TRAINING GUIDE: Simply to Simplify 2.0 – Video #2 – Daily Martial Arts Training

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: There is another “Simply to Simplify” series on this channel from a few years ago. A lot has changed since then. I explain that in this video.

There are certain activities that were omitted, while others were added. Sometimes this schedule can change on a daily basis, but the one you see in this video is one I have had for a while now. I’m pretty pleased with it, because I think it is focusing like a laser on what needs the most work.

Having said that, it IS bound to change again someday. When it does, maybe I will make another series. πŸ™‚

~~~Steve Grogan

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Video Game Review – DYNASTY WARRIORS 9

In this video, I review DYNASTY WARRIORS 9.

If you want to buy this video game based on my review, you can do so by following one of these links:

XBOX ONE – https://amzn.to/3Aek8nK

PS4 – https://amzn.to/3lArhub

***DISCLAIMER: What I have provided you here is an affiliate link, which means I will get a commission if you buy it. However, that will come out of AMAZON’S pocket, not yours. Also, I would not post an affiliate link to a book that I thought was awful.***

~~~Steve Grogan

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Exercise Program I Teach is Now Called High Intensity RESISTANCE Training

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Join me as I explain the awesome new name that I got for the exercise program (it came to me courtesy of Sam Fury of the website Survival Fitness Plan). This should be enough to distinguish what I do from that other similarly-named workout that most people think I mean when I say “High Intensity Training.”

~~~Steve Grogan

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SELF-ESTEEM – Video #12 – Six Methods to Improve Your Self-Esteem (An Overview)

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Okay, here we are. We have discussed what self-esteem is, how it is different from self-confidence and arrogance, why we need it, and so on. Now we are finally going to talk about ways you can improve it.

Well, sort of.

What I mean is I am going to list them rapid-fire in this video. However, don’t fear: we WILL go over them more in-depth in the near future.

Actually, the more savvy folks out there might wonder why I picked six methods. Well, that is a nod to the “father of the self-esteem movement,” the late Dr. Nathaniel Branden, who considered his book THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF-ESTEEM to be the grandest statement on all the work he had been doing. RIP to you, sir.

To sum up, the six methods are:

1) Read self-esteem books

***I will provide in-depth reviews of any/all self-esteem books that I read in the future. Until I do, feel free to check out these ten titles.

***FYI, books 4-10 are recommended by this article:

2) Buy a video series on self-esteem

***To be honest, there were not a lot of impressive results for this, so I picked the best three.

3) Self-help podcasts & YouTube videos/channels

***I picked the first eight podcasts from a large list. Don’t limit yourself to these; go check out the entire roster here:

https://player.fm/podcasts/Self-Esteem

4) Psychotherapy

***How do you find a provider for this service? Check out these links:

5) Evaluations and tests

6) Medicine

~~~Steve Grogan

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TRAINING GUIDE: Simply to Simplify 2.0 (2022) #1 – Introduction

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: A martial artist’s life is a hectic one. It is also an uncertain one. By that I mean we ask ourselves things like: “What do we practice? How much? How long?” Also, with so much effort geared toward martial arts, how do we work in other concerns like exercise and nutrition?

That is what I intend to explore in this series.

In this introductory video, I explain how I think there are three major components that are tied into our martial art abilities: (1) practicing our techniques, forms, and so on, (2) exercise, and (3) nutrition. Those last two items help to enhance the first one. In other words, we cannot reach our full potential as martial artists unless we are physically fit AND are fueling our body with food that contains the nutrients we need to function at our peak level.

By the way, if you have been watching my channel for a while or if you explored past videos, you will notice I already did a series called “Simply to Simplify.” Well, times have changed. I’ve made quite few adjustments to my martial arts training and exercise routine. Nutrition hasn’t changed too much, but I figured if I was going to explain two items, I might as well address all three.

~~~Steve Grogan

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Movie Review – WARRIORS TWO

In this video, I review the old school kung fu movie WARRIORS TWO, which I believe is one of the best representations of Wing Chun on film.

If you want to buy this movie based on my review, you can do so by following this link: https://amzn.to/2VvTS9k

However, to show you I am not all about the money, I will provide you a link to watch it on YouTube for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtdSM1Qr3mQ

***DISCLAIMER: What I have provided you here is an affiliate link, which means I will get a commission if you buy it. However, that will come out of AMAZON’S pocket, not yours. Also, I would not post an affiliate link to a book that I thought was awful.***

~~~Steve Grogan

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SELF-ESTEEM – Video #11 – What is Self-Esteem For? George Carlin’s Anti-Self-Esteem Rant

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: I remember having HBO back in the day and always getting excited whenever they said George Carlin was doing another special for them. Up until “Jammin’ in New York,” I faithfully viewed them as soon as they were aired.

After a while, I lost HBO, and I never bothered to get it back. Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, I can find all the Carlin specials that I missed.

Sadly, one of them proved to have a segment that took me aback, to say the least.

I always thought George was one of the most intelligent stand-up comedians who ever lived, especially when he was go into his diatribes about language. (I wasn’t as impressed when he would rant about the government; it was pretty standard counterculture material.) That is why I was so puzzled by this bit.

What George describes in this segment is NOT self-esteem; it’s arrogance. Also, he completely misses the mark when he talks about how “studies have shown” self-esteem won’t land you better-paying jobs or get better test grades.

I thought to myself, “Who the hell said that was the purpose of good self-esteem?”

Then he went on to talk about how criminals have good self-esteem, and that was when I said, “This is too much. I HAVE to do a rebuttal to this.”

And so, here we are. πŸ™‚

~~~Steve Grogan

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FIGHTIN’ WORDS #45 – “Wing Chun is Too Deadly for Competition”

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Really, the title says it all, but for those who might need more clarification before hitting the “play” button….this video contains my opinion on the statement, “Wing Chun is too deadly for competition.”

~~~Steve Grogan

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Book Review – BASIC WING CHUN TRAINING by Sam Fury

In this video, I review BASIC WING CHUN TRAINING by Sam Fury. 

If you want to buy this book based on my review, you can do so by following this link: https://amzn.to/3lAb6NE

***DISCLAIMER: What I have provided you here is an affiliate link, which means I will get a commission if you buy it. However, that will come out of AMAZON’S pocket, not yours. Also, I would not post an affiliate link to a book that I thought was awful.***

~~~Steve Grogan

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Update to the Geek Wing Chun Review Playlists

In this video, I discuss how I am going to rearrange the review playlists on this channel.

Books, movies, instructional videos, role-playing games, and video games will all be under one playlist now. There is a rotating schedule I will follow for these, which is:

1) Book

2) Movie/Instructional Video

3) RPG/Video Games

If I should run out of anything in any of those categories, then I will review a product from one of the following categories:

1) Mook Jong and related products (limbs, frames, etc.)

2) Wing Chun Poles

3) Wing Chun Knives

4) Sparring Gear

5) Exercise and Conditioning Gear

Combine those lists together, and you have an 8-week cycle, which is approximately 2 months.

I know there might not be a large audience of people who even care about this, but for those who wonder about the behind-the-scenes working of a YouTube channel, it’s here for your viewing.

~~~Steve Grogan

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