multiple martial arts.
19:30
March 17, 2019
Episode 46: Walking Through The Door Of Forgetfulness
James Eke looks at memory and mindfulness and how Zen and Jiu-Jitsu can help us to be more present in our lives. We also answer a listener question about training in Krav Maga.
21:49
March 10, 2019
Episode 45: Plato’s Cave
James Eke looks at the incredible mind opening Allegory Of The Cave by Plato. We talk about open-mindedness and perception in life and training. We also talk about why you need Jiu-Jitsu in your life as well as other martial arts.
17:18
March 3, 2019
Episode 44: Taoist Principles To Change Your Life
James Eke looks at the Taoist text Xiang’er Twenty Seven written around 200 AD to point towards how to live a more harmonious life. We also look at tourism as a martial arts path.
29:41
February 25, 2019
Episode 43: Anko Itosu & The 10 Precepts Of Karate
James Eke looks at a 1908 letter written by Sensei Anko Itosu on ten key principles to keep in mind when training. These principles are important not only to Karate but to any martial art. We also look at the importance of putting children in the martial arts.
27:47
February 14, 2019
Episode 42: Moshe Feldendrais, Judo — The Art Of Defence
James Eke looks at Moshe Feldenkrais’ book Judo — The Art Of Defence And Attack. This is an amazing book for anyone who studies Judo or Jiu-Jitsu or the martial arts in general. We also answer a question about how to continue our training when we are deployed or otherwise unable to get into the dojo.
20:49
February 5, 2019
Episode 41: Donn Draeger on Sport Martial Arts
James Eke looks at an article written by the incredible martial artist and author Donn Draeger on issues that degrade a martial art when the sport aspect as well as age-ism is overly encouraged. We also talk about how to deal with motivation to get in and train.
35:28
January 29, 2019
Episode 40: Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Precepts To Master Life
James Eke looks at Shotokan Karate founder Gichin Funakoshi Sensei’s 20 Precepts Of Karate-Do and how to implement them into our training and our lives. We also talk about what to do when life is just a struggle and things seem against us.
45:00
January 22, 2019
Episode 39: Joe Hyams’ Zen In The Martial Arts: Empty Your Cup
James Eke looks at a chapter from the brilliant book, Zen In The Martial Arts, on Joe Hyams meeting Bruce Lee. We look at the need to be open-minded in our training and life. We talk about the idea of using marijuana while doing Jiu-Jitsu and whether it is the best of plans or not.
29:22
January 15, 2019
Episode 38: Pema Chodron and the art of doing no harm
James Eke looks at Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher Pema Chodron’s article Not Causing Harm. We also talk about how much you should train when you are first starting out.
28:15
January 8, 2019
Warrior’s Way Podcast Christmas Wishes
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 from me to you.
02:07
December 23, 2018
Episode 37: Mitsuyo Maeda, The Father Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
James Eke takes a look at an article attributed to Mitsuyo Maeda, the man who taught Jiu-Jitsu to a young Carlos Gracie (who himself would go on to found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). We also look at what more we can do to get more from our training.
16:46
December 17, 2018
Episode 36: Edith Garrud, The Suffragette Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu
James Eke looks at an article written in 1910 by one of the first western women to teach Jiu-Jitsu, Edith Garrud. Edith secretly taught women in the UK suffragette movement of the early 1900s Jiu-Jitsu from her Soho school. She also trained an elite 30-woman bodyguard whose job it was to protect the leaders of the women’s rights movement. We also talk about whether or not you really need to show up for class given that you already pay your financial dues to your Dojo.
21:17
December 11, 2018
Episode 35: Samurai Warrior Woman Tomoe Gozen
James Eke takes a look at Samurai legend and woman warrior Tomoe Gozen and we talk about the importance of having more women in the martial arts not just in classes but in leadership roles. He also answers questions about children in the martial arts.
23:01
December 4, 2018
Episode 34: Jocko Willink and the ‘Good’ philosophy
James Eke takes a tackle of Jocko’s Good from the Jocko Podcast and the book Disciple Equals Freedom. We also look at frustration in our training and what to do about it.
24:25
November 27, 2018
Episode 33: Zen Master Dogen and his Rules for Meditation
James Eke looks at Dogen’s masterpiece as well as Zen Master Jiyu Kennett’s commentary on it. We extract from it what is important not just in Zen but in our martial arts training. We also come up with three important things to do for yourself off the mats.
