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Round Three: Mettle Maker #232

The weekly training post has a new name!

This post is now the “Mettle Maker.”  Why the name change?  The weekly post started as purely martial fitness (the “Workout of the Week”), grew to incorporate a spiritual/internal element (the weekly “Training Involution”), and now — in Round 3 — it contains even more more goodness.

What’s it for?

The weekly mettle maker supports my martial arts programs — Cabal Fang (non-profit martial arts for personal development) and Bobcat Martial Arts (Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts). 

What is mettle?

The word mettle is a variant of the more often seen metal.  A metal sword blade has a quality of temper and so does a human being.  That’s mettle — courage, character, heart and fortitude of mind, body and spirit.

I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses, mettle and bottom. On the day of my arrival at Liverpool, a gentleman, in describing to me the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, happened to say, “Lord Clarendon has pluck like a cock, and will fight till he dies.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Manners”

We use the word mettle quite a bit in Cabal Fang.  It also fits in nicely with my Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble martial arts.  Speaking of which…

Third Annual November Mettlecraft Challenge

November is Mettlecraft Month at Cabal Fang.  Here’s what we did in 2018 and 2019.  Stay tuned for details on this month’s challenge. 

Engage!

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Round Three: Mettle Maker #232

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. 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.
  • 3 rounds of floor bag.  Complete 3 x 3:00/1:00 with the floor bag.  Scarf Hold the bag, squeeze AHAYC, and shift sides three times.  Shuffle and bulldog the bag to the mat.  Get your prop in tight, then shuck the imaginary arm and buck to tap.  Go back to Scarf Hold.  Slide out to Cross Body. Insert knee to take Top Saddle.  Strike 1o times.  Smear and pop up to standing position.  Pick up the bag and repeat.
  • A three-fer of movement exercises.  Set a timer for 8:00 and complete as many sets as you can of 5 Shoulder Rolls, 5 Get-ups and 5 HSPUs.
  • Reality check.   This is the final post on October’s spiritual symbol, the Luminaries — the Sun and Moon — which symbolize (among many other things) the relationship between reality (the Sun) and imagination (the Moon).  This can be the map vs. the actual terrain, your self-conception vs. the real you, and so forth.  Imagination is a great tool.  It allows us to try things out in our heads without having to actually do them, which has had tremendous evolutionary benefits.  What if we had to a jump in order to see whether or not a fall was deadly?  The drawback is that we can mistake the imaginary for the real.   How much of what we tell ourselves we’re capable of can we really do?  Find an assumption about yourself that you can test safely and do so.  Don’t assume you can get there.  Actually get there! 
  • If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen.  Do the work, the external and internal, and write about what you did and thought in your journal.


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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!

If you’re new in these parts, you should know that people who engage with the content by doing some of the work and/or posting in the comments have been known to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store

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!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

Bifax: Martial Arts Training Involution #230

Do some of the work, or at least work out the riddle of how the name of the involution relates to its content, and then post in the comments.  People who engage have been known to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store

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). 

That’s why they have four primary components:

  • a martial arts technique
  • a fitness component
  • a primitive skills angle
  • a spiritual component

Now let’s stop slacking and start hacking.

Bifax: Martial Arts T.I. #230

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. 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.
  • “Top-n-Bottom” wrestling drill.   10 x 2:00 intervals, no breaks, 1/2 to 2/3 power — just enough force to maintain realism while focusing on smoothness and technique.  Arrange in mis-matched pairs — as much size/weight diff. as possible — smaller partner holding larger in Bottom Scissors.  Smaller person practices chosen bottom submission (Chicken Wing, Leg Triangle, Short Arm Scissors, etc.) for 2 mins  Larger practices the counter.  Switch partners every time the bell rings and repeat.  If you’re working solo on account of COVID, use your grappling dummy.  If you don’t have one, see the instructions for making one for pennies in my e-book Martial Grit available from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • Knock out this month’s constitutional. 

