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Credits: Victoria Vives, Marcus Marshall.
I often received fitness related questions and this morning, I was asked how somebody who is not athletically inclined can learn Martial Arts. The issue of not feeling fitness oriented and finding a way to integrate a greater level of physicality in one’s life is also closely related to the feeling of not feeling athletically inclined.
I will share a few powerful ideas that may help with these matters and you can find a wealth of additional information on my How 2B a Superhero blog and The 5 Superhero Secrets audio series available for free.
1) DO I NEED TO BE A “NATURAL” TO BE ATHLETIC?
Absolutely not. It always comes to mind how a lady started learning gymnastics when she was forty plus years old and her teacher was a sixty year old man. This was in a gym in Hollywood where I used to go train, and let me tell you, I wish I had some of their skills!!
Another good example is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who inspired me in his movie Conan The Barbarian with his warrior strength, was actually pretty gangly as a child and yet he became an icon in bodybuilding.
Lastly, my personal case: I suffered from childhood joint issues and was also diagnosed at age 17 with congenital spine problems and was told I would not be able to do much physically. I went to rehab for a few months due to the strong pain and lack of mobility, but at the end I knew that there was a force beyond the physical that no doctor can pinpoint.
There is always the power of our heart’s desires and our mental focus, both together can make ANYTHING possible! Using this power, I healed my back and my body with the passion I had for arts and freedom of expression and thrived in a career that depended on athleticism.
2) AM I ONE-DIMENSIONAL?
Success is not based on one single quality. We are multidimensional beings and as such, our experiences and actions are comprised of multidimensional aspects. Even though at the moment we might be focusing on athleticism and thus bringing in a scary closeup of our lack of such, many other aspects are still a wealth of resources within ourselves that we can include in the picture for effective use.
I have met people during training that had great lack of athletic ability, and in some cases were considered as having medical disabilities. Despite any lack of natural ability or even limitations placed on them by medical diagnoses, I witnessed time and again, individuals achieve skills and abilities beyond those considered “naturals” using other elements in their multidimensionality, such as discipline, passion, endurance, mental and physical toughness, to shore up any elements that are lacking.
In this same way, there are many singers with amazing voices, but the most successful are not necessarily the most gifted ones. Character traits that play a major role in success, beside merely good singing, can include being expressive and the ability to awaken emotions in others, being responsible so that producers trust you, being internet savvy to promote yourself so that you can reach an audience.
3) IS REPETITIVE MOVEMENT THE JOY OF BEING ATHLETIC?
And the answer is… NO!
Repetitive movements are a means to an end that many of us may not feel passionate about. The joy of athleticism, however, is the self empowerment , health, and freedom of expression that it brings.
I must confess my challenge to feel connection with my physical aspect and the discipline to train. What truly made me become a professional martial artist and dancer was my love for the Arts and my love for self-expression and empowerment. I don’t exercise just for the sake of the exercise itself, but for the benefits that derive from it and even more because of other passions that I am able to tie into it.
For instance, Gymnastics may bring me the joy of experiencing my body and energy moving in new and different ways, feeling free, as if I could fly. Martial Arts and stunts feel empowering and I feel like a Superhero, so it gets better than just watching the movies. So the more I practice a technique or a trick, the more I get engaged to the good feeling chemicals that are released in my body when I perform it and want more of it. I also choose movement disciplines that make the body intelligent because I can see how that intelligence will then reflect at other levels in a holistic way, expanding awareness greatly.
So MAKE A LIST OF PARALLEL BENEFITS AND PASSIONS RELATED TO WHAT YOU WANT TO TRAIN and make that your training bible!!
Well, wishing I had more time to share about this theme, but for now, wishing this helps. I love you and I love connecting with you.
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Which Martial Arts have you practiced, with who and where? Most of my training has been in LA. I’ve studied many Martial Arts over the years ranging from classical styles like Wing Chun, Kendo and Kiryu Kenpo to combat sports like MMA and Boxing, to stage fighting and gymnastics, to reality based self defense arts like JKD (Jeet Kune Do) and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).
