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Can Do View: Martial Arts Training Involution #191

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Can-do attitude is one of the key things shared by the two martial arts I teach — Cabal Fang and Bobcat Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble.

When you need to train a certain skill or body mechanic you don’t make excuses about the weather, your lack of money or equipment, or your limited time.  You don’t whine about your bum knee or any of that.

You find a way to train so as to fill the gap safely and efficiently.  You modify, adapt and overcome.

You get it done.

This isn’t just a material truth for the training hall.  It is also a spiritual truth for the ages, as you are about to see in…

Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble Fitness Dice

Can Do View: Martial Arts Training Involution #191

  • 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.
  • 20 mins of practical all-in self-defense and fitness.  2 mins each, twice through of each exercise: Sledgehammer shovels, Jumps (SBJs or Boxes, your choice), Sled Pulls, Shoulder Carries, and Weapon Strikes v. Heavy Bag.  Improvise!  If you don’t have a sled, load up a plastic trash can lid and tie a rope to it.  Shoulder a bag of mulch or a floor bag.  Whatever training weapon you use — stick, rubber/wood training knife, etc. — carry it with you for the whole 20 min. duration (in your hand or belt) to build your command and mastery of the weapon during real life activities.  This involution was created using the green FRT dice in the photo above!
  • 10 minutes of meditation.  The present emerges to us out of the future, which is to say that what you are today is a consequence of the greatest possible future you were capable of admitting yesterday. You cannot achieve the incredible unless you attempt the impossible.  Aim for no less than heaven and maybe you’ll get close.  Have a seat and meditate on that for 10 mins.

 

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Theodore Roosevelt

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Original post:

The recent post about Mt. Rushmore got me to thinking about those famous heads.  And then on The Daily Show I saw an interview with Douglas Brinkley, the author of Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.  Now  I’m so intrigued, I have to read Brinkley’s book.

Did you know:

  • That while campaiging in 1912 he was shot in the chest — and delivered a 90-minute speech before going to the hospital?
  • That he is one of the great pioneers of the conservation movement?
  • That as President he firmly believed in the separation of church and state and thought it unwise to have In God We Trust on currency, because he thought it sacrilegious to put the name of the Deity on something so common as money?
  • That he was a Freemason?
  • That he boxed several times a week, even as President, until a blow detached his left retina, leaving him blind in that eye?
  • That he practiced judo and was a third degree brown belt?
  • That he was an enthusiastic stickfighter,  an avid singlestick player (fencing with a wooden sword) ?
  • That he drank a gallon of coffee a day, and often stayed up all night reading several books a day in multiple languages?

Nobody’s perfect of course.  I’m not fond of his views regarding Native Americans and other indigenous peoples for example, but all in all, he was ahead of his time.  He was the kind of man I could have been friends with, and were he still alove he would fit right in at The Order of Seven Hills.