Martial Arts Mash-up

CF_avatarThe whole is more than the sum of its parts.  Green Goddess Dressing is more than mayo and chives.  And it’s more than anchovies.  It’s unique.

The martial art known as Cabal Fang is like Green Goddess Dressing.  It might not be the most popular salad dressing, but it’s one of the most unique.

cf_FLOWCHARTAfter over 20 years in various martial arts — none of which really made me happy, satisfied, and whole — I started Cabal Fang.  I began with what I liked best from Western martial arts and Eastern martial arts.  Then I added the universal spirituality of the Western mystery tradition (initiation and lodge studies) and gave it a good stir.   Voila — there’s your Green Goddess.

Some people, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, have a thing about anchovies, and won’t even try Green Goddess.  To the folks who have a similar reaction to an ingredient in the Cabal Fang recipe, I say the same thing I say to people who won’t try Green Goddess Dressing:

“It has anchovies in it, but it doesn’t taste like anchovies.  How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it?”

If you want to experience Cabal Fang you have two options:

If you want to experience something different, grab yourself by the short hairs,  and get yourself in shape, there’s literally nothing else like it.

250 Kicks AFAYC @cabal_fang #WOD

250 Kicks AFAYC @cabal_fang #WOD

You Might be a Martial Artist if…


My truck console contains mouthpiece, tactical folder, wooden training knife, medical tape, and hand sanitizer. This can only mean one thing…

I looked down at my truck console and realized that, if Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle found my truck abandoned in the desert, they would have no trouble figuring out what my “hobby” is.

Then again (it’s been there so long that it has faded into the background and I don’t even notice it) there’s a giant decal on the back window that would make the contents of the console insignificant.

Friends and family are painfully aware of my love/obsession with martial arts and self defense.  For example, during movies and TV shows, my wife tells me to stop critiquing the fight sequences and poor decisions of the main characters.  She and my daughter are sick and tired of me pointing to the screen and saying things like, “If that ever happens to you, what you should do is…”  It’s important for martial artists to remember that not everything is a teachable moment, and that sometimes less is more.

The truck decal in my rear window.

The truck decal in my rear window.

Anyway, all this got me into a Foxworthy-esque frame of mind…

  • If you joke about the fact that you should be wearing an ADVIL t-shirt — you might be a martial artist.
  • If your wash your hand wraps in the sink and leave them hanging the bathroom to dry like your grandma does her bras and underwear — you might be a martial artist.
  • If you feel the same way about Fight Club that Tom Hank’s character in You’ve Got Mail feels about The Godfather — you might be a martial artist.
  • If you’re at the grocery store and you run into one of the guys from the Physical Therapy Center and they know you by name — you might be a martial artist.

Got any of your own?  Post in the comments.


What’s your CQ? Tell the World Here!

Sorry, trick question.  There’s no such thing as a true “Creativity Quotient” that can be measured in the same way as IQ. But you can ask yourself what you’ve done in the last year or so that is truly creative.

What have you contributed to the flow of human creativity in the last 12 months?

Go ahead and brag.   In the comments below, shamelessly show off, promote what you’ve done, and generally prance across the stage.  We’re waiting!

What the heck, I’ll go first.  In the last twelve months I have:

  • Finished the 83,000 word rough draft of The 14th Mansion, the third and final novel in the Montenegro Cycle — coming soon! — and earned a 4-out-of-five-star review for Ghilan on B&N
  • Started the PTDICE (c) website and marketed two new products
  • Completed a spiritual and artistic How-To Book involving 21 meditations and 21 acrylic paintings (currently being shopped to publishers)
  • Written 11 short stories totaling almost 40,000 words
  • Seen my eBooks get downloaded 2,504 times and reduced by body fat by 4%.  Okay, neither of those is exactly creative, but since we’re bragging, I couldn’t help myself…

It’s easy for creative, driven people to get frustrated when their creativity doesn’t get much recognition and/or earn much cold hard cash.  So go ahead, self-promote, get a little recognition.  I’ll applaud you.  I’ll be that one guy in the back of the room who claps.





New Calisthenics Video is Up

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PTDICE(c) Set #1: Calisthenics

If you are a regular follower of this blog you probably already know that I designed and marketed PTDICE (c) a couple of weeks ago.  If you want a tool that allows you to create a random calisthenics workout with a roll of the dice, go get yourself a set.

And, for a quick rundown of the calisthenics featured on the dice and how to do those exercises, view the video below.

5 rounds of: Sprint 30s, Prison Pushups

5 rounds of: Sprint 30s, Prison Pushups 30s, Sprint 30s, Squats 30 s. (10 mins total) @cabal_fang #WOD

Bike 15 mins AFAYC @cabal_fang #WOD

Bike 15 mins AFAYC @cabal_fang #WOD