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

    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).

  • Reverse the rehearsed — destabilize a training session. Train outdoors in the rain or in the cold, at dawn or dusk in the half light.  Train at a different location and/or at a different time.  You’ll be shocked by the severity of disruption.   You’ll be sloppy and unfocused.  Push through and get there.  Do this often.
  • Synch up your inside and your outside.  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 inside and your outside.  Watch the video below and begin to think about paying special attention to what you are doing vs. what you are saying and experiencing — what the Greek fathers of the church would’ve called nepsis or watchfulness.
  • Journal.  Do the work, the external and internal, and about what you did and thought in your journal.  If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

Leaping Lava: Martial Arts Training Involution #229

Yo!  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).

Do at some of the work and post in the comments.  People who engage have been to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store

Now let’s stop talking and start chalking.

Leaping Lava: Martial Arts T.I. #229

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. 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.
  • Mat is Lava drill.   3 rounds x 2:00/1:00 of “mat is lava” — see video below.  Start on knees or in quarter position and practice getting the hard parts of your body on the soft parts of your partner — but be nice!  If you don’t have a partner use a grappling dummy or a floor bag.  For instructions on how to make them, download my e-book Martial Grit from Smashwords, B&N, or iTunes.
  • 9 minutes of real-life action.  Find a section of fence near a dead tree, or set up a couple of sawhorses and a 2×4 near one (never needlessly harm a live tree).  Take your axe and your weapon of choice, gloves and goggles.  If you’re working in a gym, stack up plyo-boxes and sub tire and sledge, dull training weapon and heavy bag.  Set timer for 1:30 intervals.  Vault over the obstacle for 1:3o, then axe the tree for 1:30, then attack with your weapon for 1:30.  Run through twice for a total of 9 mins, no breaks.  Beginners, work on accuracy, form and grace and leave tools at stations.  Advanced folks, take a dull weapon with you on the vaults, attack as you clear the obstacle, and use a live weapon on the tree.  Note: The essence of an axe is accuracy.  Even if you are subbing a sledge and a tire, aim to hit a literal pinpoint.  If this looks fun, create more sessions in a similar vein using Frontier  Rough ‘n’ Tumble Fitness Dice © available here.
  • Walk and listen.  Go for a walk and listen.  Do you know the bird calls in your neck of the woods?  Being in tune with your plant and animal neighbors has a transformational affect on you inside and out.  Don’t know where to start?  Use the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s BirdNET app to record and identify bird calls.  Here’s my most recent observation — a  Common Grackle. 
  • The Luminaries.  This month’s symbol is the Luminaries — the two lights that rule the day and night skies (if you missed last week, check out the intro here).  Our monthly symbols always have a spiritual bent, but there is also direct, physical applicability.  Do you live and work by the sun and moon?  Or do you stay up all night and sleep all day?  For the rest of the month, try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (± 20 minutes), making sure you get 7 – 8 hours of sleep.  You won’t believe how much more happy, healthy and productive you become.
  • Journal.  Meditate on these ideas and exercises and then write about what you did and thought in your journal.  If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is a martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. If Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912) — is more to your liking, check out Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts, my for-profit martial art project. Click either photo to get started today!

Grace: Martial Arts Training Involution #228

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If you’re new in these parts, 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).

Every month we pick a new martial focus and a new spiritual symbol (there are 12 of each) and that’s what these T.I.’s revolve around.  October ’20’s martial focus is wrestling, spiritual symbol is the Luminaries, and the monthly constitutional is as follows (previous months can be found here).

