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And we all fall down…

A reintroduction…

For those of you curious as to what has been going on, things have been crazy in this household. It has been a period of five months now, and the family continues to work through a very complex recovery process. So, here’s the beginning to how I was injured, what resulted from the injury, and how we are pushing forward… back towards greatness.

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26 July 2015:

Much progress has been made with my team during this week’s training exercise. Everyone recieved some good training; several of the young leaders received some much needed mentorship; and we got to shoot the hell out of some machine guns—we were on fire and overall pleased with the outcome. It’s time to head home for an early birthday celebration, our boys are turning 8 and 11 this week!

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Happy early birthday, brudders! All they’ve wanted since we’ve moved here was a trampoline. (It took way too long to assemble and couldn’t be enjoyed that evening.)

The following morning at home, I was feeling great. I remember planning out the day in my head: do some yard-work, get some good breakfast, work on some fitness, and take the family out somewhere nice. Mission accomplished! That is, until the fitness part. Continue reading

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No Excuses for Fitness

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What’s your excuse?

For the past month, we have been extremely busy here. We just made a trip to Texas to baptize one of my nephews, we are in the middle of relocating to the Washington, DC area, and have taken three new additions to The Warrior Family. Colin, Kenneth, and Isabel Parker have been in our lives for over seven years now. They made the trip down to Georgia to spend time with us before the move, and boy, have we been busy!

Everyday it’s something new, and this is exactly how I wanted it. You see, the Parker kids are from a small town called Murphy, NC. Since it’s summer time, and soccer season is over, they haven’t been as active as they were during the school year. Thankfully, their mom was willing to let us have them for these two weeks, and we have already had so much fun. That being said, we have not stopped keeping our fitness in check. We have made sure they are eating healthy, playing sports EVERY DAY, and have even taken them to an awesome obstacle course we have here in Fort Benning known as the Downing Mile.

The kids just loved running around in the woods, jumping over the obstacles, and climbing across the horizontal ladder. So, we recorded it so that we can share it with you.

The moral of the story is this: no matter how much fun you’re having, you should never make excuses for your health. We have had the best time here, yet we make it a point to do physically taxing activities daily. The Parkers are getting indoctrinated into our values- getting strong, getting smart, so that we can help people – all while making memories which will last for a lifetime.

So, what’s your excuse? Trust me, it’s not good enough. No matter what, get out there, make your families fitness a priority, and get some!

Here’s the video. We hope you enjoy!


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Progress

Hello everyone! Before we begin, we’d like to thank all of our new followers on Instagram. In case you didn’t know, we now have an Instagram account, and you can find us as @thewarriorfam.

Also, this is post that will likely cause a lot of mixed emotions. This is not a rant! This is more like an initial call to arms. I’m tired of seeing so many young hopefuls settling for mediocrity…we need to do better. Pass this on to your friends, share it with your parents. Let’s get the word out…let’s make progress!


Having recently visited our hometown of Houston, I feel there is a subject that needs some discussing. Now, this topic is applicable to pretty much everyone who reads this, but in this particular case, is geared towards anyone whose family has immigrated into the United States. The topic is progress, and how many of us are failing at achieving it.

I spent the past week having this discussion with several of my closest family members.

So, a little background about what brings this up…

My family is from a little country in Central America called El Salvador. If you know anything about its history, you will know that it is overwhelmed with poverty, corruption, and a failed government. Much of this is the result of a bloody civil war which took place in the 80’s, which in turn, led to my family making the long trip north to eventually settle in the United States.

Let’s put things into perspective…

Members of my family would travel by bus, foot, train, mule, whatever means possible; through several countries stretching a distance of thousands of miles; all to settle in a crowded apartment complex with several other immigrants – some of which were granted limited permissions, or asylum due to the conditions of war in the country of El Salvador. Now, having to live in these conditions, they would acquire some type of job. This could be anything: construction, janitorial work, dangerous forms of manual labor, all for a pay well below minimum wage. These individuals would collect money, send it back to their home country, all to fund the transport of their remaining family members.

Once stateside, due to a no-nonsense attitude, strict dedication, and a desire for progress, members of my family were able to land decent paying jobs. They would manage their money, invest it in homes, open up businesses, and raise a generation of young El Salvadorian/Americans who’d have unlimited potential.

But the strides that they made to get me to that point are those of GIANTS!

Now, this is where I find the issue. If we look back at the hardships that our fathers, mothers, and even grandmothers endured to provide us with the simplest of conveniences in life, we could say that the journey was long, and that they had achieved a lifetime of success. Well, where is the flame being carried now?

When I look around the city of Houston, and other cities like it, I see a generation of young men and women who have had an extraordinary example set before them, but choose not to follow in those footsteps. My parents didn’t care much about my grades in school, whether or not I had the best paying job; they were satisfied in knowing that we had a home, that I was able to attend school (the majority of my aunts and uncles never finished any academic program in its entirety), and that we had food on the table every day. But the strides that they made to get me to that point are those of GIANTS!

When my older brother described his journey, he said he would be on his hands and knees from complete exhaustion. He was a young boy. My grandmother did the same journey with her daughter, her grandson, and her youngest son (both were so young they had to be carried). This story is not as unique as it may sound. Many a family in the United States has roots of a few extraordinary individuals who sacrificed an entire lifestyle abroad, to live the simplest of lifestyles in the greatest nation on our planet.

If we as the next generation do not make the same effort to progress as our parents did, we are bringing shame to their sacrifices, to all of their losses they endured on their journey, and even more, those who lost their lives making that same trip.

