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Bubble Buster: Martial Arts Training Involution #193

Bubblegum Bubblegum in a dish
How many pieces do you wish?
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
8,9 10 and then 11
Bubblegum Bubblegum in a shoe
How many pieces can you chew?

Do you remember that old jump rope rhyme from when you were a kid?

Well, around these parts we believe jumping rope was great for you back then and that it’s still good for you now.

Are you one of those naysayers who says that jumping rope doesn’t benefit martial artists?  Well, this T.I. is your bubble buster.  Shut your pie hole until you’ve worn out a few ropes.

Bubble Buster: Martial Arts Training Involution #193

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes.  I like to do 2 minutes each of jump rope, light calisthenics, shadowboxing, and dynamic stretching — or I just do 8 minutes of MBF.
  • 3 x 3:00/1:00 on the heavy bag.  Do all three rounds with your focus on mobility.  Lots of slips, circling, lumberjack hooks, décollage kicks, etc. Up, down, back, forth, in, out!
  • 15o kicks vs. the heavy bag as fast as you can.  Really get after it, but don’t let your power level get below 75%.  If you cannot get this done in under 5 minutes you should do this drill more often.
  • Jump rope conditioner.  Set a timer for 1:00 rounds, no breaks.  Alternate rounds of jumping rope and Bodybuilders for 10 minutes.  See how many Bodybuilders you can complete (I got 32) and how few jump rope flubs you can make (I made two).
  • 10 minutes of meditation.  In Cabal Fang we use various symbols to access universal truths about ourselves the world we live in.  Pick one of the Cabal Fang’s twelve symbols — Quill, Hourglass, Hand of Mysteries, Bell, Candle, Rose, the Luminaries, Chalice, Book, Cross, Pentangle or Staff.  Set a timer for 10 minutes, have a seat in your meditative posture of choice, and regulate your breathing.  Visualize the symbol and meditate on it until the timer beeps.  Do not think in words — you want to experience the symbol outside the linguistic/logical spectrum.

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Unstick Your Kicks with the Décollage

As promised in Saturday’s T.I., here a short video on the décollage.

Think about it.  Whenever you see somebody in sports kick a ball for maximum power, there is either a run-up or a hop.  Want to amp your martial kicking power?  Get unstuck!


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Lift-Off: Martial Arts Training Involution #192

Noah Scalin’s “Vanitas”

When you were a kid in school — or maybe studying mixed media in university — you did collages.

Collage is a French word that means glue or stick down.  A collage is generally done by taking snippets of magazines, posters, newspapers, etc. and pasting them all together to make art.  They’re pretty cool.  One of my favorites is Noah Scalin’s piece called Vanitas (see right).

A décollage I made called “Citizen Number One with a Bullet”

There’s also a lesser known art form called décollage, which is kind of the opposite.  It’s French for un-glue or maybe lift-off.  To illustrate, I made a little décollage of my own (see below right).  Décollage is done by ripping off stuff to reveal other stuff.

In this week’s T.I. we’re not going to do anything that has to do with paper.  But it is striking month at Cabal Fang headquarters.  So we are going to practice our décollage from a striking perspective.  That is, we’re going to practice the décollage from Savate.

If you are totally unfamiliar with the martial arts version of the décollage, follow my YouTube channel — there will be a video on the décollage this coming Wednesday.

Lift-Off: Martial Arts Training Involution #192

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes.  I like to do 2 minutes each of jump rope, light calisthenics, shadowboxing, and dynamic stretching — or I just do 8 minutes of MBF.
  • Do the monthly constitutional.  What’s that?  It’s the calisthenics routine we select each month at Cabal Fang.  You can find it by clicking here.
  • 15 minutes of décollage.  Do 10-rep sets of the following combos until the timer beeps.  If you don’t have a partner, just practice them vs. your heavy bag.  Reverse them if you fight southpaw.  (1) Offense only combo: Left Jab, Right Cross, Décollage Left, Right Roundhouse Kick.  (2) Counter combo vs. lead hand Jab-Hook combo: Slip Right, Bob, Décollage Right, Left Roundhouse Kick. (3) Exchange combo: Left Jab, Right Cross,  Left Foot Piston Check (vs. opponent’s Roundhouse), drop step into Left Décollage, Right Roundhouse Kick.
  • 10 minutes of meditation.  In Cabal Fang we use various symbols to access universal truths about ourselves the world we live in.  Pick one of the Cabal Fang’s twelve symbols — Quill, Hourglass, Hand of Mysteries, Bell, Candle, Rose, the Luminaries, Chalice, Book, Cross, Star or Staff.  Set a timer for 10 minutes, have a seat in your meditative posture of choice, and regulate your breathing.  Visualize the symbol and meditate on it until the timer beeps.  Do not think in words — you want to experience the symbol outside the linguistic/logical spectrum.

If you enjoyed his training involution you’d probably enjoy my books and other products.  Why not check them out?