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Warrior's Way Podcast

147 EpisodesProduced by James EkeWebsite

James Eke is an author and martial artist with over 40 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 Steve Maxwell, Eke runs a successful school in Victoria, BC, Canada, The Eke Academy of M… read more

147 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

Episode 143 — ‘Walk With Me’: Cultivate Beginners Mind

September 20th, 2023


Let’s take a look at cultivation of a state of mind that sees everything fresh, new and magical. Beginners Mind can change not just our training but …

Episode 142 — ‘Walk With Me’: The Improbable Miracle Of YOU

September 13th, 2023


This could be the most important episode yet. Let’s look at how rare, how special and how nearly impossible the chances are that you managed to be …

Episode 141 — ‘Walk With Me’: Using Suffering To Change Your Life

September 6th, 2023


People are never the enemy, ignorance is. Once we learn this simple truth we can start to make real changes in our lives. The first step is to see suffering for what it is both in our lives and in the lives of all those …

Episode 140 — ‘Walk With Me’: Transform Yourself, Transform Your World

August 30th, 2023


What are you? Why train? Why improve your life? These are foundational questions that you should be asking yourself. The next is, what is suffering …

Episode 139 — ‘Walk With Me’: Engaged Training To Change Your Life And The World

August 23rd, 2023


The world around you needs help. We all know this. Sometimes this can seem an un-winnable situation but if we train ourselves to turn our anger and frustration towards something else something that blossoms into …

Episode 138 — ‘Walk With Me’: The Darkside of Mindfulness & How It Can Help Save Us All

August 16th, 2023


We are in the midst of a ‘mindfulness revolution’ in which everyone seems to be singing the virtues of it to the point that it is becoming a …

Episode 137 — ‘Walk With Me’: Dealing With Stress And Anxiety As Part Of Your Training

August 9th, 2023


In our modern world stress and anxiety are a big part of our lives but if we learn methods of dealing with it, at least some (if not all) anxiety can magically disappear. In this episode we discuss my own experiences …

Episode 136 — ‘Walk With Me’: Creativity & Visualization Will Turbocharge Your Life

August 2nd, 2023


How can visualization change your training? How does the creative spark of human experience drive us on to amazing things? What can we learn from NBA superstars and Tibetan Buddhism to get more from our own lives and …

Episode 135 — ‘Walk With Me’: Embracing the suck of life’s change and challenges

July 26th, 2023


Life is change. Life is struggle. Life is suffering. All this is true but we can take this struggle and use it to become stronger, healthier, more resilient and anti-fragile. Learning that the struggle of life can be …

Episode 134 — ‘Walk With Me’: What are you? Who are you? And the Way

July 19th, 2023


This episode we talk about the collective, tribalism and why you need to ask hard questions about the place of both in your life, your path and what …

Episode 133 — ‘Walk With Me’: Dealing With The Darkness

July 14th, 2023


What should we do with anger? Sadness? Frustration? Should we channel it into our training? Should we use it as the fuel to get things done? Should …

Episode 132 — ‘Walk With Me’: Growth Mindset & Learning How To Push Past Your Limitations

July 4th, 2023


In this episode we look at Growth Mindset and how learning to develop and open mind can not just improve your training but in very real ways can improve your life, your mental health, how relationships and your views …

Episode 131 — ‘Walk With Me’: What is Training?