If I had to classify myself as a Martial Artist, I would say that my main disciplines are Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s martial art, and stage fighting/fight choreography. These two represent two ends of the spectrum in that JKD is centered around real application and personal development, whereas stage fighting and fight choreography are purely artistic expressions.
As for who I learned from, I had many wonderful Sifus and Senseis along the years. I trained at the prestigious OSULA Kendo school, I trained with my beloved husband, Nhan-Esteban Khuong, in Jeet Kune Do, I trained with Terry Taneie, the founder of Kiryu Kenpo and I have also had the honor of training in Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett and the Wednesday Night Group. Also interesting to note, I trained in Stage Fighting with Chad Stahelski, Neo’s stunt double in The Matrix.
Did you practice Martial Arts in Spain or only in the US? The first Martial Art I learned was Western Boxing followed by Wing Chun, both of which I learned in Spain. Later on, I participated in my first action film and then immediately came to the US, where I continued to train and learn new martial arts.
What do you remember of working in Television in Spain, such as in “Uno Para Todas”, “NoSoloMusica”,… and your collaborations in shows with Alaska, Nacho Cano,…? Have you been in touch with these people? Being in all those shows in Spain Television as well as in tours all around Spain was a wonderful experience and a tremendous learning. I look back at those times in “Uno Para Todas” with a smile.It was exciting to be a representative image of “Nosolomusica” for years!
It was indeed a blessing to work with my two childhood idols: singing my own songs to open Alaska’s shows and composing, choreographing and performing with Nacho Cano, even for the Olympic Hymn Ceremony! Also, working with Diana Ross, Robbie Williams and Celia Cruz was very memorable.
I have been in touch with some of the people in Alaska’s band through the Internet, but not with her since she doesn’t use internet as much, same with Nacho. I did talk over the phone with Nacho and he wanted to have me in a show he was producing in Mexico, although I finally opted for staying in LA. I am in touch with all the “Uno Para Todas” people over Facebook, which is great!
Why and when did you move from Madrid to Los Angeles? In 2000 I came to LA with Alaska for some of her shows. I fell in love with the wide open sky and the nature surrounding me while enjoying the benefits of being in a world renowned cultural hub. The mountains are visible even from the center of Hollywood. This meant an instant improvement in my happiness and connection with nature while also increasing my access to world class training and career building opportunities. Los Angeles was intensely compelling in every way, so I moved here in 2004.
You went to LA in 2004. Did you know English? Was the beginning hard? Did you get into music? Were Martial Arts already in your mind and body? It was hard indeed. It was an “I will sleep in the streets if necessary but I am staying” situation. My decision to move to LA was so spontaneous that all I took with me was a suitcase and a few hundred Euros. I remember the first day walking around and carrying my luggage up and down the streets in this gigantic city, looking for a place to rent.I only knew very basic English and did not have much practice so I could barely understand anyone. I didn’t have a car, so I bought a bicycle which I would ride for hours commuting the long distances in LA to attend castings and auditions where I had to perform and look good after my long trek in the dusty streets.
I was fortunate to find wonderful people who helped me learn English and make my dream of living in LA a reality.
I have always been in and out with music, but Martial Arts was the focus in my life at that moment and the warrior spirit really played an important role in my perseverance during that challenging transition in my life.
Share about your work in the US in modeling, film, TV, videos, shows,… related to Martial Arts. There are infinite possibilities for talent in the entertainment industry here in LA but also a lot of competition. Everyone wants to be in the industry and many come here for this reason. I have worked in both Anglo and Latin television, in music videos, modeling for magazines and runway shows, I have been in Belly Dance and Samba companies and of course, in Martial Arts shows and films.Some of the things I enjoyed the most were Motion Capture for the video game Call of Duty, performing Martial Arts at Universal Studios, performing Castilian Voice Over for Ralph Lauren, and traveling with Kung Fu Femmes to India to perform Martial Arts shows for ESPN. An especially memorable moment was performing as a Samba dancer at Christian Audigier’s 50th Birthday. The lineup of guests and entertainers was amazing including Snoop Doggy Dog, with whom I shared the stage, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson and even Michael Jackson.
