Man’s Life Mastery Blueprint [Part 4] – Body Mastery
Your body is where your mind lives for the duration of your life’s journey. A healthy mind cannot successfully coexist with an unhealthy or unconditioned and incapable body.
If the mind says “do this”, the body has to be able to “yeah, let’s do it”. Otherwise, the mind is crippled.
There is no excuse for mastering the body barring a dis-ease or disability. And, even if a man was struck by dis-ease or disability most of the time he can still master the body to a remarkable degree. That is clearly demonstrated to us by severely injured veterans or people born with crippling dis-eases who go on to become Para-Olympians and achieve physical feats who inspire all of us to an immense degree.
For each man, in accordance with his historical and contemporary roles, there are 6 abilities, which when converted to skills can lead to body mastery.
- Stamina / Endurance
- Mobility / Stability / Agility
- Primal Movement Patterns
- Combative Skills and Mindset
Strength is of primary importance to each man. Increasing strength means increasing potential to successfully deal with all kinds of challenges a man will inevitably face in his lifetime – physical and non-physical. Diminishing strength is a sign of aging and a descent toward the end of life.
Great physical strength in a male leads to more respect and admiration from other males. On a very primal level, strength is a status thing, especially when it can be readily demonstrated. It has always been that way and that’s how it will always be for all men. Physical strength is absolutely imperative.
Power is explosiveness. It is strength compressed in time. The greater the strength – the greater the potential for power generation. Why is power important? Because in life oftentimes for strength to be of any use it has to be expressed as power. When a man has to jump over a fence to save his life or the life of another it will be his ability to generate power that will propel him over the fence – not pure strength.
If a man has to defend himself it will be the power of his strike that will save him. It will be the power of his skill to overthrow his adversary, it will be the power of his legs that will catapult him into a sprint that will help him escape danger.
Stamina or Endurance has become less and less important in modern western society. But things still happen and sometimes a man will be put on a trial that will test his ability to endure. It might be a life and death situation as it often is. And, if a man’s cardio-respiratory fitness isn’t where it needs to be at the time of this trial he or his loved ones might suffer greatly.
Stamina has another name – Staying power. As such it includes a mindset component. Staying power is the ability to endure without running out of gas in the tank and without running out of a will to stay alive.
Primal Movement Patterns is just a fancy term for being able to use the body for what our ancestors had to use it daily, for what the body was designed to be used anyway – the native, most natural movement patterns that are quickly being abandoned because of the advancement of civilization.
Primal movement patterns are Balancing, Running/Sprinting, Jumping, Crawling, Climbing, Lifting, Carrying, Throwing/Catching. The true skill is not only to be able to do move properly but to be able to move properly and efficiently. You can climb a tree, but can you climb on a tree branch in seconds in order to avoid danger? You can run for a few minutes, but can you run for a half a day if you have to?
Each man has to develop basic combat skills which he can use if ever called to perform his historical and biological duty as the protector. Each man should also cultivate a mindset of not giving up no matter what. Why is the mindset important? If you have the skills to protect but not the mindset to stay in for as long as you have to become a victor, another less skilled opponent with a strong mindset will out-stay you. He lives, you die.
Cultivating a mindset is very, very important. Darwinian natural selection will favor the less strong and less skilled but with a stronger will to survive. And whoever survives gets to pass on his genes.
The best way to cultivate a mindset is to submit to meaningful trials with other males – trials that are meant to increase the level of your skill and the “don’t give up” attitude, but do so in a friendly manner. Men have always had ways to achieve this task throughout the ages. They do so today as well.
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