Let me start by saying that, as a society, we are not challenged enough. Many feel that they are challenged by their relationships, work, traffic, or other factors in their life – but few are truly challenged and tested on a daily basis. Not to long ago Americans had to hunt and raise their own food. They had to chop their own wood and build their own houses. Their basic needs of food, shelter, and water were something they had to attend to on a day to day basis. But as time has progressed along with technology in this century, our challenges to defend ourselves against others, provide for our basic needs, and develop tribal ties for protection and support have gone away.
This doesn’t mean that our genetic, social, and psychological programming to challenge ourselves has gone away. I firmly believe that a day that you don’t challenge yourself in some way is a day wasted. If you don’t set goals to move forward, fight entropy, and be a better human being on a daily basis, you are just spinning your wheels… or worse; regressing. Vanguard Gym is a place where you are challenged to improve in a mutually supportive environment. You can set goals to improve just one percent per day, and see amazing results in short order. You can test yourself against your environment, push yourself past your own limits, and train with and against your teammates to develop your skills.
The skills for self-defense, fitness, and healthy living are invaluable life skills, but you will also learn goal-setting, confidence, commitment, mental focus, humility, the value of a team or tribe, and improve the quality of your life in so many other ways.