PODCAST 31: Super MTC with Team Tieu

PODCAST 31: Super MTC with Team Tieu

November 3, 2014

Team Tieu join the Renaissance team to talk about what went down at the biggest Muay Thai show in the UK.  We talk about the highlights of the day and some of the lessons learned.  With 8 A-class fights, 6 International fights and 3 title fights, Koko's in Camden was electric and packed out.   This one is not to be missed!


-Davide Scacco (Italy) vs to David Sa -Team Tieu Referee stoppage, fighter unable to continue

-Reece Thompson, Mungkondam (20-6) vs Joseph Lasri (Italy) Team Tieu

-Soraya Bucherie BMTC France (54-4) vs Christi Brereton, Chaos Gym England (15-4)  This was the highlight for me.  This International title fight went the distance with Christi demonstrating why she is the best in England and continues her amazing streak following her last amazing win against Alexis Roufus.

-Ryan Ward, Stars Gym (5-0) vs Michael Pham, Team Tieu (9-4)

-Sam Gough, Shin Kicks (9-2) vs Ryan Li , Team Tieu (10-1)

-Andrea Castiglione, Thai Way Union Italy (16-4) vs Jose Valera, Team Tieu (27-9)

-IIyess Bouzerouata, France vs Ash Uddin, KO Gym (12-5)

-Charlie 'Boy' Peters, Double K Gym (36-7) Vs Carlton Lieu, Team Tieu 13-3

Podcast 30: Claire Kelly -Mindfulness in Schools Project

Podcast 30: Claire Kelly -Mindfulness in Schools Project

October 17, 2014

Claire joins Team Renaissance for Podcast 30.  This is quite a mile stone for us and it motivates us to keep moving forward and having these wonderful conversations.  

Claire leads the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)  team with a focus on partner relations and curriculum development.  A not-for-profit organisation, MiSP now delivers teacher and student training in 12 countries, where their work has been translated into 8 languages. Claire is also a trained teacher of mindfulness for adults (MBSR). Claire graduated from Cambridge Uni in Social and Political Science in 1988. She has worked in education for 25 years, and most recently was Deputy Head at South Hampstead High School, one of the leading girls’ schools in the UK, where she initiated a mindfulness programme that continues today.  Click on the image below to access the website.  You can follow all the work that is being done by the Mindfulness in Schools group. 

As the Renaissance Team continues with its Mindful theme, we are always on the look out for people that are going above and beyond to help spread awareness of Mindfulness.  We believe whole heartedly that there are so many benefits that students can gain from mindfulness however the research is not entirely there yet to back all the claims (especially improvement in grades), so we have to be careful as to what we say the true effects are.  Having said that, Claire is working with 1000's of students with her .b (secondary curriculum) and paws.b (primary curriculum) and the success of the program and the positive results that are filtering in is leading the way in helping to get Mindfulness into Schools. 

Podcast 29: YouthMindfulness with Michael Bready

Podcast 29: YouthMindfulness with Michael Bready

October 2, 2014

How old does a child need to be before their brain is receptive to Mindfulness techniques?  How much study and research has been done on this matter?  Surprisingly not much.  It is very difficult to put percentages or stats to the work being done with children, especially primary and secondary school children as the results are usually more qualitative.   More concentration in class creating a great learning environment, better grades, more enthusiasm and the understanding that the Brain is a  muscle and it can grow.

Although we have discussed Mindfulness on several podcasts, we have not yet addressed this in relation to our youth and we are joined by Michael Bready, founder of the Youth Mindfulness program in Scotland who has worked with thousands of students and is the creator of a Mindfulness course and curriculum that is getting fantastic reviews.

Michael discovered mindfulness at the age of 18 and has been practising ever since. He established Youth Mindfulness 3 years ago and in that time has taught thousands of children, teens and young adults. Bringing humour, energy and passion to his teaching, Michael seeks to inspire young people, enabling them to realise that such qualities as awareness, inner strength, clarity, and kindness can become living realities.

He is currently working in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh in evaluating the Youth Mindfulness Kids programme as well as leading the development and delivery of a mindfulness programme for young offenders. He holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and has trained in mindfulness with both the University of Bangor and the University of Aberdeen.

