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Attack and Track, Cram and Exam: Martial Arts Training Involution #226

My son Robert puts a scarf hold on David. Note (1)  forearm bone aligned with cheek bone and mastoid process and (2) Gable grip.  Instant tap.

The September focus is grappling (a.k.a. “stand-up wrestling”, a.k.a. “the clinch”).  Being able to handle yourself in this range is key to real self-defense.

In this week’s involution we’re going to hit you with a delightful bit of grappling fitness training followed by some technique training — namely the way to create space by using braced strikes and crams.

The clinch is where you avoid being carried away, forced to the ground, or smashed against a wall.  This is where the rubber hits the road!

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And now on with the show…

Attack and Track, Cram and Exam: Martial Arts T.I. #226

  • 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.
  • Attack.  Grappling Conditioner #2. Set timer for 3 x 3:00/1:00.  For each 3:00, Splay-n-Punch 1-2, Splay-n-Punch 1-2-3-4, Splay-n-Punch 1-2-3-4-5-6, etc. up to Splay-n-Punch 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, then start again.  If you’re not dawdling you should be able to get at least 5 climbs done during every 3:00 round — that’s 25 Sprawls and 150 punches.  For the 1:00 “rests” body-lock a heavy bag and squeeze it as hard as you can.  Take as many 12-count breaks as you must in order keep from reaching for the bucket.  I promise it’ll be over in 12 minutes.
  • Track.  Go for a walk in your neighborhood and see if you can find the tracks of an animal.  Tip: Look just after sunrise with the sun at an angle so that you can spot places where the morning dew has been lifted or disturbed.    Follow them as far as you can.  Sketch or photograph the tracks (and any droppings that may be associated with them) and see if you can identify them in a tracking book.  You never know when you may need to hunt for your next meal.
  • Cram.  3 rounds of braced crams.  Watch video below, then set timer for 3 x 3:00/1:00.  Round one, use your naked forearm to brace against, and strike, the bag.  Round two, use a short, blunt training weapon (a wooden knife, escrima stick, etc.).  Round three, a longer blunt training weapon (a jo staff, shinai, cane, bokken, etc.).

  • Exam.  Journaling “exercise.” This month’s internal focus is journaling, and the goal is to write in your journal every day this month.  Get out your journal and complete 5 clean Push-ups for every day this month you’ve failed to make a journal entry.  It’s no good setting benchmarks, creating to-do items, planning, tracking progress, or any of that if you aren’t self-evaluating.  Try to make an entry every day, even if it’s only one sentence.  If you forget or get sidetracked, don’t sweat it, just start again.   Include your training activities — if it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!


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Braced Crams with Weapons Long and Short

There’s no way in hell’s half-acre you can be sure what falls to hand when fighting for your life.  Might be anything from a broomstick to a butcher knife.

The mechanics of things vary a great deal by length and such.

So if you care to exit a self-defense situation on the vertical, you’d best be prepared to handle tools properly.

Real Life Demon Slayer Revisited

Real Life Demon Slayer: Training Involution #141, which I published back in January 2019, is one of my popular posts and has thousands of views.  So I decided to create a video version this morning.

If you think the video is fun, go back and read the original blog post to get more detail.

Here you go — enjoy!

 


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Hitches and Stitches: Martial Arts Training Involution #225

If you like the kind of thing you find in these weekly T.I. you’d probably love one or both of my ebooks pictured on the left.  Click here to download them from Smashwords!

FYI, the September focus for Cabal Fang is Grappling (a.k.a. “the clinch” or stand-up wrestling) and the symbol is the Quill — so the T.I.s will revolve around those two pole stars for the course of the month.

And now on with the show…

Hitches and Stitches: Martial Arts T.I. #225

  • 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.
  • Grappling Conditioner #4.  Complete the following as fast as you can: 50 Get-ups, 50 Bodybuilders, and 250 strikes vs. heavy bag.  Take as few 12-count breaks as you need in order to finish, and see if you can beat my PR of 18:45.
  • Learn to tie a sliding sheet bend hitch.  Very useful for tying a quick-release, cinching, collapse-resistant loop in the end of a line.  What if you needed to put a loop around a friend’s waist or ankle in a rescue situation?  Perfect!
  • Journaling exercise.  It’s no good thinking up goals and making resolutions if you don’t do “the work.”  What’s “the work?”  Things like setting benchmarks, creating to-do items, planning, tracking progress, establishing, evaluating and re-evaluating metrics — but most especially being in touch with what you are doing and why.  Try to make an entry every day, even if it’s only one sentence.  If you forget or get sidetracked, don’t sweat it, just start again.   Include your training activities — if it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!


TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is a martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. If Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912) — is more to your liking, check out Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts, my for-profit martial art project. Click either photo to get started today!

SHIFT #8: Orion, the Woodland Peewee and More

The newest issue of my twice-monthly newsletter SHIFT is out today!

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Girl Power and the Culture War: Symptom or Cure?

Is there a relationship between the surge in female superheroes in movies and on TV and what’s going on in the culture?

