Quizzical: Martial Arts Training Involution #231

I want your opinion

Like the vine of the grape, if we don’t grow and climb we wither and get overgrown.  Gotta keep moving!  So I need a new name for this weekly post, something to give it appeal beyond just martial arts since there are four segments — a martial drill, a fitness complex, a primitive/nature skill, and a spiritual exercise.  Please vote for one of the suggestions below or make original suggestions in the comments.

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November is Mettlecraft Month at Cabal Fang, and if you plan on playing along (here’s what we did in 2018 and 2019), please make your suggestions in the poll below.  Pick one of the options or make your own original suggestions!

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These weekly T.I.s support my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts). 

Now let’s stop tootin’ and start shootin’.

Quizzical: Martial Arts T.I. #231

  • Do you warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes before you train? Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
  • Do you train with a purpose, or do you just sort of wing it?  Complete 3 x 3:00/1:00 max power rounds on the heavy bag.  Just because the monthly focus is wrestling doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice your striking.  If you insist on maintaining focus, lay down your floor bag and get busy on some ground ‘n’ pound.  Whatever you, make sure the emphasis is on power this time, and always make sure you have a focus.  For more on this topic, you see the “S.A.F.E. M.P.” protocol from my e-book Martial Grit available from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • Have you done this month’s constitutional yet?   

    Every constitutional back to 2009 is archived online at https://www.cabalfang.com/monthly-constitutionals

    If so, pick one of the previous ones and do that (see pic at right).  If not, here it is: Sit-out Push-ups (25), Ploughs (25), Pikes (25), Neck Crunches (25 ea. direction), Zombie Squats (50), Bear Walks (100 yards), and Jackknifes (25).  Beginners,  go slow and just try to finish (but listen to your body and don’t overdo it).  Intermediates, aim to finish in less than 20 mins.  Advanced, aim for under 15 mins and, if you succeed, go back and do 20% more (5 more of the 25-rep exercises, 10 more Zombies Squats, and so on).

  • Have you been outside recently?  Do something outdoors that your normally do indoors.  Read a book, eat a meal, play guitar, do arts and crafts, do your physical training, etc.  I recently moved all of my training outdoors — 100%.  See video below. 
  • Do you guide your habits, or they guide you?  Manipulate your subconscious using rituals and habits.  This month’s symbol is the Luminaries (the two lights that rule the day and night skies — check out the intro here).  One of the many things the Luminaries symbolize is the relationship between your subconscious/body and your conscious/mind.  The conscious/mind (“the Sun”) may want to stick with that diet, avoid that addiction, or adhere to that plan.  The Sun can shine as brightly as it wants.  But sooner or later night will fall, the Moon will rise, and the subconscious/body will be in charge.  Train your subconscious/body using the four tried-and-true methods that have been used since ancient times: contemplation, meditation, prayer, and — perhaps the most powerful one of all — ritual.  Allow the power of rituals and habits to provide direction to your subconscious/body.  Set and keep schedules sleeping/waking.  Do positive things in the same ways, at the same times, and/or at the same places — join clubs with which you share positive goals, start going to church on certain days, and so forth.  Swap good things for bad and plug them into existing habits.  If you always stop for coffee and a doughnut on the way to work and you’re trying  give up sweets for your health, try stopping at a different place to make a healthier choice.  If you always meet friends for beers on Friday nights, but you’re trying to give up drinking, see if you can get them to join you for a run instead — their choice might surprise you.   If they won’t join you, widen the invite and be a leader.
  • Are you regularly writing in your journal?  Do the work, the external and internal, and write about what you did and thought in your journal (by the way, this is another way to train your subconscious).  And remember, if it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



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A Training Montage and an Announcement

If you try to stay in place the world will pass you by.  Like the vine of the grape, we must grow and climb or else we will stagnate and be overgrown.

Things are going to be changing in these parts, so watch this space!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

Change the Name of the Weekly Training Involution?

