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Year Ten: Martial Arts Training Involution #179

I can’t believe that today we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Cabal Fang martial arts.

It seems like just yesterday that I started this crazy project.  What’s amazing is that thousands of people have read the Cabal Fang books, watched our videos, and visited this blog to find out about what we’re up to.

What’s even more amazing to me is that so many people have invested their physical, material effort, their sweat and attention, by training with us.  All of these folks are now my friends, and all of them — everyone who has ever attended a Cabal Fang training session here in Richmond, VA — has been invited to a celebration and homecoming event at my house this afternoon.

So I kind of need to wrap up this week’s T.I. and start getting ready for guests!

Anyway, in honor of our anniversary, this week’s. T.I. is a flashback to our very first official constitutional.  If you’re new to my blog and/or to Cabal Fang, a constitutional is a calisthenics training routine made up of seven different calisthenics exercises done back-to-back as quickly as possible and while taking as few breaks as possible.  A new constitutional is created each month, and everyone in the club is expected to get through it twice a week.  To see a complete list of all our monthly constitutionals back to 2009, click here.

At Cabal Fang we believe that calisthenics are an essential component of functional fitness.  So, without further preamble I present our first official monthly constitutional.

Year Ten: Martial Arts Training Involution #179

* Warm-up.  Set a timer for 8 mins and warm up thoroughly until the timer beeps.
* Martial mobility.  Perform 4-rep sets of Shots, Leg Triangles, Inside leg kick with décollage, and Sit-Out Push-ups for another 8 mins.
* Constitutional.

Lunges (100)
Log Presses (50) (use a sandbag or heavy bag if you don’t have a log)
Ab Punches (1.5 mins)
Neck Crunches (100)
Bodybuilders (25)
Jack-knifes (25)
Wall Touches (100)


If you enjoyed his training involution you’d probably enjoy my books.  Why not check one out?

Excuses Excuses: Martial Arts Training Involution #177

This laser-focused workbook could change your life.

What’s the difference between a reason and an excuse?  An excuse is a failure.  A reason is a delay.

You are either going to reach your ultimate  goal or not.  If you don’t reach the goal, your “reason” is an excuse.  But if you reach the goal, your excuses are valid reasons for being delayed.

This week’s T.I. is an excerpt from my most recent book The Hourglass Way: Transform in 12 Weeks with Cabal Fang.  Get it on Kindle, as a paperback, Nook book, or in any ebook format via Smashwords.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU KEEP MESSING UP

Things happen. People and situations are not perfect or ideal. You are going to have bad days, bad weeks, maybe even a bad month or year. So what do you do if you wake up one day and realize you haven’t touched this workbook for a while – a few days, weeks or even months? Well, did you read the section above or not?

If you mess up on the program, all you have to do is get up, dust yourself off, and get back to work. Cabal Fang will change your life – but only if you stay with it. If you only missed a few days, you can pick up right where you left off. If you fall out of the program for a couple weeks, back up a week and resume. If you drop out for a month or more, it’s probably best if you start over.

Have you ever heard the expression, “I don’t know where you’re going but you can’t stay here.”? You picked up this workbook because you know you need to work on yourself. Obviously you don’t want to stay where you are. Well, the only way to get to a better place is to move and keep moving.

Listen to the lies you are thinking:

* “I don’t have time to do this program properly right now.”  Nonsense. People make time for the things that are important to them. Take a little time away from TV, social media, web surfing, napping, snacking, partying, video games, etc. etc.

* “This is a great program but I can’t do it justice.” You know how you do justice to a great program? By not quitting it.

* “I don’t have the __________ (focus, strength, willpower, determination, etc.)”  Of course you don’t.  You know you don’t.  I know you don’t. That’s why you’re in the program you chucklehead. Just do the best you can.

Bottom line? Doing the program half-assed is better than not doing it all. Nothing’s stopping you from doing it over again later! In Cabal Fang, we don’t judge. But neither do we whine, complain, or make excuses – and especially we don’t quit. We modify, adapt and overcome.

Enough talk. Let’s get started.

Excuses Excuses: Martial Arts Training Involution #177

Last week we took it easy.   But not this week.