June 28th, 2023


We are launching Season Four of Warrior’s Way Podcast with something new. This season we are going spontaneous and organic. Episodes will be in a way like we are going for a walk together, unscripted and getting to the …

Episode 130 — Marcus Aurelius’ book Meditations is the only self-help book you need

October 16th, 2021


We take a look at Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and how his message has lasted two millennia and what it has meant to some of us and how we live our lives helping us through good and bad times. We …

Episode 129 — Talking To The Enlightened Master Inside Us

October 2nd, 2021


This episode we talking about how we can take Carl Jung’s active imagination process to ramp up our training to new levels. We also talk about how we can find more to add to our training even when we might think we …

Episode 128: Shantideva The Flying Bullied Bodhisattva Who Taught Us To Be Kind

September 18th, 2021


We take a look at one of the most important icons in Buddhism, Shantideva who not just levitated and vanished but taught some of the most important …

Episode 127 — Wake Up! A field guide to enlightenment

September 11th, 2021


In this episode we talk about enlightenment, what it means and ask the question, where are all the enlightened people these days? We answer a listener question about how to integrate philosophy with action and live …

Episode 126 — Trieu Thi Trinh: Vietnam’s Joan of Arc

September 4th, 2021


This episode we examine the life of Vietnam’s Joan of Arc, Ba Trieu who rode a war elephant in rebellion against Chinese invasion. We talk about what a story like Ba Trieu’s can mean to our lives and our training. We …

Episode 125 — Anger: Recognize it, work with it and find wisdom in it

August 28th, 2021


What is anger? How much do you carry around? Where does it come from? This episode we look at different exercises to learn to deal with anger in a positive way to increase our compassion and understanding. We also …

Episode 124 — Yasuke: The African Samurai

August 21st, 2021


This week we take a look at the incredible story of Yasuke the first African Samurai — a true story that will blow your mind. We talk about the reality of life that we are all connected. We talk about how inclusion and …

Episode 123 — Alan Watts: Everything Human Is Natural

August 14th, 2021


We look at an excerpt from a book by Zen trailblazer, Alan Watts on what it truly means to be human. We discuss that feeling in our lives that …

Episode 122 — The Last Crow War Chief: The Hero’s Journey Of Transformation

August 7th, 2021


We look at the incredible story of the man who became Last Crow War Chief in WW2 and examine the power of the transformative process of the Hero’s Journey. We look at what we need to do in our lives to achieve greatness …

Episode 121 — Understanding What Selflessness Means, And How Important It Is

July 31st, 2021


We take a look at the concept of selflessness and why it is so important to our training and how we live our lives. We answer a listener question about ‘what the big deal is with meditation’ and ways to get the most of …

Episode 120 — Maintaining Discipline To Transform Your Life

July 24th, 2021


We look at a Tibetan Rinpoche’s view of discipline and some simple tools to bring meditation on discipline as a practice into our every moment. What …

Episode 119 — Stephen Batchelor: Responding To Life, Instead Of Reacting To It

July 17th, 2021


Do you react to life? Do you get the feeling of being led around by your emotions, anxiety or anything else? We look at some suggestions from meditation teacher Stephen Batchelor on how to respond to life without …

Episode 118 — Sharon Salzberg: The Practice Of Freedom & The Meaning Of Cause And Effect

July 10th, 2021


We examine an article by meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg on finding true freedom in life. What is cause and effect? How do the things we do impact our lives and everything around us? How living and training to …

Episode 117 — No Beginning, No Ending, No Fear: Transcending Fear Through Living In The Now

July 3rd, 2021


What is fear? What are we all afraid of? In this episode we examine fear and the root it grows from in our battle to deal with death and constant …

Episode 116 — Putting Down The Arrow; Defusing The Worst Evil There Is: Anger

June 26th, 2021


We talk about anger, how to recognize it, train against it and how dangerous it is with an excerpt from Tibetan Lama Chagdud Tally’s book Gates To Buddhist Practice. We answer a listener question about dealing with …

Episode 115 — Alan Watts: The Quest For Freedom Of Spirit

June 19th, 2021


We look at an excerpt of the ever enlightening Zen dude, Alan Watts’ book, The Meaning Of Happiness. We talk about the fundamental importance of learning what stillness is about and how we can find understand and peace …

Episode 114 — Dalai Lama: Enduring The Fires Of Anger

June 12th, 2021


We examine the teaching of the Dalai Lama on how to transform anger into patience and compassion and how to deal with negative people and even enemies. We talk about how our enemies can be our greatest teachers and how …