To find out more, please visit Michael's website where you can find out more about him, the courses and the Mindfulness curriculum.


Podcast 28: The Renaissance Crew - group meditation

Podcast 28: The Renaissance Crew - group meditation

September 26, 2014

Getting back to our roots:  Its been over a year since Team Renaissance had a catch up podcast.  We have had so many wonderful guests that we felt it time for the 3 of us to catch up.

More importantly, Fran, Ahn and I do a 25 minute guided meditation just before recording the podcast.   It's an amazing video that Sam Harris narrates and is available on Youtube.  If you have not  meditated before, I strongly suggest that you commit to doing the 25 minute exercise and watch how you grow and develop in such a short time frame. 

As soon as you begin to meditate, you will have so many thoughts rushing into your mind such as, this is a waste of time,  my back hurts, this is stupid, why am i doing this, what am i going to eat for dinner etc.  The purpose of the exercise is to realise that this is going to happen, but what can we do about it once we recognise they are happening.   This is the basis to controlling how you feel in life and how you will be able to effectively have more control on your thoughts and happiness. 

Anh, Fran and i talk in detail about our internal dialogues on the podcast. 

Podcast 27 - Muay Thai Podcast with Team Tieu

Podcast 27 - Muay Thai Podcast with Team Tieu

September 5, 2014

Muay Thai heavy weights Team Tieu are back in the studios to fill us in on the latest results and updates.  Head coach phil and top ranked fighters give us behind the scenes commentary on their last fights and their thoughts on the up coming MTC show on the 19th of October.  Listen in as we discuss the line up and what to look out for. 

We discuss Michael Pham's English title victory at the last MTC show, Richard Lee's win at the Nak Muay event and David Tieu's controversial decision in Germany.  It's really nice to just chill out and take the time to discuss aspects of Muay Thai as a group and its also nice to look back and review the recent fights.

What are your thoughts on fighters putting their fights up  on youtube?  Does this give too much of your game away, or does showing your videos help to spread your name and your brand?  Leave your comments below.

Watch the teaser below for the Biggest show yet, Super MTC at KOKO's on the 19th of Oct. Tickets are available through the website teamtieu.com

Podcast 26: Best-selling Mindfulness author Danny Penman

Podcast 26: Best-selling Mindfulness author Danny Penman

September 4, 2014

Mindfulness- A practical guide to FINDING PEACE IN A FRANTIC WORLD

Dr Danny Penman is a feature writer for the Daily Mail, having formerly worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and specialises in reporting on science, health, the environment, and animal welfare. He is a commentator on these issues for BBC Radio Four and Five and has made a number of documentaries for BBC One and Channel Four News.

This amazing book guides its readers through 8 weeks of mindfulness guidance based on the groundbreaking work that co-author Mark Williams has researched to an almost exact science.  Jon Kabat -Zinn inspires with a few words in the Foreword to this amazing book.  

 Danny shares his journey and we discuss the work Danny is doing now for the mindfulness movement and also his amazing work against animal cruelty.

In 2009 and in 2011 Danny won the Humane Society of the United States Brigitte Bardot International Print Journalism award for his investigations into animal welfare abuses around the world. The award was presented in front of an invited Hollywood audience that included Ellen DeGeneres and the stars of CSI Las Vegas, Bones, and the film 'W'.

In 2011 he won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) 'Special Investigation Award'.

10% of People in the westernised world this year will become clinically depressed and Mindfulness is now a serious contender in helping to reduce this figure.  Help spread the word



August 30, 2014

Former guest and Hawaii resident, Sofia wilt co-hosts this episode on a subject very close to her heart (and health).  Following the aftermath of Storm Iselle, Sofia along with many other Hawaiian residents were exposed to poisonous gasses, released from the local and controversial PGV Geothermal Power Plant.  Trapped due to trees and debris on the roads, residents were left without help and without guidance.  To add insult to injury, the government has played this down and the jury is still out on what will happen to the power plant. 

 Joining Sofia and I on the podcast are Tom Travis and Bob Petricci.

