We are all trapped or delighted to be in the same structural cycle depending upon your outlook and philosophy in life.

It’s the human life cycle and try as you may to escape its progression, it’s virtually impossible.

This is why as we age, we learn so much.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”… Colin Powell

At an exceptional article written inside the site institute4learning.com, they share, “Which stage of life is the most important?

Some might claim that infancy is the key stage, when a baby’s brain is wide open to new experiences that will influence all the rest of its later life. Others might argue that it’s adolescence or young adulthood, when physical health is at its peak.  Many cultures around the world value late adulthood more than any other, arguing that it is at this stage that the human being has finally acquired the wisdom necessary to guide others.  Who is right?  The truth of the matter is that every stage of life is equally significant and necessary for the welfare of humanity.”

This brilliant information is adapted from Thomas Armstrong, The Human Odyssey:  Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life.  New York:  Sterling, 2008.

One thing we probably would all agree upon is that no matter where you are in the 12 stages of the life cycle, it is always important to passionately continue learning.

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Wouldn’t you agree?

Powerful life lessons are often learned from the big screen and emanating from a place probably not considered the cradle of learning is the James Bond blockbuster machine.

While that may be true, the masterful actor Sean Connery after leaving the franchise moved on to two well-received films that emphasize the teacher-student relationship and the importance of learning from the master.

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Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), is invited to attend a prestigious private high school. By chance, Jamal befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester (Sean Connery), through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity. Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Pitt, Glenn Fitzgerald, April Grace and Busta Rhymes star in supporting roles.

Although the film is not based on a true story, film critics have compared the character portrayed by Connery with real life writer J.D. Salinger. Sean Connery later acknowledged that the inspiration for his role was indeed Salinger.

The film also launched the career of the young actor Rob Brown.

The Name of the Rose is a 1986 ItalianFrenchGerman drama mystery film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco.

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Sean Connery stars as the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Christian Slater is his apprentice Adso of Melk, who are called upon to solve a deadly mystery in a medieval abbey.

This was one of Christian Slater’s early films and helped propel him to stardom as well.

In our mesmerizing global female grappling industry there are many instances where a beautiful young pupil can learn from the master with potentially exceptional results if she decides to stay in the game.

“Change is the end result of all true learning.”… Leo Buscaglia

In the San Francisco-San Jose Bay area we have the example of Poppy of Gilroy who learned from one of the female grappling game’s greatest masters in Isamar Gutierrez.

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Here is the match chronicle. “Poppy is a golden haired, sweet faced girl next door from Gilroy, California who would later wrestle that day. She is very down to earth and super sexy. The San Jose champion Isamar trains her in this video. Poppy is a fan favorite and you will love everything about her including watching her train.”

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The visualization of their experience is found on video.

Then Poppy’s intense and competitive match against journey fighter Kait Snow is captured on video as well.

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“Poppy is so popular and never wrestled again so we decided to let this video run. You will get her wrestling but all of the interview, behind the scenes conversations and good looks at Olivia D’Angelo, Isamar, and Kait Snow in bathing suits up close. It was a great day in San Jose. Fun and sexy.”

Poppy learned well.


There is so much to love about Germany.

We travel to Troisdorf where we look in on a gorgeous German Maiden who is cutting her baby teeth on the grand stage of competitive female wrestling in front of a live audience.

Brenda finds herself in one intense battle after another, learning as she goes. There she takes on:

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Artemis from the Czech Republic.


Then one of Artemis contemporaries in Lilith.


She completes the Czech cycle against Alkaia.


Industry super star in Antscha of DWW fame from Hungary.


Another super sexy Hungarian beauty in Jenna.


Brenda is a real trooper and a great learner. She made Germany proud.

We certainly have learned watching the battles in our majestic female grappling world. There are many life metaphors.

Let’s continue in that thought.

We have a visiting female writer who propels the thought of the importance of learning even further.

Alison is a prolific writer whose work is displayed in The National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Her work has been recognized by Elie Wiesel and Steven Spielberg.

Please enjoy and very important learn as well.

Live, Laugh, Love And Most Importantly Learn

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 By Alison H Barron

Life is the most precious gift we as human beings are given. Every day should be cherished and I have discovered that this is something that we as a society on the whole need a bit more practice at achieving. We should make the most of every hour/minute/second that we take a breath and fill our lungs with air and that is something that on average just doesn’t get done. Our day must be filled with the joy of getting out there and living life and not simply the act of a forced survival. I am going through my own transformation due to many changed circumstances and have come to realize this concept all too well. I have found a mantra that seems to work well for me. The easiest way to put my journey into words is Live/Laugh/Love and most importantly LEARN. Here is a brief overview of what I have found really does the trick.

Letting go of outside worries and the negative stresses we create for ourselves is one way I have found to begin this process and it has made a world of difference already. I try to wake up every morning and wonder what the day will in fact hold and what my muses have to bestow upon me today? There was a time not so long ago that I too would have just wished to spend my time in bed asleep, letting the world pass me by and not having to struggle anymore than I had to….but not anymore. Everyday something is giving me a reason to grow, to mature…and to CHANGE. When we take responsibility for the things we have control over and simply give up to the universe the things that we do not…our lives do tend to run more smoothly and to give us that internal joy that for most of my life at least, seemed to be lacking. I don’t want to see this happen to another living soul as it is both tiring and extremely hurtful…hence my decision to reach out and help. One day, our time on this earth will cease and we will be more consumed in our last moments with the things that we didn’t do in our lives vs the things that we actually accomplished.

The laughter piece seems to come next in this equation…I honestly believe that the more we laugh the better we feel both mentally and physically. Since opening up my mind and heart to the possibility of change and relishing in it, I have laughed and smiled more than I can recall ever doing in my entire 37 year existence. It can be anything we choose to see the humor in that can get us going…I have found lately that learning to laugh at myself and feeling OK about it, has been a great and eye opening experience. Laughter brings joy and joy brings life.

As John Lennon pronounced, “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.” Love others…learn to love and respect yourself…and just give the world at least one daily hug. What you give out into the world comes back at you tenfold without even having to try most of the time and that is a proven fact. I am reminded of the old saying One gets more bees with honey than with vinegar and I am learning more and more each and every day just how true this sentiment is…even and most importantly when dealing with ourselves.

One thing I will never stop doing in my lifetime is learning. Everything happens to us for a reason. People are brought into our lives to affect us in one way or another and through it all, we must realize that change is inevitable. It is however, how we choose to grow and the things we choose to learn and acknowledge that has the ability to set us apart.

In a nutshell my transformation has been a definite 360 from where I was only a mere three months ago and I am not even close to being ready to stop. I have adopted this outline as discussed above for my life and will every day see my journey one step closer to fruition. If taking the road to positivity and change can help me…then by all means no soul is too far gone. Take my strategies and even create some new ones for yourselves and realize that the time to create is now. A new year, a new life…and even at the end of the day…a new you.

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