"Everything I've learned in martial arts, I've applied in my life." - Mark Dacascos
Mark Dacascos, champion martial artist, actor, Iron Chef Chairman, and food entrepreneur, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast.
To say Mark Dacascos is a Renaissance Man is an understatement. You may know him from his commanding presence as The Chairman on Food Network's Iron Chef America, or perhaps from fighting Jet Li in Cradle to the Grave, or perhaps as the tough Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-O…but did you know he had no intention of being in entertainment? Growing up in Germany, the son of two Kung Fu instructors, Mark cut his teeth on his first stage in Kung Fu competition and as a young man moved to Taiwan to become a monk. He has taken chances ever since and his ride in this lifetime is rich with diverse experience. Just like the fluidity that is characteristic of great martial artists, Mark has traveled through his remarkable life seizing opportunities to strike, learn, and honorably give his best. This episode will inspire you to live with a sense of adventure, curiosity, and faith.
MARK'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"Stop looking with the eyes in your head. Put the eyes in your feet. Put the eyes in your hands…in life we sometimes have to change our perspective even with the same target."
"Everything I've learned in martial arts, I've applied in my life."
"Keep an open mind, first and foremost. What I try to do is know what I know, but be open to what other people know."
"As long as your energy is going the direction you want to go, you're gonna get there."
"Help if you can, but at the least, do no harm." - Dalai Lama
"Nothing is for free. If you want something, you must work for it." - Mark's Mom
MARK'S CHARITABLE WORK
No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength advocates for hungry children and families and supports free summer meal sites nationwide
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Closing song, PROMISES (Brink of Midnight)
If you enjoyed this episode, check out our conversation with Randy Couture, who also made the transition from athlete to entertainer: