INVERSION a Poem

INVERSION

Inside, reaching deeply
Not down, up or out, but rather
Casting inward, humbly, into the flesh
A silent Aeon, emerging gently by starlight
Revolution comes in a deserted place in a way
Never before attempted nor dreamt of, not even by
Apollo or Thor, Kali or Hera nor any hero
Transcending not to win but to lose
Instead of receding, pursues
Our love, a helpless babe
Noël, Noël, Noël


“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.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

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

A Christian Sci-Fi Story

My Sunday message is live.  Thanks to one of my readers, who’s a big science fiction fan, it occurred to me that the Christian story could be re-framed as a really amazing science fiction story.

Bump and Run: Martial Arts Training Involution #190

It’s been a couple of years since I had a bald head and chin hair.  More importantly, and much more relevant to your martial arts training, it has also been a couple of years since I emphasized the value of the humble slip ball.  Here’s a video about the slip ball from 2017 which also features my previously bald head and hairy chin.

The slip ball is especially important for people who have limited sparring opportunities because it reinforces slipping body mechanics — which are perishable.  Watch the video and then dig into…

Bump and Run: Martial Arts Training Involution #190

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes.  I like to do 2 minutes each of jump rope, light calisthenics, shadowboxing, and dynamic stretching — or I just do 8 minutes of MBF.
  • 20 mins on the slip ball.  Remember to keep good striking form as you contract, moving as if there’s an elastic cord connecting your shoulder and the opposite hip.  Punch between slips and slip between punches.  Bunch them together randomly.  Punch,slip-slip, punch-punch, slip-slip-slip, punch, slip, etc. The body mechanics of slipping and punching are the same — except that when you slip your fists stay at your temples.  That way your punches will cover your slips and vice versa.
  • 20 mins of running.  Set a timer for 10 mins and start running.  Maintain an aerobic pace, that is, run such that you can just barely manage to sing a familiar tune.  When your singing starts to become halting, slow to a fast walk and resume when you can sing again.  There’s a reason why armed forces sing and run.  That pace actually does a better job of building aerobic capacity other methods.  When the timer beeps, turn around and head home.
  • 10 minutes of meditation or contemplation.  After you cool down — for about 3 minutes or until your heart rate is below 100 bpm —  have a seat and do 10 minutes of internal work.

 

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My Ranger Heads Into the Sunset

Well, it’s the end of an era.   I just sold my 2000 Ford Ranger for $2,000.   I’ll be shocked to pieces if I ever have a vehicle that out-performs the Ranger.  Here are the stats:

  • 2000 Ford Ranger, Regular Cab, 2.5L RW drive
  • Bought it in 2004 with 61,000 miles
  • Paid $6,000 cash
  • Drove it for 15 years and 138,000 miles
  • Sold it today for $2,000 cash.
  • A/C blew cold until just this year.
  • Other than A/C, two clutches, an alternator, and a busted seat (the lumbar adjustment broke and had to be fixed for $200  a few years back) I only had brakes, tires, maintenance and routine expenses.

An incredible vehicle.  Sorry to see her go.

Now lets see if my Ford Escape does that well!

 

God Exists and I Can Prove It

If you believe in the existence of God, can you support your position?  If you’re an atheist, can you refute the most compelling arguments?  If you answered “No” to either of these questions, you might enjoy and benefit from this video.

And please, whatever you do, please get engaged and go crazy in the comments.  Pro or con doesn’t matter.

Because not only do I believe in God, I believe that God wants you to be engaged with Him.  And I believe that if you engage with Him, in time, you will belong to Him.

Battle Box: Martial Arts Training Involution #189

Wow, my numbers are up almost 40% — over 10,000 views in 2019!  I hope that means you guys think my posts are getting better and more interesting!

But enough about me.  Let’s talk about you.

 

Question: When practicing self-defense against sincere training partners, either empty-handed or armed with training weapons, which do find more troublesome?(A) wide, circular attacks or (B) straight, direct attacks?

And which do you find more intimidating? (A) single attacks in isolation or (B) multiple fast attacks in combinations or chains?

I hope you answered “B” to both of those questions.  There are no unqualified rules in fighting.  But, for the most part, the hardest attacks to defend against are the ones that are fast and straight and delivered in quick combos.  Which means that, by-and-large anyway, that’s how you should be delivering them.

I call this “staying in the battle box.”  The battle box runs from the eyes down to the groin and is the width of the torso.  In today’s T.I. you’re going to practice staying in the box.

Battle Box: Martial Arts Training Involution #189

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes.  I like to do 2 minutes each of jump rope, light calisthenics, shadowboxing, and dynamic stretching — or I just do 8 minutes of MBF.
  • 15 min Half Pyramid.  Set a countdown timer for 15 minutes and start with 1 each of Drop Duck-Unders, Narrow Push-ups, Crunches Legs Elevated, and Shoulder Rolls.  Then do 2 of each, 3 of each etc. See how how high you can climb before the timer beeps (I made it to 8).¹
  • 15 mins in the battle box with fists or wooden training weapon.  Set a timer for 3 x 5:00 (no breaks) and focus on form.  Round 1, shadowbox in the box.  Round 2, attack your heavy bag in the box.  Round 3, hit your double-end ball in the box  Tip: To change the angle of attack without putting your arms outside the box, turn your waist, flex your knees (this is especially important when attacking low), and move your whole body left, right, up, down, in and out.
  • 10 minutes of meditation or contemplation.  After you cool down — for about 3 minutes or until your heart rate is below 100 bpm —  have a seat and do 10 minutes of internal work.

¹ For the math nerds: the formula for the total reps in a Half Pyramid, where peak = P is:

Example: If you complete a Half Pyramid to 8 reps you will have executed 36  reps of each exercise because 8² = 64.  64 – 8 = 56.  56 / 2 = 28.  And 28 + 8 = 36.


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Cold Weather Help for the Homeless

With the help of my martial arts club, my family, and my friends (and by raiding my own closets) I was able to gather 3 large bags of blankets, coats, hats, socks, gloves and mittens for the homeless which I dropped off at Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) this morning.  When it comes to the homeless, CCC is pretty much the only came in town.

I feel so incredibly blessed, it only seems natural to give back.

In what ways are you blessed?  How are you going to give back?

Merry Christmas!