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PayPal (PYPL) - Get Free Report CEO Dan Schulman is having one heck of a busy year.

Shares of the digital payments company have surged 61% this year, blowing away Facebook (FB) - Get Free Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Free Report and JPMorgan (JPM) - Get Free Report . After TheStreet talked with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman at length, you can see why Wall Street has embraced the stock. PayPal is really reinventing itself.

The company is striking new deals to open up its platform to others such as Facebook and Baidu (BIDU) - Get Free Report .

"I think digital payments is in its infancy right now, and what I think the market is looking for are pure plays in what is unfolding in the future," Schulman explained to TheStreet.

With all the demands on his time, Schulman has found an out to escape (briefly) from it all. That is by regularly practicing krav maga, which is a military self-defense program developed for the Israel Defense Forces. In other words, hardcore martial arts.

"For me, martial arts have been apart of my life for a long time,' Schulman explained to TheSreet. "What I love about martial arts is not just the physical part of it, but also the philosophy that comes out of it that enables you to think about the situations that you face in a very clear way."

Schulman added, "A lot of people tend to fight, or flight, but in many ways you just want to take a step back and understand the situation and approach it in a cool, calm and collected way."

Schulman is among many high-profile tech executives working out their mind and bodies

A month-and-a-half ago, (AMZN) - Get Free Report CEO Jeff Bezos blew up the internet when he was photographed at the posh Allen and Company media confab looking absolutely jacked in a short sleeve shirt and vest. 

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been showing up in photos looking quite buff, including in this New York Times story. The 48-year-old Khosrowshahi, who formerly headed up online travel company Expedia (EXPE) - Get Free Report , is apparently a fan of Peloton, the internet-connected indoor cycling bike, and was the captain of his high school soccer team, according to this profile from Reuters. 

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