In addition to performing, I also very much enjoyed working as a Martial Arts trainer for a SONY pictures film as well as a Stunt Coordinator for an independent film.As important as those experiences were however, I wanted to step it up a notch and express my self at a whole new level, by creating my own vision in entertainment. I teamed up with a production company and we created my music video FUEGO, a mix of martial arts and dance which won a Telly Award. After that I started my own production company offering online Jeet Kune Do video lessons, creating martial arts short films, and self development tools such as life strategy audios and guided meditations in both English and Spanish among other things. You can check out everything my production company has to offer at www.3VPrototype.com, there’s some free stuff for everyone to enjoy as well as media to purchase.
Did you work in other things besides film, tv, shows? My first job was a short temporary position as an accountant auditing a pen manufacturing company in Spain. Later, after working in Spanish Television, in Uno Para Todas and other shows and performing with Nacho Cano and Alaska, I thought I should try other things so I did some freelance graphic design and wrote poetry. To make sure that I really got a broader sense of experiences, I even decided to work in LIDL, a supermarket chain, doing a guy’s job, moving very heavy palettes of merchandise. I was basically juggling a double identity as my co-workers at the supermarket did not know I worked in the entertainment industry and vice versa; this was actually standard practice for me whenever I would go to school or take work outside of entertainment.
My first job in LA was in a night club taking patron’s emails as part of the club’s promotion. This helped me very much with getting more comfortable talking with others, especially in English.Not long after, I got my second job in LA at Winchell’s, a donuts franchise. They loved me because I was hard worker. Interestingly, on the day I started my first my work shift at Winchell’s, I was also booked for my first music video with the rap artist 50 cent. As soon I finished my work shift, I had to radically change my look and ride my bike to the set. As thankful as I was for the job, Winchell’s was soon history for me.
Do you know or have relation with people in Martial Arts and Action Films in US (such as Van Damme, Seagal, Dacascos, Diana Inosanto, or Tak Kubota de Glendale, Yamazaki de Anaheim, Demura en Santa Ana, Bob Wall,…)? I’ve met and worked with countless amazing people in the US Martial Arts and Action Film industries.I have had the honor of meeting many wonderful people in the Bruce Lee family and circle like Linda and Shannon Lee, the late Ted Wong, Taky Kimura, and Bob Bremer.Interesting that you mention Diana Lee Inosanto since she and I are Facebook friends and although we’ve never met in person, we have chatted online. A very kind woman. The internet has really revolutionized the way we can connect with others.
I was recently introduced to Cheng PeiPei from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. A remarkable woman. We, however, only interacted online regarding a film that she is preparing.I had the pleasure of working and training with many of the stunt people who double for all the most difficult action film scenes in Transformers, Pirates of The Caribbean, TRON, Avatar and other great films. They are amazing!
Do you know Karate and Karate practitioners in the US… and in Spain? I know fewer Martial Arts people in Spain, so I will refer to the US. Here in the US, Karate is often understood as any Japanese Martial Art, which I did practice. I practiced Kendo and Kiryu Kenpo and therefore I know some people in those styles. However, I have not practiced Karate in the sense of the specific martial art of that name.
What do you remember of Spain, of Madrid?My family, of course, my friends, La Puerta del Sol (where I used to live), the wonderful tapas and my beloved Horchata de Chufa! I also remember, with special fondness, Las Fallas de Valencia, una buena Paella… and so many more things!
Do you still have family in Spain, Madrid? Yes, I came to the US on my own. My aunt is on Facebook and Skype, which makes things easier, hahaha!Do you visit Spain often, little or nothing?I don’t visit as often as I’d like. It is a long trip and I have many things I am developing in LA which require my attention.
