This unique, inspiring and transformational book can be applied to any aspect of life – career, personal performance, relationships, parenting and more. It will open your eyes to a new way of living, one where anxiety, self-doubt, low self-esteem and negative self-talk no longer exist. Use the tools within this book to unlock the potential within you – it is there! You just need to follow the steps of the journey, achieve each belt grading, and start to savour how wonderful living a black belt life can feel.

Discover how Phil Toogood developed a philosophy and coaching system from his experiences in life, business, leadership and sport. Add the discovery of mindfulness, his study of neuroscience, the underpinning principles of martial arts and his constant thirst for personal development and you’ll understand why You Can Live a Black Belt Life is such a powerful book.  

This is a book to reflect on, share with others, and use as a go-to guide when needed appreciating the wisdom stored within it. It has been designed to work as a toolkit to support the journey of life, from any starting point to a destination of freedom, strength, confidence, achievement and self-belief.


Phil TooGood

Phil is a successful life, performance and transformational coach and a sensei in karate.

Throughout his life he has shown an unrelenting love of sport, fitness, well-being, martial arts, leadership and above all personal development. He also became a student of mindfulness, which delivered an unparalleled positive change to his life. 

He trained with the NeuroLeadership Institute becoming a brain-based coach and has since continued with his quest for knowledge, studying positive psychology and well-being, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and basically anything relating to helping people grow or transform. He has taken this, together with his own work / life experiences, a lifetime spent in competitive cricket and the principles of karate to create his own unique, powerful and successful coaching system that has subsequently delivered incredible results.

Born in Sudbury, Suffolk, Phil now resides in the historic village of Lavenham where the streets and houses were famously used for scenes in the Harry Potter movie franchise.


“This is not just another self-help book. It is a powerful journey; and it’s going to be your journey. Follow the syllabus and you will travel down the line of belts and reach the other end to stand with the black belts in life. I will provide you with the models, tips, tools, skills, guidance, brain training and mind maintenance you need to build your own bulletproof system that will lead you to that magical place dreams are made of, that unique place of self-control and inner peace”.


‘Attitude is Everything’

It is said that the ultimate goal for many of us is inner peace and a sense of spiritual freedom, to reach a point where there is no need to forgive any longer as we have eliminated all blame from our soul. We have removed all judgement, guilt and anger. We are free from stress and acknowledge and embrace life as it is. What a beautiful place to be.


‘The Secret to Goal Setting’

You are about to take a crucial step towards change. We have reached the critical stage of the journey, the part where I launch you into a new way of thinking and living. In fact, a way to design how you want your life to look. And you can do all of this by committing yourself to a goal-setting mindset. Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you get this part of the process right then your life will change instantaneously.


‘Mind and Body Mastery’

In ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang teaches us that all things have two sides, two facets. They are neither good nor bad, or oppose or complement each other, but the two elements cannot exist without each other. In this syllabus I bring together the mind and body and the universal energy that connects the two to create a balanced, healthy, mindful and happy life. This is the way to a lifestyle of well-being; the secret to living a black belt life.



My neurochemistry must have reached its absolute peak state. I had trained for years for this moment. I had prepared leaving no stone unturned. Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.” I had endured all the mental, physical and emotional challenges, but my faith remained present along the way. It’s said in martial arts that when you become a black belt that’s when you start to learn. This is so true. As you experience the transformation from brown to black belt a sense of leadership naturally manifests. I experienced it first-hand. Something changed, something emotional, and possibly spiritual. I immediately felt the need to help others and pass on my knowledge. Subsequently, You Can Live a Black Belt Life was born…