22:58
November 21, 2018
Episode 32: Sarah Mayer, Judo’s 1st western woman black belt
James Eke looks at letters from the 1930s written by the first western female black belt during her two years of intense Judo training in pre-WW2 Japan. We also look take a hard look at what we should do when things get hard in life and training.
27:53
November 15, 2018
Remembrance Day Special Episode
A read of Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.
06:33
November 11, 2018
Episode 31: Keiko Fukuda, the Mother Of World Women’s Judo
James Eke looks at Judo 10th degree red belt Sensei Keiko Fukuda, who until her 2013 death at age 99 was the last living student of Judo’s founder, Jigoro Kano. Fukuda Sensei was also the only woman ever awarded a 10th degree in Judo. We also look at who training in the martial arts can most benefit.
22:54
November 8, 2018
Episode 30: Chojun Miyagi, The Tao Of Karate
James Eke looks at an article by Goju Karate master Chojun Miyagi, The Tao Of Karate. We talk about integrating our training together with our lives and the important aspect of understand how to apply techniques. Also, we answer a question on ‘if there is one style better than another.’
28:11
October 31, 2018
Episode 29: Toshitsugu Takamatsu, The Essence Of Ninjutsu
James Eke looks at the Essence of Ninjutsu, an article written by the 33rd Soke of Togakure Ninjutsu, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, perhaps the last true Ninja, writing on what he believed being a Ninja was really about. We also answer a listener question on frustration in training martial arts.
29:25
October 24, 2018
Episode 28: Mas Oyama, 11 Mottos Of Kyokushin Karate
James Eke takes a deep look at Kyokushin Karate founder Mas Oyama’s 11 Mottos and how we can use them to improve our training and our lives. We also talk about the most important exercise you should be doing.
29:13
October 17, 2018
Episode 27: Takuan Soho, The Unfettered Mind
James Eke takes a look at the writings of Zen Master Takuan Soho and his advice to a sword master. We also look at tips for meditation and how to get more from our training.
26:01
October 11, 2018
Episode 26: Alan Watts (Part 2) The Way Of Gentleness
James Eke takes another look at Alan Watts, this time talking about Zen, Kendo and the 'No Sword School'.
21:48
October 3, 2018
Episode 25: Anthony Bourdain & The Lesson Of Ichi-Go Ichi-E
In Anthony Bourdain and the lesson of Ichi-Go, Ichi-E, James Eke takes a look at the concept of Ichi-Go, Ichi-E (in this moment, never again) and how we can use it to appreciate our lives and improve our training. We also answer a question of the week on what martial art to get a black belt in.
20:14
September 26, 2018
Episode 24: Sun Tzu’s Art Of War
James Eke examines Sun Tzu's legendary work, The Art Of War, and how it relates to our training be it Jiu-Jitsu or any martial art. We also talk about the most important thing to develop in our training.
19:04
September 19, 2018
Episode 23: Jordan B. Peterson, Order & Chaos
James Eke looks at Jordan B. Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos and how the book relates to our own training. We also look at how important ‘fun’ is when it comes to training.
25:22
September 12, 2018
Episode 22: Henry Rollins, Iron & Soul
James Eke looks at punk rock icon, Henry Rollins’ 1994 essay Iron & Soul. We examine how this incredible piece of writing can not only improve your life but help your martial arts training. We answer a question on video games and talk Jiu-Jitsu.
30:34
September 6, 2018
Episode 21: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
James Eke takes a look at Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and how bowing and the gratitude and compassion that go with it are so fundamental. We look at the importance of Jiu-Jitsu and what it is about the Art that makes it so special.
32:22
August 14, 2018
Episode 20: Marcus Aurelius
James Eke takes us through Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and looks at how we can take lessons from this book written by a Roman Emperor almost 2,000 years ago and live a better life. We talk about integrating a code or philosophy into our Jiu-jitsu or martial arts training and how to get the most from it.
32:56
August 7, 2018
Episode 19: Jiu-Jitsu Is Life
James Eke looks at the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu. We also answer a listener’s question about esoteric martial arts training.
