Mission Statement - Fairfield Strength:

To cultivate growth opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, bringing together the learned and the learning, in a spirit of helpfulness and respect, to improve our health and wellness, using fitness and sport as a medium to teach life lessons.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

View From the Creek - 3D Man

Ash Creek was once described as kindergarten by one who left, and as kindergarten gone bad by those who stayed.  My weekend in Burlington CA helped me understand a little more about our journey here.  Our goal should be to train for life - to provide our central nervous system with as much information as possible to allow accurate predictions for any and all challenges that should occur.  All movement is good movement as long as we do not move into pain.  Learning is good - the more we learn the better.  About life, about ourselves and about others.  The challenge is to take the time we need to learn well, after all - we have the rest of our lives to do it.

The words below are not mine but the sentiment is.  Simple is good, less is more.  Take the time to remember well those things that should be remembered.  Our door is always open - as is our hearts and hopefully our minds.  Our goal is to keep it that way until our work here is done  - so until then....  


All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.
These are the things I learned:
  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don't hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don't take things that aren't yours.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Picts from Northern Cali

 First Stop - Gorrilla BBQ - Route 1 - Pacifica
 Across the Street -
 Lunch By the Water - what a view...
Trip across the bridge to San Rafel  -

China Camp State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=466

Harding HS ASE (After School Enrichment)

When my phone rings and I see the name "Cleo" on the Caller ID the first thing that pops into my head is "what does he want now...."  But in all truth it is a very welcome phone call - because Cleo has always been there for me when ever I needed a hand with any volunteer project, team practice session, or training program.  He has helped with U-5 boys and girls right through High School Summer league Soccer.  He was a trainer with Fairfield Strength middle school program and even broke his best watch helping Mary do high carry farmer's walks at Ash Creek.  He is working with Meredeth on an Americorps program designed to bring TRX and Z Health to at risk High School students at Harding and Central High Schools.  Today's request was to introduce Z health to his Harding HS ASE program. 

I love teaching Z - especially to HS students.  Today's class really enjoyed the sesson.  Did some orthokenetic stuff to spark thier interest - then taught the 4 high pay offs to improve range of motion.  Had the priviledge of meeting Dr. Vida Gupta, the faculty adviser to Cleo's program.  She also teaches biology, anatomy, and physiology at Harding.  She was amazed by our Z program and more importantly how engaged the students became.  We had a wonderful chat and she invited Ash Creek to attend her class and help her inspire her children to learn and understand the central nervous system.   It's funny how situations create opportunities - Our true purpose lies beyond our walls - the lives we are blessed to touch will touch many others and allow us to share the gift of Z.   Cleo took some cool video and some photos which we will post as soon as we get them  - stay well George

Today's View From the Creek

Raining Sunshine

Very full day today - maybe I should not have joked about the jet lag.  BARF at 0615 hrs was a challenge - as was getting to sleep the night before.   With KBI style kettlebell training we need to earn the right to perform efficiently.  Joint mobilty - R and I phase Z-Health drills - in strange and wonderful combinations - my toolbox has gotten a little bigger but the ways I can apply these and all of the other tools that I have picked up along this long and wonderful journey is becoming more and more infinite.  Thanks Kenneth for the new glasses - and many thanks to Joe, Mary, Meredeth, Nanette, Donna, Matt, Trish, and Kim for allowing me the first of many trial runs.  We have much to learn and a life time to do so.  Be well.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jet lag is for wimps

Took the red eye from San Francisco - what a journey - spent 2 days with Kenneth Jay learning his view on kettlebell training - the former "Dane of Pain" has turned into the master of efficiency - train for life is his motto - understand how the brain works - understand how the body is designed to work - all movement is good movement unless it involves pain - the goal is to create efficiency - use only as much force or tension that is necessary to perform the task correctly - dare to learn - dare to know - dare to train for life.  The key lies in preparation - if we prepare properly then our body can predict accurately.  Efficiency comes with a price - it must be earned -  we earn the right to move better through mobility training - R Phase and I phase - this is a very short summary with more to follow.- met some great people - saw some old friends  - not sure I'm glad to be back - definitely glad I went.  The West Coast is so close yet so far -

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Photo night at Ash -

Not real big on the fluff - but we needed some photos to put on the flyer for our next seminar.  all good.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A contented heart....

One of the many visitors to Ash Creek is the heron- peaceful, patient, attentive, and vigilant.  In some cultures this bird held in great respect - seen as the symbol of a contented heart, finding joy in all things.  With joy comes gratitude, with gratitude comes happiness.  ,

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Today's View from the Creek - Open House

Very busy day at the Creek.  The Natural Pet Food Outlet had their open house.  We kept our doors open and met a lot of not so strange and wonderful people.  The funny part is that despite our feelings of terminal uniqueness - the faces that came in today were strangely familiar.  The self doubt in the eyes of some, and the false bravado - (no disrespect intended - been there done that).  I have trained with kettleballs before!  The nice part about Ash is that you get what you need - or not.  If you stay we will figure it out together, take what seems like  the long road, and find out that it really was not that long after all - for the right path takes as long as it takes.  And for those who travel a different road I wilsh them well - Peace be the journey - Captain

Rise up this morning, smile with the rising sun, 3 little birds are at my door step, singing sweet songs, a melody pure and true, saying this is message to you, saying don't worry, about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.  Bob Marley