Plug and Play: Martial Arts T.I. #221

First a couple of plugs and then we can play.  And when we play, we’re going to plug in the moves of your choice.  Make sense?  No?  Just stick with me.

First plug is about SHIFT, the new-ish newsletter  I launched in April.  It isn’t exactly off to a scorching start.  If you signed up for it, please share your thoughts and opinions below so that I can make it better.  Thanks for your feedback!

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Plug #2: Did you know that I have a quirky little online shop called Mitch’s General Store in which I sell all manner of unique fitness tools, martial arts modules, original artwork, books, and so forth?  Check it out.


And now on with the show, this is it.

Plug and Play: Martial Arts Training Involution #221

  • 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.
  • Wrestling Conditioner #2. This one’s should be a mainstay in your rotation.  Get out a floor bag, grappling dummy or silent partner and set a timer for 10 mins.  Strike 10 times from Top Saddle then drop and roll to Bottom Scissors.  Strike from bottom 10 times.  Hit your reversal of choice — Hip Heist (full or half), Kick Stand, DWL Sweep, etc. — and get back to Top Saddle.  Repeat until timer beeps.  Is this Greek to you?  Sounds like you need to start training — either IRL in Richmond (once COVID lifts) or via distance learning.  Links below.
  • Hike 1 mile with a heavy pack.  Heavy carries build real-deal strength.  Select a bag appropriate to your size, strength and fitness level and get walking (#30, #45 or #60).
  • Sacred reading part 2.  This month’s symbol is the Book.  The essence of sacred reading is to analyze what you read in four different ways: literally, morally, allegorically and anagogically.  This is called the Quadriga (see video below for more info).  Spend 15 minutes reading something of a spiritual, or at least philosophical, nature — the Holy Bible, the Tao Te Ching, the Meditations, whatever suits your fancy.  Apply at least two of the four types of reading to your selection and record your insights in your journal.


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