In 2008 I had an idea. I could, based on my training in martial arts, the occult, mysticism, and initiatory practice, found a new Western martial art unlike anything the world had ever known. I thought it over long and hard. Ask my friends, my wife, and my son. I knew it would be difficult, that I’d face seemingly insurmountable barriers, that it might never take off. Failure was definitely possible.
And that wasn’t all. Even worse than some kind of failure there was the knowledge that when you create a martial art, you create a weapon. How will it be used? Who will it help or even harm? Funakoshi basically created Karate — how did he deal with the possibility that his students could kill with the techniques he promulgated?
In the end I decided that I had to move forward. Two things have happened in the last couple of weeks that make me feel that I made the right decision, that Cabal Fang is succeeding, that it’s on the right track.
A total stranger posted this in the Cabal Fang group on Facebook:
The Dr. Stetson he’s referring to is Dr. Stetson Kennedy, the writer and activist who broke the back of the Ku Klux Klan. The library he’s referring to is the Civic Media Center of Gainesville, FL. Words can’t express how happy I am to have Cabal Fang mentioned in the same breath with with Dr. Kennedy and the CMC.
And on Friday, October 18th, Cabal Fang earned its first true Elder. Charles Ellis Jr., after three and half years of very hard work and serious dedication, earned the highest rank in the art.
Cabal Fang, the child I gave birth to in 2008, is growing up. She’s affecting people’s lives for the better. And this proud papa just loves the way she’s turning out.