My Name Is John Duffy
Stephen brought me on to work on Real Anime Training as a business partner last year. And during that time, I've gotten to know a lot of you on YouTube, and I have benefited greatly from Stephen's training. And now, I'm writing for the blog too! How exciting.
For those of you out there who haven't been following the "NXT LVL Stuff" YouTube channel, you really should. We've done a lot of cool stuff on there. And that includes our newest show "Origin Story." Stephen has been training me every weekday for about seven months now, and I have gone from 425 pounds to 375 in that time! I also just recently ran a Spartan Sprint! Well, when I say "ran," I actually mean "slipped and fell along the course of." It wasn't easy. And I kind of wanted to die during that race. But I finished it nonetheless. We also have been making new, ambitious "Real Anime Training" videos on there. I'm quite proud of the work we've done there, and I'm especially proud of the work I was able to do revamping the Real Anime Training website. This is all just the beginning of my work here.
Getting into character
I train the way I do for the sake of my wife and daughter. They are my world, and when I started this journey, I was only doing it for them. But that is no longer the only reason I am doing this. Stephen has gotten me to watch Dragon Ball - a series I had never watched before - and it hooked me on the idea of training for the sake of getting stronger and pushing my own limits. Watching Goku have his butt handed to him by Mercenary Tao, only to train and get stronger over the course of three days to kill Tao himself? (Spoiler alert for a thirty-something year old anime, Tao wasn't really dead.) I found the series to be inspirational, and it pointed me towards a new mindset!
Friends, the truth is that I'm not a fit person. I've not been watching anime my whole life. I may have caught an episode of Sailor Moon late at night in an ER waiting room when I was a kid. But I didn't really watch any anime until my wife showed me Fullmetal Alchemist in 2013. I watched the far superior "FMA: Brotherhood" of my own volition not too long after. Since then I've enjoyed shows like "Trinity Blood," "Dragon Ball," "Dragon Ball Z," the first 14 episodes of "Sword Art Online..." but I know there's still a lot I haven't seen. Luckily, I'm a nerd in almost every other area of interest. So, if you need an explanation of the Zelda timeline, a reason why Spyro's games went downhill after the PS1 era, or an explanation of the real life events that led to Superman's death in 1993, I'm probably your man. And over time, I'll become more and more familiar with the anime that most of you love.
Thanks for having me here, everyone! I look forward to getting to know you all.