The Glory of Strength

I spent a good bit of my childhood being weak. I was smaller than the other kids, and not necessarily due to height. That came later.

But what I was happened to be skinny as hell. I inherited this from my father, who was a notoriously thin man despite his profession in law enforcement. However, I didn’t really care where I got it from, I wanted to know how to get rid of it.

One day, one of my parents–I can’t remember which–handed me a couple of five lbs dumbbells. I was still in elementary school, and they were kind of heavy at the time, but I lifted them and lifted them until they weren’t.

Then…nothing. Continue reading “The Glory of Strength”

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The Imperfections Of ‘The Warrior Pyramid’

As the brain behind the Warrior Pyramid, I’m also going to be the first to poke some holes in it. Yes, it’s been up for a couple of weeks, but I’ve known these flaws for quite a while.

You see, like many other things, the pyramid is an oversimplification. Each layer delineates particular aspects that are important for personal defense, but it presents them as isolated chunks that are important to the whole, but still separate.

In reality, things aren’t that separate. Allow me to explain. Continue reading “The Imperfections Of ‘The Warrior Pyramid’”

The Road Map Forward

On any trip, it’s best to know where you’re going, and the new focus I laid out in my last post is no different. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re going to have no clue how to get there.

Before we get to that, we need to talk about our goals. They determine just how the journey should proceed. It does you no good if your path and goal aren’t in line. The most efficient directions to Dallas don’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re heading to New York, after all.

For me, my goals are simple.

  1. Protect my family.
  2. See #1.

Now, to be sure, there are a lot of skills that can benefit that goal under certain circumstances. However, my primary focus is on defending them against the kinds of threats Americans face every day.

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. Even here in Southwest Georgia, we’re expecting full hurricane-force winds to slam us early tomorrow morning.

While it behooves me to have some supplies on hand, those aren’t the kinds of threats I’m talking about here. Continue reading “The Road Map Forward”

Yes, It’s Quiet Over Here

I’m well aware that it’s been very, very quiet here for the last couple of months. I apologize for that, as per usual.

My professional life is taking a lot of time, but I’m getting to some very interesting things. For one, I’m now writing at Bearing Arms, a pro-Second Amendment site. I’m also contributing from time to time at Townhall. This is in addition to my work at PJ Media.

All of this piles up on a guy.

Not only that but over the last month or so, I’ve been thinking what I want to do here. As you see, I now have the domain name purchased, which was needed, but that has as much to do with a change in direction as anything else.

You see, while I stand by what I’ve said previously about masculinity and being a man, I don’t really have much to add to it. Assaults on masculinity from the left are subjects I tend to pick up for pay at PJ Media and, occasionally, Townhall.

That means there’s little use for this blog, and that’s kind of a shame. Especially since I have a kickass name and a killer header made by the talented Jack Wylder.

It would be a shame to let that go to waste.

So what goes forward? That’s a good question. What I plan and what will actually happen aren’t exactly going to be similar.

That said, here is my vision.

Due to my work at Bearing Arms, I feel like I’m way behind on the curve on firearms handling. Add in the fact that I’m still a fat ass (and dealing with a shoulder injury from over a month ago), and all of that tells me that I’m going to be doing a serious lifestyle overhaul…

…and I kind of see By Spear and Axe being that kind of blog. I picture it being about my lifestyle, my challenges as I embrace a more martial life, but try to do so while also maintaining my other interests like reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

I’d even like to get back into hunting and fishing in the near future.

Yes, there’s a definite overlap with how I presented By Spear and Axe previously, but here’s the thing: None of this is unique to men. Women concealed carry. Women want to get stronger and leaner. Women hunt.

And, frankly, I want them to feel welcome too. Especially since I hope my wife and daughter will embrace this lifestyle and internalize it as well.

Is it likely? Meh, probably not. A lot of women just aren’t down with this kind of thing. That’s fine.

So, rather than worrying about masculinity so much–that book has been written and won’t be coming down–this site is going to focus on becoming what I consider to be the perfect embodiment of masculinity, the warrior.

The fact that warrior women are hot is just a bonus, I assure you.

Seriously, this site won’t be for everyone. Mostly, it’s just for me and anyone else who wants to travel down this path.

No, not everything will go here. Based on what I’m seeing as the likely content, some of it may go on Bearing Arms. What doesn’t go there, what won’t work there, will go here.

Check out both, add them to your feed, and so on.

Feedback is always welcome. It doesn’t mean I’ll do what you want, but I will at least think about what you have to say.

Mea Culpa

My last two posts were all about building your “Temple of Iron.” The name just spoke to me when I was trying to come up with something clever and badass.

Unfortunately, I found out why it spoke to me a few minutes ago. You see, a guy I talk to on Twitter uses that name for his blog. I even commented on how badass that name is.

Well, it’s taken.

I’m not intending to edit the posts at this point because I think my mistakes need to stand, but there will be pingbacks leading one back here from both this post and this one.

I will change the titles in the near future due to a new project I have in the works, but I’m not going to hide my mistakes. A man doesn’t do that. He admits to them and tries to learn from them. Period.

So, I’ll acknowledge that it’s my bad and learn from it.

Build Your Temple Of Iron Part 2: A Lesson About Plates

When I wrote Part 1 of this, I wasn’t really planning on it being a part 1. I was trying to write an overview, some stuff to think about if you wanted to set up your own home gym. However, it missed a few points that I figure would be wise to cover at this time.

So you’ve decided to build your own Temple of Iron at home. Sweet.

You’re finding yourself scouring Amazon or eBay looking for sets to buy, but you’re not really sure. Yeah, you have my recommendations from earlier, but you figure it’s wise to look for yourself so you have complete information.

No, I don’t take it personally.

But now you’re finding all these different types of sets, and you don’t really have enough information on what’s what. Luckily, I’m going to try and clarify this for you. Continue reading “Build Your Temple Of Iron Part 2: A Lesson About Plates”

Building Your Temple Of Iron

I’ve talked a fair bit about strength, for a good reason. Humanity evolved with men having a much higher upper level of strength than women and the average man is generally stronger than the average woman.

I’m not about to get into all that again because, well, I’ve already said it.

So let’s say that you’ve decided you need to workout, but you have no clue where to start.

It’s easy to say, “join a gym and start doing X program,” and that’s not exactly awful advice. However, it doesn’t take a few things into account, namely your personal situation.

First, gym memberships can be expensive depending on where you live. Even if it’s not, it still costs money, and even $20 a month can get to be a problem after a while. This doesn’t account for time away from the family that can occur.

Some people look at all that and decide to workout at home. Frankly, that’s what I do in what I call The Temple of Iron (more on that another day). Continue reading “Building Your Temple Of Iron”