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S y n o p s i s
Our lives are governed by our beliefs. Many of them, we may believe to be the truth. Often times these beliefs, can have the potential to create happiness or unhappiness in our lives and the world around us. Two people with the exactly same set of circumstances and conditions, can have a completely different experience, because of the beliefs they hold.
The beliefs which we choose to believe are rarely an absolute truth. Beliefs are usually a relative truth. At times they can feel like they are actually the truth, because of the evidence we have created about them from our lives. This evidence can evolve from the media, society, people around us, personal experience, parents, teachers and religion.
This and a discussion about current world events and
B i o
I was Born in
Calgary Alberta, and am currently residing in British Columbia Canada. I am a
full time Martial Arts instructor, father, and entrepreneur in the field of
health and wellness.
I have always
been on a quest. Since as far back as I can remember, something drew me
magnetically to the martial arts, warrior legend, and to philosophy. From the
rare programs on TV I was able to catch, or the books I came across at the local
library, I devoured everything I could find on the tales of courageous samurai,
valiant knights and medieval military strategy, comparative religion and
mythology, and even modern day super-heroes.
something about the iconic warrior archetype that intrigued me more than
anything else I had come across.
The world of
martial arts opened up to me while watching some martial art demonstrations at
the local exhibition centre. I wanted to be those people I saw performing, and I
would imagine it was me doing those seemingly miraculous movements so flawlessly
and with such confidence.
Turtles may have also had an early influence.
I now hold
degrees in multiple martial arts styles, and continue to train and teach the
physical and spiritual warrior principles to this day.
What I have
discovered and experienced from this quest for knowledge is laid out in the
material of this site, and in my podcast for your benefit.
What do I get
out of it you ask?
I live for
M e l ' s P a r e n t s
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Many people ask me why I am so against socialism. During a
recent interview I explained the reasons why. The photograph below is of my
parents in Madrid, Spain on December 26, 1962; a mere few weeks after the Cuban
Missile Crisis. I decided to include this very personal photograph so that my
loyal listeners could gain more understanding as to why I am so opposed to this
My parents planned their exit from Cuba once they realized the
country was going the way of the Soviet Union. The government expropriated
everything. To be able to gain an exit visa, you needed to resign from your job
or profession and not derive any income for an entire year. Government personnel
would come to your residence to conduct an entire inventory of all of your
belongings. Everything belonged to the state/people. On the day of departure, a
government representative would return to my parent’s home to account for every
single item listed on the inventory list taken previously. If anything was
missing you could not leave. Since everything was accounted for, my parents gave
the keys to their home to the "people's" government. However, they were asked to
leave their luggage and whatever money they were able to save was confiscated.
They were only allowed to leave with what they were wearing. Any jewelry was
confiscated too (including wedding rings).
So the journey to exile began. First, they made it to Ottawa,
Canada and then to Algeria, Africa. Finally, they arrived in Madrid, Spain. This
image means a lot to me because it impersonates the struggle that millions of
people have gone through because of socialism. My parents were fortunate to
leave while they were young and healthy; unlike 150 million of others who
perished around the world. The only time in my parent's life that they were the
recipients of charity was the day this photograph was taken. They were walking
the streets of Madrid, having just arrived, and a street photographer noticed
they were not wearing appropriate winter clothing and were very cold. Not only
did he take a photograph for posterity, but he also bought them used winter
For anyone to advocate for socialism without firsthand
experience is the height of ignorance, and those of us who were lucky enough to
be given a new life and equal opportunity (not outcome) to succeed, will always
stand up to this evil. When someone says this can never happen here (wherever
you might be), please think again and consider the well documented history that
Thank you for allowing me to open a very personal window into my