Tom has spent a life time in service, and served as Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, Deputy Commander for the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CGN 71) Battle Group, director of the Navy’s experimentation program, and submarine commanding officer aboard USS New York City.  Tom now works as a National Security Officer

 Bob Petricci heads up the Puna Pono Alliance that support environmentally safe, culturally sensitive, economically viable, and sustainable energy alternatives for Hawai`i County.  His understanding of the geothermal history in Hawaii is shared with us on the podcast and his work for protecting its citizens is great.  Check out his website where you can learn more about the work Bob is doing but it is also a forum for residents to upload their own stories of how they were affected.  http://bobpetricci.com/geo/index.php/pgv-incident

Check out this video from the bigIslandvideonews.com as this gives a great summary of what happened and how the locals feel about it.

Listen in as we get into what Geothermal Energy is, its shady history in Hawaii and we try to understand how and why this disaster took place and why alternative energy methods such as Solar are being ignored and muffled.  Questions as to why the government is downplaying this are asked and we discuss what can be done and what the next steps are.

If you want to share your personal experience, voice your opinion or show your support, you can visit Bobs site http://bobpetricci.com/geo/index.php/pgv-incident where you email him directly.   Message me too and I can forward all communications. 

Podcast 24: Mindfulness and the purpose of life -Actualized.org

Podcast 24: Mindfulness and the purpose of life -Actualized.org

August 6, 2014

One of the subjects that has reshaped the RenaissancePodcast direction is Mindfulness.   I thought I knew what this word meant, and you probably do too, but it wasn’t until Co-host Anh Nguyen sent me Leo’s short 14 min video (below) that I had that big Eureka moment and started to see that I had these new tools that I could use when things are a bit tough...and just as importantly tools I now use to be happier. With over 1.5 million youtube views, Leo's ability to explain tough 'down the rabbit hole' type subjects is remarkable.   

After months of emailing and waiting patiently, Leo finally joins the Renaissance team and explains how his journey has led him to helping others find their purpose in life.  This podcast begins with the concepts and benefits of working on the mind and the sense of self, but we get into depths of advanced mindfulness.

Podcast 23: Mindfulness MBA Project

Podcast 23: Mindfulness MBA Project

July 2, 2014

During a Q&A session with Jon Kabbat-Zinn (one of the leading figures in spreading Mindfulness) he suggested that we reach out to the MBA project to get a better understanding of how Mindfulness based techniques are being used to help troubled youth.   A year on, we have two of the most significant members of the Mind Body Awareness project and two truly enlightening guests on the podcast.

I cannot stress how important Mindfulness has become in my life and how it has increased my happiness significantly just by having tools I can use in times of negative thought.  If you haven't heard about it before, try sticking through to the end on this one.  

Podcast 22: Master Ayahuasca and Cannabis Shaman - Hamilton Souther

Podcast 22: Master Ayahuasca and Cannabis Shaman - Hamilton Souther

June 9, 2014

Co-host Jay and I are blown away by this podcast with Hamilton.  If you are unfamiliar with Ayahuasca, I would highly recommend doing some research on it as this spiritual and medicinal plant is doing wonders for those that try it. The Wikipedia definition is quite good, but Hamilton really breaks it down simply and melodically on this Podcast.  In order to experience Ayahuasca in the correct way, it really needs to take place in the Amazon where Hamilton has lived and worked for over a decade.

It is a growing phenomenon that has existed in Amazonian cultures for a very long time and Hamilton is one of the leading western figures in spreading the awareness. 
Icaros chants: 41mins 16 secs - Hamilton explains the purpse of the Icaros (invoking the spirits) and gives us a live Ayahuasca and Cannabis chant.
Shiwawaku:  48mins 51 secs - Amazing dance track produced by Hamilton (wait til the beats drops...) 
Alive: 1hr 25mins- Hip hop alternative to Shamanism - Shamanix, lyrics to chorus by Hamilton
For more info on Hamilton Souther, his tours and his music, visit Hamiltonsouther.org  
For more information on trying Ayahusca and becoming more involved, visit: 
bluemorpho tv.com

Podcast 21: Total Philosophy - Youtube video makers

Podcast 21: Total Philosophy - Youtube video makers

May 26, 2014

If you have never really understood what Philosophy is and how it could positively impact your life in a very real way, then I would recommend sticking with this episode to the end. We are joined by Total Philosophy creator, whos online videos have been viewed more than 50k times.  His style of taking very complex philosophical ideas and animating them in a very simple and easy to understand way is what caught my attention. 

