>>Dr. Amen: Hi. In this video, I am going
to brag about my wife who just got her second black belt in Kenpo and we’re going to talk
about the whole notion of being a brain warrior. Our little icon for brain warrior is a brain
with a black belt around its head. It’s a concept that’s near and dear to my heart.
Now, you just worked your brains out to get this black belt and it is a five-year process.
If you see any of the videos of her during her test, I mean she’s just awesome and
scary and in the process we really started thinking not only you’re real warrior for
the health of your brain and your body but really that’s what we want for you. You’re
in a war for your health and we want to help you with.
>>Tana: You know a lot of people asked me why I would choose something like Kenpo as
my sport and why I would work so hard to get this black belt because it was not easy and
for me it’s very simple. It is symbolic for me. Besides the fact that I love what
I do, it’s symbolic for me. After going through what I went through with my health
it was not fun. I mean, it was really hard. I was frustrated. I was angry. I was depressed.
And it was years of going through that and training as a warrior, really training in
martial arts became something that became very symbolic for me. Not only was I attacked
physically when I was young walking to high school so I wanted the self-defense but after
being attacked with cancer inside my own cells, I felt like I was attacked by this phantom
that knocked me flat on the mat, if you will, I realized I had two choices. I was at this
fork in the road. I could be a victim or I could be a warrior. There’s no in between.
You’re either going to fight back or you’re going to allow these things to take you down
and I may not be able to control being attacked but I can control my response and I hate the
word victim. I mean I hate it. So I started training really hard because that training
for me is very symbolic of overcoming, of beating it, of being able to breakthrough
and it’s the day that I got that black belt, two days ago actually, you know, I worked
so hard, I was so focused, it was so intense and at the end of it I got very emotional
because I realized to find myself there when the truth is at one point I was told never
to practice martial arts again.>>Dr. Amen: Right. That your doctors said
that you couldn’t do that.>>Tana: Do not do it because my heart rate
was too high, I had all these health problems and, you know, you always tell me that the
best way to get me to do something is …>>Dr. Amen: Tell you not to do it.
>>Tana: Right. So it means so much.>>Dr. Amen: I know what her brain looks like.
>>Tana: And there are so many lessons that I learned which we’ll show with you as we
go through this video.>>Dr. Amen: Well, and for me, so I’m a psychiatrist.
I started Amen Clinics 25 years ago, 26 years ago and it’s clear. I’m in a war for the
health of not only my brain but the health of my patients’ brains and so these concepts
really go together. And as I think of the war everywhere you go someone’s trying to
shove bad food down your throat that will kill you early, someone’s trying to pour
a toxic thought in your head, there’s chronic stress everywhere, I love this concept because
it’s owning the truth, you’re in a war and we’re helping to arm you so that you
can win the war not only for yourself but for those you love.
>>Tana: Can I touch on two things that really became crystal clear for me in this process
of getting my black belt? Even with everything I have gone through, everything I know, the
knowledge I’ve gained, I found myself at one point being very intimidated by the process.
I know what those tests where I trained. I know what those tests were like. They’re
not kidding. And so I became intimidated. I thought, ‘Oh, can I really do it? With
my health background, with everything going on, with, you know, is it possible? Can I
actually do this?’ I find that the people that we coached have that same thought process
about what we’re teaching them. They become intimidated. They become fearful that they
can’t really do it; they can’t actually get through it. And here’s what I learned.
When I actually found myself going through the tests for real and finishing it and getting
my black belt, not only was it’s such an incredible feeling and such an accomplishment
but here’s the thought that crossed my mind – the fear of it, the intimidation, the
thought of doing it was far worse than actually doing it and that’s something that I always
tell people and yet I found myself struggling with it. The thought of doing it is worse
than actually doing it.>>Dr. Amen: One of the interesting things
that you say, so Tana trained with instructors with very high Karate people, is that when
they really want to get healthy they become actually afraid of you. What do they say?
>>Tana: Yeah. I’ve one police officer who said I’m afraid of you. I know what you’re
going to tell me is going to be too hard and I just laughed. I’m like, ‘I’m sorry.
Wait. What?’ Okay. No. Getting your 83 or 93 black belt, that’s hard. Going through
medical school, that’s hard. Being sick, that’s really hard. Doing what I’m going
to teach you is not hard. It’s just a paradigm shift but it also is about the next, actually
the next tip that I want to talk about. The next thing that I really learned going through
my journey, it’s about having the right community because I came to really be bonded
to my Kenpo community, my tribe if you will. I couldn’t have done it without having that
tribe for support really pushing you, teaching you, you know, and guiding you through that
journey, I wouldn’t have been able to do it and it’s the same thing that we have
found. People who have a tribe going through this journey, this health journey are the
ones that are successful. People who have those groups that they turned to because if
you’re turning to the outside community, out in the world, studies show that the people
you hang out with, people are not only contagious literally, they’ve shown that happiness
is spread through groups and so was obesity and illness. The people you hang out with
are contagious. In fact, your longevity is determined by the tribe you choose. So, that’s
how important it is. I wouldn’t have to be able to get my black belt, no questions
ask, if I hadn’t had this tribe. You know, every time I got a minor injury or I was struggling
or having doubts, you know, they’re right there going, are you kidding me? Look, you’re
awesome at this. It’s not that hard. I mean they’re just pushing you all along the way.
>>Dr. Amen: So you need a community if you really want to become a brain warrior and
get really healthy both mentally and physically. One of our goals is to create a community
that you can belong and get the information and support that you need.
>>Tana: In fact, that was the secret sauce in the Daniel Plan, was these small groups.
That’s why people were so successful. You’ve got to have a community.
>>Dr. Amen: So, they may not know it. The Daniel Plan is a program that Tana and I helped
developed for Saddleback Church along with Pastor Warren and Mark Hyman. With 15,000
people signed up the first week, over the first year they lost a quarter of a million
pounds. Thousands of churches are doing it now and one of the secret sauces, in fact
if you did it in a group you doubled your weight loss. And so we’ve created our own
brain warrior community. If you go to Brain Warrior course, you can actually get three
free videos of us talking about the brain warrior’s way. We are here to support you.
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