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Rick Young – Martial Arts, Self-Defence and Lessons From The Greats (#52)

Life lessons from a true martial arts legend

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Introduction to guest:

Rick Young is one of the world’s leading martial artists who’s trained with some of the best ever over the past few decades (see “people mentioned” section below).

He was one of the three original UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelts awarded by Mauricio Gomes in 2005 and, just to give you a taste of his experience and knowledge, he also has black belts in:

  • Judo
  • Karate
  • And is a full instructor of many systems under Guru Dan Inasanto, Erik Paulson, Larry Hartsell and Paul Vunak, including JKD, combat submission wrestling and Kali just to name a few.

He’s also the British, European cup, 3x Pan American and 3x Masters and Seniors champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If you’re interested in martial arts, if you’re starting martial arts, or if you’ve been doing martial arts for a while now, there will be something for you in this podcast.

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Contacting Rick:

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

Be comfortably uncomfortable in your training.

Consistency is the key to training and longevity. Consistency in movement!

Train the skill of switching between being an animal and calmness – 30 second intervals switching on and off.

“One of the best compliments to me is when people don’t realise I’m a martial artist.”

“Until you taste it, you don’t really understand it.”

“You have to understand the animal that you’re dealing with, even if you’re not that animal.”

Fight out of love, not hate, because it’s an easier way to tap into your emotions.

“In your training you want to walk through the door of insanity, but come back!”

You need the balance between the martial and the art.

When discussing calming down – match your physiology with the psychology you want to achieve.

Learning martial arts is just like learning anything… understand the pieces, then get someone to help you make the connections.

Teach a man to fish, don’t give him a fish.

The most spiritual people are often the ones you don’t know are spiritual.

Intelligence and work ethic: know where you want to go, work your way towards it, learn from experience and adapt.

In competition, the aim is not to beat another person, it is to grow into a better version of yourself.

If you don’t win, you learn.

“Kick with violence.”

Make sure you can use what you have!

Question of the day:

“For all of the top martial artists that you have trained with, are there any common attributes?”

Questions From Listeners:

  1. As someone who loves training in a martial art, but has very little experience of real conflict, what tips would you give for how to work on the mindset and emotional management necessary for dealing with violence – without that becoming the only, or even the primary, focus of training?
  2. How do you learn, and then manage, to combine a modest and humble attitude with the absolute confidence – the certainty – that you would beat any attacker in a conflict situation?
  3. What supplemental training can you do to help your martial arts outside of technical training (e.g. running, weights, kettlebells, etc.)?
  4. Were you just interested in martial arts or did you see it as your path in life? Were you happy being a postman or was the plan to teach for a living? What was it about martial arts that made you sacrifice so much?
  5. If Rick had his time again what would he have done differently?

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Rick mentions Eddie Quinn’s story during the show as an example of how to overcome adversity and become a real valued member of society.

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Show notes:

  • 00:00 – Introduction and Scottish weather!
  • 03:56 – How the show is structured.
  • 04:32 – Rick’s date of birth.
  • 05:08 – How and why Rick started martial arts.
  • 12:33 – Lessons that Rick learned during his early days of training that he still refers back to.
  • 15:28 – Is work ethic and grit trained or is it genetic?
  • 18:36 – How Rick trains for real violence: how to switch aggression on and off.
  • 24:52 – How martial artists can train for real violence.
  • 32:55 – Does Rick use visualisation practices?
  • 33:59 – Balancing the martial and the art: keeping the peace as a martial artist.
  • 42:53 – Techniques that Rick uses to calm down.
  • 46:30 – How to learn the most effective techniques from all martial arts systems.
  • 54:00 – Meeting Guru Dan Inasanto.
  • 56:51 – The hard work and sacrifices Rick made to train with Guru Dan Inasanto.
  • 57:30 – Lessons Rick learned from training in LA with Guru Dan Inasanto.
  • 01:00:07 – Meeting Rickson Gracie and stories from his time in LA.
  • 01:05:32 – Gracie training methods before they were well known.
  • 01:08:46 – The brilliance of Mauricio Gomes.
  • 01:09:29 – The training and teaching methods of Guru Dan Inasanto.
  • 01:16:19 – Rick’s spiritual and nutritional habits before and after he visited LA.
  • 01:23:50 – Did Guru Dan Inasanto ever have challenge matches?
  • 01:27:50 – The common attributes of top martial artists.
  • 01:29:11 – How to stay modest and humble but also confident.
  • 01:38:32 – What was it about martial arts that got Rick interested, did he see it as his path in life and why did he make so many sacrifices for it?
  • 01:43:09 – Supplemental training Rick recommends outside the gym.
  • 01:44:04 – Rick’s advice on training into later life.
  • 01:45:56 – Resources Rick refers back to, recommends and gifts.
  • 01:49:39 – Life lessons that Rick has gained from training with top martial artists.
  • 01:55:29 – Would Rick have done anything differently if he had his time again?
  • 01:59:05 – What Rick learned on his trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas.
  • 02:01:49 – Rick’s offer to train at his gym in Edinburgh.
  • 02:04:46 – How painful is Mauricio Gomes’ knee-on-belly and Mauricio’s nickname in Brazil.
  • 02:06:27 – Where to find more and next week’s guest.

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