Episode 113 — I’m Not Scared To Re-Enter Society, I’m Just Not Sure I Want To

June 5th, 2021


We examine an awesome article from The Atlantic magazine by Tim Kreider and talk about what it takes to get back to living a life that matters post-COVID. We look at what kind of focus our training can take to get us …

Episode 112 — Josh Korda: The Anxiety Of Ending

May 29th, 2021


We take a look at a Tricycle Magazine dharma talk Dharma Punx NYC teacher, Josh Korda gave on managing the fear and anxiety of returning to normal …

Episode 111 — The Secret To Happiness? Thinking About Death!

May 22nd, 2021


We examine the Buddhist view of getting more from life, living a more fulfilling life and a more happy one through thinking about the fact we will …

Episode 110 — The Buddha Was Wrong?!?

May 15th, 2021


We take a look at happiness and change and what the Buddha said and what we can find for ourselves in our lives and through training. We also look at what is the best martial art to train in.

Episode 109: What Can We Discover In The Dark Unknown Of Self

May 8th, 2021


How exploration of our fear of darkness can reveal illumination of what comes after and what life really is about. We also examine how bringing Zen concepts of living in the moment changes everything and allows us to …

Episode 108: Give Yourself Some Breathing Space — Thich Nhat Hanh

May 1st, 2021


Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh suggests we carve out some personal space to breathe and train — what does that mean? How do we do it? Is it actually important to do? Finding a space to meditate and practice martial arts in …

Episode 107 - The Ambiguity Of Being Human: Pema Chodron

April 24th, 2021


We take a look at an excerpt from Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change that focuses on the ambiguity …

Episode 106 — Uprooting The Seeds Of Anger

April 17th, 2021


We examine the true roots of anger, why we feel it and what we can do about it from a Zen and martial arts perspective. We also look at what we can do to encourage others to train.

Episode 105 — Peace On The Street, blending Zen and Martial Arts in the inner city

April 3rd, 2021


We look at an article from Tricycle Magazine about an amazing place in East Harlem called Peace On The Street that combines modern Zen with Martial Arts, talk about how to integrate Zen into our lives, why compassion is …

Episode 104 — Fear Is The Mindkiller

March 27th, 2021


James Eke looks at fear, what it is and what we can do about it and delves into the view of it from Dune and Zen. We also look at what to do about people who have wronged us and how to move forward as well as talk about …

Episode 103 — The Paradox of Invincibility

March 20th, 2021


We are back for the first episode of season 3 with a look at the Paradox of Invincibility and we answer a question about moving past fear. We also announce the launch of Warrior’s Way Online Training Program

Episode 102: Dan Inosanto On Absorbing What Is Useful, Creativity & Imagination In Training

July 26th, 2020


We look at the role of imagination and creativity in training and read up on what Dan Inosanto pointed us to in his book Absorb What Is Useful. We …

Episode 101: The Grounding Quality Of Mindfulness In Unsettling Times

July 8th, 2020


James Eke brings you a special post-season two special episode in which we look at the discipline it takes to develop mindfulness and a type of …

Episode 100: Fighting A Wolf In The Woods — And What That Means To Training

June 3rd, 2020


James Eke talks about an experience he had fighting a wolf in the woods and how he recounts how it changed his life and his view of training in his …

Episode 99: Alan Watts On Death, Living And Training

May 27th, 2020


James Eke looks into Zen man Alan Watts view on death, life and a whole lot more and what that means in terms of our training. We also answer a …

Episode 98: Creativity & Adaptation Needed To Train In This New Age of COVID-19

May 19th, 2020


James Eke looks at what is required for training in the martial arts in this new time of COVID-19 and social distancing; namely creativity and adaptation. We also answer a listener question about feeling like a …

