Savage Gentleman Podcast
Savage Gentleman Podcast
Savage Gentleman
"The world is full of gentlemen and savages. Rare is it to find a man who can be both."
Episode #75 | Strength in Numbers with James Ellis
On this episode, I sit down with World Master's Weightlifting Champion, multi-facility CrossFit owner, and good friend, James Ellis, to record a deep and lengthy conversation out in my barn. Despite achieving such high accolades and accomplishments, it seems these might be the least interesting things about him. After joining us at our second Legion of Savage Gentlemen Event, James shares some of his takeaways from the experience and we discuss his expertise in building a community (among many other things). It's pretty wild ride, full of insight and inside jokes that highlight the fact that there is strength in numbers...if we are willing to be open enough to allow others to walk close enough beside us along our journey.
Jan 15
1 hr 55 min
Episode #74 | The Process of Becoming a Savage Gentleman
In this long overdue special episode, we sit down with Dr. Josh Sharpe and have a live discussion on the evolution of Savage Gentleman as an idea, a company, and a way of life. We delve into the process of becoming a Savage Gentleman through experience and intention. He and I discuss how a man can cultivate both his Savage and Gentleman sides to reach the full potential of who he was created to be. Towards the end, we open up the floor for some Q&A and dive into the body - mind - spirit cycle. We touch on how this progression inspires and guides the process of becoming a Savage Gentleman and how it has become the thesis for our live experiences within the Legion of Savage Gentlemen.
Apr 26, 2023
1 hr 1 min
Episode #73| Living Through the War in Ukraine
What would it be like to suddenly flee your home and seek refuge in a new town with complete strangers? How would you cope with the physical and emotional stress of being the one your family looks to for protection from the imminent danger of war? Recently, I had the unique opportunity to speak with a young man who is living this experience right now in Ukraine. Our friend "Nick" joins us for a powerful discussion on his current situation there, and shares some of the mental and emotional struggles he is currently facing. We talk about the strategies he has put to use to help him manage living through a war, as well as the valuable lessons he is learning about himself and human nature.
Mar 18, 2022
1 hr 14 min
Episode #72 | Setting Boundaries with Ryan Michler
In today's modern world, more and more of our time and attention is demanded of us. We are told from every direction how to think, what to buy, and where to look. And if we aren't careful, we can get so caught up in the noise and static that surrounds us, that our lives drift past without us realizing. To prevent this, our guest Ryan Michler sets boundaries in all aspects of his life. From his commitment to his own podcast, to allotting time for his family, to practicing his own personal development, he creates certain "non-negotiables" that form a boundary around his time and attention. In this episode, we talk about this process and how it allows him to maintain a healthy family/work balance in his own business, Order of Man. He also speaks to using boundaries in one's principles, to maintain your honor and integrity.
Feb 28, 2022
1 hr 31 min
Episode #71 | "Life Lessons from a World Champion" with Randy Couture
UFC Hall of Famer, former Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion, Randy Couture, joined us for some heavy hitting life lessons he's learned over the years. Making the transition from Army Veteran, to Collegiate Wrestler, to UFC fighter, to blockbuster actor, Randy talks about learning to find his purpose moving from one era in his life to the next. We talk about how he uses his "wrestler's mindset" to navigate through difficult times and how finding a likeminded community is so important for men.
Jan 31, 2022
1 hr 17 min
Episode #70| Sharpening Your Senses with Bert Sorin
The legendary Bert Sorin joins us on this episode to discuss how he uses his love of sport and the outdoors to sharpen his senses. In our conversation, he relates how he has been able to hone his senses through various experiences in order to make better and better decisions. We talk about how heightened sensitivity allows us to receive more feedback to guide us in both business, relationships, and everyday life. Bert is the President of Sorinex Exercise Equipment, 4 Time D1 Track and Field All-American, avid hunter and outdoorsman, and a helluva cool guy with one of best beards in the game. If you're into hunting, lifting, entrepreneurship, and being legendary, definitely give this one a listen!
Dec 13, 2021
1 hr 32 min
Episode #69 | How NOT to Manage a Crisis
In times of crisis there are well established protocols for communication. These are tried and true methods that have been documented for centuries and are the foundation for effective crisis management. Regardless of your political stance, we can all agree that the past 2 years have been one huge debacle, and we have all seen first hand some perfect examples of the ways NOT to manage a crisis.  Our returning guest today just so happens to be getting his doctorate in complex systems and global crisis management and has some unique perspective on the matter. As a former adventure tour guide, Ryan Palmer started his career in "phoenix tourism" in South America, establishing the infrastructure for tourists to return to post conflict war torn countries. This experience led him into consulting on global security and foreign affairs which spurred his desire to better understand the inner connectedness of complex systems. In this episode, he shares some insight into how things SHOULD be handled and we discuss some potential reasons why they haven't been, without even needing to don our tin foil hats.
Nov 12, 2021
2 hr 8 min
Episode #68 | Real Men Make Art
Whenever I get a chance, I like to do a little live feed in our Savage Gentleman closed Facebook Group we call the "League of Savage Gentlemen." In this episode, I touch on some of the ethos of the group, get a little bit personal, and also dive a deeper into a few recent conversations. Specifically, I delve into the concept of men making art, something that seems to be a waning practice in modern culture. Art being created by men that embodies and exalts masculine ideals has fallen out of favor over the past decades. Sadly, this has resulted in a decline of these traits in society and an increase in the negative consequences a lack of masculinity brings. While some would prefer to tear down everything they dislike (and sometimes this is necessary) it is also equally if not more important to create something better to replace it. If this sort of thing is of interest to you, I highly recommend you hop over to Facebook and check us out with the link below: Cheers, and I look forward to seeing some of you over there!
Aug 3, 2021
35 min
Episode #67 | Building Boys into Better Men with Matt Beaudreau
This special episode is from and an interview for CHEST Magazine with Savage Gentleman educator, Matt Beaudreau. A former MMA fighter, turned school teacher and administrator, he now consults Fortune 500 companies while also running ACTON Academy and his Apogee program he co-founder with Tim Kennedy. In our conversation, Matt explains how his experience in the public, private, and collegiate education system pushed him to create his own schools. We discuss how boys today are lacking an "agoge" type coming of age, and how he is working to recreate a more positive environment for building better men.
Jun 30, 2021
1 hr 8 min
Episode #66 | Forging Ahead with Lucas O'Hara
Lucas O'Hara was an Army sniper and executive bodyguard, who now runs his Grizzly Forge blacksmith shop out of the Black Rifle Coffee headquarters in Salt Lake City. After spending the morning designing and forging a new knife for Savage Gentleman, we sit down for a deep conversation about his process, his mentality, and his story of transition throughout his life. Continuing with the theme of overcoming adversity, I run into a snag in when the camera shuts off midway through. After troubleshooting the problem and a bit of backtracking on the parts were lost, we quickly get back on track. Proving that sometimes, the best thing we can do is to keep moving forward and make the best of what we have. (It also proves that I should never be trusted to manage the audio and video equipment solely by myself, as I am still a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal when it comes to technology).
May 29, 2021
54 min
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