“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston Churchill
Welcome to the dojo, the dojo of life, COBRA life. COBRA is an acronym formed from the words Character, Optimization, Balance, Respect and Abundance. A COBRA is an individual operating at their very best, living an inspiring life and inspiring others while enjoying a life of meaningful happiness.
The endless circle of helping yourself by helping others is the Way of the COBRA; transform yourself and you can transform the world.
We are taught to give respect, as Sensei, I intend to earn yours with my philosophy and strategies. As your Sensei. I will teach you to release your inner bad ass and become a COBRA using my battle-tested tactics and time-proven strategies. Time to wake the beast. Trust me, you have one! It may have gotten lost or ignored for too long, but it’s in there.
I’m just a small town boy with a dream made possible by following the Way of the COBRA. My COBRA philosophy propelled me into icon status as Karate’s Bad Boy Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid III then saved my life after a near-death experience. Recently, my inner COBRA, created and starred in STUDiO CiTY (an Emmy winning TV show on Amazon Prime); oh... and lose 35 pounds, all in one year! This is not a flex, rather a demonstration of the power of the inner COBRA. If you continue reading, together we will reveal your path by exploring your personal truth, obstacles, and motivations in order to charm your COBRA out of it’s basket. I’m up for the challenge... are you?
Sean Kanan motivation book
Welcome back to the dojo! It is my honor to resume COBRA training as your Sensei. In Way of the COBRA, you learned how to smash your obstacles, conquer your goals and unleash your inner badass. Are you up for the daily challenge to conquer your greatest opponent? Now, I will teach you how to defeat your greatest opponent in the most important battle of your life; welcome to the Kumite.
A COBRA not only maintains their edge but increases it daily. How? By winning the Kumite. That’s right COBRA, unleashing your inner badass was just the beginning. Kumite refers to both training to face an adversary and the epic battle which lies ahead of you. The tools and methods I use on a daily basis to safeguard my progress and ensure my continued success are revealed in the book. Make no mistake. The path to victory is simple but it is not easy. Upon finishing Welcome to the Kumite you will emerge a stronger, more evolved and effective version of who you were yesterday.
You never know when fate will tap you on the shoulder and ask you to become a hero. Will you be ready to answer the call?
“With Welcome to the Kumite, just as he did with Way of the Cobra, Sean Kanan is changing people’s lives. It’s important work and an important work of art. When art has the ability to impact your life and change it for the better, that’s when you have a masterpiece.”
~Rebecca Rosales Castillo
Celebrating the Arts
If Kanan's Way of the Cobra was a primer on how to harness our inner badasses, his Welcome to the Kumite is an invitation to level up in every aspect of our lives. RSVP yes, and by the time you leave his dojo, you'll not only know that locked within you is the secret to success, you'll remember where you left the key.
– Richard Simms, SheMedia
I've got good news and bad news… funny how it always seems to work that way. If you’re like me and Don Corleone, from The Godfather, you insist on getting the bad news first. Here it is: I don’t have the answer. I can’t give you a silver bullet to magically turn you into someone who is successful, focused, confident… ya’ know, a bad ass. Now for the good news: The answer already exists inside of you. It’s like the Zen riddle: How did the ship get in the bottle? It was always there. The answer to creating the life you want already exists within you. You may be experiencing tremendous success right now... if you're snapping necks and casino' checks and that’s awesome, but if you feel stuck and frustrated; that’s even better.
Your COBRA will harness those feelings to rocket yourself through a positive change, but you must do two things:
First you must accept that you were born a winner.
Success is encoded in our DNA. In order for the human race to continue we are hardwired to survive which is the most basic form of success. Cavemen managed to live for over two-hundred thousand years while ducking Sabre Tooth Tigers and other apex predators. But where are they now? A footnote in the book of Human success, the same "book" that you are a chapter in, so make it count.
Second, you must accept responsibility that where you are is who you are.
Let me repeat that: WHERE YOU ARE IS WHO YOU ARE. Now, you repeat out loud. WHERE I AM IS WHO I AM. I didn’t hear you. Now say it! WHERE I AM IS WHO I AM! Excellent. The sum total of your decisions has brought you to this moment, this reality in your life. Both the good and the challenging. If I’ve learned one thing it is this; we never know what life has in store for us or what is just around the next corner. You can only reclaim your power by owning your choices. Blame and victimhood have no place in this dojo.
You can read all the books in the world about success and motivation but without action you are wasting your time. The rewards you gain are directly related to the work that you put into this journey. Doing the writing with honesty and consideration is critical. The exercises within these pages will determine YOUR SUCCESS, identify your WHY and set your GOALS then achieve them.
You may not realize it but you already possess two very important qualities in your favor. You purchased this book because something isn’t working in your life. That demonstrates a certain level of EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE which is a fundamental necessity if you are going to create change in yourself. You also possess FAITH that change is possible, otherwise you wouldn’t read this book. I take the faith you are placing in me very seriously. Thank you for the opportunity to do what I love, what drives me… inspiring people exactly like you. I want you to get excited about the future because the future starts right now.
Congratulations on making the first of many new, proactive decisions that will positively change your life. You have just crossed the threshold leaving behind the outside world of mediocrity taking the first step to becoming a Cobra. So, if you have been depressed, dispassionate and unengaged in your life, it’s time to throw on your black sleeveless gi and get to work.
Bow to your Sensei and prepare to learn WAY OF THE COBRA.
JEFF HILL, BLACK BELT COBRA and all-around badass can be found menacing the screen on upcoming sci-fi action movie COLONIALS. Check out his work https://m.imdb.com/name/nm10195610/?ref_=fn_al_nm_0 Keep up with Jeff on social IG @jeffhillofficial
WILL ROBERTS, BLACK BELT COBRA and all-around badass actor, cowboy, Magician, and Weapons expert can be found lassoing the screen on upcoming Emmy Award winning STUDiO CiTY. Check out his work http://www.actorwillroberts.com Keep up with Will on social IG @WillRobertsOfficial
ADAM BRESLER, BLACK BELT COBRA and all-around badass and retired ARMY VETERAN Combat Medic and actor can be found lighting up the screen on Netflix #1 show Cobra Kai Season 4. Keep up with ADAM on social IG @Adam.Bresler