Participants in Firewalk Injured At Tony Robbins Event

Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker known for his firewalks, is in a bit of trouble after participants in one of those firewalks received second and third-degree burns from the exercise.

Participant Sahar Madani told Channel 2 KTVU that they were told walking on the coal could be dangerous but they needed to shift their mental focus. “Get your focus and attention away from that and look into the power within yourself and just focus on walking through the fire,” Madani told the station.

Julia Wilson, another participant told the station: “He tells us to say, ‘Cool moss, cool moss, cool moss,’ and not look down and it’s amazing what your mind can do when you get it in the right state.”

Organizers said the hot coals were between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees.

Witness Jonathan Correll, 25, described cries of pain when the participants were burned. “I heard wails of pain, screams of agony,” he told the San Jose Mercury NewsLos Angeles Times, 22 July 2012.

Robbins had the appropriate permits and emergency personnel were on hand. His organization has pledged to make the events safer.