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Book Update, Writer Advice and a Friendly Request

 

coverBook Update (11/13/16):  [PRE-ORDER LINKS BELOW!] We finished taking the last of the photos yesterday!  All I have to do now is crop, edit and add them to the manuscript, do another  quick re-read and a final spellcheck before sending the file to the formatter.  I’ll have that done by 12/1.  Allowing time for cover creation, formatting and holiday delays, the eBook should be available  no later than 2/1/17.   Hardcopies should be available shortly thereafter!

Here are some pics from the photo shoot yesterday.  Wicked eh?

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Book Update (5/18/16): Draft copies of Cabal Fang: The Complete Study Course from Querent to Elder are now in the hands of my editorial team (a.k.a. the three people I could talk into critiquing it).

Writers Advice: Below find the instructions I gave my editors.  If your editor isn’t as compassionate as a meat cleaver and if you don’t have the courage of a .357 magnum, you need a new plan.  You can’t create art if you’re afraid of what people will think, and puerile criticism is a waste of time.  Smile at the executioner and put your neck in the rope.  It’s the only way to go.

A Friendly Request to my Friendly Friends and Devoted Readers: This book is going to be epic.  When you read it, you’re going to weep magical tears of joy that cause flowers to sprout up from the earth wherever they land.   So you should pre-order it immediately.  Here are the links:

Pre-order my the Cabal Fang Book on iTunes

Pre-order at Barnes & Noble

Pre-order it on from KOBO

This is the back cover of one of my favorite books. Check out the cool blurbs at the top.

This is the back cover of one of my favorite books. Check out the cool blurbs at the top.

And if you know of anyone notable in the martial arts or esoteric fields whom you think would be willing to read an advance copy and give me a book blurb, something like “If this book was a movie, it would be It’s a Wonderful Life – starring Steven Seagal!” please hook me up in the comments.

Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to go convince my wife to take a couple of hundred pictures of martial arts techniques and persuade my daughter to create fifteen gorgeous illustrations — all in time to get this thing to the formatter by July 15th so I can hit the Sept 1st. release date.

Adieu!

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Dear Editor:

I’m not looking for criticism of grammar and spelling and such.  What I’m looking for is insight into how to make this book as inspiring as possible.  I want this to be the most original, groundbreaking, and compelling martial arts book since Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do in 1973.  It needs to launch a movement to put spirituality back into Western martial arts for the first time since chivalry died.  I don’t need notes about verb agreement. 

So I need you to be BRUTAL AS @*#! and circle paragraphs and make notes like, “This is boring” or “This is the most pompous bat piss I’ve ever sniffed in my entire life” or “This made me want to Mike Tyson the Hermetic Quaternary on my face!”  

Thanks for your help,

~Mitch

Hermetica Review, News, and Your WOD

Last night I finished one of the best books I’ve read in recent memory.  Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction by Brian P. Copenhaver is the definitive translation of the Corpus Hermeticum, and  must read for any serious student of religion, mysticism, magic or philosophy.  Read my Goodreads review here, then go buy a copy here.

And today I hit a milestone — 2,000 book downloads!  I can’t believe that my stuff is this popular.  I mean, I can believe it.  It’s kind of a fact, and why shouldn’t I be able to attract 2,000 downloads?  I work hard and I take my craft seriously.  It’s just that, even if you assume some people have read more than one of my titles, there must be something like a thousand people reading my books.  No, it’s not that it’s unbelievable exactly, it just makes me a little woozy to be out in front of that many people.  And it makes me happy.  So I just want to say thanks to my readers for…

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Now here’s your Cabal Fang WOD.  You’re going to hate me for this one — when you get done you’ll be panting like a Labrador at a tennis ball chasing contest!

  • PTDICE: AMSAYC in 10 mins of 4 Hop/Clap Push-ups and 8 Jump Squats (I got 18 sets).
  • Rest 1 minute and then complete Grappling Conditioner #1 (If you’re unfamiliar, details here)
  • Rest 1 minute and then Bike or Run 6 x 3:00/1:00 (pace for the 3:00, sprint for the 1:00).

