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Get Real: Training Involution 106

Late to the party?  This month’s focuses are Wrestling and The Hourglass.

Get Real: Training Involution #106

  • Wrestling Conditioner #4.  Set timer for 10 mins.  Shin Ride your heavy bag and strike x10, mount and strike x10, roll to bottom position and up-strike x10, then bridge, knee boost, or hip escape from under the bag, and repeat as many times as you can before the timer beeps.  Strike full power and take as few 12-count breaks as possible in order to finish.
  • Jump rope for 10 mins, as fast as you are able.  Take as few 12-count breaks as possible in order to finish.
  • Have you memorized the Emerald Tablet yet?  Yes?  Good job!  No?  This is Cabal Fang, it’s only 250 words, and its required.  “Chop-chop — I’m waiting,” I say.  “But why?” you reply.  Because The Emerald Tablet is a 1,000+ year-old piece of wisdom literature that describes “reality” as a conversation between consciousnesses — and so does this 20-minute TED talk by Donald Hoffman, which tackles the idea that consciousness is prime, not matter.

Thanks, Funds, Cheers, Pics and Training Involution #105

Regular followers know that my son and I did the Rugged Maniac on May 5th and collected money for the Cabal Fang Temple Fund.  Here are some pics from the event.

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Thanks to everyone for buying t-shirts, contributing to my Patreon account, sponsoring the Rugged Maniac event, sharing links, commenting on my posts, liking my videos and generally being supportive.  Every little bit helps.

Basically everything goes into the Temple Fund so that we can save up enough money to buy a building.  We really want some permanent digs so that Cabal Fang can expand its seminar and class offerings and endure into perpetuity.¹  

Thanks to you, the Cabal Fang Temple Fund stands at a whopping $1,333.78.

Here’s a screen shot of the new bank account I set up for the temple fund — we’ve got thirteen hundred bucks — woot-woot!

But enough about boring financial stuff — time for the T.I. of the week!

One Trick Pony: Training Involution #105

Our focuses this month are Wrestling and The Hourglass.

  • Bad Karma calisthenics session.  Set timer for 12 minutes.  Finish as many sets as you can in 12 minutes of 8 each: Back Neck Bridges, Get-ups, Squats, and Sit-out Push-ups (a.k.a. “Barrel Roll Push-ups”).  Like this workout?  You’ll love my book The Calisthenics Codex (5 stars on Goodreads and in the Top 10 calisthenics books at Barnes & Noble).
  • One trick pony a weak spot.  What’s the weakest part of your Wrestling game?  Is your Sit-out washed up?  Is your Shrimp dead in the water?  Is your scrambling game hard-boiled, or is it not what it’s cracked up to be?  Whatever your weakest move is, set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes and do nothing but that one move for the entire duration.  Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
  • Start memorizing the Emerald Tablet.  The Emerald Tablet just may be the world’s first piece of interfaith literature — revered by the wise and educated of every nation across the ancient world from its first appearance in 8th century Persia to the desk of Isaac Newton all the way down to today.  Do yourself a favor and memorize it (it’s required of all Cabal Fang distance learning students by the way).  Full text below.  If you memorize this bit of wisdom literature I promise you that it will pay dividends as long as you live.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true. That which is above is like that which is below, and that which is below is like that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of one thing. 

And as all things were by contemplation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by a single act of adaptation. 

The father thereof is the Sun, its mother the Moon.

The wind carried it in its womb, the earth is the nurse thereof.

It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.

The power thereof is perfect.

If it be cast on to earth, it will separate the element of earth from that of fire, the subtle from the gross.

With great sagacity it doth ascend gently from earth to heaven.

Again it doth descend to earth, and uniteth in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.

Thus thou wilt possess the glory of the brightness of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly far from thee.

This thing is the strong fortitude of all strength, for it overcometh every subtle thing and doth penetrate every solid substance.

Thus was this world created. Hence will there be marvelous adaptations achieved, of which the manner is this.

For this reason I am called Hermes Trismegistus, because I hold three parts of the wisdom of the whole world.

That which I had to say about the operation of Sol is completed.

(Steele and Singer translation, 1927)


¹ Full disclosure: I don’t take a salary from Cabal Fang Temple, Inc. and I rarely pay myself back for the stuff I buy for the organization.  And since I never have enough deductions to itemize my taxes, I never get the charitable deduction either.  That needs to change though, so  going forward I’m going to start categorizing those expenses as loans so that when and if Cabal Fang Temple Inc. starts bringing in any money I can repay myself.  Patreon support goes go into my pocket of course, but it never offsets what I spend on Cabal Fang.  

Take One of Each: Workout of the Week #71

Foreground: Craft sticks (1 qt. paint stirrers) with workouts on written them to be pulled at random from a cup. Background: Linear progression training program.

The Cabal Fang Workout of the Week is a three-parter that starts with an analysis of your workout plan.

If you’re training in Cabal Fang you are already keeping a training log or journal.  But if that’s all your doing, and you have no firm workout schedule, you’re missing out on big gains in skills and fitness.