Help me decide.  I’m thinking of changing the name of the weekly “Martial Arts Training Involution” to broaden its appeal and reflect its truer nature as a fourfold supporter of my teaching on martial arts, fitness, primitive skills, and spirituality.

It isn’t just a weekly martial fitness thing anymore. Now each contains a martial drill, a fitness piece, a primitive skills angle, and a spiritual exercise.

If I take “martial” out of the name, will people check it out and perhaps ‘eat off the menu’ so to speak?

Click here or click the picture to vote!

 

Jonah and the COVID-19 Pandemic

It strikes me that the story of Jonah can provide us some direction in how to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  So I made a video.

Why am I wearing a clerical collar?  I’m a deacon in the Old Catholic tradition, currently enrolled in Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary in pursuit of Holy Orders.

Bifax: Martial Arts Training Involution #230

Do some of the work, or at least work out the riddle of how the name of the involution relates to its content, and then post in the comments.  People who engage have been known to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store

T.I.s support my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts). 

That’s why they have four primary components:

  • a martial arts technique
  • a fitness component
  • a primitive skills angle
  • a spiritual component

Now let’s stop slacking and start hacking.

Bifax: Martial Arts T.I. #230

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
  • “Top-n-Bottom” wrestling drill.   10 x 2:00 intervals, no breaks, 1/2 to 2/3 power — just enough force to maintain realism while focusing on smoothness and technique.  Arrange in mis-matched pairs — as much size/weight diff. as possible — smaller partner holding larger in Bottom Scissors.  Smaller person practices chosen bottom submission (Chicken Wing, Leg Triangle, Short Arm Scissors, etc.) for 2 mins  Larger practices the counter.  Switch partners every time the bell rings and repeat.  If you’re working solo on account of COVID, use your grappling dummy.  If you don’t have one, see the instructions for making one for pennies in my e-book Martial Grit available from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • Knock out this month’s constitutional. 

    Every constitutional back to 2009 is archived online at https://www.cabalfang.com/monthly-constitutionals

    Sit-out Push-ups (25), Ploughs (25), Pikes (25), Neck Crunches (25 ea. direction), Zombie Squats (50), Bear Walks (100 yards), and Jackknifes (25).  Beginners,  go slow and just try to finish (but listen to your body and don’t overdo it).  Intermediates, aim to finish in less than 20 mins.  Advanced, aim for under 15 mins and, if you succeed, go back and do 20% more (5 more of the 25-rep exercises, 10 more Zombies Squats, and so on).

  • Reverse the rehearsed — destabilize a training session. Train outdoors in the rain or in the cold, at dawn or dusk in the half light.  Train at a different location and/or at a different time.  You’ll be shocked by the severity of disruption.   You’ll be sloppy and unfocused.  Push through and get there.  Do this often.
  • Synch up your inside and your outside.  This month’s symbol is the Luminaries (the two lights that rule the day and night skies — check out the intro here).  One of the many things the Luminaries symbolize is the relationship between your inside and your outside.  Watch the video below and begin to think about paying special attention to what you are doing vs. what you are saying and experiencing — what the Greek fathers of the church would’ve called nepsis or watchfulness.
  • Journal.  Do the work, the external and internal, and about what you did and thought in your journal.  If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

SHIFT Issue #10: Snake Eyes, Social Networks, Grackles and Grace

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IN THIS Month’s ISSUE…

A 1/3 off coupon for Mitch’s General Store, looking at the eyes of a snake, a review of the documentary The Social Dilemma, the call of the humble grackle (and a handy app for identifying it), and why the mat is always lava…

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Watcfulness: Overcoming Illusion

In spiritual circles there’s much ado about overcoming illusion.

In Hinduism and Buddhism, Maya is illusion and ignorance.  Like dirt being removed from an object to reveal its true nature, dispelling illusion reveals truth.

In Zen, the confrontation with reality known as kenshō is the goal you cannot reach by striving.  As Brad Warner would say, to get started you should first “Sit down and shut up.

In Christianity, nepsis (watchfulness) and diakrisis (discernment) cleanse the nous (the ‘true I’) and dispel illusion, allowing entrance to the Kingdom of God.

