68: Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Book of the Samurai, part 8

Podcast Link: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/68-Yamamoto-Tsunetomo—Book-of-the-Samurai–part-8-elidqa

To be prideful about your strength while your mettle is not yet established is likely to bring you shame in the midst of people. You are weaker than you look.

67: Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Book of the Samurai, part 7

Podcast Link: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/67-Yamamoto-Tsunetomo—Book-of-the-Samurai–part-7-el83io

Kyuzaemon has always been a severe man, and even if I were cleared by the investigators, he would probably have me executed as a coward right before his eyes. In such a case, dying with the bad reputation of having run away from a place would be extremely regretful.

The Hagakure: http://3yryua3n3eu3i4gih2iopzph.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pdf/hagakure.pdf

035: Midweek Debrief – Why You Want Cops to Have a Warrior’s Mindset

Podcast link: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/035-Midweek-Debrief—Why-You-Want-Cops-to-Have-a-Warriors-Mindset-ekdf7f

Over the past several years, the term “warrior” has been used, labeled, demonized, idolized, and applied to all kinds of professions. These days when someone mentions the word “warrior,” typically, it is synonymous with members of the military, sports figures, MMA, UFC, and others. The term “warrior” in the law enforcement community has been a taboo title. It went as far and removing the word completely from the culture and replaced with words like “guardian” and “sheepdog.”

In the law enforcement community, when the word “warrior” was used, it was referred to as a mindset. The warrior mindset. Political correctness demonized it in the profession and associated it as part of the “militarization” of police. Across the country, that word was wiped out from any curriculum at police academies. It meant that police officers were too aggressive for modern society, it meant police officers will only use lethal force, it meant police officers will think of themselves as above their fellow man.

The warrior mindset is far from that. The core beliefs of someone adopting the warrior mindset are discipline, respect, selfless service, honor, courage, and integrity.

A warrior mindset, at a deeper level, helps individuals realize the true enemy is not external forces but the internal. Weakness, fear, jealousy, greed, ego, laziness, and many other negative traits are recognized as the enemy of the warrior mindset. Miyamoto Musashi once said, “If you wish to control others you must control yourself.” Think about it, Musashi did not mean literally “control” people, he was referring to the idea of the “self.” To have a warrior mindset is to look inward and defeat those negative traits in our hearts to be an effective officer in the community.

by Ayman Kafel

033: Midweek Debrief – How to Fight Tired

Podcast link: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/033-Midweek-Debrief—How-to-Fight-Tired-ejntf7

Every fighter faces total exhaustion in the ring someday. Instead of panicking and getting beat up, you can learn how to fight tired and box your way through exhaustion.

The sport of boxing is forever characterized by endurance and exhaustion. To ever be a good boxer, you will have to eventually face the challenge of fighting beyond your limits. Your body will be pushed beyond a point of exhaustion you never thought was possible. Spiritually, you must have the heart to dig deep inside yourself and find energy you no longer have. Technically, you must find ways to fight without exerting energy. If you can do this, you will have successfully learn how to fight when you are tired. – Johnny Nguyen

63: Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Book of the Samurai, part 2

Podcast link: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/63-Yamamoto-Tsunetomo—Book-of-the-Samurai–part-2-ejino9

Look at the human condition. It is unseemly for a per- son to become prideful and extravagant when things are going well. Therefore, it is better to have some unhappiness while one is still young, for if a person does not experience some bitter- ness, his disposition will not settle down. A person who becomes fatigued when unhappy is useless.

62: Yamamoto Tsunetomo – Book of the Samurai, part 1

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/62-Yamamoto-Tsunetomo—Book-of-the-Samurai–part-1-ej7djf

Hagakure is the essential book of the Samurai. Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo… These philosophies are centered on loyalty, devotion, purity and selflessness, and Yamamoto places a strong emphasis on the notion of living in the present moment with a strong and clear mind.

