Warrior's Way Podcast
By James Eke
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 Martial Arts. A former journalist and a combat arms Army Captain, Eke brings real-life lessons to his training and teaching. Eke is the author of Warrior's Way: A Guide To Lifelong Learning In The Martial Arts and A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist.
Warrior's Way PodcastAug 28, 2021
Episode 143 — ‘Walk With Me’: Cultivate Beginners Mind
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 the way we live our lives.
Sep 20, 202314:13
Episode 142 — ‘Walk With Me’: The Improbable Miracle Of YOU
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 born — but not just that, that everyone and everything has a life. What does that mean to you? How does that change your life? How does that change how you treat others and yourself? How do we use that to focus our training and our energy?
Sep 13, 202316:54
Episode 141 — ‘Walk With Me’: Using Suffering To Change Your Life
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 around us. When we live in this way we live in and perceive a reality that is far different—and one that we need to do something about.
Sep 06, 202318:03
Episode 140 — ‘Walk With Me’: Transform Yourself, Transform Your World
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 and what can I do about it both in my life personally and in the world around me. Training can be a superpower that helps heal, transform and change everything.
Aug 30, 202316:40
Episode 139 — ‘Walk With Me’: Engaged Training To Change Your Life And The World
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 compassion and kindness we can make a bad situation better — ultimately it can change the world. Engaged and functional training means training for something more than for your own wants and desires it means helping others however you can.
Aug 23, 202318:21
Episode 138 — ‘Walk With Me’: The Darkside of Mindfulness & How It Can Help Save Us All
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 commodity. In this episode we talk about the darkside of mindfulness and what we can do to use it to the true potential of it — and how we can use this radical shift to help not just save our lives but also to save our planet.
Aug 16, 202319:10
Episode 137 — ‘Walk With Me’: Dealing With Stress And Anxiety As Part Of Your Training
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 and the method I’ve come up with that I use called the DETAILS method, or the ‘lotus grows in muddy water’ approach. By no means is this way of dealing with the ups and downs of life perfectly but it works for me and I use it both as a method of training as well as truly examining this life.
Aug 09, 202317:05
Episode 136 — ‘Walk With Me’: Creativity & Visualization Will Turbocharge Your Life
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 training?
Aug 02, 202317:17
Episode 135 — ‘Walk With Me’: Embracing the suck of life’s change and challenges
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 one of your greatest teachers can build empathy and compassion as well as strength.
Jul 26, 202316:08
Episode 134 — ‘Walk With Me’: What are you? Who are you? And the Way
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 it means to follow the Way. The collective can lead to disaster if we are not careful and any path of self-development needs to understand this because in the end, what we truly are always matters more than who we believe we are what what we believe defines us.
Jul 19, 202316:35
Episode 133 — ‘Walk With Me’: Dealing With The Darkness
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 we avoid it and bury it completely? In this episode we examine what to do with reactive emotions without letting them drag us down a path of destruction and suffering.
Jul 14, 202318:49
Episode 132 — ‘Walk With Me’: Growth Mindset & Learning How To Push Past Your Limitations
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 about life. What do you know? What don’t you know? What do you not know you don’t know? What is completely outside of your knowledge? How does all of this lead to peace, understanding, compassion and maybe even more?
Jul 04, 202314:32
Episode 131 — ‘Walk With Me’: What is Training?
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 heart of things. In this episode we talk about what training is, how we can bring it into our lives and make the magic of training transform everything.
Jun 28, 202316:17
Episode 130 — Marcus Aurelius’ book Meditations is the only self-help book you need
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 talking about how learning a musical instrument can change your life and become a hugely important part of our training.
Oct 16, 202134:15
Episode 129 — Talking To The Enlightened Master Inside Us
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 don’t have many options.
Oct 02, 202138:36
Episode 128: Shantideva The Flying Bullied Bodhisattva Who Taught Us To Be Kind
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 lessons on compassion and loving-kindness and how we truly need to live our lives and train. We answer a listener question about the most important outlook to cultivate in our training and much more!
Sep 18, 202122:52
Episode 127 — Wake Up! A field guide to enlightenment
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 better lives.
Sep 11, 202133:15
Episode 126 — Trieu Thi Trinh: Vietnam’s Joan of Arc
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 answer a listener question about how to make the most from life in troubling times.
Sep 04, 202126:46
Episode 125 — Anger: Recognize it, work with it and find wisdom in it
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 answer a question about getting more from our training.
Aug 28, 202145:52
Episode 124 — Yasuke: The African Samurai
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 diversity are so vital in the times we find ourselves. We answer a listener question about books anyone who wants to train should add to their bookshelf.
Aug 21, 202126:38
Episode 123 — Alan Watts: Everything Human Is Natural
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 something is missing and what we need to do to find it. We answer a listener question about finding time to train and what matters the most.
Aug 14, 202139:23
Episode 122 — The Last Crow War Chief: The Hero’s Journey Of Transformation
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 and talk about our own power to become someone truly inspiring.
Aug 07, 202133:51
Episode 121 — Understanding What Selflessness Means, And How Important It Is
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 it in our lives.
