Category Archives: Mysticism

Christianity for Doubters 9: Saints and Martyrs

The ninth video in my series Christianity for Doubters is now live.  Only one more video to come in this series — there’s still time to catch up for the big finish!  If you are enjoying these videos, please support me on Patreon for as little as $1/month.

As a seminarian in the Independent Sacramental Movement (specifically the Old Catholic line) when I’m ordained as a priest there will be no centralized church to pay me a salary, provide health insurance, a place to live, or even a parish.  And I’m married with a family, which means I’ve got people to care for and a church to build.  Your monthly contribution would be greatly appreciated.  


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Beat It: Martial Arts Training Involution #203

Setting goals is not optional.  If you are not setting goals and doing what it takes to hit them, like establishing performance metrics and tracking methods, developing programs, setting benchmarks, etc., you are not going to get past the intermediate level — at anything.

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In this week’s T.I. you are going to start setting goals, and maybe even beat the old man at his own game.

I’m so sure this will benefit you, and so excited to see you try, that I’m giving away a 25% off coupon good at Mitch’s General Store to everyone who faces any of the benchmarks in this week’s T.I.!  Just post a link to a video in the comments below.

If this sort of stuff interests you, you might really enjoy my new newsletter SHIFT which goes live April 30th.  Sign up now to get tips, fun and inspirational articles, quizzes, meditations, exercises, and more — all 100% free — and guaranteed to shift you in a new whole new gear.  SHIFT isn’t a martial arts newsletter.  It’s where everything I do and teach comes together — fitness, motivation, nature observation and primitive skills, martial arts, management, coaching, financial advice, DIY, and of course my spiritual teaching.  

Beat It: Martial Arts Training Involution #203

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. I generally do 8 minutes of MBF or either 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work.
  • 150 max power kicks vs. the heavy bag.  Warm up by doing 8 x 5 kicks with each leg at 50% power, alternating legs each set.  Take a 1 minute break and then start your stopwatch.  Kick the bag with maximum power 150 times as fast as you can.  Switch legs as needed.  Write down your time me and make regular attempts to beat it.  I hit my personal record (PR) earlier this week.  It was 4:00.
  • Constant Contact Drill.  Walk off the kicks for 3:00.  Now glove up and go after your heavy bag with hands, feet, elbows etc. with maximum speed.  There should be some part of your body in contact with that bag pretty much at all times.  See how long you can go before you have to stop.  Write down your time me and make regular attempts to beat it.  I set my new PR this morning.  It was 2:27.
  • Balboa Run.  Start a stopwatch and run your chosen distance — punching the air the whole time.  Beginners go 1/2 mile, intermediate and advanced, 1 full mile.  If you have to rest, do so in place and leave the clock running.  When you finish, write down your time me and make regular attempts to beat it. My half mile PR is 6:15 and my 1 mile is 14:29.
  •  ReflectionCool down for about 3 minutes, then sit down with your training journal and do a goal review.  Are you hitting goals, establishing proper metrics, setting PRs, structuring your training in order to hit goals and PRs, etc.?  If you don’t keep a training journal you had better start! 

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The 3 Keys to Practical Weapon Skill

Are you working out, or training?  Are you actually getting more skilled with your weapon?  If so, can you prove it?  These are some of the questions answered in this week’s martial arts video, “The 3 Keys to Practical Weapon Skill” at the bottom of this post.

If this kind of thing appeals to you, consider signing up for a martial arts distance learning program.  The Cabal Fang Hermit Path program is 100% free and provided by the non-profit I founded in 2009 — click here to sign up today!

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New Video, New Newsletter, and More

Lots going on in these parts!  I’ve decided to launch a free newsletter on/about May 1st.  It’s going to be called SHIFT.  It will unify of all my diverse projects — martial, philosophical, physical, and spiritual — into a cohesive source of inspiration for those who want to SHIFT perspective, SHIFT priorities and SHIFT into a new personal, professional, or spiritual gear.  Sign up now for SHIFT — featuring cutting edge research, information, tips, exercises, games, meditations and coupons for discounts in my web store.

I’ve also done a ton of work on my Patreon profile.  I’ve consolidated my tiers, created new benefits, and re-dedicated myself to creating more value for my patrons, like monthly Q&As, deeper discounts on my products, and more.  Sign up for as little as $1/month to get access to exclusive content you can’t get anywhere else.

And of course here’s my Sunday religious video — episode #8 in my series Christianity for Doubters.

 

 

Rock and Roll: Martial Arts Training Involution #202

I’m sick of talking about “the ‘rona” (as the kids are calling it these days) but the fact is, as martial artists, it’s going to be a little bit longer before we can train together.  Gotta stay active in the meantime folks — gotta keep movin’.  And I’m here to help you with that.

But first, a brief commercial break.

On May 1st my new newsletter SHIFT goes live.   This is where everything I do will come together — my fitness work, my primitive skills and martial arts material, my management, coaching and financial advice, and of course my spiritual teaching.  Sign up now to get tips, fun and inspirational articles, quizzes, meditations, exercises, and more — all 100% free — and guaranteed to shift you in a new whole new gear.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled program already in progress…

Rock and Roll: Martial Arts Training Involution #202

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. I generally do 8 minutes of MBF or either 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work.
  • Forms.  Set a timer for 15 minutes and perform every form you know.  If it takes less than 15 mins, repeat the ones you know until the timer beeps.  If you don’t do forms in the traditional sense, do flow drills, technique chains, and/or combos.
  • A modified constitutional.  In Cabal Fang we create a new constitutional every month and we complete it twice a week.  That can get a little boring when you’re training alone.  Thank goodness nobody ever said we have do them the same way every time!  Jazz up this month’s constitutional by spreading out the Sprints and throwing in some vaults and rolls.  Here’s how.  Find yourself an obstacle — a fence to vault, a park bench to run along, etc. and get started as follows:

Lunges(50)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Push-ups(50)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Get-ups(25)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Crunches 3-Way (25)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Prisoner Squats (50)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Wall Touches (100)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each
Sprints (25)
4 x 10 yard Sprints with 1 Vault or Roll midway through each

  • Contemplation.  Cool down for about 3 minutes, then set a timer for 10 minutes.  Have a seat in your posture of choice and regulate your breathing.  Leave your eyes open, and do not fidget, wiggle or scratch.  Now think about exactly nothing.  Clear your mind as completely as you can and allow yourself to stop thinking in words while maintaining total awareness of your surroundings. 

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Morgan and Me Camping 2009

These pics are from a rainy camping trip I went on with my daughter Morgan in October 2009.  What can I say that the pictures don’t say for themselves?

 

New Tiers, New Benefits, at Patreon

Last night I updated sponsorship tiers Stalwart and above over on Patreon.

I added two new benefits  — discounts on products at Mitch’s General Store and access to the new SHIFT self-improvement program.   This is exciting stuff.  Go getcha some!