How to Be a Good Kidnap Victim by Mark Hatmaker — Indigenous Ability

This one courtesy of Coach Hatmaker’s Indigenous Ability blog.  Click through to read the whole piece, it’s outstanding!

George “Machine Gun” Kelly, was a Depression-era gangster with one of the most colorful names going. Let’s face it, it beats the hell out of Baby Face or Pretty Boy, or Creepy. Despite the formidable name Kelly was a little less deadly than the moniker belies, associates in Alcatraz where he spent 21-years of his…

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Judgment Day: Training Involution #103

This is the last weekly T.I. in the month with internal concentration The Book (a.k.a. the Tarot) and external concentration Basic Self-Defense.  I guess you could say it’s judgment day.

Judgment Day: Training Involution #103

  • Are you ready for Judgment Day?  Three questions: (1) If there’s a natural disaster or your employer goes belly up and you’re unemployed for a few weeks, it’s a good idea to have some back-up resources.  Check your pantry.  Do you have at least 1 month of food and water on hand?  (2) If you get lost and there’s no gas station around you’ll be sorry if you’re driving on fumes.  Go check your vehicle.  Do you have at least a quarter tank of gas in the tank?  (3) You’re going to feel pretty dumb if your vehicle breaks down and you haven’t been maintaining it. Have you had your oil changed and any other scheduled maintenance done?  Count your “No” answers and hike 1 mile for each.  Beginners use a #10 pack, intermediate #25, advanced #40+.
  • Tarot meditation on XX: Judgement.  Why do Tarot card manufacturers seem to like the British spelling that includes the letter “e” in the middle?  Oh well.  Set up the card (or a printed photo or your tablet) so that it’s at eye level when you’re in your meditative posture of choice.  Set a timer for 3 to 5 mins.  Regulate your breathing as you look at the card.  Imagine that you are stepping into the card, that you are becoming one of the characters in the scene.  Imagine all of the sights, sounds, tastes and sensations of the scene.  When the timer beeps, watch the video below.  Record your thoughts and realizations in your training journal.



||Log”os (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the word or form which expresses a thought, also, the thought, fr. ? to speak.]

1. A word; reason; speech.

2. The divine Word; Christ

Number 1 in the above definition, which is from the 1913 Websters, comes by way of ancient Greek which predates Christianity.  Number 2 is an interpretation of the Bible verse John 1:1 – “In the beginning there was the word; and the word was with God, and the word was God.”

Why did the author of John 1:1 choose this word “logos?”  And why does this word appear over a hundred times elsewhere in the New Testament?

The divine Logos is an idea that runs like a vein of gold through the whole of Western philosophy, starting with the mystery traditions of old Egypt, passing into Socrates, up through Plato, onward through the Stoics, and flowing into New Testament Christology.

It’s a deeply mystical thing to perceive the Logos, to tap into the energy of that golden vein. It’s mystical because, like the Tao, of which Laotse said “the Tao which can be described is not the Tao,” the Logos can be felt and perceived with persistent and devoted effort, but it steadfastly defies attempts to be defined.  To my way of thinking, the definition of Logos sits somewhere near the intersection of consciousness, truth, order and speech.

Maybe though, the Logos is just too sacred to say much more about.  Maybe, rather than talking about it, we should sanctify it by living it out in the way we think, act, feel and believe.

Exploring the idea of Logos I drew some ambigrams and other sketches. I hope you enjoy them and that these words and scribbles in some small way reveal a place to start digging for your own relationship with this ancient and divine force.


Scramble: Training Involution #102

This month’s external focus is General Self-defense and the internal one is The Book (Tarot).  So this week there’s more hardcore, targeted self-defense material in store — plus some preparation checking and some esoteric quizzing.  But first, here’s a little promo video I put together to promote Cabal Fang martial arts.  Dig it.

And now on with the show.

Scramble: Training Involution #102

  • Scramble through your purse or pockets.  What if you get stranded have to scramble for shelter, warmth, food, or a ride?  Do you have a knife or multi-tool, a way to make fire, and enough cash money for a cab or Uber ride?  If not, shame on you.  Fix that ASAP.
  • Scramble for your life.  What if you have to fight in a cramped place, like a car, closet or bathroom stall?  Get knocked down and have to get up?  Have to wrestle?  Beginners: Do 25 reps each of: Bodybuilders, Sit-outs, Get-ups and Crunch-n-Punch.  Intermediates, you do 33 reps and add Splays/Sprawls.  Advanced folks, do the intermediate version plus Drop Duck-Unders.
  • “Do you read Tarot?”  What if somebody finds out you have a Tarot deck and you have to scramble to answer that question?  Last week I tested you on your number symbolism.  Now for the suits.  Can you name at least one association or correspondence for each suit, such as element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), Sphere (Matter, Ideals, Drives, Emotions), Quaternary (To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Silent), etc.?  No?  If not, pull 10 cards and do the number of Push-ups on each face (Pages = 10, Knights = 6, Queens = 3, Kings = 2).

Short Video: Modify, Adapt and Overcome

This morning I shot a quick video explaining an important lesson I re-learned yesterday while training for the May 5th Rugged Maniac obstacle run to benefit the Cabal Fang Temple Fund.

I’m a crappy runner.  But guess what?  You can learn a lot by being crappy at something.

The Next (Final) Emerald Lamp Video?

Vol. 1 Episode 4 of the Emerald Lamp Video Series is now live.  Patreon supporters got access a month ago.  And yesterday they also got access to a private video on the subject of body toughening (conditioning and callousing of the body to better deliver and accept blows).  For as little as $1/month you can click here, become a supporter, and get access to all kinds of patron-only content — as well as early access to just about everything I produce.

Neither the Emerald Lamp series nor the Holy Communion series is really taking off the way I anticipated.  Episode 4 of the Emerald Lamp and Episode 12 of Holy Communion might mark the end of both series.  If you like either of them I suggest sharing them to your social media profiles, tweeting, posting and sharing like a madman.  These are the most labor intensive videos I make in terms of planning and writing.  If nobody’s watching, I could really stand to put those hours back into my training!

So if you like either series, show your love by sharing the videos.  And, in the comments below, please tell me which of my videos you like most and least and why.

Run for Your Life: Training Involution #101

Here at Cabal Fang HQ our monthly focuses are Basic Self-Defense and The Book (chapters 16 and 20 in the Cabal Fang Study Guide). From now on the Training Involution of the Week is going to be based around the monthly theme at HQ. I think that will go a long way toward creating a feeling of community within the Cabal Fang family, don’t you?

Run for Your Life: Training Involution #101

  • Are you paying attention to detail? (1) What was your spouse or significant wearing last time you saw him or her? (2) What is the color, make, model, year and license plate number of his or her vehicle? (3) Get up right now and check: are all your doors and windows locked? Imagine how guilty you’d feel if your spouse or significant other turned up missing and you couldn’t help the police with the most basic information. Imagine how you’d feel if someone invaded your home and you didn’t have it buttoned up. If you didn’t get at least two out of three right, complete 100 Squats and then review your preparedness and prevention drills on pages 224 – 226 of the Cabal Fang Study Guide.
  • Do you know your numbers? If you are going to use Tarot as a psychological and spiritual tool you need to know your number symbolism. What are astrological associations for the numbers 1 through 10? If you can’t name at least of 5 of them, do 50 Push-ups and then go study the chart on page 168 of the Cabal Fang Study Guide.
  • Conditioning Run. CR15P Tabata-styled. Run AFAYC for 20 seconds, walk 10 seconds, repeat for 30 rounds. That’s 15 mins total.