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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Bruce Lee and The Rolling Stones

Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Bruce Lee and The Rolling Stones

Traveling, like life, has its ups and downs. Sometimes you miss trains, sometimes you don’t have enough time to see that one place you really wanted to, and other times you have to say goodbye to that girl you fell in love with for just a day. You live in a stasis of impermanence on the road, constantly a transient guest. So, with a little help from Bruce Lee and…

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Interview with Grandmaster Toddy Part 2: The Future of Muay Thai, MTV, and the Secret to Life

Yesterday you got to read part one of the interview, today I present part 2!

ST (Shameless Traveler)- I noticed now that your gym has a big focus now on training anyone, fighter or not? Can you tell me a little bit about why you offer to teach to anyone?

MT (Master Toddy)- Because I am not simply teaching only kick kick punch punch and fight. I will lay out a path step…

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Interview with Grandmaster Toddy Part 1: Muay Thai Legend, Total Badass, & Crocodile Wrestler

One of my goals is to fulfill my life’s dream of training with the best martial arts masters on the planet; a luxury traveling has afforded me.  I got to live out that dream while in Bangkok, Thailand when I studied under Muay Thai legend Grandmaster Toddy.  Having trained an abundance of champions in both Muay Thai and the UFC, Grandmaster Toddy’s legacy is cemented in history. Over a month of arduous training I got…

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Interview: Studying Martial Arts in Japan - Shorinji Kempo

Someone once said, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” But it is not just travel that makes you richer; it is how you approach it. If your only goal is to check things off a map, then that is what you will do. Your plane will land, you will follow your Lonely Planet, and you will check things off your map, and then you will fly home. But for others, the richest, their approach takes them into forgotten places off the beaten paths. It takes…

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One of the most interesting and inspiring people I’ve met traveling: Shaolin Master Hu Zhengsheng

Like many other people I’ve met along the way, when I set out to a life of traveling I was seeking to uncover the mysteries of the world, but also to uncover the mysteries of myself.  Every journey for me is a spiritual one, every new experience teaches me something. However, in my travels I have been a bit more aggressive in seeking internal enlightenment. I sought out holy men and martial arts masters hoping that some of their wisdom, even just a sliver, could be imbued in me. The…

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Check out my new Press Kit Page on Shameless Traveler!

Check out my newly created Press Kit Page. You can find it’s location under “Contacts” at the very top of my website next to the, “Links” section. On this page you can find where I have been interviewed by other websites about my adventures. Particularly, you can read interviews about me traveling with a manly beard and training martial arts around the world

Additionally, I post media such…

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How to train Muay Thai in Bangkok, Thailand.

UUUSSSSSHHHH!!! That’s what it usually sounds like every time someone throws a roundhouse flying into a heavy bag in my Muay Thai kickboxing camp. What a great sound. If you are like me and you are in Thailand you’re not going to want to miss out on some of the most top notch Muay Thai training in the world. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro with 20 fights under your belt to train here, you can find schools that teach everyone, from the greenest beginner to world…

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Best Sporting Events to See in Foreign Countries

One of the most fun and immersive ways to explore a new culture is to participate in viewing a local sporting event. It’s true, there is nothing like a little competition, often times a little beer, and a lot of fun cheering with the locals to get a real experience of the cultural cross-section of a new country. So get out your vuvzela, your cowbell, or whatever you need to make some noise, grab some tickets, and let’s get in the mix!


Cock-fighting in the Philippines.


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