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Martial Arts Weapons: Loose Grips Sink Ships

This is me holding a screwdriver. This is what a martial artist’s hand looks like when it is holding a tool in a workmanlike fashion. Note callouses and white-knuckled grip with thumb fully wrapped.

Reading a popular martial arts magazine yesterday I came across an article about two lifetime achievement award winners. They are both martial arts legends.

I cringed.

Look at the way they are holding their weapons in the photos below. Is this how martial arts masters hold weapons which are about to be used to cut, smash, choke, etc.?

It’s just a magazine photo,” you may object. “They’re not actually demonstrating how to fight with the weapon!” To which I reply, “Does a firearm instructor wave guns around in a careless manner? Or does he treat all guns as if loaded and deadly?”

These loose grips (a) show a lack of respect for the weapon and (b) will not retain a weapon under stress. This is not how weapons are held in life or death situations by people who have any idea what they are doing.

At Bobcat Martial Arts, I teach my students to treat every Bowie knife, tomahawk and walking stick with respect and to grip it with sincerity and intent at all times. This is basic martial arts.

I would expect better than this from a student after just 90 days.

Introducing Frontier Martial Arts

This is the logo for my new Frontier Rough & Tumble Club. Currently we meet Sundays at 3 PM.

Mostly I blog about Cabal Fang martial arts.  But starting today I’m going to be more talkative about my other love —  Frontier Rough & Tumble.

Introducing Frontier Rough & Tumble Martial Arts

Frontier Rough & Tumble is a rustic martial art that incorporates the fighting methods, mindset and lifeways of North America, settler and native alike, between the years 1607 (the arrival of settlers in Jamestown) and 1912 (the year the last continental state was admitted to the Unites States, thereby meaning there was no longer a “frontier”).

Frontier Rough & Tumble training Material

Fisticuffs.  The way everyday people struck with their hands before the introduction of the padded boxing glove.  Kicking, especially purring and shinning.  Wrestling, tussling, grappling, clinching and throwing.  Reality-based Bowie knife and Tomahawk training.  Fitness.  Practical exercises that resemble frontier chores, such as swinging hammers, digging, hauling and lifting loads, running, etc. Survival skills, including the settler folkways and indigenous abilities.†

What makes Frontier Rough & Tumble great is…

In the frontier there were no excuses.  Often there were no police to save you, no doctor to patch you up, and no court to arbitrate your disputes if you caused trouble.  Check out the Bobcat Code we use at my club.  

Frontier Rough & Tumble is based on self-reliance.  When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his famous essay on the subject he chose to open it with a poem he wrote called “Power” which I’ve shared below.

My Time-Life encyclopedia of the Old West in 26 volumes. You can’t teach Frontier Rough & Tumble without knowing the historical milieu.

If you’re interested in Frontier Rough & Tumble martial arts, as far as I know there are only two instructors — Mark Hatmaker and myself.  Mark the genius behind it.  He got me hooked, and I’m studying from him.  You can too by subscribing to his RAW program.  Or, if you’re in Richmond, VA you can come train with me at Bobcat Martial Arts.

Cast the bantling on the rocks,
Suckle him with the she-wolf’s teat,
Wintered with the hawk and fox,
Power and speed be hands and feet.

[Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “May-Day and Other Pieces”, 1867]

My first Frontier Martial Arts-related book. Click here to download!


† Yes, the Ancient Greeks used calisthenics for war (I know this because I literally wrote the book on calisthenics) as well as a form of stone hand weight to build strength.  And they used a form of boxing glove, as did the Egyptians.    People have, for millennia, mostly understood that (a) linear training works and (b) if you hit hard things with a balled fist your hand will break.  That said, the modern idea of “physical fitness” didn’t exist in the frontier period.  Back then your “workout” was putting food on the table and “boxing” was bareknuckled.  Padded gloves, calisthenics and weights (barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc.) weren’t widely used until the late 1800s — at the tail end of the frontier period.

 

 

Happy New Year — What’s New in 2019!

Cabal Fang is blowing up!  We’ve somehow managed to attract a couple of powerful and prestigious board members — folks who are way smarter and more talented than me — to help shepherd Cabal Fang toward its fullest potential.  Watch this space for updates or, better yet, subscribe to the Cabal Fang State of the Art Dispatch!

Cabal Fang is 100% free and always will be — but free don’t pay the bills.  I’m 57 years old you guys, and my retirement dream is to be a priest who runs a community chapel and teaches martial arts classes.  It’s gonna take big bucks to buy or build the Cabal Fang Temple.  I’m not going to earn that kind of money selling five-buck ebook downloads.

So I’m going to be teaching some martial arts classes for money.  I’m now an approved instructor of Mark Hatmaker‘s Frontier Rough & Tumble Martial Arts program.  Starting this spring I’ll be teaching that, as well as Walking Stick Self-Defense (Vigny-Lang method) through my new Bobcat Martial Arts program.

And I built a web store!  Like I said, I have to sell more than ebook downloads to pay for a building.  There’s plenty of amazing, one-of-a-kind stuff for sale already — including private lessons and seminars — but there’s more coming.  Go buy something! 

Click here to join the monthly Mystic Christian Meetup!

I’m building my church.  You have to start somewhere, right?  So just two days ago I put together a monthly meet-up at the local library called Richmond Mystic Christians and we already have six members.  I’ve been in seminary for two years, very soon I’ll be promoted to Deacon, and it’s past time I got my butt in gear.  Read more about my seminary here.

I’m releasing at least two eBooks this year.  I have five books in the hopper:

 

  1. Cabal Fang Study Course Second Edition
  2. Martial Grit: Real-World Fighting Fitness
  3. Archangel Barachiel Revealed: A True Story of Scholarship, Mystery, Veneration and Revelation
  4. The Wildwood Workbook: An Everyday Person’s Guide to Connecting with the Natural World, and
  5. Food on a Mission, a cookbook arranged by specific goals.

I’m going to get at least two of them on the street in 2019 or die tryin’.

And lastly, I’m hitting the road.  Private lessons and seminars are for sale in my new web store.  I’ve got my adventure trailer all built, and I’ll be traveling around the countryside, camping out and teaching.  So go book one!

 

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