My name is Jay James; I am a Martial artist and Freerunner from Cary, North Carolina, currently living in Los Angeles, California. I plan to end up in a position where I can create my art without distraction or limitation. My goals are to better myself, my technique, and my art, to continually improve while professionally training martial arts and Parkour, studying marine biology, and performing musically. Constant growth, creation, and discovery are my goals. I want to give back, share what I’ve learned and spread to benefits of these arts with the world; And travel!
My goals are to create my own personal training facility, star in films and television series’, study marine organisms/ work in marine conservation, and perform live musically. I am setting myself up for success by staying involved in these career fields, and by practicing and studying daily. I have run into many obstacles when it comes to pursuing my goals. Obstacles such as nay-sayers and negativity. You have to learn to be observant and realize what is bad for your mind and for your spirit. If it is bad for these things then it, or they, or whatever it is is bad for your life. In the grand scheme of things you only want to be doing what is good for your life and doing what is good for your future, not risking your future, and this begins with health. You can see how much a person cares about themselves by looking at how seriously they take their health. The better you take care of yourself the longer you’ll be here on the planet, so put good things in and keep bad things away, and out. That’s the goal. Working to overcome things like negativity and nay-sayers takes a bit of practice but a lot of it comes down to listening to yourself instead of listening to anything else. “If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.”, so work to master yourself and your thoughts and that’s the first step. Know yourself. Aside from that, passion is the cure; do what you love, and do it all the time. It heals you, it heals your spirit; it is one of the reasons why we live. Passion. Love.
When it comes to my diet and nutrition I’m on a specific martial arts diet that one of my martial arts masters recommended; I’ve been on this diet for 10 years. I eat generally clean, stay away from anything very greasy and only eat things that make my body feel good. Training Parkour taught me to listen to my body and this was a big turning point for my training and for my diet because I began to analyze myself and my performance after eating specific things. Now I only eat the things that make me feel good, things that don’t hold me back from being active after eating, and when it comes to meats I only eat chicken, turkey, and fish. I don’t eat any beef, steak, or pork and I perform at my best when I’ve had some fresh fruits and vegetables.
Why the EarthNutri Team
I represent the EarthNutri team because I stand by the product and love the effect that it has on my mind and my workout. Every serious training session I call a ‘Skill Party’. It’s a celebration of the journey, of the skills obtained, of progress, and of the pursuit of a higher level. I’m out to “level up” Rahyz style and reach a higher position by the time that I end my workout. I like to start all of my skill parties with EarthNutri’s pre workout supplement. I have one a few minutes before my workout and my mind is sharp and everything is in line. Time to make progress; time to evolve.
The way that I manage my time when it comes to working out...hmm it really depends on how I’m feeling. It’s not called a healthy lifestyle for nothing. That’s exactly what it is, some days I feel like exploring my movement, an area, or exploring my identity within technique/movement. Other days I’m going for reps and building muscle memory or pursuing the gain of muscle. Sometimes the goal is to pass fear and obtain a new skill - it all depends. But generally, normally, I manage my time working out by making sure that I have a comfortable and healthy amount of food in my system, starting with an active warm up like a run until I break a sweat, getting fully stretched out so that I have no excuses when the mental barrier appears, reviewing basics and making sure those are all solid, and then I move on toward the uncharted territory. The goal is to conquer new land so when the vessel is fully warmed up and the mind is sharp I’m coming for it. Once these prerequisite steps are complete I’m sharp, free, and ready to start pursuing new skills or experimenting with what I currently have. When I’m in this headspace I just go all out until I feel ‘good’, feel progress, or until I’m out of energy and satisfied with what I’ve done.
One of my biggest motivations is imagination and curiosity; my imagination has no limit, and I’m curious… to see who and what I’ll become by following my dreams to the fullest. “To imagine fully and to become what has been fully imagined.” - This motivates me... because I want to see who and what that looks like...my true, and unrestricted self. Other motivations would be fantasy and my favorite characters from my favorite stories. In the end I know theres a specific amount of things that I want to do, that I want to create, that I want to enjoy, and that I want to share... and with my imagination I’m racing against the clock to get them done. What motivates me to keep going is the idea of a better life, of a better world, and of a greater existence. A happier, more meaningful, more intelligent, and more spiritually sound world - both inside and out.
Tips on Positive Thinking
Passion is the cure. When you’re stressed or down, use what you love as your medicine. Force yourself to go do that activity that you love. Your pain is a blessing in disguise. Be an alchemist, and turn mud into gold. I turn negativity into positivity by turning the negative into art. Doing so allows me to express it and fully get it out of my system appropriately.
In my spare time I’m doing things like enjoying my skills, exploring new areas, hiking, reading, listening to music, singing, playing guitar, and writing songs, etc. I love playing video games and watching movies with friends, surfing, skateboarding, and drawing also.
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