We discuss Descartes ‘I think therefore I am’ statement and why it is so significant.  The words of Descartes have been the back bone of so much of my thinking since it was first introduced to me by fellow co-host Anh 15 years ago.

Listen in as Philip shares his story of how he was introduced to Philosophy and also about his recent interview with Philosopher Richard Swinburne, an influential proponent of philosophical arguments for the existence of God.

Its about asking the questions and having the debate

Check our 'Video and News' tab for the video

Podcast 20: The Awakening of Gaia -David Al-Badri :

Podcast 20: The Awakening of Gaia -David Al-Badri :

May 15, 2014

When Graham Hancock shares your video on his Facebook page,  you’ve produced something pretty amazing.  David Al-Badri’s online video has been viewed by more than 15k people and he joins us for our 20th show.  This is a mini milestone for us and having David be a part of it was special.  

His insight and knowledge made it one of the most enjoyable Podcast I have recorded.  It was Fran who introduced me to the Awakening of Gaia video and former guest Neil (Grand Turismo Academy Podcast) describes it as the best video he has ever seen.   To explain what the video is about is quite tricky, but if watched with the right mind-set, can help to expand your mind and see things in a very different and amazing way. 

 We discuss religion and what it means to be a Pantheist. I describe it as everything in this vast Universe is connected and that everything in it is Divine. All one God.  

Listen in and open your mind

Podcast 19: Nutritionist, Journalist and great Chef, Sofia Wilt

Podcast 19: Nutritionist, Journalist and great Chef, Sofia Wilt

May 13, 2014

How many times per day, or even week do you see something online that blows you away.  These paradigm shifting videos and stories we see are wasted unless we do something with them.  What exactly I’m not too sure, but talking about some of them on a Podcast seems like a great way to start.  Sofia joins us for a second sitting and what a treat it was. Listen in as Sofia and I talk Fukishima- what are the effects of a nuclear plant leaking out into the ocean?

I commit to one month of Yoga.  I have never tried it before and I am finally giving in.  I’ll keep a log of what I do and how it feels.  I believe in it.  I also believe that the breathing element is extremely important in Yoga, so ill combine it all together and hopefully will have some good things to say about it. 

If you want to try out Yoga and see how it changes the way you feel, Sofia has recommended the following videos:

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOBVb-15OA   - 20 min 

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15B_Qv5ecbo   - 3 min 

Reach out to Sofia : sofia.wilt@facebook.com

Podcast 18: Ambassadors of Morocco -Lead singer Beni Pri

Podcast 18: Ambassadors of Morocco -Lead singer Beni Pri

April 24, 2014
Lead singer and guitarist Beni Pri joins the usual hosts at the Renaissance studios for podcast 18.  With youtube hits in excess of 100k, and a new single out on the 28th of April -Lost all interest-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lPD4rVEY4Y
We discuss the challenges of trying to make it in the UK music industry and advice on how to nurture a band: ' you are as good as your weakest link'
check out the links to more AOM songs:
Follow them on twitter : @Ambassadorsband
Subscribe and like on Youtube
Download and support on iTunes!
Podcast 17: A taste of Hawaii, Journalist and Nutritionist Sofia Wilt,

Podcast 17: A taste of Hawaii, Journalist and Nutritionist Sofia Wilt,

March 27, 2014

Whilst on my honey moon in Hawaii, I picked up a local Newspaper and read a great article that about grass fed vs corn fed beef.  This is a subject that I am really immersing myself into recently and my reaction was to reach out to the author and ask if they would like to join me in discussing this in more detail over a podcast.  Sofia Wilt very kindly accepted. 

Sofia has lived on the Big Island for over 20 years and started out working as a park ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has been a 911 dispatcher for Hawaii county, has a degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, a bachelors in Environmental Sciences, has worked as a personal chef for over 12 years and is basically a food/health/nutrition geek playing in her kitchen finding new yummy ways to stay healthy and well nourished.

