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Better Man in a Month Day 4 – Fast for 24 hours

Today’s challenge might scare you a little bit, it might cause you to think I am a complete whacko, or it may pique your curiosity. The purpose of this challenge is for a variety of reasons, let’s have a quick overview. After doing this, you should experience a number of benefits, such as: changing your relationship with food, learning you have more willpower than you think you do, improving your health and most importantly, putting yourself through a little hardship. Intermittent Fasting (or IM for short) is gaining quite a following in certain health circles as a way of managing weight loss, keeping cholesterol and triglycerides down and giving the digestive system a break. Let’s go into some greater detail just in case you are skeptical (which you ALWAYS should be when it comes to health advice). Continue reading

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Better Man in a Month Day 3 – Get out for a game with the guys

So we’re up to day three. I think this is the perfect time of the week for the next challenge – getting outside and having a game of football/soccer/pick a sport with a bunch of guys. Work mates, friends, family, it doesn’t matter. As long as you get a group of blokes together it’s all good. Tomorrow being Thursday is the perfect afternoon to play a game after work or you can tee something up for the weekend. Why am I asking you to do something that a lot of guys do anyway? Well, guess what, a lot of guys don’t do it. How many of you watch a tonne of sport on tv, but never play any on your own? How many of you go to the gym or go out running alone? I bet it’s most of you. Continue reading

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The Karate Kid and the passive aggressive emasculation of the martial arts

This article is one that was written quite some time ago on bullshido.com. I have not been able to track down the original author in order to cite and give credit for this great piece of work, but if he happens to stumble upon this site and see this, please send me an email and I will be happy to either take the post down or give you credit when I find out who you are.

No doubt the Gentle Reader is already familiar with the 1984 hit film “The Karate Kid”. This essay will focus, therefore, not on reviewing or summarizing “The Karate Kid” for its own sake, but rather upon explaining the impact of “The Karate Kid” upon the public perception of the martial arts in the United States.

In order to address the issue of public perception vis a vis the martial arts, it is important to consider the history of this public perception. In the United States prior to the 70s martial arts were not nearly as mainstream as they are today. It was Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” that catapaulted awareness of oriental martial arts in 1973. The dynamism of the fight scenes and Bruce Lee’s personality impacted the popular mind in a way that would be difficult to overstate. Continue reading

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Improving the commute to work

Rush hour: two words that are the bane of existence for many of those that live in big cities. Research shows that as the time to get to work in a car approaches and exceeds twenty minutes, our quality of life is significantly affected. For most of us, twenty minutes to get to work is at least how long it takes, and that can be on a good day in traffic. On a bad day it takes longer, and then there are the people that cut you off, the people that barely know what an accelerator is, the missed green light. It all adds up to stress overload and causes us to start the day in a seriously foul mood. Wouldn’t you rather begin the day feeling a little happier and a little less stressed? Today we’re going to go into a few strategies to make coping with the daily commute just a little bit easier. Continue reading

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A wake up call – contraception

Today I’m going to speak about something a little more serious than our regular content (which is serious enough most of the time): contraception. Being 30 and married, my impressions of the dating world come through my friends that are still single and hitting the town every weekend. Unfortunately right now condoms are thought of as inconvenient and not worth bothering with because the younger crowd right not have the typical young mindset of “it won’t happen to me”. Continue reading

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Celebration of masculinity – It takes a village to raise a man

In the previous articles, I touched upon the fact that it takes more than a father to raise a boy. Today we are going to look further in depth at the concept of a whole “tribe” of men having a part in shaping a boy’s journey to manhood. This has become especially important nowadays, as dad is so often out for most hours of the day at work and doesn’t get as much time with his son as he would like. What we tend to forget is in the past a boy had many different examples of masculinity to draw on because families lived in close proximity to each other. Now it seems that the entire burden of being a male role model falls on the father, and considering most fathers need to go out and work to support the family, it’s an unrealistic expectation. Continue reading

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Celebration of masculinity – Freeing the wild man

The god of men does not dwell in the suburbs or the office towers. Inner steadiness does not come from achievements or possessions. You will need to find a spiritual basis for your inner life that is specifically masculine and based in nature, which connects you to the earth you live on. As you grow older this will be your source of strength and harmony, freeing you from fear and dependency on others.

– Steve Biddulph, Manhood.

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