10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Fantastic article…NOT just for girls/women!


Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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Review of Wim Demeere’s NEW Book

Just finished reading Wim Demeere‘s new book, “Martial Arts, Self Defense and a Whole Lot More: The Best of Wim’s Blog, Volume 1”.

Click HERE for the full review on Amazon. I really like his candid writing style and he really has a lot of thought-provoking ideas to help your martial arts training.

Stay safe my friends!

Chris B. Jácome

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Bullying and Bullycide: The Missing Link

This is a great INTRO article to Bullying and I believe she points to an important issue that is often overlooked in the equation…what is being taught/learned at home about self-worth.

“Kids committing suicide from bullying is a tragedy that we all need to work on as a community to prevent. Let’s teach kids to truly love themselves and to use assertiveness and conflict resolution skills to help stop bullies and cyber bullies in their tracks.”

via Bullying and Bullycide: The Missing Link.

Enjoy the article.

Your amigo,

Chris Burton Jácome

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How Rick Rescorla beat terrorism on 9/11/2001

How Rick Rescorla beat terrorism on 9/11/2001:

Instead of remembering the names of the perpetrators, I propose we spend more mental energy remembering the names of our heroes. On 9/11/2001, an innumerable amount of our fellow citizens risked (and GAVE) their lives to help save the lives of complete strangers. Throughout that horrific event and the days that followed, through unimaginable adversity, so many heroes showed the true essence of courage, bravery and love for the life of humanity. Their actions that day brought glimmers of light into the deepest recesses of an unthinkable darkness.

I was introduced to the name, Rick Rescorla, in an article titled, “A Survival Guide to Catastrophe” by Amanda Ripley. Please read about Mr. Rescorla and his heroic actions on 9/11/01 in this excerpt by Amanda Ripley provided on her website here: http://www.amandaripley.com/blog/call-for-nominations-the-rick-rescorla-award

After you read the excerpt, I ask two things from you:
1. Allow yourself to get caught up in the emotion. Emotion is a wonderful way to celebrate our humanity if it is an emotion of love, of respect, of joy, of happiness. Rick Rescorla saved 2,687 souls on that day. Every time I read Rick Rescorla’s story I feel a wave of emotion well up inside me. He is a shining example of the selfless feats humans are capable of achieving amidst cruel adversity, stress, fear and mortal danger. His story can provide us a beacon of hope reminding us that within our humanity there exists a light that no darkness can overcome.

2. Read the story a second time and look at what can be learned from Rick Rescorla’s actions. There are many survival tips here and I absolutely encourage everyone to study survival strategies and tactics.

However, reflect too on the discipline he instilled in the employees of the tower. Examine the resolve he demonstrated in creating a plan and practicing that plan week in and week out so that success was probable, not just possible. He used the same principles elite athletes use in their training however I argue that, even without taking into account the saving of 2,687 souls, the actions of Rick Rescorla deserve more merit because he didn’t have a scheduled date to show the culmination of his efforts. Mr. Rescorla did what he did because he knew it was the right thing to do if he wanted to have any kind of success should the unthinkable happen. Rick Rescorla’s actions shine a spotlight on all of our daily disciplines that we put into practice, consciously or not, that change the courses of our lives. Maybe not in such a catastrophic and heroic instant but the change is made nonetheless.

Unfortunately, it might be inescapable that certain humans will try to inflict terror, pain and even death on other humans but we do not have to succumb to their fear, their anguish. By reflecting and learning from the heroes of any given act of terrorism we take away some of the terror. We minimize the fear-based paradigm aftermath of the act and replace it with a paradigm of increased knowledge, with respect for new heroes that emerge.

We might not be able to abolish fear but we can manage it. On this day especially, let our fellow citizen, Rick Rescorla, show us how fear can be blind-folded, brought to its knees and restrained long enough for 2,687 souls to quietly pass down a dark, smoke-filled stairway emerging safely into daylight and to their lives that yet awaited.

In honor of a fallen hero, Rick Rescorla, and in the restoration of faith that many more like him can, and will, emerge from our masses.

Chris B. Jácome

Again, I want to thank Amanda Ripley for introducing me to Rick Rescorla through her article, “A Survival Guide to Catastrophe”. His life and story changes me for the better each time I reflect upon it.

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Music amazes me!

Because I’m a professional musician I sometimes forget to stop and LISTEN to the music! I get so carried away in the process of making music (which has its own joys of course!) that I forget to enjoy the product!

My wife and flamenco dancer, Lena Jácome, has found a popular song she LOVES! She has probably listened to it 150-200 times in the last 4 days. Just over and over and over. Isn’t that cool! Isn’t that such an amazing experience when we find a piece of music that we just can’t get enough of!?!

I hope that you have had that experience with a piece of music in your life. And if not with music, then with something positive like another art, a book, a favorite food or a love-interest. This healthy kind of obsession is one of the joys of being human. The last song I lusted over was by Pearl Jam. It is called, “Just Breathe“.

The power of music and how a song can resonate so strongly is awe-inspiring. We are walking, living bodies of energy and how a certain type of music or a particular song makes our energy come to life is majestic. It is miraculous.

