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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 5

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If you missed Parts 1 through 4 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I worked my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

 

 

This week I faced the following tests:

#1: Swim half a mile.  To my utter shock and surprise I was actually able to complete this challenge.  Sure, it took me a very long 20:17 to get there, but I finished it without putting my feet on the bottom of the pool or hanging on the edge.  I loved this challenge because it pushed me outside my comfort zone.  I have not swum laps in over 20 years and, because I don’t have a pool membership, I had to get my daughter Morgan to guest-pass me into her pool, which ended up being a fun evening for everyone.  Learned a ton from this one.  1 point.

#8: Carry 45 lbs 1 mile in under 12 minutes.  I was able to make the whole mile without putting down the weight (I used a sloshy sand bag) but I was way over the 12-minute mark at 16:50.  Without the weight I could’ve walked it in 18 mins.  So, as you can see, this was for me a pathetic slog rather than a run. 1/2 point.

#4: Fifteen Chin-ups, no breaks.  I was hoping my biceps tendinopathy would be sufficiently healed so as to allow me to attempt this one, but alas, no.  It’s going to be months before I can really try this.  Doesn’t matter that before I messed up my bicep I could do 15 chins with 15 lbs on a shoulder strap.  Old Man Used-To is dead and gone — I gotta take the zero.

At this “point” it’s important to “point” out that, just line in Whose Line Is It Anyway?  the points don’t matter.

It’s not about the points

It’s about self-assessing.  It’s about learning things about yourself, stepping outside your comfort zones, taking ownership of your capabilities, and so much more.  So when I talk about my scores, don’t think I’m trying to “win” or “score big” or any of that.  That ain’t what it is.

My “scores” So Far

#1: #1: Swim half a mile.  Done!  My time = 20:17.  1 point.
#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#4: 15 Chin-ups with no breaks.  Bicep tendinopathy.  0 points.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#6: Drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 years in under 30 seconds.  19 seconds.  1 point
#7: 25-yard buddy carry. 1 point
#8: Carry 45 lbs 1 mile in under 12 minutes.  16:50 is a fail. 1/2 point.
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#10/11: Swim 25 yards underwater or walk 50 yards out/back on one breath. Picked the latter and failed.  1/2 point.
#12: Do you use drugs or alcohol to impairment?  No. 1 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
#14: One day fast in plain sight of favorite foods.  Done.  1 point
#16: All day Tenderfoot Drill. Check.  1 point

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Total Score so far: 11 points out of 14

What’s next?  Only one left to complete!

  • #15: Three nights in a row get up and keep a vigil for 15 minutes

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 4

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

If you missed Part 1, 2 & 3 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I’m working my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

I got sidetracked after a kidney stone, and now I’m back at it.  Over the last month or so I’ve faced the following questions:

To keep the rock from moving to a comfortable spot I taped it to my sock. Miserable.

#7 — 25 yard buddy carry.  I finished this one with not problem despite the fact that I used a buddy who outweighs me by 10 pounds.

#14 — One day fast in plain sight of favorite foods.  I’m an old hand at fasting (I fasted every Tuesday for about 5 months working on this project) but I didn’t rest on my laurels — I did another one.  Fasting is always an eye-opener. 

#16 — All day Tenderfoot Drill.  Works like this:

For one day place a rock/pebble in one shoe.  Place it so that you feel its uncomfortable dig into the plantar with each step. Go about your day. If at any point the pebble shifts to a more comfortable position, adjust it to less than fun. Do not complain to yourself or to any else throughout the day. If an occasional wince draws a comment such as “Is there something wrong?” You may reply honestly, “Oh, I have a rock in my shoe.”  That’s it.  If asked, “Why don’t you take it out?” reply simply, “I like it.” No other explanation.

This drill was endlessly self-revealing and not as simple as it sounds.  It was powerful enough to help constellate some disparate ideas into a unified whole (for more detail click here).  Highly recommended.

My Scores So Far

#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#6: Drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 years in under 30 seconds.  19 seconds.  1 point
#7: 25-yard buddy carry. 1 point
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#10/11: Swim 25 yards underwater or walk 50 yards out/back on one breath. Picked the latter and failed.  1/2 point.
#12: Do you use drugs or alcohol to impairment?  No. 1 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
#14: One day fast in plain sight of favorite foods.  Done.  1 point
#16: All day Tenderfoot Drill. Check.  1 point

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Total Score so far: 9 ½ points out of 11

What’s next?  Only three left to complete!

  • #1: Swim half a mile
  • #4: 15 Chin-ups (I’ll face this one after I resolve my biceps tendonitis)
  • #8: Carry 45 lbs 1 mile in less than 12 minutes
  • #15: Three nights in a row get up and keep a vigil for 15 minutes

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 3

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

If you missed Part 1 & 2 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I’m working my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

In the video below I’m facing question #6 — drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 yards in under 30 seconds.  Was I cheating a little by using a trashcan lid as a sled?  Not sure, test doesn’t specify.  But to compensate I set a course that was slightly uphill for the first two-thirds — and I still made it 19 secs.  Video below.