Episode 97: How Monks Find Liberation In Isolation

May 13th, 2020


James Eke looks at an article from the CBC on how monks find liberation in isolation and what all of us living through the pandemic can do to use …

Episode 96: Lockdown Is Bending Time Out Of Shape

May 8th, 2020


James Eke looks at an awesome article from The Guardian on how COVID-19 is completely messing with time in a crazy timey-whimy Doctor Who like way. We discuss what that means to our training. We also answer a listener …

Episode 95: Surviving Self-Isolation Without Going Insane

April 29th, 2020


James Eke looks at a fantastic article about dealing with self-isolation as a vehicle towards becoming a better person and learning valuable lessons …

Episode 94: The Burning Heart Of A Bodhisattva

April 22nd, 2020


James Eke looks at the tragic and inspirational story of Zen Master Thich Quang Duc. We also talk about the power of meditation and answer a listener question about paying your dues during the pandemic.

Episode 93: The Isolation Of Mas Oyama

April 16th, 2020


James Eke looks at an article called The Self Isolation Of Mas Oyama and how his years in solitude launched a new system of Karate. We also answer a …

Episode 92: When A Virus Is Training And A Lesson

April 1st, 2020


James Eke looks at an excellent article from The Atlantic on how COVID-19 may be a lesson to us all for how to slow down, live more purposeful lives …

Episode 91: Training Doesn’t Stop Because Of The Plague

March 25th, 2020


James Eke talks about how we can keep ourselves happy, healthy and training amidst the COVID-19 pandemic or any time we don’t have anyone to train with.

Episode 90: Ernest Becker, Denial Of Death

March 19th, 2020


James Eke looks at Ernest Becker’s amazing book The Denial Of Death. We also talk about what to do when thoughts come up during meditation.

Episode 89: Sweeping My Heart Out Through The Zen Of Work

March 10th, 2020


James Eke looks at an article by Zen teacher Zenju Manuel on the dirt dug up through Zen-meditation infused work. We also answer a listener question about training with other teachers.

Episode 88: Compassion The Cornerstone Of True Training

March 4th, 2020


James Eke looks at how we can reconcile training for violence but building compassion for everyone and everything. We also answer a listener question …

Episode 87: The Esoteric Teachings Of Prof Henry Okazaki

February 25th, 2020


James Eke looks at Danzan Ryu Jiu-Jitsu founder Prof Henry Okazaki’s view of the essential teachings of the martial arts and what we should focus on …

Episode 86: The Book Of Five Rings in Business & Life

February 18th, 2020


James Eke looks an article on using Musashi’s Book Of Five Rings in business and we chat about how we can use the knowledge of strategy on the mats and life. We also answer a listener question about reconciliation of …

Episode 85: Chris Haueter’s Jiu-Jitsu; The Dance Of Life

February 12th, 2020


James Eke looks at an excerpt on Chris Haueter from Chuck Rylant’s book Motivation: Stories On Life And Success From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts. …

Episode 84: Bhagavad Gita, A Book To Change Your Life

February 4th, 2020


James Eke takes a look at the life-changing ancient text, the Bhagavad Gita. We also answer a question about what is the most important thing about training.

Episode 83: John Danaher On Jiu-Jitsu Belt Progression

January 22nd, 2020


James Eke looks at an article on why you shouldn’t care about your BJJ belt progression. We also answer a question on street-wise self defense and …

Episode 82: Suzuki’s Zen Big Mind

January 14th, 2020


James Eke takes a look at Shunryu Suzuki’s take on Zen and the mind. And we chat about getting all of our bases covered and training in as much as we can as a student of life.

Episode 81: Judd Reid & His 100-Man Kumite

January 8th, 2020


James Eke looks at Kyokushin Karate’s 20th man to ever complete the daunting 100 man Kumite, Australia’s Sensei Judd Reid. We also look at what is the most important thing to do for your training if you ‘don’t have much …

Episode 80: Savour Your Moments

December 10th, 2019


James Eke takes a look at an article on research being done on improving your love of life through learning to savour your life. We also talk about if taking a break from training is a good idea.