Luke 17:20-21 (King James Version).

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.


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Po, Paul and the Burning Bush

The other day I watched a video discussion between Po the Person and Pastor Paul VanderKlay.  I’m a long-time follower of Paul’s channel (he interviewed me a while back) but not familiar with Po’s.

There were a couple points in their discussion when I really wished I had been there.  Po asked some tough questions that I think many people ask, and I thought that Paul was very uncharacteristically gooey in his answers.  Normally he’s a total ace!  So I made a video so that I could step into their conversation.

I’m a big fan of Bishop Robert Barron, so I used some snips of his videos in my reply.  One was an interview of him on Capturing Christianity.  The other was a video he made about his appreciation for Christopher Hitchens.

Why am I wearing a clerical collar?  I’m a deacon in the Old Catholic tradition, currently enrolled in Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary in pursuit of Holy Orders.

Anyway, here it goes…

 

Leaping Lava: Martial Arts Training Involution #229

Yo!  Weekly T.I.s support my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts).

Do at some of the work and post in the comments.  People who engage have been to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store

Now let’s stop talking and start chalking.

Leaping Lava: Martial Arts T.I. #229

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
  • Mat is Lava drill.   3 rounds x 2:00/1:00 of “mat is lava” — see video below.  Start on knees or in quarter position and practice getting the hard parts of your body on the soft parts of your partner — but be nice!  If you don’t have a partner use a grappling dummy or a floor bag.  For instructions on how to make them, download my e-book Martial Grit from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • 9 minutes of real-life action.  Find a section of fence near a dead tree, or set up a couple of sawhorses and a 2×4 near one (never needlessly harm a live tree).  Take your axe and your weapon of choice, gloves and goggles.  If you’re working in a gym, stack up plyo-boxes and sub tire and sledge, dull training weapon and heavy bag.  Set timer for 1:30 intervals.  Vault over the obstacle for 1:3o, then axe the tree for 1:30, then attack with your weapon for 1:30.  Run through twice for a total of 9 mins, no breaks.  Beginners, work on accuracy, form and grace and leave tools at stations.  Advanced folks, take a dull weapon with you on the vaults, attack as you clear the obstacle, and use a live weapon on the tree.  Note: The essence of an axe is accuracy.  Even if you are subbing a sledge and a tire, aim to hit a literal pinpoint.  If this looks fun, create more sessions in a similar vein using Frontier  Rough ‘n’ Tumble Fitness Dice © available here.
  • Walk and listen.  Go for a walk and listen.  Do you know the bird calls in your neck of the woods?  Being in tune with your plant and animal neighbors has a transformational affect on you inside and out.  Don’t know where to start?  Use the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s BirdNET app to record and identify bird calls.  Here’s my most recent observation — a  Common Grackle. 
  • The Luminaries.  This month’s symbol is the Luminaries — the two lights that rule the day and night skies (if you missed last week, check out the intro here).  Our monthly symbols always have a spiritual bent, but there is also direct, physical applicability.  Do you live and work by the sun and moon?  Or do you stay up all night and sleep all day?  For the rest of the month, try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (± 20 minutes), making sure you get 7 – 8 hours of sleep.  You won’t believe how much more happy, healthy and productive you become.
  • Journal.  Meditate on these ideas and exercises and then write about what you did and thought in your journal.  If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is a martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. If Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912) — is more to your liking, check out Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts, my for-profit martial art project. Click either photo to get started today!

The Social Dilemma: Mark, 1 Enoch, Angels and Demons

I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it reminded be of what the Gospel of Mark has to say about the way humanity interacts with technology and about what 1 Enoch has to say about the way demons work in the world.  So I made a video — see below.

It is important to remember that the Word of God isn’t either literally true or metaphorically true or philosophically or in way narrowly true.  The Word of God is true intellectually, emotionally, morally and spiritually — in all ways, at all times, for all people — without conflict.  If you sense conflict in the  truth of the Word, the conflict is within you, not within God or His message.