SICFIT Scottsdale student completes SEALFIT KOKORO 52 hour course

I would like to congratulate SICFIT Scottsdale student Paul Deuchar on earning the title of  Athlete of the Month. 


Hooya Kokoro class 34 you are secure! Were the final instructions given to us on the final day of the final evolution on the 52 hour  world renown SEALFIT academy in Encinitas, California. Paul and I had successfully passed the most rigorous civilian training program on the planet. But how did we get here? Let’s rewind the track back to Thursday July 10th a narrow 42 days prior to this adventure. 

Paul received an auto mailer email from SICFIT Scottsdale about meeting with me for a 6 month check in to see how things were going, were there any questions and what goals might we help him design and follow through with. What happened next neither of us could have ever imagined. Paul went on to discuss a goal he had of training to survive KOKORO  possibly within a year. I don’t quite remember exactly how it was said next but I believe I said why wait till 2015 let’s do it next month and I’ll even go with you! Within 24 hours we booked our trip and started preparing for exactly 6 weeks of brutal strength in conditioning that I designed with  a common theme of durability and duration, and so it began.

A sample day would look like this in the morning Pinnacle Peak Mountain run and in the evening a 30 minute grinder max pull ups + 300 meter run. The following day another 30 minute grinder 5x strict pull ups 10x strict push ups 15x air squats followed by a 100 yard sprint. We kept this up gradually increasing volume and distance all the way up to the final week where we executed a 30 mile ruck that started at SICFIT Scottsdale headed down to the very bottom of the city and back up taking us almost 11 hours total.

We were ready! At least physically, the biggest takeaway from KOKORO is the mental and emotional spirit and ability to do more than you ever imagined. Like not only staying awake for 3 days but performing under heavy training conditions with little rest and even less food. 

I could write about this all day but ultimately nobody knows what it’s all about until they experience it themselves. Thank you Paul for inspiring me to attend KOKORO for a 2nd time with my own goals in mind and more importantly my own “Why”. May this serve as a starting point for some of the greatest most successful years of your life. You are a true warrior and I would go into battle with you anytime, anywhere. Hooya Paul, hooya! 

Coach Luke Kayyem
The world is unpredictable and chaotic. Destiny favors the prepared (in mind, body and spirit). Hard physical training, proper nutrition, and strong values are foundational to living a good life. Personal Growth encompasses the whole person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We believe that there is an athlete and warrior within everyone.  Leadership is best shown through example. We use what works and discard what doesn’t. We innovate. We treat everyone with respect, encouragement, and sometimes, tough love. The defining attributes of leaders is an unconquerable spirit, a burning desire to better oneself, and service to your teammates and communities.
What will you learn at KOKORO?
Loyalty – to our family and our team
Service – to others before self
Honor and integrity – in public as well as in private
Leadership and followership – we must be good at both to be effective at anything
Responsibility – we take it for both our actions and those of our teammates
Discipline – the only easy day was yesterday
Innovation – adapt, improvise and overcome