If you don’t know, ask! How did your families get to where they are? You may be surprised to learn that though they seem to come from humble beginnings, the journey which brought them to where they are is hardly anything short of amazing.

Teach those who follow you that better is always possible! Mediocrity is a plague!

Bring honor to your family; bring honor to yourselves! Match or surpass their efforts, increase the intensity, and carry the torch so that you can light a bright path which future generations can follow, and come to achieve greatness.

Teach those who follow you that better is always possible! Mediocrity is a plaque! Especially when a person comes from a family so rich in influence, so rich in wisdom, and only lack in having ever been told that they too can become something great.

If you have younger siblings, reach out to them. I know some who will read this post have similar stories – share them. Show them that they have the ability to achieve greatness, just like those before them.

Make the effort, do your part. Fight to make your family better.
Fight on Friends! – The Warrior Family


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Be your kids HERO, one memory at at time!

The other day, my son Caleb expressed to my wife his frustration with the kids at his school. When she asked what the issue was, he said, “No one at school likes the sports that I do!”

My wife then asked what those sports were, he responded “Soccer, and Crossfit”. Amused by this, my wife took the opportunity to ask Caleb to name his favorite athletes…this is what struck home with me.

Caleb responded, “Jason Khalipa, Rich Froning, Kendrick J. Farris, and Daddy”

Now, I’m in no way a world famous athlete, or even an elite level Crossfitter, but I know, in the eyes of my two boys, that I’m a hero.

Today, we took the boys out to walk the Freedom Fitness Trail here at Fort Benning. While there, we talked about life, had a pull-up / toes-to-bar competition, and even went topless (yes, it was that kind of party!). This simple family event was not only free, but I was exactly what the boys needed in their life at the time.

I had recently finished my workout at the gym here on post, drove out to the trail, and ran to catch up with my wife, dog, and two boys. The both of them were waiting to start our competition.

The trail is about two miles long, and had a series of stations that had predetermined exercises which you could do to measure your fitness level. Of course, we all tried the “Champion” exercises which were more difficult than the others. As we’d walk from one station to the other, we would catch up on what’s going on in school, hear about the millions of things you could do on Mine Craft, and talk about the good, bad, and ugly of what happened this past week. But when it was time to “get-it-in”, we would! Pull-ups, uphill sprints, L-sits, and dips were no match for us! Mateo was pulling security the whole time with his “swords”, while Caleb and I had to go topless to deal with the heat (according to Caleb, our guns are fully loaded).

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So, how is it that I made it to the Hero list? One memory at a time.

Growing up, the memories that I had involving my parents usually involved them being at work, or my brother and I going to work with them to lend a helping hand. Though this was necessary, it didn’t really present an example of the type of life I wanted when I got older. Knowing this, my wife and I try to give our kids as many memories as possible. These experiences that we share together are what they will tell their kids about, and will serve as a model for them when it comes to having families of their own.

It’s easy for us to say that we’re tied up at work, and that our days have gotten the best of us. But think towards the future, and what stories your kids will tell about you. Are you the type of person that puts your children second in life? Did you head straight for the couch, crack open a cold one, and watch t.v.?

Forget that! Not us. We’re better than that, and so are you.

When you ask kids who their heroes are, they may tell you its some basketball star, some fictional character in a book, or one of those cool action heroes like Iron Man – but, what about you?

Be proactive in writing your story. Make yourself the person that your kids will remember most in life. Get yourself on that list!

Take your kids to the park, have a wrestling match with them, share one of your childhood memories with them, anything.

Make the effort, do your part, fight to make your family better. This is what we’re all about.

Fight on Friends! – The Warrior Family

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Being Unafraid

Every journey in life, no matter how great the distance, will always begin with one step. Recently, I have found myself energized, and inspired by men who have courageously made the decision to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of helping others. I wonder, what am I waiting for?

For the past two years I have spent countless hours making an impact on the lives of young recruits going through Basic Combat Training here in Fort Benning, GA. I have always had a passion for leading others, but the opportunity to serve as a Drill Sergeant meant doing so on a much larger scale. I went from being responsible for 8-12 Soldiers, to indoctrinating, transforming, and empowering around 60 Civilians turned Soldier over the course of nine weeks. There were times when I was overly stressed, and my family would get to see me about once a week. However, as time passed, I grew more effective in my mentorship, but more importantly, my time, stress, and focus management.

By my second year “on the trail” (how we refer to the time spent as a Drill Sergeant), I was a full time student taking online courses, I had adjusted my goals to better serve my family, and had strengthened my relationship with my wife and two sons; particularly my youngest son, Mateo.

So I ask myself, what’s the next step? Recently my hobby has been learning how the human body is supposed to function so I can optimize my performance. One of the men I look up to in this Genetic Potential movement is Brian Mackenzie, the author of Power Speed Endurance. When he speaks of running, he mentions that running is falling forward, shifting supports, and keeping your forward momentum, letting gravity do most of the work. He talks about being unafraid of falling, and how that has guided him on the path toward writing his book. Well, it’s time that I be unafraid.

This project that I am starting, The Warrior Family, will be a network of people who, first of all, are awesome, and have taken a no excuses attitude toward giving their families their own identity, while empowering them to become the best that they could be. I often hear people complain about the generation that social media and technology is producing…last I checked, there are no robots changing diapers in my house! I plan to develop a common place where families that I know are successful, have a passion for progress, and promote fitness, can visit to provide support for families of “our” generation, or even younger. Why shouldn’t your kids be smart, fit, and freaking awesome? Maybe, if we can share lessons learned, exchange ideas of what worked and what didn’t, we can help other get strong, smart, so that they too can help others!