 

 

 

 

Candidate Net Worth Data and Your WOD

A flaming black hourglass. The hourglass symbol is an important one in Cabal Fang. Dig it.

Before your Cabal Fang WOD, some data for your consideration.

Estimated Net Worth of US Presidential Hopefuls:

  1. Trump $3,500,000,000.00
  2. Fiorina $59,000,000.00
  3. Bush $21,000,000.00
  4. Kasich $15,500,000.00
  5. Clinton $15,300,000.00
  6. Huckabee $15,000,000.00
  7. Carson $13,500,000.00
  8. Cruz $3,000,000.00
  9. Paul $1,300,000.00
  10. Rubio $443,509.00
  11. Sanders $330,507.00

Those in BOLD are still, theoretically at least, in the race.  Front-runners in BOLD RED.  Compiled from a variety of sources.  What this data means, well, that’s for you to decide.

Now for your three-part Cabal Fang WOD (this should take you about 40 minutes if you maintain focus):

  1. Dumbbells: 6 x 8 of Kung Fu Curls, Bent Rows, Rear Lunges
  2. Ground-fighting Conditioner #4 (details here)
  3. Heavy Bag Strike Count Drill (details here): Complete this twice — once with punches only and then again with kicks only.

Levy Drag Damn Bill Commissioner

What happens when you dictate your workout into your ‘droid phone, but you’re still all winded and raspy?  Well, your phone types “levy drag damn bill commissioner” instead of what you actually did, which was a “heavy bag dumbbell conditioner.”

I’m warning you, today’s Cabal  Fang Workout of the Day is a real gulch, a pusillanimous butt munch.  You will hate me for this, I’m sure of it.  So, while you still like me, go buy my calisthenics eBook or a set of PTDICE, or go sign up for the Cabal Fang Distance Learning Program.

What’s that?  You’ve already bought everything?  Well, bust my buttons! Why didn’t you say that in the first place? That’s a horse of a different color!

Enough silliness — time to get on your horse and ride.  Your Cabal Fang WOD is as follows:

  • PTDICE (7 x 8 ea. Narrow Push-ups, Jump Squats, Twisters)
  • Ground-fighting Conditioner #1
  • Heavy Bag Dumbbell Conditioner (Each DB 10% BW. 5 x 1:00 ea.  of Max power shots to HB, Mil. Presses, Squats, rest — 20 mins total)

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Dangerous Disconnections (and Your WOD)

wpid-20150509_200303.jpgI find it refreshing and downright beautiful that two very different writers  — an American poet writing in English about the origin of culture and an Estonian-Russian mystic writing in French about Christian Hermeticism — could express (from very different perspectives of course) the same essential truth in very similar language.  Both of these books are excellent by the way — highly recommended.

Because we have separated humanity from nature, subject from object, values from analysis, knowledge from myth, and universities from the universe, it is enormously difficult for anyone but a poet or a mystic to understand what is going on in the holistic and mythopoetic thought of Ice Age humanity. The very language we use to discuss the past speaks of tools, hunters, and men, when every statue and painting we discover cries out to us that this Ice Age humanity was a culture of art, the love of animals, and women…We have to use the “Imagination” to recover a sense of the sacred. The sacred is the emotional force which connects the part to the whole; the profane or the secular is that which as broken off from, or has fallen off, its emotional bond to the universe.

~William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality, and the Origins of Culture (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1981) p.102

[I]ntelligence with conscience eclipsed…is the Arcanum of the magical mechanism, working behind the surface of the state of intelligence, which aims at explaining movement by the immobile, life by the non-living, consciousness by the unconscious, morality by the amoral.  Indeed, how has it happened to mankind that many of its intelligent representatives — even its leaders and directors — have come to see in the brain not the instrument but the producer of consciousness, in chemistry not the instrument but the producer of life, in the economic sphere not the instrument but the producer of culture? How can it be that human intelligence has arrived — in so far as many of its representatives are concerned — at seeing man without a soul and the world without God?”

