Lapses and Slips: Training Involution #140

 

It’s okay not to be perfect.

I was meeting with the other members of the Cabal Fang Temple’s board of directors the other night, and the past suddenly rushed in on me.  I remembered what it was like, way back in 1986, when I first stepped into a martial arts studio: I was 80 lbs overweight, had never done much of anything athletic, and I had the work ethic of a wet square of toilet paper.  Training two hours per week  was almost too much for me back then.  But I didn’t quit.

So what I’m saying is, don’t think you have to be perfect.  Just do your best, maintain incremental improvement, and don’t quit.  If you mess up, don’t beat yourself up so much that you give up — just keep going and do better next time.

Full disclosure: In last week’s T.I. I said, “If you’re not doing two constitutionals per week you’re not doing Cabal Fang — the world’s only martial art with a minimum fitness requirement.”  And yet last weekend I got sick and ended up  only doing one constitutional this week — and I’m the chucklehead who founded this crazy martial art.

Lapses and Slips: Training Involution #140

This month’s focus is Self-Defense vs. Weapons. What if you get cut? Can you move with one limb incapacitated?  If you have to use a weapon to defend yourself, can you move around and fight without dropping it?

  • 10 minutes on a slip ball.  If you’re bored, try the drill outlined in the video below.
  • Armed self-defense gauntlet.  Set a timer for 2:00 rounds and pick up a wooden practice weapon — stick, knife, doesn’t matter.  Complete a round each of of strikes vs. Heavy bag, Get-ups, Sit-ups w/ Strike, Sprints w/ strike, and then do it again (16 mins total).  Drop your weapon penalty = 50 Push-ups.
  • Get it?  “Lapses and slips”?  The training session has slips and “lapses “– an obsolete word for intervals and the origin of the word “laps.”
  • Have you done two constitutionals this week?  If not, here you go.
  • Record everything in your training journal.

 

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