  • 20 minutes on the heavy bag. Warm up for 8 minutes while you decide if you want to work on speed, accuracy, form, endurance, mobility, or power (“SAFE MP”).  Don’t just wail away on the bag without any purpose.  Adjust round length to suit your goals (shorter when working on S or P, longer for E), add tape targets to the bag for A, etc.  For more ideas read this.
  • 20 minute Half Pyramid.  Then set a timer for 20 mins and climb as high as you can before it beeps — 1 of each, 2 of each, 3, 4, 5, etc. of the following: Sit-Out Push-ups, Shrimps, Drop Duck-Unders, Bear Walks (5 yards), Jump Squats, Bodybuilders, Jackknifes.  Don’t know an exercise?  Read this.
  • Complete a nice long sit.  Animals and humans, both predators and prey, have been doing it since the dawn of life on Earth.  Contemplation (a.k.a “passive meditation”) is baked into your DNA.  If you want to explore how your mind works, learn patience and self-control, slash your body’s production of cortisol and other stress hormones, relax more deeply than you thought possible, and strengthen your relationship with the divine, this is the thing for you.  Set a timer.  Beginners 10 mins., intermediates 30 mins., advanced folks 1 hour.  Assume your meditative posture of choice.  Narrow your eyes somewhat to minimize blinking.  Do not fidget, wiggle, or scratch.  Breathe in a slow, steady rhythm.  Don’t get up until the timer beeps.
  • Record everything you did and learned in your training journal.  If it’ ain’t in the journal, it didn’t happen.

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Dog Star: C.F. Martial Arts Training Involution #147

This month’s T.I. is a direct-to-video release.  Dig in.

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!

 

If you like what I do and you want to support my mission, please click here support me on Patreon!

 

The Toughest Martial Art on Earth

Sometimes I get disheartened because Cabal Fang isn’t popular.  I try to set a good example but despite myself I get bummed and whiny from time to time.  That happened the other day and I bent my wife’s ear a little.

“Promise me you won’t change anything,” she said.
I said nothing.
Promise.”  This time it was less of a request and more of a direct order.
“I won’t change anything,” I said.  “I promise.”

My wife said that because, although she’s never practiced Cabal Fang or any other martial art, she understands that Cabal Fang is an art.  You don’t change the Mona Lisa because numbered prints aren’t selling fast enough on Home Shopping Network.

There’s nothing wrong with Cabal Fang and nothing needs to be changed.

It’s never going to be popular because we have no rewards like uniforms, belts, certificates, trophies or competitions.  We train outdoors year round, contending with extreme temperatures, bad weather and bugs.   We’ve added rigorous spiritual and intellectual requirements like introspection, journaling and memorization.  And our strict martial fitness regimen is no joke.

Cabal Fang may be the toughest martial art on Earth.   

Maybe you’re unimpressed, or maybe that scares the pants off you. Don’t know, don’t care.  All I care about is that Cabal Fang remains true to its goals and ideals, and that it helps transform those who are inspired enough take the leap.

Email me at first.elder@cabalfang.com and let’s start your training.  Cabal Fang Temple, Inc. is a federally recognized tax exempt public educational charity, and all our programs are free, including our study-at-home program.

Start your transformation today.

Paper Copies now Available on Amazon

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Buy your copy now — $12.99 at Createspace

Paper copies of my recently completed book Cabal Fang: Complete Martial Arts Study Course from Querent to Elder are now available from Amazon and Createspace.

If you’d prefer the ebook, there’s still time to pre-order for $5.99 before it releases on February 1st and the price goes up.  Click here for details.

This is a big book, both literally and figuratively.  It’s big because it’s truly groundbreaking — describing the first martial art in modern history to incorporate western esoteric studies like Hermeticism, mysticism, and perennial philosophy.  Second, it’s literally big — 462 pages, 125,000 words, 100+ drills, exercises and assignments, and dozens of photos and illustrations.

Go getcha some.

 

 

Blood Symbols and Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #27

This week’s workout is a three-parter.  You can just watch the video (see below) or if you like words over pictures, here are the details.

Calisthenics.  Complete 3 sets to failure  of Narrow Push-ups and Hindu Squats. We’re not keeping score.  But if we were, you’d get extra points for doing more than 50 of the Push-ups and more 100+ of the Squats.  This segment was created using PTDICE.  Getcha some.

Shadowboxing with 1 pound weights.  Set a timer for 10 minutes — no breaks! — and shadowbox with #1 hand weights or 16 oz boxing gloves.  If you don’t imagine your opponent you’re wasting your time.  Really visualize what you’re striking at!

Meditation on blood.   Violence is a serious matter, and blood is not to be spilled lightly.  How can you call yourself qualified to draw blood in defense of yourself or someone you care about if you haven’t even take the time to understand and appreciate the sacredness of blood and what it symbolizes?  There are four types of blood — the mythological blood of Gods and Goddesses (holy blood), the blood of ancestors and kin (family blood), the blood of friends and heroes (royal and/or cultural blood), and the blood of sacrifice and nourishment (the blood that’s spilled to keep us spiritually and/or physically fed).  Set a timer for 10 minutes, assume the meditation posture of your choice, and spend this time meditating on these four types of blood.  For a deeper experience, meditate on just one of the four types of blood and do this exercise four days running.