Episode 79: Rickson Gracie and Aleister Crowley On Yogic Breathing

December 3rd, 2019


James Eke takes a look at how Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie and Occultist Aleister Crowley helped turn people on to the practice of yoga and breath …

Episode 78: Silat; Training For Death, And Life

November 20th, 2019


James Eke looks at the Malay martial art of Silat through discussion of a chapter on Silat ‘deathscapes’ from and an article by Douglas Farrer called Deathscapes of the Malay Martial Arts. We also answer a listener …

Episode 77: Steve Maxwell Has Blown My Mind

November 12th, 2019


James Eke talks about training with Jiu-Jitsu, fitness and mobility legend, Steve Maxwell and we talk about why you need a martial art that makes sense for real life.

Episode 76: Training Rust; Deconstructing Martial Arts

November 6th, 2019


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 …

Episode 75: The Hero’s Journey: Getting More From The Adventure Of Your Life

October 29th, 2019


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.

Episode 74: Brenda King Amazing BJJ Black Belt At ‘60-ish’

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 73: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Is A Game Changer

October 15th, 2019


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 …

Episode 72: John Cage, Searching For Silence

October 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 71: Old School Thinking For A New Day

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 70: The Flow: Beat Stress To A Pulp With Mindfulness

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 69: Rickson Gracie: Be A Well-Rounded Martial Artist

September 18th, 2019


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 …

Episode 68: Allostasis; Finding Balance With Disciple And Chaos

September 9th, 2019


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 …

Episode 67: Nancy Wake, Freedom Fighting Nazi Hunter

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 66: Steve Maxwell: Jiu-Jitsu & the Mature Athlete

August 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 65: Zen Master Alan Watts On Jung’s Darkside

August 5th, 2019


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 …

Episode 64: Fighting Your Way Out Of The Belly Of The Whale

July 30th, 2019


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 …

Episode 63: Kelly McCann; ‘Rage Is Powerful’

July 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 62: Hiro Onoda, The Last Samurai Of WW2

July 15th, 2019


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 …

Episode 61: Warrior Program; Inspiring Leaders Of Tomorrow

July 8th, 2019


James Eke looks at the Warrior Program launched in the Vancouver Island communities of Ucluelet and Tofino to teach respect, responsibility, …

Episode 60: Dam Awesome Way Of Life

June 24th, 2019


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 …

Episode 59: Step On The Mat; Life Lessons Of The Ninja

June 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 58: Why Getting Kids In The Martial Arts Matters

June 10th, 2019


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 …

Episode 57: Haida Gwaii (part 2): The Legacy, The People

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 56: The Bushido

May 26th, 2019


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 …

Episode 55: The Viking Laws

May 21st, 2019


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.

Episode 54: JK Rowling’s Lesson Of Failure & Imagination

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 53: E.J. Harrison First Western Black Belt In Judo

May 6th, 2019


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 …

Episode 52: The Magic Of Turning 50 & A Lesson From Haida Gwaii

April 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 51: Dan Inosanto, A Burning Desire To Learn

April 22nd, 2019


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.

Episode 50: The Sweat Lodge

April 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 49: Thich Nhat Hanh, Finding Zen Through Fear

March 31st, 2019


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 …

Episode 48: Admiral McRaven’s Challenge To Change The World

March 24th, 2019


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 …

Episode 47: Memento Mori, Remember Death

March 17th, 2019


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 …

Episode 46: Walking Through The Door Of Forgetfulness

March 10th, 2019


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 …

Episode 45: Plato’s Cave

March 3rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 44: Taoist Principles To Change Your Life

February 25th, 2019


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.

