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Frontier Martial Arts Research Continues

Research for my Frontier Rough & Tumble (FRT) martial arts program continues hot and heavy.  Here’s a rundown of what I’ve been doing over the last month or so along with some pictures.

Onward and upward!

Field Research

  • This weekend I will be attending the 68th Annual Chickahominy Indian Pow-Wow.  I hope to learn more about indigenous culture and connect with fellow locals interested in both FRT and Powhatan Indian language revival.  Wingapo!
  • Last weekend I visited the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton Virginia (see photo set below).  I took numerous notes and photos and spoke with management about FRT teaching opportunities at the property.  Ms. Vaughn showed interest and we are going to try and put some demonstrations together.
  • Back in August I visited Crockett Tavern in Morristown, TN.  More about that trip here.
  • Camping.  Making an effort to get as much outdoor adventure time worked into my busy schedule as possible.

Books Read

Physical and experimental Studies

  • Movement experimentation, both armed and unarmed.  Including but not limited to obstacle clearing, safety rolling, vaulting, scrambling, running, and quad running.
  • Applications of traditional chores for strength building.  Repetitive hauling, lifting, digging, ramming, chopping, hammering, etc.
  • Meditation, contemplation and prayer practice.  Increased time commitment and added new emphasis on practical postures, less-than-ideal conditions, and lack of predictability.
  • Practical spirituality studies.  Exploring the places where Christian ideas, indigenous myths and stories, prehistoric art, and practical hunting, fighting, and observation skills all overlap.  Big discoveries here folks — big, Big, BIG.
  • Mark Hatmaker’s RAW Program.  And of course I am enrolled in Hatmaker’s distance learning program which includes, boxing, wrestling and FRT.  Mark is the man.

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Frontier Rough & Tumble Martial Arts

In addition to my study, practice and promotion of Cabal Fang, the martial art I officially founded in 2009, I am also studying Frontier Rough & Tumble (“FRT”) under Mark Hatmaker.  

Mark hasn’t published any books or DVDs on FRT yet.  The only way you can get the FRT material is to sign up for his monthly RAW subscription service.  It’s amazing stuff — stuff Mark has accumulated over 30 years of research. He even learned to speak Comanche!

I like the FRT material because it’s intertwined with American history and culture and linked to primitive survival skills.  As soon as I’m certified I’ll be offering an FRT program that is basically an adult scouting class –  every fourth class will be something like stalking, tracking, fire making, wild food gathering, etc.

Yes, I’ve got some primitive skills under my belt. I’ve been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group for over ten years. 

Here’s a photo set showing some of my primitive skills stuff. I made the basket, the spoons, the box, the drinking gourd with twine bag, and the plant scrap book.  The hat is a Real Deal tarp hat, the knife is an original custom Deer Runner (handmade on an anvil using 18th century materials), and the bag is an Italian Army surplus map bag adorned with a CCC patch I bought at Pocahontas State Park awhile back.