Modern Martial Arts and Health Radio Episode 1: An Introduction

  • Introduction episode
  • I’m Dr. Troy Schott
    • Began martial arts in 1994 with Young Olympians Karate
    • A strong interest in Eastern philosophy and religion.
    • Influenced by Bruce Lee, Kwai-Chang Caine and the Kung Fu series.
    • Began studying Yang style Taijiquan with Steve Chevalier starting with the Cheng Man-Ching short form, and then the long form from the Dong family.
    • I became an ordained Buddhist novice monk at the age of 19 and disrobed at 21.
      • Thich Nhat Hanh
      • Plum Village and Deer Park Monastery
    • Went back to studying taijiquan with Steve, as well as Toni Demoulin, and Alex Dong.
    • Massage School, 2004-2005
    • Started reading up on Baguazhang through the Pa Kua Chang Journal on CD that I got from Plum Publications.
    • Found Tim Cartmell, 2005
    • House of Champions
    • Ekata, 2008-2011
    • Personal Training, 2008-2010
    • Chiropractic School, 2012-2015
    • Continued regular training with Tim Cartmell in the IMA and some BJJ
    • Began training with Jason Tsou, mostly in Yin style Bagua
    • Spent some time training at the UFC gym for Muay Thai and BJJ
    • Fought Sanda, and Free-style Push Hands
    • Founded Ground Dragon Martial Arts
    • Began training BJJ at Hollywood BJJ
    • Founded this podcast
  • Martial Arts Philosophy
    • Solo and partner drills and sparring before forms
    • Forms are a process of learning and refining linked movement, sports-specific strengthening and conditioning
    • Sparring is not fighting nor combat, it’s simulated fighting for the sake of learning
    • Combat sports are a safer avenue to build real skill that involves minimal injury risk
    • One person versus multiple is not impossible but highly implausible
    • Historical myths vs reality
  • Health Philosophy
    • Health is personal responsibility
    • Health is not the absence of disease
    • Health is proper nutrition
      • There is no one diet
      • Whole fruits and veggies
      • It’s ok to eat meat
      • Minimize process foods
      • Organic is fine but not always necessary
    • Movement is life
    • Strength is the most important
    • Mobility is the ability to move through greater ranges of motion with strength and control
    • Body work, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, etc can be beneficial

Music from
“Eastern Thought” by Kevin MacLeod (
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