Hagakure Link: http://3yryua3n3eu3i4gih2iopzph.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pdf/hagakure.pdf

60: Academy of Ideas – The Psychology of Heroism

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/60-Academy-of-Ideas—The-Psychology-of-Heroism-eii5kg

“Ours is not an age that wants heroes. Ours is an age of envy, in which laziness and self-involvement are the rule. Anyone who tries to shine, who dares to stand above the crowd, is dragged down by his lackluster and self-appointed “peers”.” – Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover”


027: Midweek Debrief – Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night

57: Gratitude Has Pushed Through My Fear

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/57-Gratitude-Has-Pushed-Through-My-Fear-ehj5p2


Today my gratitude has pushed through my fears, as a severely abused child fear of cruelty and threat to life is expected when life gets a little peaceful.  My abusers were narcissist and these deformed people are never at peace and hate to see another in this elusive state they never seem to be able to attain.  The jealousy drives them to disturb those immersed in the gratitude state, those emotionally crippled by thought insignificance scream at the constant insulting consciousness that taunts them, they are in perpetual agitation and grind their teeth psychologically with rage at their incarceration with no release date in sight.

My first abuser would attack me and beat me out of my enjoyment of enjoying my presence of being gifted to be alive and in balance with my balanced and well put together anatomy, grooming my mind.  Always when the bruises calmed down their fire and lumps would shrink and lose their presence to my touch, would i hear her breath quicken with words of complaint for some small thing i over looked to keep tidy.  The next thing i knew is the room would change its angles, i would see lights and things would smudge as if what was a painting is now vandalised, my eyes stopped working and then there was a familiar smell of my own blood.  This bomb site i called my life, and it always happened when i was quiet.

FEAR was my soundtrack that did not let the better tuned emotions become my music.  This emotion that made my muscles twitch, my jaw flex, and my fists clench, always kidnapped me when things were quiet, as soon as i acknowledged peace, anticipation of what usually happened next snapped me back into the paranoia that something painful was going to happen.  Sometimes i would make it happen so i would not be surprised, but since the age of eight i have strived to enjoy a little peace and today at 55, my work is paying off.  Gratitude pushes through all my bodies muscle memories and i feel all of me relax and give thanks, i give thanks for my muffling of angst.




55: Tim Ballard – Making Sure The Monsters Won’t Come Anymore

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/55-Tim-Ballard—Making-Sure-The-Monsters-Wont-Come-Anymore-egu6rl

“As I’m driving, I’m listening to a singer, who is my favorite singer, who, I didn’t know him at all at the time, Peter Breinholt.

Right as I was approaching the first off-ramp that would lead me to a life of chasing down pedophiles and sex traffickers, and everything else, this song comes on, that, before this moment didn’t have much meaning to me, it wasn’t necessarily my favorite song that Peter Breinholt sang. It is called ‘Lullaby’. It tells the story of a parent figure who is talking to a child, who is having some kind of nightmare of something bad happening to them. The parent comes into the room, he soothes the child, and then what the parent keeps saying is “They won’t come around here no more, they won’t come around here no more…”, meaning these monsters, the nightmares. I thought “you know what, because of what we did, and, again, I didn’t do anything spectacular on this case, but because of our efforts, the monsters won’t come anymore to this little boy.” – Tim Ballard



53: Michael Kurcina – Hated

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/53-Michael-Kurcina—Hated-egcltj

Men will find themselves judged, cursed, and crushed for their intelligence and honesty in a world of declining values, declining manliness, and declining desires for achieving a worthy place in the world.

Hell, even a dull hell awaits men without courage and a vision, or the objectivity to stand back and understand what every man must pursue. Critics will attempt to publicly injure risk takers and will ask how dare they.

Men should never stop trying to become fully developed persons. Attempting to truly live means men will also experience tremendous shocks to the soul, shocks that wound us severely. The delicate instrument of love will close off some of our injuries from further insult but we must have enough courage to see the operation through, and have enough to pursue the path of being alive! Wandering, questioning, doubting, unbelieving and believing, coming, going, dying and growing. We must never stop.

Michael Kurcina, We Fight Monsters

51: Frederick Douglass – Self-Made Men Aren’t Self-Made

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/51-Frederick-Douglass—Self-Made-Men-Arent-Self-Made-efmp2l

The lesson taught at this point by human experience is simply this, that the man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down. This rule may appear somewhat harsh, but in its general application and operation, it is wise, just, and beneficent. I know of no other rule which can be substituted for it without bringing social chaos. Personal independence is a virtue and it is the soul out of which comes the sturdiest manhood. But there can be no independence without a large share of self-dependence, and this virtue cannot be bestowed. It must be developed from within.


