How does a person go from growing up surrounded by poverty, drug addiction, and gangs to becoming a professional martial artist to swinging a steel mace for 5 hours per day and traveling the country teaching Steel Mace Workshops? It’s certainly an interesting story and you can hear it on this episode of the Reality Tunnels Podcast.
1 min – Leo talks about the origins of the name “Savage” and how he tried to change his name.
2 min – Leo reflects on The Flow Sate Summit.
3 min – Talking about self-expression and dealing with depression, fear, and nervousness by articulating it.
4-10 minutes – Discussing flow state summit, acroyoga on the floating dock, the presentations from circus to mace, DJ’s at night, etc.
11 min – Talking about the Wim Hof Method. Seeing colors when flowing with steel mace and during Wim Hof breathing.
14 min – Beginning of Leo’s story. Growing up in New Mexico, family drug addiction, being raised by his grandma around drug dealers and gangsters and racism.
18 min – Being your own best friend, being creative, martial arts, finding male role models.
19 min – Leo got his first tattoo at 14 when his uncle gave his coke dealer some coke to tattoo him with his homemade gun.
21 min – Leo discusses his mentors. Mr. P was his special ed teacher, taught him about math, and put him in martial arts. Leo tells the story of running into him later in life.
27 min – Pursuing professional mixed martial arts and bartending. What it’s like in the locker room before a fight. What it’s like to prepare for a fight.
32 min – The weight loss cycles perpetrated by the fitness industry.
34 min – How Leo started training with the mace and how it evolved into a 5-hour per day practice mixing fitness and martial arts.
37 min – Cannabis as a master plant teacher. Using cannabis to create flow through yoga and swinging clubs.
39 min – Talking about the spiritual aspects of circles and how they lead to self-actualization. Swinging the mace in circles, sacred hoops, mandalas, circle of life, etc.
42 min – Leo discusses traveling the world doing mace workshops. Wanting to work for Onnit and continue to inspire, educate, and put mace in hands.
49 min – Talking about the opening ceremony of the Flow State Summit.
51 min – A rundown of the Steel Mace Flow program.
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