This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle. This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.
Phase 7 Update
Phase 7 Homework Was:
Physical: Do a workout you’ve never done before
Going from home gym to a real gym opened up a ton of new exercise opportunities for me. I spoke last week about how the cable face pulls were my favoites, but I added in some cable reverse curls too. Getting a good pump from it and loving it.
I also love the stair climber for cardio. I hate running and the cardio bike seems like a waste of time so I’ll try to get a good 45 minutes on the stair climber this week.
Mental: Listen and Pace Yourself
I’ve been in meetings all week and I’ve actually thought about what I proposed to all of you in the last week about being better listeners and speaking clearly and calmly after evaluating whatever it is you’re trying to convey. I’ll continue it this week.
Martial: Hone Your Focus
This week, we’re going to take a page out of the SAS handbook and work on our situational awareness. Simply put, there are three levels of arousal. These can be broken down as such:
Level 1: Relaxed – This is when you are somewhere safe and secure, such as your house.
Level 2: Relaxed, but Aware – As soon as you step out your door, you are constantly checking your surroundings. This isn’t a high level of energy. It’s simply being aware of what and who is around you.
Level 3: Fight or Flight – A threat has been identified. Adrenaline starts pumping. You must decided whether to stand and fight or flee.
Now that the basic explanation is out of the way, let’s focus on the challenge. Your challenge is to work on improving your Level 2 skill. This means not having your nose buried in your phone when you’re walking down the street or being equally distracted with something else.
As your out and about. Constantly survey your surroundings. Make a game out of it if you need to. You could count how many cars that pass you who are going over the speed limit (your best guess at the speed of course), how many people are sitting in the cars in a parking lot, or assess the threat level of random people you pass on the street.
Play the “what if” game: What if that guy attacks me right here, right now? What are my options? Who’s around me that I can call for help? Is there anything around I can put between me and this guy?
Work on being in Level 2 from the time you leave your house until the time your arrive back home. Again, stay relaxed. It’s a casual surveying of your surroundings, not a panicked, high energy situation.
As always, leave your notes and goals in the comments. Cheer your brothers on and hold each other accountable. We’ll review Phase 7 next Friday.
Phase 8 Starts Friday 2/2
-J . Nyx