Round Three: Mettle Maker #232

The weekly training post has a new name!

This post is now the “Mettle Maker.”  Why the name change?  The weekly post started as purely martial fitness (the “Workout of the Week”), grew to incorporate a spiritual/internal element (the weekly “Training Involution”), and now — in Round 3 — it contains even more more goodness.

What’s it for?

The weekly mettle maker supports my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts). 

What is mettle?

The word mettle is a variant of the more often seen metal.  A metal sword blade has a quality of temper and so does a human being.  That’s mettle — courage, character, heart and fortitude of mind, body and spirit.

I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses, mettle and bottom. On the day of my arrival at Liverpool, a gentleman, in describing to me the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, happened to say, “Lord Clarendon has pluck like a cock, and will fight till he dies.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Manners”

We use the word mettle quite a bit in Cabal Fang.  It also fits in nicely with my Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts.  Speaking of which…

Third Annual November Mettlecraft Challenge

November is Mettlecraft Month at Cabal Fang.  Here’s what we did in 2018 and 2019.  Stay tuned for details on this month’s challenge. 


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Round Three: Mettle Maker #232

  • 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.
  • 3 rounds of floor bag.  Complete 3 x 3:00/1:00 with the floor bag.  Scarf Hold the bag, squeeze AHAYC, and shift sides three times.  Shuffle and bulldog the bag to the mat.  Get your prop in tight, then shuck the imaginary arm and buck to tap.  Go back to Scarf Hold.  Slide out to Cross Body. Insert knee to take Top Saddle.  Strike 1o times.  Smear and pop up to standing position.  Pick up the bag and repeat.
  • A three-fer of movement exercises.  Set a timer for 8:00 and complete as many sets as you can of 5 Shoulder Rolls, 5 Get-ups and 5 HSPUs.
  • Reality check.   This is the final post on October’s spiritual symbol, the Luminaries — the Sun and Moon — which symbolize (among many other things) the relationship between reality (the Sun) and imagination (the Moon).  This can be the map vs. the actual terrain, your self-conception vs. the real you, and so forth.  Imagination is a great tool.  It allows us to try things out in our heads without having to actually do them, which has had tremendous evolutionary benefits.  What if we had to a jump in order to see whether or not a fall was deadly?  The drawback is that we can mistake the imaginary for the real.   How much of what we tell ourselves we’re capable of can we really do?  Find an assumption about yourself that you can test safely and do so.  Don’t assume you can get there.  Actually get there! 
  • If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen.  Do the work, the external and internal, and write about what you did and thought in your journal.

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