Jul 31, 202127:26
Episode 120 — Maintaining Discipline To Transform Your Life
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 does discipline really mean though? Is it about being tough? Or is it something more and far more transformative? We answer a listener question about how to deal with all the unpleasant things that come up in our training, our life and our meditation. Check out our website www.warriorsway.ca
Jul 24, 202138:30
Episode 119 — Stephen Batchelor: Responding To Life, Instead Of Reacting To It
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 reacting to it. We discuss how cultivation of stillness, calmness and compassion can transform our training and our lives and we look at how to integrate these concepts into our daily lives as well as our meditation and martial arts. We answer a listener question about where to start when it comes to training. We also talk about the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program www.warriorsway.ca
Jul 17, 202132:06
Episode 118 — Sharon Salzberg: The Practice Of Freedom & The Meaning Of Cause And Effect
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 cultivate compassion and understanding can change our lives and our world. We look at how martial arts training with compassion can be a game changer for everything we do.
Jul 10, 202131:08
Episode 117 — No Beginning, No Ending, No Fear: Transcending Fear Through Living In The Now
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 change. We also look at how learning to truly train to live in the appreciate the present, the now, changes everything. We answer a listener question about dealing with distraction in training and meditation. Check out our website www.warriorsway.ca
Jul 03, 202142:22
Episode 116 — Putting Down The Arrow; Defusing The Worst Evil There Is: Anger
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 frustration and stress and we talk about the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program www.warriorsway.ca
Jun 26, 202133:52
Episode 115 — Alan Watts: The Quest For Freedom Of Spirit
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 through stillness, as well as how movement helps to foster stillness. We answer a listener question about learning to relax in martial arts training and when rolling in Jiu-Jitsu. We also talk about the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program and our blog at www.warriorsway.ca — check it out!
Jun 19, 202131:58
Episode 114 — Dalai Lama: Enduring The Fires Of Anger
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 to use this negativity to grow and transform our lives. We also answer a listener question about the hardest thing about training in Zen and the martial arts. Check out our website www.warriorsway.ca for great online training classes in martial arts, meditation, fitness and more.
Jun 12, 202137:47
Episode 113 — I’m Not Scared To Re-Enter Society, I’m Just Not Sure I Want To
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 through existential situations and get more from our lives. How do we live a better and more engaged life? How do we avoid delusions? We answer a question about what martial arts are good and which suck and talk about the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program www.warriorsway.ca and much more!
Jun 05, 202135:37
Episode 112 — Josh Korda: The Anxiety Of Ending
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 life after COVID. We investigate how to cultivate compassion and kindness in light of a changing world and we answer a listener question about the most important aspect of training. We also look at the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program and our new website www.warriorsway.ca
May 29, 202135:50
Episode 111 — The Secret To Happiness? Thinking About Death!
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 all die. An existential experience I had recently that helped make my life something far better and real. We examine an excerpt from the book The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael Easter. We answer a listener question about anxiety about getting back in the dojo and training in martial arts after COVID.
May 22, 202146:01
Episode 110 — The Buddha Was Wrong?!?
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.
May 15, 202125:11
Episode 109: What Can We Discover In The Dark Unknown Of Self
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 find our true potential. We answer a question about how to practice meditation regardless of how distracted our minds can be.
May 08, 202132:42
Episode 108: Give Yourself Some Breathing Space — Thich Nhat Hanh
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 our own homes. We also look at what it means to be a ‘Zen dude’.
May 01, 202127:45
Episode 107 - The Ambiguity Of Being Human: Pema Chodron
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 of being human, how to deal with change, our own mortality and dealing with a life that is always changing. We discuss what we all should do to stop COVID. We answer a listener question about how to learn to let go.
Apr 24, 202137:55
Episode 106 — Uprooting The Seeds Of Anger
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.
Apr 17, 202135:15
Episode 105 — Peace On The Street, blending Zen and Martial Arts in the inner city
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 so important and some of the lessons COVID has taught. We also look at what we can do when we are feeling overwhelmed.
Apr 03, 202129:38
Episode 104 — Fear Is The Mindkiller
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 the Warrior’s Way Online Training Program www.warriorsway.life
Mar 27, 202125:34
Episode 103 — The Paradox of Invincibility
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 www.warriorsway.life which is a great way to train one on one with James Eke!
Mar 20, 202120:55
Episode 102: Dan Inosanto On Absorbing What Is Useful, Creativity & Imagination In Training
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 answer a listener question about lessons to learn from living in a time of global pandemic.
Jul 26, 202024:57
Episode 101: The Grounding Quality Of Mindfulness In Unsettling Times
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 training that actually matters in these times we find ourselves in. We also answer a question about if we should be having physical contact with others before we find a way to pro text ourselves from COVID-19.
Jul 08, 202019:27
Episode 100: Fighting A Wolf In The Woods — And What That Means To Training
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 book, A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist. We also answer a question about if you should be nervous to get back training even though your dojo has taken precautions.
Jun 03, 202024:08
Episode 99: Alan Watts On Death, Living And Training
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 question about what to teach as we reopen after this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 27, 202031:31
Episode 98: Creativity & Adaptation Needed To Train In This New Age of COVID-19
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 hypochondriac as a result of living through this lockdown.
May 19, 202015:46
Episode 97: How Monks Find Liberation In Isolation
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 this time to improve our lives. We also answer a question about how to get back to training in things that weren’t socially distanced before COVID-19 but will have to be as we move forward.
May 13, 202022:08
Episode 96: Lockdown Is Bending Time Out Of Shape
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 question about breathwork training.
May 08, 202018:36
Episode 95: Surviving Self-Isolation Without Going Insane
James Eke looks at a fantastic article about dealing with self-isolation as a vehicle towards becoming a better person and learning valuable lessons for living a better life in a better world thanks to the pandemic. We also answer a question about training jiu-jitsu by ourselves by tapping into our creativity.
Apr 29, 202031:37
Episode 94: The Burning Heart Of A Bodhisattva
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.
Apr 22, 202022:60