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Yes, PayPal CEO Actively Practices Martial Arts

From overseeing a fast-growing PayPal each day to plotting out the payments giant's future, CEO Dan Schulman is always on the run. But, he is sure to carve out time to practice krav maga.
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PayPal (PYPL) - Get PayPal Holdings, Inc. 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 Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report and JPMorgan (JPM) - Get JPMorgan Chase & Co. 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 Baidu Inc. 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.

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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."

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