Here are some questions to ask yourself today:

  • Do you have a written workout/training schedule?
  • Is it structured such that it incorporates linear progression and or periodicity?
  • Does it have a cyclic structure, a.k.a. an “off season?”
  • Does in include an element of randomness, or at least some room to pick what you feel like doing from time to time?
  • Does it contain at least one rest day per week?
  • How about at least two yearly breaks of one week each during which you do not exercise at all?
  • Does it include a plan for when you miss a workout due to illness, work-life-family needs and the generally unexpected?
  • Do you have an Burnout Self-Check protocol?
  • Do you make frequent small adjustments and course corrections based on results or lack thereof?

My martial arts oriented workout plan looks like this:

  • Sunday: Rest Day
  • Mon – Sat: Body toughening (15 mins) and temple rites (meditation, contemplation and prayer).
  • M: Weights, run or bike (Run Fall/Win, Bike in Spr/Sum — always high intensity 10 – 20 mins), solo martial arts practice (2 sections of 10 – 15 mins each chosen at random — see photo above)
  • T: Solo martial arts practice (early AM), martial arts group training (PM, 90 mins)
  • W: Weights, solo martial arts, hike (#40 pack, 1 hour)
  • Th: Run or bike, solo martial arts (early AM), martial arts group training (PM, 90 mins)
  • F: Weights, solo martial arts, hike

Almost every aspect of the above training as a linear progression element to insure consistent improvement over time.  If you’d like to check it out in detail, click here to view the Google Sheet.  You’ll find every workout I’ve done since 2012 (I’ve been logging all my workouts for over 10 years, I just don’t have them all online).

Interested in those little paddles with the random martial arts workouts on them?  Next week I’ll explain why I’m using them instead of dice these and I’ll give you some helpful hings for designing your own.

And now for the actual workout part of the workout of the week.

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #71

  • Pick one calisthenics exercise and complete as many as you can before the timer beeps.  Beginners set your timer for 5 to 10 minutes, intermediate 10 – 15 minutes, advanced players for 15 or 20 minutes. Pick any exercise you want.  I generally prefer whole-body ones for this (Bodybuilders, Splays a.k.a. Down-ups, Jumping Jacks, Burpees a.k.a. Squat Thrusts, etc.) but there’s something to be said for Push-ups and Squats too.
  • Meditation of One.  This month at the club our spiritual focus is the Emerald Tablet.  Start my memorizing the second line of the Emerald Tablet: “That which is below is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below to accomplish the miracles of one thing.”  Now dim the lights, be seated in your favorite meditative posture and set a timer for 10 minutes.  Relax, close your eyes and and silently recite the line in your head over and over until the timer beeps.  Record in your training journal any thoughts, feelings, impressions and mental images that appear in your mind’s eye.
Did you enjoy reading this?  Then the Cabal Fang book will blow your mind.  Buy a paper copy on Amazon or from Createspace or download the ebook here.

The Hourglass and Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #43

cabalfangskeleton2In Cabal Fang the hourglass symbolizes our foundations in Hermetic concepts.  What’s Hermeticism?

Well, if you made a list of the most influential spiritual traditions in human history, Hermeticism has to be in the top 25.   It ushered in the Renaissance and was instrumental in the formation of the scientific method.  Some notable Hermeticists are Isaac Newton, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Giordano Bruno, A. E. Watie (father of modern Tarot), W. B. Yeats, John Dee and a writer you may of heard of by the name of Shakespeare.

Emerald Hourglass2The most influential  and widely known Hermetic writing is the Emerald Tablet (see below).  In Cabal Fang we make a point of memorizing it.  It’s only 14 stanzas, so the good news is that, if you approach it like a memory game, you can start with one stanza and add another one every other day and get it memorized in a month.  Or you can do what I did years ago — make a recording of yourself reading it and play it on repeat while driving the car.

Once memorized, recite the Emerald Tablet once per day on an ongoing basis.

Why?  Because (a) Everyone I know who has memorized the Emerald Tablet reports that deep insights appear after a few months of regular recitation, and that deeper realizations continue to unfold over time.  And (b) It explains, in poetic terms, how the universe works.

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #43

  • Hourglass image meditation.  Draw a simple hourglass on paper.  Prop the image up so you can look at it while you meditate for 10 minutes.  Record your experiences in your training log or journal.
  • 10-Count Bodybuilders EMOM (“Every Minute on the Minute”).  Set timer to beep every 60 seconds.  Every time it beeps complete your target of 10-Count Bodybuilders.  Beginners 2 to 3, Intermediate 4-5, Advanced 6+.  Rest until timer beeps.  Complete 15 rounds.

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The Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus

  1. True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true.
  2. That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of one thing.
  3. And as all things were by contemplation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by a single act of adaptation.
  4. The father thereof is the sun, the mother the moon; the wind carried it in its womb; the earth is the nurse thereof.
  5. It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.
  6. The power thereof is perfect.
  7. If it be cast on to earth it will separate the element of earth from that of fire, the subtle from the gross.
  8. With great sagacity it doth ascend gently from earth to heaven; again it doth descend to earth, and uniteth in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.
  9. Thus thou wilt possess the glory of the brightness of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly far from thee.
  10. This thing is the strong fortitude of all strength, for it overcometh every subtle thing and doth penetrate every solid substance.
  11. Thus was this world created.
  12. Hence there will be marvelous adaptations achieved, of which the manner is this.
  13. For this reason I am called Hermes Trismegistus, because I hold three parts of the wisdom of the world.
  14. That which I had to say about the operation of sol is completed.