Off camera I also tried question #11: Walk 50 yards out and back on one breath (without hurrying).  Totally failed that one.  Barely got the 50 yards!

My Scores So Far

#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#6: Drag a 100 lb. sandbag 50 years in under 30 seconds.  19 seconds.  1 point
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#10/11: Swim 25 years underwater or walk 50 yards out and back on one breath. Picked the later and failed.  1/2 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
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Total Score so far: 5 ½ points out of max score of 7

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test — Part 2

Click here to see Mark’s entire post

If you missed Part 1 in this series, click here.  In a nutshell, author and martial arts coach Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test  and I’m working my way through them to assess my ability to self-rescue.

Mark’s motivational scoring method is: You get zero points for not facing the challenge, 1/2 a point for failing and 1 full point for successful completion.   

In the video below I’m facing questions 2, 3, and 5 and I’m moving with the agility and grace of a ‘possum dragging a #1 Bridger trap.  But the point is to face your readiness or lack thereof, so…

My Scores So Far

#2: Run at top speed for 200 yards.  I’m slow, but I did it. 1 point.
#3: Jump over waist high obstacles.  Close but no cigar.  1/2 point.
#5: 25 dips.  They were pathetic and I had to take breaks.  1/2 point.
#9: One minute unprepared breath hold. Check.  1 point.
#13: One minute shower on full cold. Check.  1 point.
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Total Score so far: 4 points out of max score of 5

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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Hatmaker’s Readiness Test #1 — Part 1

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Author, martial arts coach, sailor, adventurer and man-about-town Mark Hatmaker recently posted The Self-Resilient Readiness Test Part 1.  and it’s outstanding.

By the way, Mark is my coach.  Yes, I’m a “martial arts master” (whatever the hell that is).  Yes, I’ve studied under masters and grandmasters galore since starting martial arts in ’86.  But Hatmaker is my coach.  Mark’s the guy who, in 2003, helped me understand the meaning of the word fitness.  He’s the the guy who showed me the terrifying beauty of wrestling.  He’s the guy who pulls me toward excellence from in front by demonstrating, every day, what hard work looks like.  He sets the benchmarks.  He’s the guy.

Anyway, the “questions” on Mark’s test are designed to spur you toward assessing your readiness inside and out.  I love this test so much (despite the really clunky name — sorry Mark but what a mouthful!) that I’m going to start blogging, and maybe videoing, my “answers.”

His genius scoring method really kicks you off the couch.  You get zero points for not facing the challenge, 1/2 a point for failing and 1 full point for successful completion.   As Mark says,

“If you do not perform any tests or skip a test, even if you know in your heart of hearts you could do it—give yourself a big fat zero, because maybe, just maybe, that “prepared mind” assumes something that the body can’t really deliver.”

Ouch.  When I read that, well, I didn’t have any choice to but to press on.

So without further ado, here are my scores on two of the tests.  Because some of them require special locations and/or planning — like #1: Swim a half mile — I’m doing them in no particular order.

My unprepared breath hold was 1:03

#9: One minute unprepared breath hold.  I got 1 point for a hold of 1:03.  Surprisingly hard.  I actually practice breath holding on a regular basis (I’m good for 1:40 or so), but I never practice unprepared.  Going forward I will though.
#13: One minute shower on full cold.  I got 1 point.  Awhile back I spent about six months showering cold exclusively.  This was like falling off a log.
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Total Score so far: 2 points

Wanna play along?  Post your scores in the comments!


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Thanks for the Shout-out Coach

This morning I was watching Mark Hatmaker’s monthly video  — RAW #180 to be precise — and to my surprise he sends me a shout-out at 12:45. Very flattered by that, I can tell you!

At that point in the DVD he’s talking about potentially chaining attacks into buzz-saw-like combos and suggesting that I might already be on it. And he’s right. In Cabal Fang — as in the Mark’s newly unfolding Frontier Rough & Tumble martial arts program — our first rule is to move in and to keep those hits coming!

I am, by the way, pursuing certification to teach Mark’s FRT curriculum in addition to my popular Cabal Fang martial arts program.  And there’s a shocking amount of overlap.

So if you want practical martial arts training I recommend two things:

First join the Cabal Fang Hermit Path Distance Learning Program. It’s a totally free, 12-month study at home martial arts program. No, you can’t learn to fight training solo.  But you can put your head in the right place — spiritually, philosophically and tactically — build a foundation in the basics and shift your fitness into high gear.  Email first.elder@cabalfang.com to enroll.

Second, go sign up for the ESP RAW Subscription Service. It’s top notch instruction at a bargain price.