019: Jocko Willink – Mind Control

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/019-Jocko-Willink—Mind-Control-ef8ccr

“You have to decide that you are going to be in control, that you are going to do what YOU want to do. Weakness doesn’t get a vote. Laziness doesn’t get a vote. Sadness doesn’t get a vote. Frustration doesn’t get a vote. NEGATIVITY doesn’t get a vote. ”

“You are declaring martial law on your mind: MIND CONTROL.”

Jocko Willink, Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual.

49: Joseph Goebbels – Propaganda Never Rests

Joseph Goebbels presents Nazi propaganda as the model for the rest of the world, calling it the “background music” to government policy because a modern state, whether democratic or authoritarian, cannot withstand the subterranean forces of anarchy and chaos without propaganda.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/49-Joseph-Goebbels—Propaganda-Never-Rests-ef35fg


018: Midweek Debrief – BJJ, Equality & Peace

If you want to find a place of equity, where you’re not judged by the color of your skin, gender, sexual orientation, political ideology, or religious belief, sign up for jiu-jitsu.

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/018-Midweek-Debrief—BJJ–Equality–Peace-eeuq60

GoFundMe for 10th Planet BJJ – Long Beach: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-10p-long-beach?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

017: Midweek Debrief – Choose, Slavery or Love

Why do people act against their best interests and consent to their enslavement?

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/017-Midweek-Debrief—Choose–Slavery-or-Love-eel4fd

…it has been common to assume that the masses are purely victims in their enslavement, unable to mount any form of resistance due to the threat of force wielded by those in power. In the 16th century, the French philosopher Etienne de La Boétie challenged this view in his essay The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. All governments, he argued, including the most tyrannical, can only rule for extended durations if they have the general support of the populace. Not only are those in power vastly outnumbered by those over whom they rule, but governments rely on the subjugated populations to provide them with a continual supply of resources and manpower. If one day enough people refused to obey and stopped surrendering their wealth and property, their oppressors would, in the words of La Boétie, “become naked and undone and as nothing, just as, when the root receives no nourishment, the branch withers and dies.” (Étienne de La Boétie, The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude) Hence mass submission to even the most oppressive political regimes is always a voluntary servitude, one based on popular consent. As de La Boétie explains:

“Obviously there is no need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude. A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it.” (Étienne de La Boétie, The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude)


016: Midweek Debrief – No More Lies

Brute force is not enough to maintain tyranny, rather a tyrannical regime will only maintain power if they can control the minds of their subjects.

Midweek Debrief – The Individual versus Tyranny: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/016-Midweek-Debrief—No-More-Lies-eearju

Previous podcast on Fear & Social Control: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/episodes/45-Academy-of-Ideas—Fear–Social-Control-edrc0j


46: Musonius Rufus – Hard, Beautiful Work

When each person strives to outdo the other in devotion, the marriage is ideal and worthy of envy, for such a union is beautiful.


“In marriage, there must be complete companionship and concern for each other on the part of both husband and wife, in health and in sickness and at all times, because they entered upon the marriage for this reason as well as to produce offspring. When such caring for one another is perfect, and the married couple provides it for one another, and each strives to outdo the other, then this is marriage as it ought to be and deserving of emulation, since it is a noble union. But when one partner looks to his own interests alone and neglects the other’s, or (by God) the other is so minded that he lives in the same house, but keeps his mind on what is outside it, and does not wish to pull together with his partner or to cooperate, then inevitably the union is destroyed, and although they live together their common interests fare badly, and either they finally get divorced from one another or they continue on in an existence that is worse than loneliness.”

Musonius Rufus

And, for those who don’t know… 

Gaius Musonius Rufus was a Roman Stoic philosopher during the reign of Nero. Rufus is considered the Roman Socrates and was the teacher of Epictetus.

015: Midweek Debrief – Pandemic Wisdom

While so many people are eager to express, and act on, their fear and anxiety at this time, what about working to strengthen ourselves both inside and out? To build our toughness and resistance as much as possible?