What do Martial Arts bring to you at a personal level? The words “Martial Arts” speak to me of ancient wisdom for physical and spiritual discovery and expression, passed from generation to generation in continuous evolution yet preserving its profound roots.Martial Arts bring to me empowerment, peace, centeredness, and grounding.
Do you train regularly, where, how much, with who? Martial Arts, or fitness, or both? My training is in a constant state of flux as I use a more organic and intuitive approach. In other words, rather than a strict regimented training schedule, I simply do what I feel inspired to do. At times this might mean training every day for a few hours and at other times I might train only once per week or even take a break entirely for months at a time.At this moment I am training 2 hours, once weekly.
I like to think of it as Superhero training or Warrior training given the unique conditions methods that we use, always geared towards nature and natural movement. We always train outdoors in various terrains and environments, combining many elements to hone and strengthen our bodies and minds. We focus on functional strength and power, agility, coordination, flexibility, and of course Martial skill and teamwork. You can see some of the videos of my training on YouTube, definitely not your average Martial Arts or Fitness training!
Where do you live in Los Angeles? I lived in the heart of Hollywood (Sunset and Vine) for 3 years and then I moved to the San Gabriel Valley once I got married.
Do you like living in LA? Yes, I love living in LA. The weather is wonderful all year. The population and neighborhoods are so eclectic that it’s possible to literally feel that you are having breakfast in China, lunch in India and and dinner in Mexico, or any other place in the World.
Which immediate projects do you have? Recently I have been back to focusing on Spirituality and developing my Healing Arts skills to balance my Martial Arts. I had my first experience in these matters about ten years ago, in Spain. It was so powerfully transforming that I felt I wasn’t ready for it, so I put it aside until recently.
I have since gained much greater empowerment and grounding thanks to Martial Arts and I feel ready to expand my capacity within the Healing Arts. I started by becoming a REIKI Master and founding the Heaven on Earth center where I offer Healing and Spiritual workshops. I am continuing my development within the Healing Arts by studying and practicing a number of other philosophies and modalities such as Heart Code, Sacred Geometry, Sound Healing and Matrix Energetics. I want to get into Shamanism as well.
As for Martial Arts, I am continuing to develop and launch new episodes of the Chain Jane and 3V Undercover series.
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How do you keep your body in shape?
Thank you for asking that question becuase I think it can open some readers to new ideas. Most people equate staying in shape with exercising and a strict diet. There’s usually a lot suffering and sacrifice involved with the conventional approach.
I really don’t exercise as often as people think. I only exercise when I enjoy it, such as learning a new martial art or skill, or doing something exciting with friends. In fact, there have been times when I have been completely sedentary for more than six months at a time, yet I still kept a sexy and slender figure.
If you want to get to a long-lasting-staying-in-shape situation, exercise your mind first, then any actions you take will be truly rewarded by outstanding results.
People might say that it’s “genetics” but the genetics in my family go both ways so there is obviously more to it.
I stay in shape because I “know” that I am. The “knowing” is so much more powerful than the “wanting”, or “thinking”, or “hoping”, or “trying”.
I “know”, therefore I am.
Do you follow a special diet you wish to share with our readers, your fans?
My secret to diet and nutrition is eating what I desire and being happy about it.
I equate exercising with fun and food with enjoyment. In my mind I don’t see their relation with staying fit. Staying fit is more about how I see myself and who I see myself being.
When I look in the mirror what do I expect to see? I expect to see a curvy, sleek and sexy young woman radiating both power, love, warmth, and kindness.
Our bodies are changing continuously. New cells are constantly replacing old ones. Can you imagine your body different? Can you see yourself being fitter step by step? Can you expect that that is the case? Can you KNOW it?
This change in mindset is like walking a path. It might take a few steps, but you will certainly get there if you start walking in that direction.