Well, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the new version of Wonder Woman has the Star of Ishtar on her diadem.

Symbols are condensed pictures.  So if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a symbol is worth 10,000.  Watch the video below.


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ISHTAR OF THE GATE a Poem

Ishtar of the Gate

I am Ishtar of the Gate
Venus, morning and evening star
Queen of Heaven on my way to the East
Shedding seven garments I descend into Hell
Ascending I put them on again
and rise to my throne

I am Mary, mother of God
My star rises over Bethlehem in the East
Suffering Seven Sorrows I descend into Hell
Elevated by Seven Joys I ascend to my coronation
Queen of Heaven, in wisdom I reared the son
With my breast I sustained him

Eternal opener of the ways am I
No man cometh to the Father except by the Son
Neither to the Son except by the Mother
Follow me to the King of Kings


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

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The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult

The Hunter: Martial Arts Training Involution #224

If you like the kind of thing you find in these weekly T.I. you’d probably love one or both of my ebooks pictured on the left.  Click here to download them from Smashwords!

FYI, the September focus for Cabal Fang is Grappling (a.k.a. “the clinch” or stand-up wrestling) and the symbol is the Quill — so the T.I.s will revolve around those two pole stars for the course of the month.

And now on with the show…

The Hunter: Martial Arts T.I. #224

  • 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.
  • Grappling Conditioner #3.  Set a countdown timer for 10:00 mins and complete as many sets as you can before the timer beeps of 5 Bag Lifts (regular or Kansas-styled), 10 mounted strikes, and 5 Splay ‘n’ Punch.  Take as few 12-count breaks as you need in order to finish.  Then…
  • Complete this month’s constitutional.  Burpees w/ hop (25), Smearing Push-ups (25), Drop Duck-unders (25), Back-ups (50), Ab Punches (1 min — if training solo use a medicine ball), Get-ups (25), Prisoner Get-ups (25).  If you finish in under 15 minutes, go back and do an extra 5 of each.
  • Learn to tell direction by Orion.  Last month Orion returned to the night sky after his summer absence and is now visible for about an hour before dawn.  It’s one of the most visible and easily recognizable constellations in the sky and is perfect for this purpose.  If you can spot Orion, look at the belt of three bright stars.  If they are pointed parallel to the horizon, you’re looking east.  If they’re almost flat to the horizon, you’re looking west.  If they’re at about 45° you’re looking south.  See picture below (I learned this from Gooley’s  great book The Nature Instinct).     
  • Go soulsearching — in your journal.  Last month we practiced sacred reading, this month journaling.  Think of journaling as sacred writing.  No, you’re not writing the Bhagavad Gita or the Bible!  But you are writing down the things that are going on in your life, which then allows you to go back and self-analyze using the four ways of reading sacred books (literally, morally, allegorically and anagogically).  You have a story, and every story has at least four layers of meaning awaiting discovery.  This is what is meant by “finding oneself.”  Include your training activities — if it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!


TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is a martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. If Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912) — is more to your liking, check out Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts, my for-profit martial art project. Click either photo to get started today!

Cord and Rule: C.F. Martial Arts Ranks and Achievements

cord rule

My cord and rule.

In the martial art of Cabal Fang we keep track of our progress using two primary tools — journaling and the cord and rule program.  Click here to view a google doc describing how it works.  Picture of my cord and rule on the left.

Journaling makes you think about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading.  The cord and rule program – inspired by ancient measuring devices that became synonymous with “rulership” and status — make sure that we “measure up.”

You might say that the journal is an internal/reflective measuring device and the cord and rule are an external/objective measuring device.  Together they help to insure that we “keep things straight.”  The words rules, ruler, and rulership all have the same root.  Think about that for a minute.  Then think about the symbolism of “the Golden Rule.”

If all of this sounds really interesting and fun, you might want to think about enrolling in the Cabal Fang Hermit Path Distance Learning Program.  We’re a non-profit, so it’s 100% free.

Here’s a video on this topic.

 

 

Grandpa Lyne and Me Sharing a Love for Canes

Those who know me are aware that I’m something of a cane fighter.  Coincidentally, my great-great-grandfather on my mother’s side, one “Captain” James E. Lyne, is somewhat famous for his hand-made canes.

James and his wife operated a general store with an apothecary and a Civil War relic shop.  He ran the relic stand and did the heavy lifting at the general store, while she ran the counter, operated the apothecary, and kept the books.

I don’t believe he was really a captain in the Confederate army though.  To hear my great-grandma tell it, he was so young they wouldn’t let him fight in the “War of Northern Aggression” as they called it.  She always said all they’d let him do was carry messages and blow a bugle.  Rumor has it he said whatever he needed to say to make his battlefield tours fun and entertaining.

Anyway, great-great-grandpa Lyne liked to carve and sell souvenir canes.  Here are some pics of his canes by way of canequest.com.

At some point he was also a caretaker of Seven Pines Battlefield.  Somewhere around here I have a newspaper article about it.  If more folks are interested, I’ll see if I can dig it up and scan it.