I know Travis Joyner as a friendly and scary-good practitioner and teacher of ground fighting at my Krav gym. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, experience in a lot of other martial arts, and an MMA record of 2-0 (a submission and an awesome head kick knockout). He’s also a police officer with experience in several areas, and he works with Sheepdog Response. He’s got thoughtful ideas about all of those things, so listen up.
(The photo above shows young Forrest at a wedding with a Bruce Lee book in hand.) Forrest gave us some book recommendations! Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin On the Warrior’s Path, Daniele Bolelli: Forrest likes its view of martial arts as philosophy in motion. Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do: The Textbook, Chris Kent and Tim Tackett Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing, Chris Kent and Tim Tackett
After earning a black belt Now that you know the alphabet, start writing books.
Fighting is chaos. Every martial art is trying to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense.
Forrest Caudill brings us this Monday’s Walkout Song: A Head Full of Dreams, by Coldplay.
Meditation is about being in the moment. The quickest way to put yourself in the moment is have somebody try and punch you in the face.
This Monday’s Walkout Song is Sunshine of Your Love, by Cream! Forrest Caudill said that when this song comes on, he knows it will be a good training day. So swagger on out into this week.
Forrest Caudill is a talented martial artist and all-around nice guy. He owns Austin Impact Jeet Kune Do, and he also explores any other fighting traditions he can find. Forrest runs a supportive Facebook group that brings together martial artists from all disciplines. He’s also an amaaaaazing storyteller. Listen up.
Keep learning things.
I may not be the fastest, strongest, or the best technically, but I can fuck up and recover better than most.