Hero Forge, Episode 51: Rafe Kelley

Rafe Kelley is the founder of ‘EvolveMovePlay’ – an organisation dedicated to helping all of us to learn to move like a human and create the most heroic version of ourselves. Through a combination of parkour, dance, tree climbing, rough-housing and direct engagement with the natural environment, Rafe and his team invite those who train with them to become more joyful in their movement.

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Hero Forge, Episode 52: Matt Langdon

Not many of our listeners will probably know this trivial fact but I paid my way through university by working as a close-up magician and as such I spent a lot of time with playing cards. I mention this only because this is episode 52 of ‘The Hero Forge’ and so this conversation completes my deck of heroes and those working in heroic training. There will be plenty more to come of course, but it seems somewhat fitting therefore that for the first time since the launch of this show, I have a returning guest. This gentleman was the first person I interviewed back in March – in fact on March 5th 2017 and today is precisely 15 months on, today being 5th May 2018. I am talking of course about Founder and CEO of the Hero Roundtable and the Hero Construction Company – Matt Langdon.

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Hero Forge, Episode 50: David Geffen

David Geffen is the founder of ‘Loving Classroom’ which is an educational programme designed to guide teachers, students and parents towards cultivating a lifetime of positive relationships in all areas of life – David’s ambition is to empower all of us to effectively ‘engineer love’ so that it might ripple outwards to have a global impact. This might seem, at first glance to be a lofty aspiration for a grass roots movement, but with successful initiatives already in place in the UK, the Middle East and South Africa, David might well turn that dream into a reality!

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Hero Forge, Episode 49: Rodney King

Rodney King is one of the world’s foremost martial art and self-protection coaches and is the founder of Crazy Monkey Defense. Growing up in the South side of Johannesburg, South Africa, he learned all about the challenge of interpersonal violence the hard way and went on the immerse himself deeper still in that abyss by working some of the toughest nightclub doors in the city. Rodney’s journey from hard man to ‘anti-hard man’ is inspirational and a true example of how we need not be defined by our past. Author, entrepreneur, Leadership consultant, philosopher and a man who walks his talk, he is a true renaissance man and I am delighted to welcome him to The Hero Forge.

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Hero Forge, Episode 47: Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark is the founder and owner of NorthRidge Adventure, an organisation dedicated to offering the some of the best navigation, mountain and survival training available anywhere on the planet. He has been a personal mentor of mine, not only in helping me develop my own outdoor skills but also coaching me to become a more resilient individual in life generally. This interview has been something that I have wanted to do since the inception of ‘The Hero Forge’ more than a year ago now and it is with great pride that I introduce him to our community of listeners.

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Hero Forge, Episode 45: Self Protection 101

Self Protection 101 – in this final podcast of 2017, co-host Dan Edwardes (CEO Parkour Generations) and I offer an overview of what we think a foundation of self-protection training ought to include. With more than a half century of combative experience of one kind or another between us, we are often asked by our friends and students, some of the following questions: What is the best martial art to study? How long does it take to become proficient in self defence? Should I carry a weapon to defend myself? What does it take to survive a street fight? Well, in this podcast we do our best to answer these and more!

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Hero Forge, Episode 43: Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr is a retired Special Forces Green Beret with multiple combat deployments. He is the author of an excellent memoire entitled ‘Tales from the Blast Factory’ in which he narrates the consequences of having suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury while on active duty. Andrew tells of how this so called ‘silent injury’ turned his and his family’s lives upside down, the struggle he had to secure acknowledgement and treatment for his condition and what ultimately led him to set up a non-profit foundation called ‘Warrior Angels’, providing support to servicemen and women facing a similar struggle on their return home.

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Hero Forge, Episode 42: Brooks Gibbs

Brooks is an Amazon best-selling author with a unique view on what it takes to manage bullying and build resilience.

With his infamous ‘Golden Rule Game’ and common-sense approach to developing real-world solutions to this complex issue he’s very much in demand as a thought leader and public speaker so I’m delighted that he has found the time to share some of his thoughts and wisdom with us here at The Hero Forge.

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Hero Forge, Episode 41: Wendy Addison

Wendy Addison is one of the leading voices in the whistleblowing movement which has been gaining momentum and much media coverage in recent years. I first met Wendy back in May at the Hero Roundtable conference in London where she stunned the audience by relating her 11 year personal battle against corporate corruption and its impact on her life. Those experiences led her to advocate for all those who are prepared to ‘speak out’ and ‘speak up’ rather than cower in the face of powerful organisations who think that they can break the rules with impunity. Wendy is an inspiration and an authority on just what it takes to do the right thing, rather than the easy thing – a tenant which is central to the hero’s path.

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Hero Forge, Episode 40: Roz Savage

Roz Savage is perhaps best known as the first woman in history to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. She has since gone on to become a senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and is a successful author, public speaker and coach on topics such as sustainability, courage, resilience and managing change. Now you might wonder what would possess a person to leave a successful city career with all the trappings and material comforts that come with it, to spend more than 500 days alone at sea, to risk their life and to endure levels of hardship and deprivation that most would run from rather than seek out. Well, let’s find out!

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