Podcast 16: Grand Turismo Academy finalist, Neil Williams

Podcast 16: Grand Turismo Academy finalist, Neil Williams

February 4, 2014

Gran Turismo? Wasn't that a game on the playstation you may be wondering. In a nutshell, yes. The PS3 is inevitably on its way out, making room for the next generation of gaming. But before you rush out and get your next gen console (if you haven't already done so) you may still find a little life in this ageing machine. GT Pushes the PS3 to its hardware capacities. For those that don't know the GT series, It has in recent years actually managed to produce professional real life racers out of bedroom gamers.(yup, you read that right...simulation to reality) Around 150k people entered in the UK alone. In this podcast G and I discuss the journey of our good friend Neil Williams, who joins us today sharing the experience of his time at the GT academy finals. How he prepared both physically and mentally. As well as the usual tangents here and there. 


Podcast 15: Head Muay Thai Coach, Philip Tieu and family in the studio

Podcast 15: Head Muay Thai Coach, Philip Tieu and family in the studio

January 28, 2014

''There is much to learn from he that knows success and imparts success on others'' - Going from a successful podcast with top fighters, we have one of the UK's top coaches Philip Tieu in the studio.  We dig a bit into the large range of martial arts that he learnt to help give him the edge when coaching his ever growing number of top ranked fighters in the UK. Dave Tieu and Fran are back and we get to know them more.Rich and Hui-Zee drop some knowledge in their quick fire question round and Q brings down his equipment and starts work on a few Muay Thai video documentaries. Im getting to grips with audacity, a free online audio mixing tool and this time around the music was added after the fact. Im feeling it.

Be inspired

Podcast 14: One year and it finally starts taking shape

Podcast 14: One year and it finally starts taking shape

January 3, 2014
We try a podcast with a guest from Belgium via Skype.  Joe talks to Fran and i about some global trends with particuar focus on China and its investments. this is one of the videos Joe recommends.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDVOP0lEECk  

What is Bitcoin and virtual currency. Does this peer to peer sharing have any legs for the future and can they compete with the global powers of the Banks.
In the last 25 years the media companies in the US went from 50 to a small but powerful 5. how crazy is this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM8L7bdwVaA   50 news reporters saying the same damn thing on every channel.  check it out and comment below. do you think the Media is doing a good job at informing us about global events in an unbiased way? Channels like Vice online are leading the way in modern journalism and making news interesting and real news is being presented in a really fun and dynamic way. Instead of watching something that you normally watch on a day like today,  check out any video on this Vice video and let me know if it isnt an amasing way to educate yourself about whats really happening in the world.however this is one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D41rO7mL6zM.

Podcast 13: MTC Podcast with Muay Thai Team Tieu

Podcast 13: MTC Podcast with Muay Thai Team Tieu

November 29, 2013

 MTC PODCAST #1-TEAM TIEU The first in a series of podcasts where with the help of martial arts experts,we get an inside view from the fighters and those that live this life professionally of what it takes to reach the highest level. we will also be understanding a bit more about the phenomenon that is Team Tieu. 
Today we welcome David Tieu (ranked UK #6) and Matty Tieu (UK #1), Richard LeeMichael Pham MRQ prodcutions Quoc Nguyen of the infamous TT Muay thai camp, coming off the back of probably one of the best MTC Muay thai shows yet that took place on Nov 24th . My co host as usual is Fran.
We chill and discuss how Muay Thai was introduced into their lives by the 'Real deal Philip Tieu 'and how it has shaped everything they do. We get an insight into what the formula is to making it professionally. We also have a great time just chillaxing and discussing some of the fights from Sunday. 
If you have questions or want to know more, hola back

Podcast 12:  G and Fran with a plan

Podcast 12: G and Fran with a plan

November 7, 2013

We are going to diversify and branch off into different areas as far as this podcast is concerned and that is exciting stuff.  Today, Fran is back in the studio to talk the real sh*t.

We're getting back that momentum and hopefully will continue.  comment, cuss,like, but lets get the conversation going.