I am currently reading The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation by Dennis William Hauck. I’m only on the fourth chapter, so the jury is still out. but so far so good.
I know some folks, especially martial artists in the modern MMA mold, would probably say that meditation and metaphysical studies are a waste of my time, and that I’m being impractical.
Yes, I’m increasingly aligned with Hermetic mystical concepts — but that doesn’t mean I am not a pragmatist. I want results, and I don’t waste my time on things that don’t move me forward.
Tarot, the Emerald Tablet, the Hermetic Quaternary, Hermetic Qabalah, Alchemy — they have all proved themselves to be reliable sources of insight, comfort, peace, direction, and motivation. My interest in these matters is immanently practical.
The same goes for my martial arts training. I spend about a third of my practice time on fitness, and so I have been accused of neglecting technique. But I disagree. Strength and size matter. If size didn’t matter, there wouldn’t be weight classes in boxing, wrestling, and combat sports. All things being equal, the larger, stronger person will prevail. I’m small, so I make myself stronger than average to compensate.
So let’s get practical, shall we?
Here is today’s Cabal Fang WOD — a little sandbag half pyramid that I created using my PTDICE.
Select a sandbag of appropriate weight (I used a #10 for this workout) and complete a Half Pyramid to 10 (that’s 55 reps total) of:
- Diamond Push-ups (both hands on the bag)
- Jackknifes (hug bag to chest)
- Get-ups (hold bag in crook of inactive arm)
- Side Lunges (hug bag to chest)
A Half Pyramid to 10 is 1 of each, 2 of each, 3 of each, etc. until you reach 10. This is 55 reps of each total, and it should take you about 15 minutes or so.