Welcome to Alabama Sasquatch
I'm glad you're here.
What is Alabama Sasquatch?
I’m glad you asked. Unfortunately, to fully explain that’s gonna take a minute. I guess the elevator speech version is - Alabama Sasquatch is a lifestyle brand, but unlike any other out there. I want you to follow me, not so that I can show you what to do and how to be, but to show you what I do and how I be…er, I mean am.
I do this not because I’m an exhibitionist with a deep seated “Hey! Look at me!” drive. I’m actually a rather private person. No, I do this because I firmly believe that we live in a world sorely lacking in authenticity. There are literally billions of us out here. Each one of us unique individuals with our own spin on life. Yet we are driven by a crippling conformity drive that stifles creativity and prevents us from being who we could be.
I think that’s a real shame and want to show, by my own example, that you can be you and be better for it.
Back in my 30s I remember thinking how cool life would be if I could just get paid for being. I was certain that if I was freed of the need to earn my daily bread that I could focus on the things I truly wanted to do, rather than on the things I had to do. If I could focus on what I wanted to do, I was convinced that great things would happen. I’d be creative and exploratory and the world at large would benefit. Back then Basic Universal Income wasn’t a part of the political landscape and this idea was an even bigger pipe dream than it is now.
Yet, in a way, I’m still pursuing that dream only I’ve matured and instead of looking for a handout I’m looking for the value in what I want to do and leveraging that value to pay for my bread.
So, yeah, this is a lifestyle brand, but you’re not going to see fancy cars or attractive young people living lavish lifestyles. Instead it’s just me, sometimes my family, doing the things that I do. The things that make me happy. Living as authentically as I can.
What you’ll find is relatively simple living.
I’m a fitness professional, or at least I have been for the last 15 years. I’ll share my experience with exercise, especially for the older trainee, including programming advice, instruction on form and technique, and how to get the most out of your gym time, whether it’s a commercial gym or a home based gym like the Squatchery.
I’ve been a martial artist for 30 years. I’ve trained in multiple styles and achieved varying degrees of skill in each. I’ve studied Chinese kung fu (including Tai Chi Chuan), Shorin Ryu Karate, Muay Thai, Kali Arnis, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This experience has shaped the way I approach fitness both for myself and my clients. I don’t mean that I seek to make a fighter out of every client. Instead I use the Do, or Way of the martial arts, to inform how I train.
In my early years I worked for two of the best chefs in the Southeast. I am by no means a master, but my experiences with these two masters has informed my approach to food and nutrition and enabled me to enhance not only the health of myself and my family but our quality of life as well. No discussion of health, fitness, or well-being can be had with addressing food and our relationship with it. I am by no means restrictive or even prescriptive about food (other than that I insist that it must be tasty, nourishing, and bring joy to your life).
This is kind of a catch all heading for all the things I do at home, from felling trees and chopping firewood, to composting and organic gardening. I’ll share with you my process as I dig deep into authentic living and what that looks like for me.
What this site is not is an attempt to tell you what you should do. I share my example simply because I feel it’s the most direct way to inspire you to find your own. Sure, there may be a thing here or there that you want to copy. Trust me, the first time you swing an axe and successfully split a block of oak or hickory it’ll be hard to put it down. The same goes for the first time you successfully perform an armbar in a live roll or taste a perfectly seasoned and seared steak. But for the main my examples are meant to show my version of the authentic life in order to get you thinking about what your version looks like. And to show you that it can be done.
That’s kind of a lot for an elevator speech, but that’s also part of the point. The authentic life is not summed up in a soundbite. We are all unique, complex, and elaborate beings who are worth taking the time to get to know.
So slow down a minute. Grab a coffee and let’s talk. I’m happy to share with you who I am. Think you can share with me?