Dedication

 “To my fellow dyslexics – the 1 in 5 of the world’s population, who, despite being ignored, neglected, and in many cases, abused and shamed for our unique neurological wiring, are among the greatest contributors to our world.

Remember you stand among giants: from both Edison and Tesla in electricity, from both Wright brothers to Richard Branson in the power of flight, from Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs in telecommunications, from Sir Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking in physics, from Da Vinci to Disney in art, and Washington to Kennedy in politics. Your dyslexia is your genetic advantage.

Own your genius proudly, and regardless of the hardships you face, do not allow your light to be suppressed. Fight the darkness of prejudice against you, not by greater darkness within you, but with unabashedly beaming the light of your creative brilliance upon the world.

Shine on.”

Scott Sonnon

 

 

The Book

Scott Sonnon’s “A Mountain Stands: Confessions of a Suppressed Genius” is more than the story of his life – it’s a lifetime of learning, gained in the school of hard knocks.

From a childhood of poverty, disease, violent abuse and learning disabilities, including dyslexia so severe that he was declared “unteachable,” the biggest lesson Sonnon learned was that if he truly wanted change, he must find the strength inside himself.

His experiences formed the basis of a TEDx presentation that went viral, inspiring tens of millions around the globe. The once clumsy, chubby playground punching bag became a world champion in the martial arts, and a Hall of Fame fitness coach whose invention, the Clubbell, is the centerpiece of what Men’s Health magazine has dubbed the “World’s Smartest Workout.”

This book presents Sonnon’s personal and professional triumphs and tragedies, the lessons he drew from each, and most importantly, how you can adapt his techniques to change your own life for the better.

The book’s unique format relates these life experiences and life lessons in bite-sized chunks, as written for his massive Internet audience, and now brought to print for the first time. This invites readers to experience it cover-to-cover as an autobiography, be inspired by one chapter at a time, or browse for the topics that meet their immediate personal needs.

“I have known Scott for over 15 years. Long ago when I first read his work I realized its uniqueness. What grabbed my attention was fact that he was a gifted teacher far beyond what you see in the fitness industry. He walks a different path.

Recently I received his latest book, ” A Mountain Stands”. I thought I knew everything about him until I finished the book. Scott had become a member of Mensa and had been labeled , ” a genius”. I always told him about his special gifts. Mensa got it all wrong. Scott is not a genius….He is brilliant! Genius has a dark side…not Scott. It shouldn’t take a club of very smart people to mislabel him.

There is currently no club for ” brilliant people” because it would have so few members….that’s because you can’t test for it! Brilliance has no dark side. It’s illuminating. You should know the difference when you see it. Reading his body of work will make you a lot smarter and after you do so you will know the difference between genius and brilliance.” -

Fairfax Hackley,
International Sports Hall of Fame, Global Advisory Board

Excerpts

 

Excerpt from Introduction:

“Scott Sonnon has followed the warrior path deeply enough to find genuine wisdom in that arena. And REAL wisdom can be moved from one arena to another, is “generative.” Whenever you find such a person … drink deeply of what they have to say. Scott is the real thing, warts and all. And if you open your mind and heart, and read of his struggles and triumphs and how he found his Flow in the midst of travail, there is much to learn. There will always be the big rocks, the small rocks, the gravel, the sand. Be the water.”

 

Steven Barnes
NY Times bestselling author, former Kung Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine www.diamondhour.com

Excerpt from the Foreword:

“Not often does a teacher re-encounter a former student who has earned her or his spurs as a truly educated human being. Then, to re-encounter one who has excelled at human living is a rarity that can only be called a blessing.

Scott Sonnon fits that rarity admirably – with 15 other former students I know about – as realized after 39 years of teaching students during 87 years of living, learning, loving.”

 

John Ellsworth Winter,
Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Millersville University of Pennsylvania Guest Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria

Endorsements

  • “The book is a fascinating account of Master Scott Sonnon’s rise from childhood disability to martial arts super star and fitness expert, championing the cause of self-reliance and belief in oneself to overcome the flaws of society’s disdain for those who do not fit the norm. … Truly one of the gems in this world of fitness and martial arts. “

    GM Frank E. Sanchez Founder/ Executive Director International World Head of Family Sokeship Council http://www.WHFSC.com
  • “Scott Sonnon is an original: athlete, warrior, scholar, champion, family man, businessman, inventor … and more. It is estimated that only 1,000 human beings participated in the original Renaissance.   Here, one suspects, we are hearing the inspiring and challenging story of one of the most important voices in our own.”

    Steven Barnes N.Y. Times bestselling author, life coach www.diamondhour.com
  • “Scott Sonnon is an amazing individual. …  I would recommend his story to anyone interested in a true testament of discipline, spiritual and physical dedication for human character potential and development.”

    Ron Van Clief UFC veteran, actor, Grandmaster, and author of The Hanged Man
  • “After reading Scott Sonnon’s new work, my heart is open and my soul refreshed. I have been on a journey from the pain of past trauma to the thrill of reclaimed authenticity and empowerment. My guide, as if a composite of Einstein, Hercules and Yoda, has nurtured my mind, body and soul though his personal stories and parables. Thank you Scott for doing what you do so well, questioning the status quo and modeling real solutions for mysteries of the human condition. I am inspired!”

