John Denney

"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

ON TURNING 53

Jul 1, 2015 1:35:40 PM

Denney Family July 2, 2015 I am turning 53 years old, or as my friend Dave says, I am finishing my 53rd trip around the sun, either way it is making me think about a lot of things.

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Golf and the Mastermind Principle

Jun 26, 2015 11:32:07 AM

Photo Credit Chuck BurtonThe Mastermind Connection between a golfer and his caddy.

January 2015 I learned about the Mastermind Principle as explained by Napoleon Hill, 2 or more people working in a spirit of perfect harmony to achieve a specific goal, and how it has been a principle you will find with all or most successful people.

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Photo: Jason KenworthyStandup paddling provides a great physical workout, which is beneficial in competition and everyday life. Mental conditioning can provide similar benefits, but few people proactively train themselves.

Just thinking about a stressful situation—from the approaching face of a monster wave to an intrapersonal conflict—can cause anxiety, and the resultant stress can take a toll physically and emotionally.

John Denney, who was part of Laird Hamilton’s Strapped Crew...

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Three Strokes in Three Months

Oct 14, 2013 2:57:05 PM

Whit Staples Free Swing with John  Denney

I want to share with you a recent success story about a local pro, Whit Staples. He has been playing professional golf since 1998 and started my program May 29, 2013. He has played 20 competitive rounds of golf on a local mini tour since he started to use the methods I teach. His scoring average has dropped from 74.7 to 71.8 (2.9 strokes per round) compared to the 20 tournaments prior to us working together. If that’s not cool enough, I did a little more research into the numbers and I found out this...

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I cannot express how impactful your presentation was for me and the team.  I am a collegiate coach because I hope to empower others towards self-worth.  Your program provided several life skills to help my players perform better from the inside out.  The results were immediate in our game the following day and overall team energy. “ Power breath,” has become our new...


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Rory Mcilroy - "Tooth or Tude?"

Mar 1, 2013 3:16:16 PM

Photo credit: www.irishnews.comThe story is all over the news and I have only been home for an hour, the biggest news in the world of sports. Rory Mcilroy withdraws from the 2013 Honda Classic 1/2 way through the Second Round. Now he has released a statement of apology and said he has a “sore tooth”.  A lot of people are saying “sore sport”.

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Get Your Head Back in the Bed

Jan 29, 2013 12:58:47 PM

get your head back in the bedWhat helps me get back to sleep is to bring my mind back to bed. This may sound funny at first but what I have found is I know my physical body is lying in bed but my mental body has left the room, it is not confined to the bedroom like my body. Thoughts are things and can wake us up just like the alarm clock does. The only way to stop a thought is by shifting our focus and activating a new thought form.

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Kalama Kamp Testimonials

Oct 30, 2012 12:48:09 PM

dave kalama at kamp

Thank you to everyone who has sent me such nicely written testimonials that relay just how great the Kalama Kamp experience is! To all that haven't gone, I wanted to share with you the thoughts and gratitude that our Kalama Kampers have. Without them, Kalama Kamp would just be another surf trip with boys. With them, this becomes an SUP Excursion and Trip of a lifetime! I am very grateful for the chance to have shown them our lifestyle and to get to know them on a one-on-one basis.

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Premature Celebration

Oct 23, 2012 2:51:19 PM

Premature or excessive celebration is practically an epidemic in girls volleyball and leads to some really bad mental conditions. The first problem with premature celebration from a mental perspective is that the team gets on an emotional high. The problem with this is that an emotional high is almost always followed by an emotional low. In my opinion, this is what leads to the dramatic momentum shifts we see in volleyball and most sports. I always teach my teams and my athletes that emotional highs can destroy performance just as bad as emotional lows. his is why it is important to reset your emotions after every point.

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Volleyball Linking Up

Oct 4, 2012 1:15:01 PM

Did you ever wonder why Volleyball teams come together after every point? Is there a reason or has it just become habit for teams to come together after they win a point to congratulate each other? I have been watching a lot of volleyball over the last few years, thanks to my daughter Ali, and have noticed a wide spectrum of team coherence.

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Homework Meltdown

Sep 25, 2012 11:59:39 AM

Day 2 of school and the homework drama had already begun, but last night we had an amazing emotional meltdown aversion. My 12 year old son, Luke, and my wife were working on a project late at night. The printer was not cooperating and the frustration was building, Luke was getting defensive, Mom was getting mad and so was I... not the way to start the school year with a project that was supposed to be fun.

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The Mental Side of Golf

Sep 11, 2012 3:16:18 PM

You can ask 10 golfers to fill in the blank: “Golf is 90% _________?” and they all have the same answer, “Mental”.

Now ask those same golfers how they practice their mental game and they don’t have any answer at all.

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The Mental Game

Aug 30, 2012 2:15:41 PM

Everyone talks about the mental game and how important it is in sport and also in business but most people do not have a mental game plan or really a clear understanding of what the mental game is. The mental game as I see it, is learning to control our thoughts so we can control our emotions and physical tension in our bodies.

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My very first blog post!!

Aug 23, 2012 2:23:50 PM

How do we teach our students and athletes to control their emotions and their physical tension? The problem is... we don’t! We tell our children to “calm down” “take a breath” but we do not teach them how to do it, now you can. Usings skills and techniques from the Heartmath Institute in Boulder Creek such as Quick Coherence, Heart lock In, and Freeze Frame we can teach how to control their nervous system and stay calm under pressure.

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