29:36
August 2, 2018
Episode 18: The Eye Of The Storm, Staying Calm In The Chaos
James Eke looks at the health and self-healing benefits of training in the martial arts. How stress can be mitigated through Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts. We also look at diets and what we should be eating to live healthier lives.
26:42
July 26, 2018
Warrior’s Way Podcast Challenge
James Eke is issuing you a personal challenge—are you up for it?
02:52
July 24, 2018
Episode 17: Gogen Yamaguchi
James Eke digs into some of the writings of Japanese Goju Master Gogen Yamaguchi. We talk about continuing to train as we get older and what you need to succeed.
26:51
July 19, 2018
Episode 16: Move Your Body Machine
James Eke looks at how we can get more from our training and our lives through physically training the body. We look at the concept of getting stronger so that we can be more useful and how we can get started at getting more fit.
20:38
July 12, 2018
Episode 15: Alan Watts
James Eke takes a look at philosopher, Alan Watts’ article Judo: The Gentle Tao. We look at the ways to implement Judo, Zen and Taoist viewpoints into our training and our lives. We also look into the internal and external aspects of training and what is key and how we can use this as a springboard to a better life.
25:27
July 8, 2018
Episode 14: Carlos Gracie’s Commandments Of Jiu-Jitsu
James Eke takes a look at Grand Master Carlos Gracie and his 12 Commandments Of Jiu-Jitsu as well as some of the benefits that children and adults will gain from training in the martial arts.
33:28
June 15, 2018
Episode 13: Hagakure, The Book Of The Samurai
James Eke looks at Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s Hagakure and discusses how disciplined actions can reap massive rewards in life. Also, he talks about training in the martial arts with one’s children or a partner.
23:18
June 14, 2018
Episode 12: The Martial Arts Creed
James Eke looks at Dan Inosanto’s Martial Arts Creed, what it means and how we can use it to focus our training and live better and more inspiring lives.
36:03
June 7, 2018
Episode 11: Morihei Ueshiba
James Eke looks at Morihei Ueshiba’s book The Art Of Peace and how you can utilize Aikido philosophy in your own training, we talk about training outdoors as well as how to keep training through an injury.
19:21
May 27, 2018
Episode 10: Gichin Funakoshi
James Eke looks at Karate Master Gichin Funakoshi’s book Karate-Do: My Way Of Life and the master’s six rules for life. We also look at how to train for the long-term, what supplemental training you should do, and some thoughts on competition.
35:30
May 21, 2018
Episode 9: The Bow & How It Can Change The World
James Eke looks at why we bow in the martial arts, how something so simple can have lasting impacts on not just our martial arts training but an ever changing world. Can your training help fight climate change?
16:38
May 19, 2018
Episode 8: Peter Urban
James Eke takes a look at USA Goju Karate pioneer, Sensei Peter Urban’s book, The Karate Dojo and some of the incredible stories in it. We also look at the utility of kata or form practice, what the best martial art is for someone over 50, and favourite martial art movies.
34:23
May 18, 2018
Episode 7: Nurturing The Tree Of Our Martial Arts
James Eke looks at how training in the martial arts and the different aspects of that training are similar to parts of a tree. We look again at Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts, if training can save your life and what all this bowing is about. But mostly we look at how training in the martial arts can change our lives for the better.
24:54
May 18, 2018
Episode 6: The Flow
James Eke answers a listeners question on a concept from martial arts and Zen called ‘flow’ and we take a look at how we can integrate it, what it means and how we can use it as a concept to make our training better whether it is Jiu-Jitsu or whatever else we are training in as a martial art.
27:36
May 13, 2018
Episode 5: Everything Is Training
Taking a look at a key concept of the Warrior’s Way; that everything is training and ways we can maximize our efforts to becoming the best ‘us’ that we can be.
20:34
May 7, 2018
Episode 3: Helio Gracie’s Master Text
James Eke looks at Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master Helio Gracie’s Master Text and reasons why you should train in Jiu-Jitsu.
29:53
May 7, 2018
Episode 2: Getting Started
James Eke looks at 10 things from his book Warrior’s Way: A Guide To Lifelong Learning we can all do to get the most from our training and our lives.
25:28
May 7, 2018
Episode 4: Dan Inosanto, Absorb What Is Useful
Taking a look at Dan Inosanto’s 1982 book, Absorb What Is Useful and what it means to teach and learn the martial arts.
31:27
May 7, 2018
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