October 2020 Constitutional

Sit-out Push-ups (25)
Ploughs (25)
Pikes (25)
Neck Crunches (25 ea. direction)
Zombie Squats (50)
Bear Walks (100 yards)
Jackknifes (25)

Do all or part of the T.I. and post in the comments.  People who engage have been to get discount coupons for books and merch from Mitch’s General Store.  Now on with the show…

Grace: Martial Arts T.I. #228

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. 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.
  • 50 Sit-outs. If you know how to do both long and short Sit-outs, great — you’re intermediate or advanced.  Do 25 of each AFAYC.  If you’re a beginner, watch the video below and do 50 Short Sit-outs slowly and carefully.  Beginners remember — slow is smooth and smooth is fast, so start slow and and speed up only as you get smoother.
  • 9 minutes on the floor bag.  Put a floor bag in the middle of your training space and set timer for 1 minute intervals.  Lock bag in Bottom Scissors AHAYC for 1 minute.  Then get into Side Control with the “head” of the bag on your right.  Hands out to the side — the floor is lava! — insert your L knee into opponents imaginary “guard” to take Top Saddle.  Then extract R foot with good form and go t0 Side Control with head of bag on your left.  Go back and forth for one minute. For the next minute, pop into Shin Ride, punch-punch, switch to other shin (or into Hamburger Ride) punch-punch, and repeat until timer beeps.  Keep going until you’ve done 3 sets of each.  If you liked this drill, get yourself some wrestling dice like the ones in the picture and create thousands more just like it on the fly.
  • Practice moving through the world gracefully.   Embrace the idea of “grace” at its most philosophic and esoteric level, aiming for grace in thoughts, desires, actions and beliefs.  Strive for physical grace both on and off the mat, when performing martial techniques, putting away groceries, or walking the dog.  Be graceful in your thoughts, thinking through things with care rather than like a bull in a china shop.  Be graceful in your emotions, not giving yourself over to every craving and desire.  And be graceful in your spirit, recognizing that none of us is perfect and that patience, forgiveness and love are almost always the answer.  After all, it is only by the grace of God that we are here at all.  Moving through the world gracefully should be central to martial arts.  If it ain’t, you’re probably doing something wrong.
  • The Luminaries.  This ancient symbol, like all the best ones, amounts to more than the some of its parts.  It reminds us that there are two primary lights — lights which can be understood intellectually, emotionally, scientifically, and mystically — and we get out of synch with them at our peril.  Intellectually there are two sides to every argument, and you must engage the other side with sincerity.  Emotionally we must remember that we are possessed of both a conscious and a subconscious, each illuminating the light and dark sides of ourselves.  Scientifically we cannot behave as if we are machines immune to the phases of nature.  Do you sleep all day, stay up all night, ignore your body’s needs for adequate sleep, sun on your skin, and so forth?  Do you even know what the current moon phase is?  Finally, and most importantly, we must see the luminaries mystically.   There are two lights — God, who lights up Heaven, and you, who light up the World.  You must be as much like God as you can, following His example and lighting up the World with all your might.
  • Journal.  Meditate on these ideas and exercises and then write about what you did and thought in your journal.  If it ain’t in the training journal it didn’t happen!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is a martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. If Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912) — is more to your liking, check out Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts, my for-profit martial art project. Click either photo to get started today!

Martial Video: Reverse, Smear, Hammer, Exit

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means — martial arts video time.  Since this month’s martial focus is counters, triggers and flow drills, I present for your enjoyment and edification a delightful little flow drill to help you habituate a simple escape from Top Saddle position.

Training techniques in isolation will only get you so far.  Flow drills are where it’s at. You have to train the way people move and act in the world.  A fight is a dialogue, a call and response, a question and answer, and there is a flow.  Also included at the end of the video are a few quick words about this month’s symbol — the Cross — which just so happens to embody the concept of flow.


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Survivor Mix: Martial Arts Training Involution #201

Part of this T.I. was created using the dice I sell at Mitch’s General Store. Click the photo to get some.

Last week I warned against getting distracted by “viral” training methods and  encouraged you to be steadfast in the face of the real viral threat that we’re facing right now.  This week I’m going to hit you with some practical martial arts solo practice to keep you sharp during this long, dark social distancing period.