Episode 43: Anko Itosu & The 10 Precepts Of Karate

February 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 42: Moshe Feldendrais, Judo — The Art Of Defence

February 5th, 2019


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 …

Episode 41: Donn Draeger on Sport Martial Arts

January 29th, 2019


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 …

Episode 40: Gichin Funakoshi’s 20 Precepts To Master Life

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 39: Joe Hyams’ Zen In The Martial Arts: Empty Your Cup

January 15th, 2019


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 …

Episode 38: Pema Chodron and the art of doing no harm

January 8th, 2019


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 …

Warrior’s Way Podcast Christmas Wishes

December 23rd, 2018


A very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 from me to you.

Episode 37: Mitsuyo Maeda, The Father Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 36: Edith Garrud, The Suffragette Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu

December 11th, 2018


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 …

Episode 35: Samurai Warrior Woman Tomoe Gozen

December 4th, 2018


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 …

Episode 34: Jocko Willink and the ‘Good’ philosophy

November 27th, 2018


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.

Episode 33: Zen Master Dogen and his Rules for Meditation

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 32: Sarah Mayer, Judo’s 1st western woman black belt

November 15th, 2018


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 …

Remembrance Day Special Episode

November 11th, 2018


A read of Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.

Episode 31: Keiko Fukuda, the Mother Of World Women’s Judo

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 30: Chojun Miyagi, The Tao Of Karate

October 31st, 2018


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, …

Episode 29: Toshitsugu Takamatsu, The Essence Of Ninjutsu

October 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 28: Mas Oyama, 11 Mottos Of Kyokushin Karate

October 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 27: Takuan Soho, The Unfettered Mind

October 11th, 2018


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.

Episode 26: Alan Watts (Part 2) The Way Of Gentleness

October 3rd, 2018


James Eke takes another look at Alan Watts, this time talking about Zen, Kendo and the 'No Sword School'.

Episode 25: Anthony Bourdain & The Lesson Of Ichi-Go Ichi-E

September 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 24: Sun Tzu’s Art Of War

September 19th, 2018


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.

Episode 23: Jordan B. Peterson, Order & Chaos

September 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 22: Henry Rollins, Iron & Soul

September 6th, 2018


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 …

Episode 21: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

August 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 20: Marcus Aurelius

August 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 19: Jiu-Jitsu Is Life

August 2nd, 2018


James Eke looks at the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu. We also answer a listener’s question about esoteric martial arts training.

Episode 18: The Eye Of The Storm, Staying Calm In The Chaos

July 26th, 2018


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 …

Warrior’s Way Podcast Challenge

July 24th, 2018


James Eke is issuing you a personal challenge—are you up for it?

Episode 17: Gogen Yamaguchi

July 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 16: Move Your Body Machine

July 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 15: Alan Watts

July 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 14: Carlos Gracie’s Commandments Of Jiu-Jitsu

June 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 13: Hagakure, The Book Of The Samurai

June 14th, 2018


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.

Episode 12: The Martial Arts Creed

June 7th, 2018


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.

Episode 11: Morihei Ueshiba

May 27th, 2018


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.

Episode 10: Gichin Funakoshi

May 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 9: The Bow & How It Can Change The World

May 19th, 2018


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?

Episode 8: Peter Urban

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 7: Nurturing The Tree Of Our Martial Arts

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 6: The Flow

May 13th, 2018


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 …

Episode 5: Everything Is Training

May 7th, 2018


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.

Episode 3: Helio Gracie’s Master Text

May 7th, 2018


James Eke looks at Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master Helio Gracie’s Master Text and reasons why you should train in Jiu-Jitsu.

Episode 2: Getting Started

May 7th, 2018


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.

Episode 4: Dan Inosanto, Absorb What Is Useful

May 7th, 2018


Taking a look at Dan Inosanto’s 1982 book, Absorb What Is Useful and what it means to teach and learn the martial arts.

Warrior's Way Podcast

May 5th, 2018


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