“Your work is changing my life for the better.
Good day from Down Under Sir,
My friend Matt and myself have been following your work for some time now and we find your work inspirational. Both books, The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind are helping both of us with our daily struggles and finding a way forward.
We are both fathers, with day to day desk jobs aspiring towards meaningful life, and working towards it. Your work and books are helping tremendously and we have recently started with 20X challenges.
I just wanted to send this note and thank you personally, Mark. Your work is changing my life for the better. One day I hope, I will be able to afford to attend SEAL fit and earn my Trident.
Thank you again,
“Discover what it means to live with meaning”
A year ago, I sent this invitation to a group of Canadians – chosen for their strength of character, physical standards and history of integrity. Here’s the invitation:
On December 30, 2013 my sister died. Hanging on white-knuckled to the guardrail of her hospital bed — fighting cancer to the very end without an ounce of personal despair. She was a warrior.
A week later I was back at work, feeling impatient with the pathetic whining and complaining that our society has come to encourage and appreciate. “I’m exhausted” “So busy”. “My client/wife/boss/friend doesn’t appreciate me.” “Life is overwhelming”. “I’m so hung over.”
Add to that an observation. In business and politics and life – “leadership” is about winning a game at all costs. Cheaters are rewarded for their manipulation. Liars are applauded for their brilliance. Leaders are asked to be nurturing and accepting, and submissive. It occurred to me – that as men – we’ve lost our strength and character. Who have we become? Where is our mental toughness, our warrior spirit, our honor, our commitment. Our courage. Where is our fight?!
Look around. Physically, men have become soft – we totally lack discipline, guided by emotional whims – we eat garbage, drink ourselves senseless, and work out like pansies. We let our women open their own doors. Mentally, we procrastinate. Relationally, we avoid the tough conversations. Morally, our society is completely wasted.
After 20+ years training with elite martial artists, X-Canadian military & a handful of old-school police officers – I’ve decided to regain what it means to be a man.
Welcome to SEALfit. NOT for the faint of heart, my goal is to push myself and a team of friend warriors beyond our limits (emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually). Together we will train, bleed, laugh, cry…and either “ring the bell” and quit or emerge as a TEAM of warriors – ready to stand together to do what others can’t. We’ll hold ourselves accountable. We’ll build our character. We’ll discover what it means to live with meaning and manners. We’ll lead and be led into battle.
Join me in a year long journey to prepare as a team for a crucible experience guided by the “real-deal” Navy SEALs in California. If you are hesitating, please don’t reply…but if you are ready and absolutely willing to “embrace the suck” – send me a one word reply: “HOOYAH!!!”
Your team at SEALfit were absolutely remarkable. You absolutely exceeded our wildest expectations. Every single person involved in the program was world class. You pushed us to our limits and beyond, and then kept on pushing. We have emerged not only as better men, but as transformed men. We experienced something incredible – beyond what words can describe.
And now, we are ready to plunge headfirst into the fight, we are addicted to adversity.
You are truly in the business of transformation and we applaud you for that.
THANKYOU. WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.
HOOYAH Coaches: Divine, Cummings, Waterson, James, Taco, Bork, Will, John, Tom, Catherine & everyone else involved.
“Found A True Sense Of Authentic Team”
Before Sealfit I was training at my local Crossfit gym. I was really enjoying the support of the Crossfit community in the early years, but the team aspect was missing. Through SealFit’s UMA program I found the true sense of authentic team and that drew me intensly toward Kokoro.
I’ve had huge break throughs in UMA.
Kokoro has caused me to be much more intentional and consistent. To find my single point focus that I was missing. It wasn’t what I had in mind but it WAS my blind spot.
– Jason Diestel
“This Event Changed My Life”
Before Sealfit I was in pretty good shape, I had personal trainer that was helping me get to my fitness goals that I wanted to achieve.
When I was I kid I always big on the military, once I was an adult I remember watching Buds class 234 on Discovery channel and seeing those men go through intense training like that, I was always curious what it would be like to go through bud/s. I found Sealfit which drew me in to find out how challenging it is to be a Seal.
