Feb 25

It’s easy to go through life on autopilot as a man. In the book/movie The Matrix the protagonist “Neo” is given a choice between a blue pill – which would let him remain clueless and plugged into the illusion of the world, or a red pill which would unplug him and wake him up to the harsh reality of life. The red pill is the rebellious, hard way of going about things but it bears the greatest reward in true confidence as a man in this world. The Blue Pill of Manhood Let’s discuss what it is to be blue pill male in this world. Blue pill living has your wife/girlfriend picking out your clothes for you because she thinks you dress terribly; it has you punching a clock for some douchebag that refuses to give you a raise unless you threaten to quit. Your… [Read more]

Feb 18

The last Rocky movie took everyone by surprise since it chose to focus heavily on the champion’s heart and outlook over the big training segments and lights out competition that its predecessors had. There was no Apollo Creed to keep the Italian Stallion honest and there was no larger than life super villain like Ivan Drago. To be honest, the movie wasn’t about boxing at all; it was about being a man. If I ever meet Sylvester Stallone I would have to shake his hand and thank him for keeping the standard of manhood alive throughout his films. His body of work speaks for itself but there is one scene in the last Rocky that summed it up beautifully when the champ checked his whiny son by telling him the difference between winning and losing. You’re Better Than That – by Rocky Balboa “Let me… [Read more]

Feb 12

If there is any one character in the entire Star Wars universe more disappointing to me it’s Master Yoda everyone’s beloved little Lannik. Yoda is brought across as the epitome of everything good yet as a leader he was nothing more than a fat coward who got extremely comfortable in his position as grandmaster. Men should try NOT to be like Master Yoda as opposed to emulating him for many reasons. Sure he gave great anecdotes, had inherently good intentions, but when it came time to act he chose instead to run even after his order was wiped out. A Captain always goes down with the ship, a God King rides at the forefront of the cavalry, and Samurai Lords fall on their swords rather than be disgracefully taken captive by their rivals. Even in old kung fu movies the master Abbots of the Shaolin… [Read more]

Jan 02

When it comes to martial history there is much attention given to the men and women who accomplished amazing feats, their weapons of choice and how they used them. I’ve noticed that while these weapons were extraordinary unless it’s a work of fiction, there is barely any mention of who created it. The legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi cautioned future warriors to hold no attachment to a particular “favorite” weapon since times of war will not always guarantee you having it. But master Miyamoto would agree that some of the greatest sword saints before him had blades with names just like many who followed him. One of the most overlooked portion of the warrior’s sword is the smith. Good steel like anything else was not mass produced and chosen at random; good steel was forged by a master. Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill paid homage to this fact with… [Read more]

Sep 11
carmelita jeter

Watching the Olympics in London this past month I recalled a moment when the American women had cleared the finish line in the relay and Carmelita Jeter was the anchor that finished it up for them. In my excitement I referred to Carmelita as a “beast” which basically meant that she was a powerful, unstoppable force. But a woman within earshot of hearing me say it assumed that I was somehow talking down on Carmelita’s looks (as if I’m blind). It is funny how different this word is when it comes to the sexes. To call a man a beast is the highest of compliments; it hints to strength, power, fighting skill, and the unwillingness to give-up in any situation. For a woman it becomes a brutal insult referring to her looks as being rough, masculine, ugly, hairy, unwanted, and scary. Yet it all becomes… [Read more]

Jun 29
men fighting over a woman

There are only a few times when fighting over a woman can be justified. The reason why I say this is because fighting over a woman is the ultimate sign of a man losing control of himself. Fighting for a woman is the fantastic clash of love stories, historical fiction and fantasy. The werewolf boy beefing with the vampire kid for their human girl. It’s everywhere you look but in real life it is seen as some real lame activity. This isn’t to say that some women aren’t worth fighting for but you should consider why you need to fight for her in the first place. The video below features Ne-yo and Kanye West warring over an oh so delicious looking Keri Hilson. Granted any man with a pulse could see the validity of Miss Keri as a beautiful war prize, it still wouldn’t be… [Read more]

Jun 07
bruce lee vs kareem

All through life we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover yet big guys are still intimidating to people for some reason. Some short guys even think life as a big man would be better because it automatically will make them seem tough to the world. What if someone calls your bluff? While this may be true when it comes to perception, it is still very dangerous for a giant when you come across someone who knows that size has little to do with combat. Editor’s note: Before I explain more, please allow me to clarify one thing. The big man I reference in this article is not a Dolph Lundgren (ie: a well-trained martial artist panther with some skill), I am referring to “regular” big guys who were born both tall and husky but lack the training to back-up their false sense… [Read more]

Feb 22

In the movie Scarface, there is a scene where the drug lord Frank Lopez instructed a young Tony Montana that it was the guys who flew quietly in his business that did well. At the time the hot-headed Tony took it as a soft guy’s instruction on how to play it soft and stay a peasant but Frank’s words held more meaning than he even knew. When you work for someone, and you aspire to grow within the company and accomplish wonderful things, you cannot do it by joining the regulars in gossip, discontent, and mediocre work. There is a fine line between brown nosing and what I am about to say to you, but brown nosing is something else completely so please don’t misunderstand my intent. “A man is a good retainer to the extent that he earnestly places importance in his master. This… [Read more]