Mind over matter would be the simple way to say it. We can truly choose who we are. You can learn more about this in The 5 Superhero Secrets (free download at www.VictoriaVives.com) or attend some of my Healing Arts classes in Los Angeles, CA.
Early days… Your bio in IMDb says you grew up in an “extreme dichotomy,” raised by a “devout Christian grandmother” and a “free spirited” mother. How was it? How did it help you in your career or in your life in general?
Every crisis is an opportunity. The conditions of my childhood certainly offered me unique perspective in which I could observe opposite extremes within life. It gave me the opportunity to understand both sides and take the best of each. I feel like I was two different Victorias growing up, but now, I feel all aspects of myself integrated. Having experienced this wide range allowed me to be open minded and able to relate to many.
Who are your role models?
They change from time to time. Some of them are movie characters such as Conan The Barbarian when played by Schwarzenegger, Neo played by Keanu, Angelina Jolie in any of her roles… I also have many role models in the Spiritual world, but I am more reserved about that.
Is your present career a childhood dream? What did it take to be right where you are right now?
I am indeed living my dream life. Although the specifics and details have changed from time to time, I feel that I am always moving closer towards what I really love, rather than remaining stagnant in the same place.
As a child my dream was about living a life filled with magic and unlimited possibilities. When I was 10 that might have meant being a singer, when I was 17 that might have been working in television or going on a tour, then that might have changed to being a Superhero or video game character. So all of this is about enjoying life at every moment, expanding myself to new experiences, and living fully while inspiring others to do the same.
“Knowing thyself” and “Energy Mastery” are key to living in the now and really feeling and loving life. Knowing one’s self is far more than simply knowing a few personal details or even an in-depth bio. Knowing one’s self is a unimaginably deep spiritual path that transcends time and space. Understanding the Energy that forms everything in this Universe including you and I, is an inseparable part of knowing one’s self but merits it’s own light. The Energy is the connection we have with All-That-Is. It is our greatest source of power. These concepts are the reasons why I enjoy Martial Arts and Healing Arts. Both practices are different sides of the same coin that serve as keys or gateways into learning more about the Energy and about one’s self. Yin and Yang.
Why did you decide to move to Hollywood when you were at the height of your career in Spain?
I had always wanted to live outside of Spain for at least a year. I went on trips and tours out of Spain many times, but not longer than one or two months. Right before coming to Los Angeles I was really looking for a change. I felt that my career and personal development had reached an impasse and that I had reached the limits of my possibilities in Spain. I felt stuck and taking a spontaneous leap of faith by moving to the US seemed like a good way to step outside the box of my old life and start a new one. Besides, I fell in love with the California skies!
How were your early days in Hollywood? What motivated you to persevere during those times?
When I arrived to Los Angeles I actually ended up living in East LA for a month before making the move to Hollywood. My short stay in East LA was trying, to say the least, as I scrambled to find shelter and work to replenish my small nest egg in place, in a country where I could not speak the language nor call on friends or family for help. Without the emotional support of my home turf in Spain, I would say that I had to rely on my warrior spirit to persevere.
Moving to Hollywood was like a dream come true, and with time, my situation improved significantly. Seeing the Hollywood sign from the street where I was living was very inspiring!
In depth… Looking back on your career, do you have any regrets?
I don’t find value in regret.
Simply put, when we do something or choose something that we finally discover not to be as great as we originally thought, that is when we know it wasn’t. In other words, if we don’t make the choice, we would probably never know how good or bad it would be. We would just stay wondering without learning from the experience. That is why, ultimately, I am always happy with my decisions and their outcomes.
What is the biggest mistake you have ever committed?
The biggest mistake I, or anyone, can make is talking about mistakes
I prefer to see mistakes as valuable sources of information. If an action I took resulted in a result that I did not like, I am now equipped with the information necessary to make the proper adjustments for a better result the next time. It is an inherent part of the learning process — trial and error. The bigger the “mistake”, the more opportunity for learning and therefore, the more potential for growth and success! “Mistakes” only become an issue when they become one’s focus and obsession and when they are used as an excuse to not move forward.