This event changed my life that I can I push myself further then I ever would possible. Mentally it got me stronger then I was before I started Sealfit. I am hoping to take on the challenge of Kokoro this year for another exciting experience in my life. Mark Divine your a great teacher and I thank you for all the beat downs that we had to do to make us stronger. Hooyah!!
“More Disciplined, More Confident, More Positive”
Before SEALFIT I was a college student and aspiring SEAL. I have wanted to be a SEAL for most of my life and had known about SEALFIT for years. Originally I was just planning on doing Kokoro in preparation for BUD/S, but as I did more and more research on the Academy, and read Coach’s books, I realized that the Academy was exactly what I needed to do.
From the Immersion Academy I was expecting to find tremendous mental and emotional growth, and thats exactly what I found. I can’t even describe the take aways I’ve experienced. What you guys teach at SEALFIT is so on the money. The biggest things I took away were the importance of breathing, the practice of witnessing the negative chatter in your mind, and the acceptance of the now. It was during Kokoro that I realized how important it is to live in the now. I think it was the first night when we were at the beach Coach Weatherford(?) gave us a pretty powerful speech that has stuck with me. By putting out 100% in every evolution, in every moment, in every breath you take, you have no choice but to embrace the now entirely. When you go as hard as you can in each moment, you aren’t worrying about how much longer the evolution is, or how bad it might hurt; you are being perfect in that moment. That is how I made it through Kokoro and how I will make it through BUD/S.
I am just a better person. I’m much more confident, more disciplined, and so much more positive. I practice daily meditation through box breathing and also do a 3 minute horse stance every morning as a form of active meditation. SEALFIT helped me realize that we control our level of suffering in any situation. While my ultimate goal is to be a Navy SEAL, the things I learned at SEALFIT have helped me in every aspect of my life.
“I Understood For The First Time Just How Transformative Kokoro Was”
To Coach Divine and the SEALFit Staff:
A heartfelt thanks for my experiences at Kokoro and the Comprehensive Academy this past October. I reflect daily upon the lessons and knowledge taught during Kokoro and the academy. Not an hour passes without thinking of my teammates or the suck we endured during the 7 days at HQ! It was heaven on earth.
It was important to me to write a testimonial after fully absorbing my experiences. I knew I was a different person immediately after Kokoro. However, after having one of the most disappointing days of my life this past Monday, I understood for the first time just how transformative Kokoro was. On Monday, I learned that I am medically disqualified from joining the SEALs due to color vision deficiencies. This was a blindside and a gut wrenching moment to say the least. I’ve always seen colors normally and never had any inclination to believe that I have this condition. Earning the Trident has been my first thought upon waking every day since I was 14 years old. I’ve trained relentlessly for the past two years to forge a strong and durable body. Needless to say, learning that I was disqualified was a kick in the nuts. But something happened shortly thereafter that surprised me. It was my control over my emotions…and it was all thanks to what I learned at the Academy and Kokoro.
As I was leaving MEPS, I sat in my car in silence and focused on my breathing. I must have sat there box breathing for 30 minutes to filter out the negative and fear based thought patterns. Instead of feeling like a victim and asking “why me?” I simply accepted it as an unfortunate life circumstance. I thought “it could always be worse.” Rather than feeling hate towards the system, I embraced it and sought to understand why the rules exist. I was completely and utterly present in the moment. Finally, I felt love for myself. I didn’t dwell my imperfection or think about the what ifs. I listened to my intuition and acknowledged that there is something else out there for me. I am a warrior and I believe that the closing of this door means that others are now open. I am grateful for my training and the knowledge I’ve acquired throughout this journey and I am content with my current situation.
Anyone looking to attend Kokoro understands the physical and mental barriers that you must knock down in order to succeed. However, the gold is in how you learn to control your emotional response to outside stimuli. The environment at Kokoro will mold you into becoming a more emotional resilient being. No other physical challenge that I have participated in has penetrated so deeply into my soul. It is an experience unlike any other that will transform your life in many unexpected ways.
Once again, thanks to all the SEALFit coaches staff and my teammates. Hope to see you soon on the grinder.
– Sam D.