Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Meet my FXB Instructors: Jedi Master

Jedi Master: a.k.a. Erik

Transform your life, you want.
Encouragement and support, you need.
Lost and discouraged, you feel.

Help you, I can.

OK, so Erik doesn’t employ Yoda-speak on the mat, but that doesn’t stop me from hearing it in my mind. I can imagine there are a few Yoda quotes he would be able to accurately apply to the FXB life-style (found thanks to

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
Always pass on what you have learned.
Patience you must have, my young Padawan.
You must unlearn what you have learned.
You will find only what you bring in.
Do or do not. There is no try.

As I stated, Erik doesnt talk in Yoda-speak, but somehow everything he says has a sort of hypnotic resonance to it. It makes you want to push for that Level 10, even if all you want to do is take a nap on the mat. And, thankfully, unlike Yoda you can clearly understand everything Erik says.

In addition, Erik has a unique ability to bring out your Level 10 simply by being in the room. It’s as though the FXB-Force pulses from his every pore. (What he won’t tell you is that Liquid Awesome actually transforms into the energy that makes up the FXB-Force once you reach the status of Jedi Master. Sorry—you can’t look this up to validate because it’s an ancient FXB secret, but you can trust me. I’m a fiction writer so it must be true.) As soon as he steps into the building, his presence is felt.

Dig deep, young Padawans.
Level ten you must find.
Stronger, you will become.

If you happen to be the Padawan (a.k.a. 10 week student or FIT member) he selects to be his bag partner when he’s not instructing, well, may the FXB-Force be with you because you’ll need all the help you can get!

Go faster, you can.
Push harder, you can.
Tired, you are not.

Finally, I’ll use some on-line definitions of a Jedi Master to support my claim. I added in the numbers to help order my follow-up comments.

(1) The title of Jedi Master was the highest formal rank obtainable by a member of the Jedi Order. (2) Reserved for those who had shown exceptional devotion and skill as well as balance in the Force and (3) often combat.

(1) If we think of ‘the Jedi Order’ as Mr. Lance Farrell himself, then as an FXB owner Erik has earned the highest formal rank obtainable.
(2) I’ve used the term FXB-Force above already. This is the energy of living a healthy lifestyle. Erik has certainly shown exceptional devotion and skill and balance toward the FXB-Force.
(3) If ‘combat’ represents the 10-Week challenge, then yep—he’s conquered it time and time again (because I truly believe he experiences each new 10-week session right along with all the new Padawans).

Jedi Master: (4) A term of respect used by beings who respect the Jedi. (5) Regarded as among the most recognized polymaths in the known galaxy. (6) Upon completion of vocational or postgraduate education, a Jedi Knight become a Jedi Master after successfully training a Padawan learner to Knight status.

(4) Erik is certainly respected by all of us FXB beings.
(5) Erik’s recognition in the known FXB galaxy is growing, as evidenced by the picture shown below of the larger-than-life photo of Erik that now adorns the FXB East Peoria location.

(6) Erik has trained several Padawan learners to Knight status (a.k.a. instructors). I mean, look at that crew (and this photo doesnt even show all of them)!

Add all this up, and hopefully you’ll agree that Erik can only be the Jedi Master.

The Force is strong with this one, yes.

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