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Mind-Body Fitness and Kettlebell Mastery with Steve Cotter

Host Tarek welcomed special guest Steve Cotter, owner of IKFF, and champion of body-mind fitness, specialising in martial arts, qigong, mobility, flexibility, and kettlebell training. The two engaged in a conversation about the importance of physical education as salvation. As a pioneer in the field, Steve’s wealth of expertise and personal experiences casts a spotlight on the intricate connections between physical and mental wellbeing.

Steve’s philosophy begins with the trinity of mind, body, and breath, replacing the abstract concept of “spirit” with the tangible essence of breath. He passionately argues that physical education is not just an accessory but an integral part of comprehensive education. According to Steve, a solely intellectually educated individual, devoid of physical awareness, may pose potential dangers to themselves and society.

Speaking about the challenges of modern life, Steve expresses his concerns about the trajectory of human-machine integration and the consequences of excessive convenience on physical activity. He contends that embracing discomfort and challenges is imperative for personal growth. Steve highlights the lack of physical education, especially in urban environments, contributing to the creation of physically incapable citizens.

Reflecting on his own childhood, Steve underscores the pivotal role of physical play in skill development, fostering creativity, independence, and decision-making. He argues that such activities cultivate heightened intuition, a crucial yet often overlooked aspect in contemporary education.

The discussion expands to explore how physical activity can counteract overstimulation, offering a focused space for individuals to be completely present. Steve emphasises the significance of skill-based training, where mind, body, and breath unite in pursuit of a common objective, promoting holistic well-being.

The episode concludes by discussing the value of present moment awareness and perfect practice in achieving optimal results in physical training. Steve advocates for a quality-focused approach over quantity, elucidating the nuanced difference between skill and attributes in the realm of fitness.

In essence, this podcast episode serves as a compelling advocate for a holistic approach to education, championing the integration of physical wellbeing with mental and emotional aspects. Steve Cotter’s insights resonate as a guide to creating a balanced and fulfilled life through the transformative power of kettlebell fitness and mind-body mastery.

Our favourite quotable moments:

“Instead of speaking about spirit, I speak about the breath.” – Steve Cotter

“The breath is…the connection between the consciousness – or the mind – and the physicality – or the body.” – Steve Cotter

“I believe that physical education is the salvation. It is the body which is the fastest possibility of facilitating or manifesting change within the individual.” – Steve Cotter

“Paranormal activity now is becoming a lot more understood at least at the scientific level.” – Steve Cotter

“Some will say that we have four brains.” – Steve Cotter




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About Our Guest:

For over 30 years, Steve Cotter has been a champion of body-mind fitness, specializing in martial arts, qigong, mobility, flexibility, and kettlebell training. Recognized by Men’s Health as one of the Top 100 Fittest Men of All-Time, he is a global fitness educator, conducting hands-on training in 70+ nations. A 2021 World Masters BJJ Champion and BJJ Fanatics instructor, Steve’s influence extends beyond fitness pros to enthusiasts worldwide. Renowned for his Kettlebell Training expertise, he authored the definitive book, created instructional DVDs, and passionately shares his wealth of experience to inspire health, happiness, and longevity through fitness.

About Your Host:

Tarek is the co-founder of the Functional Training Institute and FitWell Education lab. 

Tarek is an international educator and speaker who has presented numerous times at the biggest convention in Australia, Asia and the US. In addition, Tarek has presented courses to thousands of trainers throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Tarek is also a best-selling author of ‘Purpose Driven Movement.

This podcast is produced by Brave Moon Podcasts.

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