Tag Archives: book

Martial Grit is Ready for Preorder!

My next book — Martial Grit — releases on July 1st and it’s ready for preorder!

Honed by 30 years teaching inner city programs on shoestring budgets and in public parks for a non-profit, this is as real as it gets. The 3 keys to proper mindset. Improve right away using the “S.A.F.E. M.P.” protocol. Proper use of heavy bags, floor bags, dummies, slip balls, chains, weights, tires, sledges, pipes, mallets, etc. And DIY instructions for making your own gear for pennies!



Last Chance Deal and Your #CABALFANG #WOD

First let’s get to today’s Cabal Fang WOD.  Hike and Cane (or secondary weapon) Practice:  Hike away from home with 30% body weight pack for 1 mile minimum (a local park or abandoned lot is a nice destination).  Leaving your pack on, stop and drill with your practice weapon for 10 mins — all strikes, all angles, both hands, etc.  Hike back and you’re done.

Calis Codex cover final for webWhat’s this about a last chance deal you ask?  Time’s running out to pre-order The Calisthenics Codex for $2.50.  Price doubles June 1st.

Click here to pre-order at Barnes & Noble

Click here to pre-order on iTunes/iBooks

About “The Calisthenics Codex” by Robert Mitchell Jr.:

Centuries old and still going strong, calisthenics remain the most effective and efficient way to get in shape and stay that way. Whether you are a beginner just starting out, a dedicated weekday or weekend warrior craving variety, or a hardcore athlete looking for a fresh perspective or a new challenge, “The Calisthenics Codex” has something for you.

Over 2,000,000 possible workouts! “The Calisthenics Codex” features 50 calisthenics, each fully explained, illustrated with photos, and arranged into lists that target your interests and fitness level. Choose one of 12 different workout types and then select exercises from 26 groupings like “Gym Class Flashback”, “Steampunk Nightmare”, and “Self Destruct Sequence” to create workouts that suit your goals, interests, and fitness level. The possibilities are virtually endless.

People who know the truth about functional fitness — from elite military forces to boxers, MMA fighters, models and actors — rely on calisthenics to realize their goals. Are you sick of not being in the kind of shape you want to be in? All you need to remedy the situation is a copy of “The Calisthenics Codex”, fifty square feet of available floor space in your basement, garage, den, or backyard, and a little bit of attitude and determination.

What are you waiting for?

Book Sales up 600%

CF_avatarI don’t know what happened.  Was it something I did, or something I stopped doing?  Whatever it is/was, but my book sales are up 600% in the last 30 days.

Now, when sales are as low as mine the figures are easily skewed by just a few sales.  That’s a fact.  But the trend has been up for several weeks in a row.  The increase — all of it — came from a spike in my martial arts books sales.  What is it about those that’s suddenly getting traction?  Search me.  All I know is, I’m thrilled.

If you’re a fan of my non-fiction martial arts books, let me first say thank you, thank you, thank you!  Which book was your favorite? Please comment below.

And, by the way, I have two fitness books in the pipeline — one on calisthenics and one on weight loss and getting cut.  Is either of those of interest to you?


Looky What Came in the Mail


These here are the companion books to the best ruttin’ TV show in the ‘verse.

Well I’ll be a ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng — look what showed up in my mailbox!

I could resist no more.  Had to cave in and buy used copies of the Firefly companion books at Alibris (great site by the way, and a super alternative to the evil Blue Sun/Alliance outlet).

If you haven’t read these books, what they are are copies of the scripts tons of other stuff thrown in — interviews, pictures, war stories, prop details, and all manner of wonders of interest to the dedicated Firefly fan.

Hours and hours of reading and re-reading pleasure await me…

A Very Firefly Father’s Day


My Father’s Day Gifts: Firefly t-shirt, book, and DVD set.

That’s how you know your family loves you — not when they buy you stuff, but they buy you stuff even when they know you’re going to drive them crazy with said stuff.  My family is going to be seeing a lot of that shirt, is going to have to put up with me wanted to monopolize the TV with the DVDs, and is going to have several hours of trouble getting my attention because my nose is stuck in this book.

The Search for Abraxas

The envelope.

The envelope.

I ordered The Search for Abraxas months ago.  Apparently there were some delays from the printer.  But Salamander and Sons was responsive to requests for updates and put up with me gently (everyone knows I stink in the patience department).  It came on Saturday, from Thailand.  There’s something so exciting about getting a package from a faraway land, isn’t there?


The postmark.

Not only did they ship me the book, they included a selection of postcards, a book mark, and a cloth shopping bag (which I used to carry my free-range eggs home from the market yesterday).

The quality of the book itself is excellent.  This is no print-on-demand production.  The weight of the cover is impressive and the beautiful and glossy color plates are perfect.

This is what was inside the envelope.

This is what was inside the envelope.

Everything about the experience was top shelf.

For a review for the book you’ll have to wait.  I gobbled it up in just two days and the material is fairly dense.  A re-read is definitely in order.

A tip of my hat to Salamander and Sons for the great service, the quality product, the free gifts, and for transforming the purchasing process from a mere transaction into a pleasant and memorable experience.

The Templar Papers by Oddvar Olsen

I just read The Templar Papers edited by Oddvar Olsen, a compilation of material from The Temple magazine. Some of the articles are better than others.  The best ones don’t have the phrase “what if…” in every paragraph.  There are a couple of sections that chain together five or six “what ifs” to arrive at a “fact” which is then used as the launching point and a reference for one of the other writers.

I’m not sure, but my impression is that these writers are all in their own secret abbey somewhere trading bits of speculative information and nourishing each other’s ideas.  And although that sounds like fun, the level of speculation in this books puts it more the the realm of fiction than non-fiction.

It’s great to read as entertainment and it is valuable as such.  It excites the imagination into flights of fancy and its fun to read along and let your imagination run wild.  Unfortunately, it seems like most of what it contains is, well, just that.

Don’t pick it up for scholarship, pick it up for fun.

Update on Current Projects

Update 7/18/19:  My club still uses the flag but we’re now called Cabal Fang Temple, and we’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational charity.  Visit our website or purchase our 12-week personal growth program at Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, or wherever fine e-books are sold.


Original post:

Coffee and eyedrops. How else can you stay up till all hours writing?

As a martial artist I espouse the philosophy that you should throw your entire arsenal at the attacker until somebody drops.

I have now modified that philosophy and applied it to my writing productivity.  Write better, write more, and submit more.  Sooner or later something’s gotta give.

Toward that end…

The rough draft of my new book — entitled Ghilan — is finished.  Copies will be in the hands of my trusted allies shortly, followed by a quick re-write based on their comments, and then on to eventual release on Smashwords.  Look for a teaser coming soon, and also some supplemental material.

My short-story “Gabby & Mike” is also done, and has been submitted to OneTitle Magazine for consideration.

Here is a rundown of the other submissions I’ve made in the last couple of months:

5/3/12: Query letter to Outside Magazine pitching a profile of The Order of Seven Hills called “Martial Arts Alfresco”
5/8/12: Query letter to Black Belt Magazine pitching an article, “Going the Extra Mile: Tires for Martial Fitness”
5/22/12: Query letter to Muscle & Fitness pitching  “All Tired Out,” a 1,000 word piece about auto tires for fitness.
6/13/12:  Pitched the “Martial Arts Alfresco” article to Breathe Magazine
6/19/12:  Emailed query letter to Fighters only Magazine “Going the Extra Mile: Tires for Martial Fitness”

And let’s not forget that my short-story “A Sign of the Times” is still on the slate for inclusion in the Fall edition of Hulltown 360 Literary Journal.