    Cindy Brooks Wellness Coach, Director: Lifestyle Program at thealinker.com
  • “Scott Sonnon delivers a series of powerful messages, both heart and gut wrenching, which will remain with you long after you turn the page. His collection of 1-4 page ‘confessions’ clearly show the love and respect he has for humanity, and will leave the reader breathless and reflective upon their own past, present, and future. A Mountain Stands: Confessions Of A Suppressed Genius is a must-read for everybody and anybody whose potential has ever been placed in doubt. “

    Christina Keppie Associate Professor, Western Washington University
  • “When people meet Scott Sonnon, they might figure he was born as that impeccably fit and sharp intellect trainer who has helped so many people build vibrant lives. It is important to learn that Scott struggled to earn his way to all he is today. Read and enjoy Scott’s story, and let his journey inspire your own.”

    Stephen K. Hayes Black Belt Hall of Fame StephenKHayes.com
  • “In Stand Like a Mountain, Sonnon, a true warrior and teacher, exemplifies how to transform and transcend your past and bravely embrace your inherent gifts as a human. Told with the ease and grace of a seasoned story-teller, Sonnon weaves compelling, sometimes heart-wrenching narratives into a tapestry of motivational vignettes. A must read for anyone who wants to be their best self. Stand Like a Mountain has depth, fire and grit. ”

    Colleen Haggerty Author of A Leg to Stand On, an Amputee's Walk into Motherhood www.colleenhaggerty.com

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Alberto Gallazzi and Scott Sonnon compare notes during a training session in Southern California in 2010. Alberto has helped to push TACFIT and
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Scott Sonnon’s recent TEDx talk, “How We Suppress Genius and Create Learning Disability,” quickly went viral, helping him to reach more than 50 million people. In it, he gives a passionate account of his own struggles with conventional education methods amid physical and emotional abuse.

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“I am a Dyslexia specialist and a member of Decoding Dyslexia Michigan. I have worked with many dyslexic students for the past 8 years.

Scott Sonnon’s recent talk in Michigan was an inspiration to us all. Everyone there, whether they were dyslexic or not, benefited from hearing his heartfelt words. He was truly engaging and sincere. As a professional who works with dyslexic children every day, I found his message “to stay strong and not give up no matter how hard it seems” to be invaluable. For those audience members who are dyslexic, his experiences and struggles as a child were so relevant and moving. Especially significant was when he talked about his special “gifts” that often accompany dyslexia. It was especially touching to hear about his close relationship with his mother, his one true supporter. The Q&A session at the end was wonderful. But what was most encouraging was how he turned his challenges into strengths and ultimately successes.”

- D. Gasworth, Reading/Dyslexia Specialist/ O-G Tutor

“Scott gives the message of hope, which is what every person who is going through any type of challenge, needs to keep moving forward”

- Grandfather of 14 year old boy.

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Scott Sonnon overcame dyslexia so severe that he was hospitalized in a children’s psychiatric institution for his “disruptive classroom behavior.” Despite being advised that he should not set his expectations very high, he went on to become a five-time world martial arts champion, award-winning producer, prolific author, patent-holding inventor and fitness industry magnate with his books, DVDs and equipment now available in 68 countries worldwide.

Ironically, Scott became a keynote speaker for the genius organization Mensa, and his acclaimed TEDx talk challenges the notion of “learning disabilities” through the creative genius of alternative learning styles.

Using his “unique neurological wiring” to create innovative health programs, he was named one of the Top 25 Trainers in the world by Men’s Fitness Magazine, “World’s Smartest Workout” creator by Men’s Health Magazine, and one of the seven most influential martial art teachers of the 21st century by Black Belt Magazine.

Scott was named an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and lecturer for the State and Local Law Enforcement Training Symposium. His training systems have been used by more than 50,000 federal agents through the US Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center and the US Marshals Service Academy.

Scott has been a featured speaker at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, the National Strength Conditioning Association and many more.

Scott has now taken his success in martial art, fitness and yoga off the mats and into the classrooms, as an international speaker. He advocates for children and adults battling the labels of learning difficulties, the ravages of obesity, the trials of post-traumatic stress, the dangers of bullyism and the challenges of accelerated aging in joint and soft tissue.

Scott Sonnon is a co-founder of RMAX International, a leader in Human Performance.
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RMAX International

Scott Sonnon, co-founder of RMAX International:

“As one of our founding directors, I’d like to welcome you to RMAX International – a global peak performance community of teachers and students daring to “know, grow and flow” in our lives, individually and collectively. Our namesake reflects our mission: “Surpassing ouRMAXimum Potential Together.” The RMAX mission evolved from my own personal development. As a child, I was burdened by physical and learning disabilities. In order to overcome those disabilities, I sought out mentors in alternative health education, forming the earliest incarnation of my “team” – a personal empowerment university, if you will, who helped me reframe my negative circumstances into positive opportunities, and transform my liabilities into talents. Without the aid of these critical allies, I would surely not have overcome my childhood obstacles, and without the very tall and broad shoulders I stand upon, I would never have tasted the incredible accomplishments with which I’ve been graced.

Over 17 years of growth, RMAX® has attracted an ever-increasing number of people from all walks of life and 68 countries around the world.

We have conducted workshops, seminars, and provided educational and instructional courses in fitness, martial arts, yoga, and self-improvement; Over the years, we’ve also produced and published our newsletters, on-line magazine, manuals, educational articles, brochures and manuals, as well as supported martial art schools and physical education centers.

Each day, we co-create this community of “give support – get support” where all members actively participate in our collective evolution and individual empowerment, led by our health-first fitness flagship: The Circular Strength Training System®. RMAX International evolved from this tribal “give and let give” mentality. I hope you’ll join us and become a part of something truly dear to my heart.”

 

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