Here’s to the world taking a few moments to enjoy and celebrate the incredible miracle of life and humanity.

Ole! from your amigo,

Chris Burton Jácome



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We’re really looking forward to bringing this show to Chandler Center for the Arts. It’s going to be a magical evening!

The Lena Jácome Weblog

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There are so many inspiring things happening in my life. Tomorrow is yet another grand opportunity to take part in a new show entitled, ‘FlaMexico!’ A savory blend of flamenco music and dance blended with the sweet tones of Mariachi Music. It will be an unforgettable evening!


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Ole! FlaMEXico!

This show is going to be FANTASTIC! Um, YES, I’m completely biased.
Chris Jácome

Chandler Center For The Arts

The journey to find a genuine fusion of two distinct and profound musical styles is a daunting task for anyone. Can it be done? Do two separate arts have a common-ground musically that adequately represent the cultural integrity of each?

Enter Chris Burton Jácome, Flamenco guitarist and composer. Jácome felt a driving force to answer these questions.  He charged his project, ¡FlaMÉXico!, with finding, creating and celebrating the musical confluences of Spain’s Flamenco and México’s Mariachi.

Fast forward to today, ¡FlaMÉXico! has created an enthralling show featuring the melding of two beautiful arts and cultures.  During our FREE summer concert series on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pm, ¡FlaMÉXico! will present their findings in a way that will move you to your feet.

Out of pure curiosity as to why anyone would challenge themselves with such a large musical task, we interview  Jácome more about his musical journey. Here’s what we found out:

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PARTY TIME!!! (Day 31 of my 31 Day Challenge)

This is it! My last song of my 31 DAY CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!

Can you say, “Olé!”? I sure hope you can!

I am going to write another post within a couple of days as a summary and reflection on my 31 days so I’ll keep this post about my last composition for this challenge.

I wanted to end on a happy note…if you know me at all then that wouldn’t be a surprise. This composition took me quite a while today (4.5-5 hours) but it was worth it. I think it’s a great song for a FIESTA…hence, the name.

To listen to my NEW SONG…CLICK HERE!!!

Please take the time to listen to the tune and get up and SHAKE YOUR THING like nobody’s watchin’! Your celebratory good vibes will go out into the universe and make all my efforts this month worth it!

I wish you a wonderful day (or night, whenever you happen to be reading this) and thank you for checking out my songs and I hope you were able to hear some of the other 30 songs this last month.

Abrazos to you, my friend, and thanks for hanging out with me on this journey!

~Chris Burton Jácome

Does this song keep within the rules (see where it all STARTED!)?
1. Yes. 4:07 minutes long
2. Yes, 5 guitars and lots of percussion.
3. Yes. Created, Recorded and Posted on 5/31/13

I’m going to get some rest! I am absolutely EXHAUSTED from this challenge. My brain and spirit are completely drained from putting all of my creative energy and concentration into this. I’ll be back in a few days for a post-Challenge debriefing when my brain isn’t mush!!!

see you then…

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Victor Hugo ~ A Little History; A Little Inspiration

Well said, Victor Hugo!!!

The Lena Jácome Weblog

I was just discussing some topics related to Victor Hugo and thought that I would share some interesting topics regarding the man.The following has been taken from Wikipedia:

Although Hugo’s many talents did not include exceptional musical ability, he nevertheless had a great impact on the music world through the inspiration that his works provided for composers of the 19th and 20th century.

Well over one thousand musical compositions have been inspired by Hugo’s works from the 19th century until the present day.

Hugo’s novels as well as his plays have been a great source of inspiration for musicians, stirring them to create not only opera and ballet but musical theatre such as Notre-Dame de Paris and the ever-popular Les Misérables.

He was born February 26,1802 – May 22, 1885; A French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the…

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Rising to the Challenge!! (Day 30 of 31 Day Challenge)

I write this blog with a bit of sadness as it is the penultimate recording of my 31 Day Recording Challenge! My o’ my, the time FLEW by!!!

I must admit, the challenge has lived up to its name…I’m dragging a little bit with my energy but I’d bet that has a little to do with the health challenges that have emerged this month as well as the demanding schedule and pressure of composing and recording a brand new composition for 31 days.

Today’s composition is a flamenco “Alegrías”. Lena is doing palmas for me. I recorded this with one microphone to get that real LIVE feel. This was done in one take. I think it turned out pretty well.


I’ll be back tomorrow with one more piece. No, I have NO IDEA what I’m going to do tomorrow for my FINALE. Lena has asked me pretty much every day what I had planned for the next day and my answer has been the same each time…”I don’t know”. I really do wait until the ACTUAL day to even think about my composition of the day.

Enjoy and see you tomorrow, my friend!


Does this song keep within the rules?
1. Yes. 2:58 minutes long
2. Yes, as long as I don’t record more than 7 other solo guitar compositions (which, if you do the math, CAN’T happen so I’m golden!)
3. Yes. Created, Recorded and Posted on 5/30/13

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