Survivor Mix: Martial Arts Training Involution #201

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. I generally do 8 minutes of MBF or either 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work.
  • Wrestling and grappling mix.  Select a sandbag or heavy bag appropriate to your size and fitness level (I used a #70).  Set timer for 3 x 3:00/1:00.  Do Scarf Hold Switches from hip to hip until you can’t do any more, then drop the bag and run Wrestling Clocks until you fail.  When you do, put the bag in your Bottom Scissors and squeeze until you gas, swap your ankle wrap and squeeze again until you gas.  Then go back to Scarf Hold Switches and repeat until the bell rings.  When it does, shoulder the bag and walk laps for your 1:00 “rest.”  When the 1:00 is over, pick up where you left off and do that two more times.  When you’re done you should be “moist.”
  • Sprints.  Set a timer for 30-second intervals.  Sprint for :30 and then walk for :30.  Repeat 9 more times for a total of 10 minutes.
  • Contemplation.  Cool down for about 3 minutes, then set a timer for 10 minutes.  Have a seat in your posture of choice and regulate your breathing.  Leave your eyes open, and do not fidget, wiggle or scratch.  Now think about exactly nothing.  Clear your mind as completely as you can and allow yourself to stop thinking in words while maintaining total awareness of your surroundings. 

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A Video and your #CABALFANG #WOD

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After last night’s workout I was so sore that all I could do this morning was a bike ride and some stretching. If you want to get sore too, here’s what we did:

Wrestling: 8 x 2:00/1:00 of free play followed by this Constitutional: Russian Squats (50), Get-ups (25), Mountain Climbers (50), Neck Bridge  (90 secs), Staggered Push-ups (25), Side Lunges (25/side), Pikes (25)

And now a short video of my guys wrestling last night:

Wrestling Conditioner #3

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Place heavy bag on floor, put on gloves, and set timer for 10 minutes. Get on floor beside bag and shrimp away from bag 5 times. Shrimp back. Get up and punch the air 5 times. Splay with forearms to the bag, pop up, and repeat four more times. After 5th splay, mount the bag and strike 10 times as hard as you can. That’s one set. Do as many sets as you can before the timer beeps.

Solo Ground-fighting Conditioners

I’ve posted both of these routines before, but they bear repeating.  These are particularly good for folks who don’t get a chance to wrestle/grapple on a regular basis.  Complete either of these once a week or so and so that you won’t be totally out of shape for some mat work when the chance arises.

10 Min. Solo Ground-fighting Conditioner #1

Set timer for two minutes and take as few few 12 second breaks as possible:

1.    Circle the bag: Forearms on bag and toes on floor are only points of contact.  Circle the bag using only legs and feet, alternating directions, until the timer beeps.

2.    Mount the bag: Strike 10 times as hard as you can. Body lock the bag, barrel-roll, regain mount, and repeat until the timer beeps.

3.    Roll the bag: Lay on your back with heavy-bag perpendicularly on top of your body.  Roll it up and down across torso, pushing and pulling like a rolling pin.  From time to time, press up the bag and let it drop on your torso to maintain your tolerance for the stresses of wrestling.  Continue for entire round.

4.    Defend the bag: Lay on your back with back on top of you longways.  Push up the bag w/ left hand and strike it five times with the right, then switch and strike with the left hand.  Repeat for two minutes.

5.    Side Mount the bag: Scissor legs each direction 3 times, then scramble over bag with forearms and toes only.  Repeat.  When the timer beeps, you’re done.

10 Min. Solo Ground-fighting Conditioner #2

Set timer for 10 minutes and complete as many cycles as you can before the timer beeps, taking as few 12 second breaks as possible:

1.    Mount the bag and strike it 10 times as hard as you can.

2.    Body lock the bag, barrel-roll to bottom position, and knee boost bag.

3.    Re-mount the bag and 360 barrel-roll to top position.  Roll back in the opposite direction to regain mount and start over at #1.