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Quizzical: Martial Arts Training Involution #231

I want your opinion

Like the vine of the grape, if we don’t grow and climb we wither and get overgrown.  Gotta keep moving!  So I need a new name for this weekly post, something to give it appeal beyond just martial arts since there are four segments — a martial drill, a fitness complex, a primitive/nature skill, and a spiritual exercise.  Please vote for one of the suggestions below or make original suggestions in the comments.

Vote for the November Mettlecraft Challenge

November is Mettlecraft Month at Cabal Fang, and if you plan on playing along (here’s what we did in 2018 and 2019), please make your suggestions in the poll below.  Pick one of the options or make your own original suggestions!

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These weekly T.I.s support my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts). 

Now let’s stop tootin’ and start shootin’.

Quizzical: Martial Arts T.I. #231

  • Do you warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes before you train? Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
  • Do you train with a purpose, or do you just sort of wing it?  Complete 3 x 3:00/1:00 max power rounds on the heavy bag.  Just because the monthly focus is wrestling doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice your striking.  If you insist on maintaining focus, lay down your floor bag and get busy on some ground ‘n’ pound.  Whatever you, make sure the emphasis is on power this time, and always make sure you have a focus.  For more on this topic, you see the “S.A.F.E. M.P.” protocol from my e-book Martial Grit available from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • Have you done this month’s constitutional yet?   

    Every constitutional back to 2009 is archived online at https://www.cabalfang.com/monthly-constitutionals

    If so, pick one of the previous ones and do that (see pic at right).  If not, here it is: Sit-out Push-ups (25), Ploughs (25), Pikes (25), Neck Crunches (25 ea. direction), Zombie Squats (50), Bear Walks (100 yards), and Jackknifes (25).  Beginners,  go slow and just try to finish (but listen to your body and don’t overdo it).  Intermediates, aim to finish in less than 20 mins.  Advanced, aim for under 15 mins and, if you succeed, go back and do 20% more (5 more of the 25-rep exercises, 10 more Zombies Squats, and so on).

  • Have you been outside recently?  Do something outdoors that your normally do indoors.  Read a book, eat a meal, play guitar, do arts and crafts, do your physical training, etc.  I recently moved all of my training outdoors — 100%.  See video below. 
  • Do you guide your habits, or they guide you?  Manipulate your subconscious using rituals and habits.  This month’s symbol is the Luminaries (the two lights that rule the day and night skies — check out the intro here).  One of the many things the Luminaries symbolize is the relationship between your subconscious/body and your conscious/mind.  The conscious/mind (“the Sun”) may want to stick with that diet, avoid that addiction, or adhere to that plan.  The Sun can shine as brightly as it wants.  But sooner or later night will fall, the Moon will rise, and the subconscious/body will be in charge.  Train your subconscious/body using the four tried-and-true methods that have been used since ancient times: contemplation, meditation, prayer, and — perhaps the most powerful one of all — ritual.  Allow the power of rituals and habits to provide direction to your subconscious/body.  Set and keep schedules sleeping/waking.  Do positive things in the same ways, at the same times, and/or at the same places — join clubs with which you share positive goals, start going to church on certain days, and so forth.  Swap good things for bad and plug them into existing habits.  If you always stop for coffee and a doughnut on the way to work and you’re trying  give up sweets for your health, try stopping at a different place to make a healthier choice.  If you always meet friends for beers on Friday nights, but you’re trying to give up drinking, see if you can get them to join you for a run instead — their choice might surprise you.   If they won’t join you, widen the invite and be a leader.
  • Are you regularly writing in your journal?  Do the work, the external and internal, and write about what you did and thought in your journal (by the way, this is another way to train your subconscious).  And remember, if it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!

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Change the Name of the Weekly Training Involution?

Help me decide.  I’m thinking of changing the name of the weekly “Martial Arts Training Involution” to broaden its appeal and reflect its truer nature as a fourfold supporter of my teaching on martial arts, fitness, primitive skills, and spirituality.

It isn’t just a weekly martial fitness thing anymore. Now each contains a martial drill, a fitness piece, a primitive skills angle, and a spiritual exercise.

If I take “martial” out of the name, will people check it out and perhaps ‘eat off the menu’ so to speak?

Click here or click the picture to vote!


Poll: Which Temple Paint Job is Best?

Update 7/2/18:  A Teaching Moment Regarding Sacred Symbolism  

I decided the cathedral front was a horrible idea.  What would it mean symbolically for the temple to have a fake front?  Wow.  Catastrophically bad idea, right?  So let’s talk about symbolism…

Andrew posted what he thinks are the best symbolic colors for the temple in the comments section below which I will summarize now and add some additional correspondences.  He suggests red walls, yellow trim around the windows, blue trim around the doors, and purple eaves or overhangs.

  • Red symbolizes the planet Mars (named after the god of war), strength, Geburah, and the number 5 — as in the Five Vital Graces of Cabal Fang.  Also red is a warning that dangerous things are inside.  It screams to wake up and pay attention.
  • The yellow trim around the windows symbolizes the solar light that emerges from within.  Enlightenment is sought, and realizations are apprehended, inside these walls and its light shines outward.
  • The blue trim around the door suggests that one must enter forthrightly being mindful of justice and mercy — blue is the color of Chesed, associated with the planet Jupiter.
  • And the purple eaves or overhangs suggest that psychic gifts of the higher mind overshadow all of the work that goes on within.  Purple is the color of nobility, of carrying oneself in a manner others can look up to.  Purple is the color of Yesod, and suggests therefore that we should be good communicators between the higher realms of the ideal and physical practical realm.
  • We aren’t redoing the inside at this time, but Andrew mentions that, although black and white checkerboard is the obvious flooring choice, geometric patterns can interfere with natural movement.  The last thing you’d want in a temple of martial arts would be something that encourages movement to a grid instead of movement to the situation.

Symbolism matters.  Even when people don’t intellectually know the planetary and Qabalistic associations they still react to colors viscerally.  There is a subconscious effect.  Don’t believe me?  What would it mean if we painted the temple red, white and blue?  What if we painted it all grey?  All black?  Catch my drift?

Based on the above, I’d like to do an artists rendering.  But right now I have to go out to the Temple and train.  More to come…

Update 6/24/18:  A Cathedral Front?  A friend of mine has some very insightful thoughts about which colors would be perfect for the temple, and he’ll be posting in the comments soon.  In addition, I came up with this completely insane idea: what if, instead of just a coat of paint, we added a false front and a cupola to the temple and made it look like a mini-cathedral?  It would one heck of a project, but the temple would be beautiful.  And beautiful things are inspiring.

So I did this little before and after sketch.  What do you think?

Original post from 6/20/18

The Cabal Fang Temple needs a paint job, and we’d like your input.  Please vote in the poll below!

Coming Soon: Saturday Seminars

Which type of seminar would you most like to attend? Which do you think is likely to draw the most attendees?

Vote below — because when the new Cabal Fang Website is up (click here for a preview), I’ll be adding one Saturday seminar per month to the Cabal Fang Temple event schedule.  Some of these will be virtual using Facebook Live, and some will be physical.

Thanks for your help!