~Anonymous, Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism  (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1985) p. 518-19

And Now for your Cabal Fang WOD (abbreviation key here):

  • Weights.  7 x 15 of Two-handed Squat Presses and Swing-thrus.
  • Kickboxing. Heavy bag HZG, AHAYC without sacrificing good form.
  • Jump rope. 4 x 3:00/1:00

Dear Hock

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I practice martial arts for my health, for fun, to promote the health of my friends and the community, and so forth. But mainly to tip the scale in the favor of good over evil — to help protect the the small, weak and innocent. — like my granddaughter.  Ain’t she cute?

Dear Hock:

Although I appreciate your self-defense training materials (your Military X Knife Module is one of my favorite martial DVDs ever) and I generally enjoy your Force Centric blog, this one got under my skin a little.

What bugs me isn’t what you say — because you make some solid points — it’s what’s between the lines.  It’s your implication that martial arts that involve “art for art’s sake,” “self perfection,” and other “esoteric and abstract pursuits” are suffering from a “lack of reality focus” and “fighting athleticism.”

I agree that martial arts without sincere contact and real fitness are just interpretive dance.  But when you take out the work of the spirit, martial arts become blood cults, dark arts that put pain and punishment on a pedestal.

Without a spiritual center, martial arts are naked weapons, sharp blades left on a table where anybody can come along and hurt somebody with them.  Weapons should come with safety instructions, right?  I know you agree to a certain extent, because you teach the force continuum — when it’s right to strike, cut, stab and shoot.  The spiritual parts of a martial art are the instruction manual.  They’re there to prevent things from being taught out of context.

Context is important because, when you take violence out of its context — you isolate the fight from the fighter, the art from the warrior, and the heart from the fist, the human from humanity — you are engaging in compartmentalization.  People who compartmentalize say crazy, stupid things.

“Sorry, but this is business,” said the gangster.

“My country wrong or right,” said the zealot.

Tenno Heika Banzai!” yelled the kamikaze.

This is why I often refer to my martial art as “Full Context Martial Arts.”

Seems to me the perfect comparison is the true martial spirit and heroism of judoka Jeremy Glick vs. the fully compartmentalized martial training of the terrorists on board Flight 93.

The whole point of martial arts is to aid the best of us in prevailing over the worst of us, to promote good in the fight against evil, and to  rage against the dying of the light until our last breath.

Respectfully,

~Mitch

 

 

 

Montreal Meatballs and Your Psyathlon WOD

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This is what it looks like before you add the seasoning and put it on the grill.

It’s been too long since I posted one of my super- simple, 4-ingredients-or-less recipes.  Check out this one!  Your WOD is after the break

Montreal Meatballs

  • 1 lb organic ground beef, lean
  • 2 pounds of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 medium onion, cut chunky
  • 1 package of McCormick Grill Mates™ Montreal Steak Marinade
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Montreal Meatballs

Cook frozen veggies for for 1/2 of the time listed on the bag (if you don’t they won’t be done at the same time as the meat).  While they’re going, form your ‘burger in to golf ball sized meatballs and throw then into a 9″ x 13″ aluminum pan.  Chop up onions and add them in.  Add veggies when ready.  Sprinkle on the seasoning.  Put pan on grill, cook uncovered with smoker lid closed for 15 mins, stirring every 5 mins.   While eating, try not moan like Meg Ryan from When Harry Met Sally.

 

Now for your Cabal Fang WOD, which is a “Super Sprint Psyathlon.”  For people who don’t have access to a pool or a ton of equipment, my Psyathlons are meant to simulate, if not physically then at least mentally, the Triathlon experience.  Today’s Super Sprint Psyathlon is 47 minutes, about half the length of the previously-blogged Psyathlon which is 90 minutes.  An actual Super Sprint Triathlon would be a 400 m (0.25 mi) swim, a 10 km (6.2 mi) bike ride, and a 2.5 km
(1.6 mi) run.

Super Sprint Psyathlon

Tabata Dry Swim.  8 x :20/:10 ea. of Prison Push-ups, Swimmers, Flutter Kicks, Front Plank (16 mins)

Bike.  Ride AFAYC for 15 mins on any available bike, actual or stationary, recumbent, upright, Airdyne, etc.

Run.  Run AFAYC for 15 mins, outdoors, on a treadmill or, if you prefer, jump rope.