My Commitment to Excellence
In accordance with the masters of Zen, acupuncture and kung fu, I am committed to The Way of Excellence, an ancient practice to master a skill. This is the ancient practice of kung fu. The original meaning of the word kung fu is made up of two Chinese characters; the first, kung, means skillful work or endeavor and the second, fu means time spent. To practice kung fu in the true meaning is to spend time perfecting a skill. A master of kung fu is one who displays tremendous proficiency in one’s craft.
True success is the satisfaction that comes from doing your best and always learning from the outcome. A day of excellence is to learn something every day. If you always learn then you get a little better every day, and over time you get a lot better. The truth is that no one ever reaches absolute mastery; everyone could get better. Life is not about mastery or winning, it is about commitment to strive for mastery, thriving at being challenged, competing and enjoying the journey, which happens to have no end but is an ongoing process.
Since 1983, I have had close to 140 000 patient visits and currently have a four-week waiting list for an appointment. I grew my practice prior to the internet and search engines simply by word of mouth, without advertising, yellow page ads, or even a phone directory listing.
Orthopedic surgeons, family doctors, chiropractors, dentists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, acupuncturists, and massage therapists refer patients to me on a daily basis and my services are frequently sought after by professional athletes from NHL, NFL, UFC, MLB, PGA, plus Olympians, triathlons, college, and recreational athletes. I have been part of the San Jose Sharks medical staff since 2007 and have worked with the Stanford football team since the 2016 season. My work has helped world class athletes get pain free, stay on top of their game and prolonged their careers.
Practice what I Preach
I strive to live the Way of Excellence not only with my healing profession but also with my own marriage, health, fitness, diet and exercises. Today, I have been building my body for more than 40 years and have never gone more than two weeks without a workout. Natural bodybuilding and pure living has made me fit and strong in body and mind. It has given me peace and stability in times of turmoil and it has become a labor of love for a lifetime.
The mind-muscle connection in training has become like meditation or like the 2000-year-old ancient Japanese Zen art of caring for a bonsai tree. The beauty is that you are never finished; the training truly becomes a journey rather than a destination. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the movie Pumping Iron, “Bodybuilding is like being a sculptor sculpting your own body.” Add a little here, remove a little there, all while enjoying the exercise of body and peace of mind. Being fit in body and mind are necessary to be in the Way of Excellence. Any athletic body type is a beautiful and amazing creation.
There is a common prejudice toward bodybuilders, and sometimes athletes in general, that they are unintelligent, narcissistic meatheads. On my path, and through my search and studies, I found that the body is just a shell or a vehicle that allows us to move around in this world. Everyone’s body will eventually break down and decompose. It’s not good to associate who we are based on our body or athletic ability, since this will cause great depression as age eventually catches up with us. Who we truly are is something whole and beautiful that is not subject to time. This, of course, does not mean that we shall abuse and ruin the body we have. Appreciating the fitness you have and taking great care of your body will improve your quality of life, improve your performance, strengthen your immune system, and slow down your aging, all being in the Way of Excellence. There is an athletic body in all of us.
Today is the First Day in the Rest of Your Life
It is never too late to start taking care of the body you have. If you’re already a fit athlete as you are reading this, remember never to take your body, fitness or genetics for granted. You too can stay fit for life and perform at a high level for years to come.
Today at 60, when I look back at the road I traveled, I marvel at how everything happened for a reason. I might never have been the great athlete I aspired to be, but now I am helping world-class athletes perform better. To aid fellow human beings in their healing and to inspire growth on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual plane is more fulfilling than anything I could ever have dreamt of doing for a living.
I intend to revolutionize the fields of sports medicine, sports performance, and sports psychology.