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Amazon Customer
More than just a self help book What I love about this book is not only is it there to guide and equip you with tools that get the internal furnaces of confidence, self belief and self appreciation fired up using a step by step guide that is designed to help it sink in rather than just glossing over. it also does it in a way that it feels it comes from a healthy and loving paternal figure that in a lot of cases people have lacked growing up. Since reading it has definitely helped to improve my self confidence even through extremely challenging times and events. I have not only read this myself but have given it as gifts to friends and family.
Great purchase! An amazing book!A guide to amazing experiences.
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Amazon Customer
Easy to read and packed full of tips and guidance Phil Toogood has built a pathway of self-discovery and re-focusing based on his knowledge of current practice and the successes he has had with his clients and himself.It is a book to inspire and direct you to greater life experiences whatever they may be.His journey from white belt to black belt in karate underpins the messages that we can all take into our lives.This is a book that can change your life.
M. Surridge
M. Surridge
Much more than just another book on Self Help First and foremost this is a Self-Help book but written from a very personal point of view. Grounded in the lessons he gained from practising, and now teaching the martial arts, Phil Toogood shows the reader new ways of setting targets and achieving personal goals. The message is presented in bite-sized chunks, easily accessible, with potted summaries, footnotes, examples and revision tests. There is assistance with setting goals, and designing personal fitness programmes with clear explanations showing how everything is inter-connected.For some this book can be used as a Self-Help manual - a set-by-step guide to attaining physical and mental well being through greater self-knowledge and understanding. Or it can be a source of ideas, a varied diet of uplifting messages and interesting anecdotes that inform and inspire, and provoke thoughtful meditation. Here are wise words from the great and the good to be considered and used as a 'thought for the day’ to ponder, to question and to mull over.The popular concept of “mindfulness” has grown exponentially over the recent past and has been defined in all sorts of ways and applied to all aspects of life. Being 'mindful of others’ is often viewed as an end in itself but in this manual the author goers much further and encourages a new way of thinking. Mindfulness might be heavily grounded in Buddhism, Yoga and Eastern thinking, but it need not be merely theoretical construct, instead it can be easily accessible, a holistic approach to unlocking potential and living a more fulfilling life.The writing is passionate and immediate, with occasional profound insight, showing one man’s story does not need to be earth-shattering to be relevant to all of us. This is a very personal account of how the author found greater mindfulness - a personal awakening- and a way through his own tribulations. He puts his own life under the microscope, episodes from his own professional career and personal life, to describe a journey, different but no different, with its highs and lows, from anyone else’s journey through life. The message is clear it is in the way we choose to examine our lives, and rid ourselves of the toxic elements, and keep the inspirational moments, that we can find fulfilment.To give one example, the author explains a chance meeting in a railway carriage that proved life-changing and in turn led to his involvement in martial arts and through that the pursuit of greater self-knowledge. A random moment that had great personal consequences and the way this episode is told encourages the reader to look at their own experience of life but through a different prism. Letting go of the past and all those experiences that have hurt you is the first stage to any enlightenment. Not wasting time worrying about all that can go wrong in the future is the next step, leaning to focus on the here and now, living in the present, seizing the opportunity every day brings is the transformative effect.
Helen B.
Helen B.
Amazing. Truly Inspirational. This is an amazing book. Beautifully written and so inspirational. Highly recommended.
Jeff Russell
Jeff Russell
Reach for perfection…. This book will take you on a life changing journey which the author Phil Toogood navigates skilfully, guiding you to mindfulness with empathy and mental dexterity.Full of incisive anecdotes and pearls of wisdom, useful milestones and warning flags to help everybody reach their own nirvana.If I could go back in time and give myself, as a young man one piece of advice, it would be to read this book
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Amazon Customer
Excellent read to guide/inspire you to a better you. Mind motivation and life changing guidance for all, whatever age. This book explains all the tools you need to help you achieve your goals.A book to keep revisiting, and very relevant today where mental health is widely recognised, and personal contentment a distant echo for many.A brilliantly crafted book to guide and inspire you, to a better you.A fantastic read.
Everyone needs this book in their Life Phil writes from experience, showing that what he teaches he lives unlike many authors. He also comes at changing your life and learning to live the life that was set out for you, from a different angle …using Judo/Karate belt levels to achieve as you work through the book ! Increasing your life potential at every stage …also using Mindfulness and Psychology to gain real impetus at all levels.Don’t get me wrong this is no simple life changing book (Are there any? ) you have to do the work but Phil acts as a brilliant coach and guide throughput.I’m 62 this really is suitable for any age …I’m happy to state this book really is life changing ! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Eye opening This completely changes your veiw on life 100% recommended 👌
Dave Brooker
Dave Brooker
Great handbook for life! The easy to follow steps and tools in this book will give you the confidence and self belief to make changes or face problems in your personal or professional life. The process will helped you no just change but understand your behaviour which in itself is liberating. A must read.

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