Last night we appeared before the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. Afterward we had a pleasant meeting with Deputy County Manager Tony McDowell. Click this link or the picture below for the video which is archived on the county website.
The short of it is that it we will be alright using the picnic shelter and grounds at West End Manor Civic Association (“WEMCA”) for the time being, although I was advised to get a permission letter from the association if possible. I also have Community Policing Officer Butler’s approval and his business card, as well as Mr. McDowell’s, in case police officers show up who don’t know us.
It looks like Brookland District Supervisor Daniel J. Schmitt will be organizing a community meeting on or about April 22nd at which neighborhood revitalization efforts will be discussed. I will definitely be attending that meeting.
I am actively seeking a seat on the WEMCA board so I — and by extension Cabal Fang Temple Inc. — can be involved in the process of making the community in which it resides a better place.
More to come!
According to the very nice county police officer who gave me a heads up Thursday night, there’s a chance we’re going to be run out of the civic association park where we’ve trained since ’09. We’re okay for now, but “No Trespassing” signs are likely going up soon.
Running is almost always the right answer in a self-defense situation. But not this time.
Next week I’ll be asking for a zoning variance at the monthly county board of supervisors meeting. And I’ll also be asking about the future of the park — about the county’s commitment to its upkeep, and so on. Meetings are video taped and saved on the county website, so video to come.
Slug Fest: Cabal Fang Martial Arts Training Involution #149
- 9 mins of slugging. Warm up thoroughly (at least 8 mins). Set timer for 1:00 min intervals. Bang the heavy bag for 1 min as fast and as hard as you can. Then shadowbox as fast as you can for 1 min. Then, based on your fitness level, hold a Handstand, Push-up Plank or Elbow Plank for 1 min. Repeat twice more for a total of 9 mins. Take as few 12-count breaks as you must in order to finish.
- Ask Archangel Barachiel for intercession. Light a white candle and/or burn some incense as an offering to Archangel Barachiel, our guardian angel, and spend a few minutes in silent reflection. Request he lend his wisdom, guardianship, guidance, care, visitation, and defense to Cabal Fang as we struggle to keep our space.
In Cabal Fang we generally train for max output over a limited time. Cabal Fang is a self-defense martial art. Self-defense situations don’t usually last for more than a minute or so.
But we also want Cabal Fang to be applicable in every day life. Only cops, medics and soldiers will likely use their martial arts skills more than once or twice in a lifetime. But if Cabal Fang makes you healthy and strong inside and out, you can apply that in a million different ways, all day every day. And every day life sometimes will require you to work until you can work no more.
So once in a while we should shake things up and train for distance instead of speed — for length of time instead of for output across a span of time.
Enduro: Cabal Fang Training Involution #148
- 9 rounds of emergency action. Only 8 breaks of 12 secs each, one break between each of the 9 rounds. Each round you’ll go until you gas, take a 12 sec. break, then proceed to the next exercise: HBSC (Heavy Bag Shoulder Carry), Up Strikes, Bear Walks, HBSC, Mounted Strikes, Bear Walks, HBSC, Low Kicks, Bear Walks. No pacing or lollygagging on the strikes, but travel at a relaxed pace for the HBSCs and Bear Walks. 8 breaks only. My time was a fairly pathetic 20:39. Post yours in the comments. See video below.
- Internal work for time. Assume your posture of choice and set a countdown timer for one hour. Practice your choice of contemplation, meditation or prayer as long as you are able — until your mind or body fails you — or until the timer beeps, whichever comes first. I made my hour. Did you?
- If it’s not in your training journal it didn’t happen. Record all times and all self-realizations in your training journal.
If weapons are a part of your martial art your regime must incorporate command, mastery and retention exercises with realistically weighted training weapons.
Once your retention and command of the weapon are sufficient to insure safety, regular sessions with live weapons are essential.
In short, you need to be out there hacking stuff to bits, not pretending to hack stuff to bits.
Here’s a short video on command, mastery and retention for beginners. I made this for my Bobcat Martial Arts program where I teach Frontier Rough and Tumble, which includes Bowie and tomahawk, but it’s useful regardless of what weapon you use.
If you are training only with lightweight weapons and/or not actually hitting things you are doing interpretive dance, not martial arts.
This month’s T.I. is a direct-to-video release. Dig in.
Yesterday I received my custom-made knife from Kenny Hermsen. Kenny owns and operates Meherrin River Forge & Knifeworks in South Hill, VA.
For under $200 I received a locally made knife, manufactured to my specifications by a true artisan. It also came with a lovely letter sealed with wax, which appeals to my old-fashioned sensibilities more than Kenny could possibly have known. As it turns out, Kenny and I have a little bit in common.
This big, elegant, razor sharp beauty is a rugged, period-influenced Bowie with a blade just shy of 10″ — and she is now my silent training partner. As many of you already know, in addition to my non-profit Cabal Fang Martial Arts program, I am now also operating Bobcat Martial Arts, a Frontier Rough & Tumble martial arts and Walking Stick self-defense school.
So the knife Kenny made for me is fixin’ to get put through her paces real soon. And based on the feel of her, she’s going to make short work of whatever she comes up against.
If you have need of a blade, large or small, send Kenny a message through his Facebook page.
You’ll be glad you did.
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