Make them stronger, younger

Getting kids under 12 tired is definitely a skill! I swear, all children born after 2007 were secretly outfitted with an endless power generator at the hospital 😂. Getting them tired is only 25% of the story. The other 75% – Focus. Fitness. Finesse – is all about helping them build strong character through confidence, problem solving and respect. As parents, we have to recognize that the age old adage still holds true even in today’s digital age:

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2,678,400 seconds in.

We are now 31 days | 744 hours | 44,600 minutes / 2,678,400+ seconds into 2020. Where do you stand with the goals that you have set out to accomplish (fitness or otherwise)? Are you still fired up? Working hard to get to the finish line? Or are you starting have doubts, lose motivation and slowly moving back into the old routine(s)? I sincerely hope that you are all well on track and steamrolling forward like an out of control locomotive!

That being said, if you are starting to see signs of regression, now is a good time to analyze in depth why you are falling off. If you understand why, you can make proactive decisions to counter! Let’s put that in perspective using martial arts for a quick minute:

You are in the ring, facing a game opponent… Your nose is bleeding, your legs are about to give out… But your level of fitness has never been as good as it is; Your skill level is certainly higher than your opponent’s; You are prepared and well equipped to win… So WHY are you in so much pain? The answer is rather simple. You are not moving so you are getting punched in the face… and you are not blocking the leg kicks!

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Academy Update

The work to renovate and prepare the new Art of 8 Martial Arts Academy is well underway. Internal changes and plumbing are near completion. The goal is to create a clean, comfortable top-notch facility while adhering to local and provincial bi-laws and regulations. To this end, our Contractors require some additional time to ensure everything is done right. Therefore, our new projected opening will be early February 2020. We will have a more concrete date following inspections by the Town of Orangeville. We appreciate your continued patience 🙏🏾

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A new year brings many blessings

Happy New Year to all! Today marks the start of another year – another journey around the sun. In some ways, a new year is like a reset button. It helps us to find motivation and put our objectives back on track. It’s also a good time to make quality decisions about our physical and mental well being. We live in an era when our lives are so easily burdened by the negativity that is awash in both traditional and social media. It is important that as we embark on starting new regimes, workout programs, diets and so forth, we make conscious decisions to choose systems that will feed our growth and not sling us into those channels of negativity. After all, we want these changes to be lifestyle improvements and not 1 week “resolutions.” At Art of 8, we are building a community of like minded people… and healthy communities thrive because while each individual may have a different goal, the journey (including the highs and lows) is shared by everyone.

Want to kickstart your 2020 with a difference? We are running a founders special until the end of January (or the limited spots sell out). Check out the SIGN-UP page for details.

The countdown starts…

Under construction…

A blank canvas usually means more work. More work (to me) means more love, thought and connection to whatever is put on that blank canvas. Today I took possession of the keys to the unit that will house Art of 8 in the new year. It was a monumental accomplishment because it meant a step closer to realizing a dream. The unit is the canvas upon which your continued love & support will see us as a team of martial artists develop an important connection with the Orangeville/Shelburne/Grand Valley/Caledon community. We will help people develop their inner strength, physical dexterity and self confidence. In other words, our goal is to help people in this community become champions of life!

Together, we will make Muay Thai & Kickboxing a staple of this incredible community… The countdown starts…


Although winter does not start (officially) until December 21, the squalls of snow this month certainly put winter on all of our minds! It is a time that stirs many emotions for all Canadians. It signals the merry season when people dial back the tension and try to put forward kindness & charity. It can also bring a lot of pressure ranging from “What do I buy?” to “How long is this cold going to last?” This can certainly raise the stress levels and make us miss out on the small, important moments that bind our friendships and families. I have always believed that the best approach to the winter season is to simply embrace it. Build a routine and use it to distract you from otherwise unpleasant anti-cold emotions ;-). Train martial arts, get outside & insert any activity [ for example: snowboarding, ice-fishing, skating, making snow angels etc]… but take refuge in the simple fact that you still have life and health… Do not let the negative feelings win. Stay positive. Stay Strong... Remember, the cold months are also an excellent time to work on building up your cardio, physical strength & Muay Thai skills. Hone your body and fortify your mind. Try a class and Join us in the festive season to see how our dynamic approach keeps things interesting.

It has been a long week!

It has been a very long week, and as such I’ve been reflecting a lot on TIME. Make no mistake, “adulting” is HARD! There is no end to the seemingly insurmountable tasks that are packed within 24hrs. This is often why most working age adults find it difficult to commit to training or even the professional development required to take them to a higher level. They simply cannot “find time for anything.” Every person has a different circumstance, but everyone also has the same 24hrs in a day. What’s different is how the time is spent. Let’s take a look at how I structured my day when I was very actively competing at the national and international level:

  • 5:00 – 5:30 Meal prep, start the day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 workout at home, get ready for work
  • 7:00 – 8:00 travel to work
  • 8:00 – 11:30 work, work, work
  • 11:30 – 12:15 train Muay Thai
  • 12:15 – 12:30 lunch
  • 12:30 – 16:00 work, work, work
  • 16:00 – 18:00 groceries or do family activities
  • 18:00 – 20:00 train Muay Thai
  • 21:00 – 22:30 read, chit chat with family, fall asleep then repeat.

Is it worth it?

If a task is not adding to the professional, physical or emotional growth of my family or myself, it is subtracting from it.

As you can see a full day for me back then was FULL. My advice here is to itemize YOUR day and see exactly where your time goes. Notice there is no “meet up with the boys for beer” or “party like a rockstar” 😬… For me, all that stuff can wait until the weekend (if I really wanted to have some RnR). I justified my workflow as follows: If a task is not adding to the professional, physical or emotional growth of my family or myself, it is subtracting from it. As mentioned before, every person has a different situation and we all have to respect that… But I will leave a small challenge for you to consider this weekend. Itemize your most hectic day. Don’t leave anything out. For every item that’s bringing real value into your life, add 10 points. For those that have no visible value, subtract 10. At the end, are you neutral, negative or positive? If neutral or negative you have options…

Have a great weekend!

Reflect. Recoup. Regenerate.

I hope everyone had an AMAZING Thanksgiving weekend, filled with joy, laughter and gratitude! Nothing beats spending quality time with friends and family. Short breaks like this weekend are good. It gives us time to reflect, recoup and regenerate positive energy.

New class structure

To ensure everyone gets the most out of their workout and skills development, conditioning will now occur in the first 30 minutes of every class, followed by 45 minutes of technique (Tuesdays) and advanced technique (Fridays). This means classes will now run from 8:00PM to 9:15PM. This will allow us more time to connect one on one to zone in on specific skills.

I hope to see everyone this week for more fun and training on the mats. 😁


As we enter the weekend ready to indulge in good foods & drinks, let us remember to (above all things) be truly grateful. It is easy to forget, (but as Canadians) we are afforded many rights, freedoms and luxuries that to many in this world are but dreams they will never experience. Please reflect on this, and if you are able to, extend an act of charity to someone less fortunate so that they may have an opportunity to feel the joy of being on the “receiving end” of gratitude.

I am infinitely grateful that you have extended trust and your most valuable resource of time to making new lifestyle stories with Art of 8 Muay Thai. Please be safe, have fun, make memories, reflect and extend thanks to all. Happy Thanksgiving ❤️