You look confident and fearless in your shoots and in your reels. Is it safe to assume that it reflects your personality in real life?
I am often told that. I would say that I am confident in the sense that fear does not stop me from doing the things I really want. Fear is not an excuse.
Can someone as beautiful as you have insecurities just like any other girl would normally have? What is it and how do you deal with it?
I think that we all have insecurities at one time or another. We can use these insecurities as opportunities to learn about ourselves and grow, achieving a happier life.
There is a lot about being judged, measured and compared with others in the Hollywood scene. That brings up the question “Am I good enough for this or that role?”. Thanks to my spiritual practice I got out of that game. Now my number one role is being Victoria. It is not as important for me to say, “I am this”, or “I am that”, instead, I just thrive in “I AM”. I exist. That makes me and you and all of us absolutely precious even with what others (or ourselves) might refer to as flaws. When embracing this solid foundation in who we really are, there is no room for insecurity.
Of all the martial arts you know, which among them reflects your personality?
All the martial arts I have studied connect with an aspect of my personality. I prefer to not place limitations by choosing only one style so I’ll frame the answer to the question by describing what I like about martial arts. I enjoy systems that incorporate meditation, tradition and spirituality, yet also emphasize freedom and individuality. Any martial art can potentially contain these elements so it really only depends on the Sifu or Sensei. It’s really not about the martial art, but rather about the martial artist.
Describe a Victoria Vives in love.
That is the everyday Victoria Soaring through the day with a blissful smile.
Views in life… The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words…
Love. Life, All-That-Is
Martial arts. Powerful
Dream. …come true
Fun. Ready for more!
Drugs. Not interested
Family. The most beautiful blessing
At present… Please tell us something about your blog. What motivated you to blog?
I have always wanted to support others in different ways. One of them is helping them achieve their dreams. I know everything is possible and I want to inspire others to go make their dreams come true!
In light of your blog, give us three things to remember on how someone so ordinary (say me) become a Superhero?
1- You are far from ordinary. You are UNIQUE
2- If you desire it, you can achieve it, just model others that have already done it
3- Action is great and fun, but leave space for the magic of your spirit to come into each of your actions and your life will be transformed. You will not be alone ever again, but instead, the Universe will be your playground as you make each of your dreams come true!
What are you working on right now?
On erasing the limits for what we believe is possible for myself and for many people who want to live their lives fully.
I’m emphasizing the Healing Arts as medium to help others erase those limits. We have been told that we need to take a pill every time that we feel bad, but there is wisdom inside each of us that can be uncovered to resolve any situation in life. By teaching the Healing Arts, I help others help themselves. It’s like a chain reaction that spreads health and happiness, and grows self confidence, self-esteem and empowerment!
With all the hard work, you are entitled to fun. How you do you take a break?
I love what I do, so there are no lines between work and fun sometimes, but I do enjoy setting time apart to spend quality time with my family, for example, playing video games, eating delicious foods, going to the movies…
If you weren’t who you are right now, what would you be?
My cat, LOL. He gets lots of love, attention, affection… and naps a lot!
Well, more seriously, I would love to be an Ascended Master assisting others.
Message to all your fans
Thank you for all your love and appreciation. Remember that you can be whoever you choose to. Be you and no other, the real you beyond all the learned limitations, the magnificent you that you always knew was inside you. You are unique and we are waiting for your unique gifts to shine!
NEW EPISODE of the 3V Undercover series! Agent 3V gets teletransported to a parallel dimension, where she faces two skillful merciless monks, where all that she knows about fighting and Martial Arts will be challenged. And the skill of her enemies goes beyond measure. Would 3V harness the power of magic in this realm? Would the monks defeat 3V? Discover what fate holds for 3V in this parallel reality!
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