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Clean Your Own House First

Right now things are different… Different than almost anyone alive has ever experienced.

Our favorite things to do have changed:

*Going to the Gym has Changed
*Going to our Favorite Place to Eat Changed
*Going to see our Friends and Family Changed
(**Depending on Location**)

I have had many folks ask me variations of, “So what do we do now?” My answer is simple:

“Clean Your Own House First”

I know what you are thinking, “What an A–hole” and “At least he did say, “Let Them Eat Cake”.

Allow me to explain: When the world feels like it is crashing down all around us, it is easy to get sucked into “BlackPilled Nihilisic Doomer” type of Mentality. There are no shortage of people that will be pushing a “The End is Near” type of philosophy, and there are Plenty of Conspiracy theories. So what do we do?

“Clean Your Own House First”

We start by improving the things that we can control, and focusing on the things that are going well.

For example:
*You can still exercise without going to the gym
*You can learn to cook better food at home, and try new recipes from the interweb

*You can stay in touch via Phone, text, or tons of various messaging platforms
*Lets be honest, sometimes it is nice to not have to drive 21hrs round trip to do family Christmas

“Clean Your Own House First”

This starts with making sure your house is as clean and as tidy as it can be; and your bed made (seriously). If your house is in order, your stress levels are lower; having to stay inside won’t feel like such a terrible thing.

This also means establishing a new routine. Humans are pattern seeking creatures, a certain level of predictability gives us comfort. Build a “Schedule” or “Action for yourself” with a few items you will hit everyday no matter what; as an example:

First thing upon waking do 15-45min of exercise. It doesn’t matter if it is: Kettlebells, Resistance Bands, AGRO Rope, Taking the Pooch for a Walk, Jumping Jacks, Stairs, Step-ups, Push-ups, Pull-ups, Burpees, DRAGO v1, etc. Do Something. This has the effect improving your health, your mood, as well as shaking off the brain fog in the morning.

Next is we need to find some type of passion project. This is something you do for you because you love it, you would pay to do it if you need to. It can be anything: working on a cookbook, scrapbooking, writing a novel or short stories, building model trains, poetry, whipmaking, basket weaving, etc. no ones passion project is any better than anyone else’s. Pick something that excites you, and will leave you with a sense of accomplishment. Spend one hour per day on something you love.

Spend one hour on self-development. This can be Learning a new language, working on an online course, a business plan, research project, etc. pick something that will make you better and more employable when the rebound happens.

Spend 15-45min in the early evening doing some type of physical activity; any of the previously listed will be fine, you may also want to do some YouTube yoga, etc. This allow you to blow off some steam from the day, and will help you sleep better. In addition to improving mental and physical health.

The last thing you will do, is spend time Cleaning Your Own House: Beds made, pillows fluffed, laundry done, dishes washed, floors vacuumed, mirrors spotless, and toilets cleaned. This is important not only so you don’t die of the Plague, but also because we end the day with restoring order to our lives.

Now is the time to be your Best Self… for you, and as an example for others.

“Clean Your Own House First”

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The Monks & Mavericks Ep 10 : The Sharp & The Dirty End of The Stick; Covid Questions w/Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor is a Currently a Registered Nurse Working in British Columbia, Canada, a former PysOps Operative, and a Member of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC)

This Episode delves into the conspiracy theory Rabbit Hole, Coping with Confirmation Bias, and The Basics of What “Psychological Operations” Are.

Who do you want to hear from next? Or do you have something you want to get into?
Leave a Comment Below, and or reach out to us directly

Find Sean Taylor at:

Also Mentioned: Grizzly Patriot

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Enter The Lore of The Afghan Lor / Lohar

The Lor sometimes Romanized as Lohar is a very unique design we stumbled across a little while back.
The word Lor (Lohar) can sometime mean a Tinkerer or Blacksmith. In this case we will be discussing The Lor as a tool.
The Lor is a a traditional Farming tool carried by the Tribesman near the Khyber Pass (Afghan-Pakistan Border). It looks very like The Japanese Kama or Tomahawk sized Scythe or Sickle. Though Similar designs have existed in India.
There are two Main Types of The Lor: a Fixed Blade version and the much more interesting Folding version. Every Tribesman must to make his own, decorating, and stylizing it to their own liking. With that said, the common material used to make The Lor are Carbon Steel, Brass, and a Bone Handle.
The Lor has a variety of speculated uses:
*Farming tool
*Assassin’s Weapon
*Status Symbol and Cultural Identifier of the Tribesman of Khyber Pass
*Pick-Axe to assist in climbing the steep unforgiving snow covered terrain of the region.
There is some truth in all of them.
The Tribesman of the Khyber Pass region used The Lor against the British. We haven’t been able to find much historical record of this.
Due to the Short Range of the The Lor, it wouldn’t have provided much benefit over a sword or spear. It’s Biggest advantage are conceal-ability, and Speed of Deployment for Ambush type of attacks (Once they have been worked in).

It is one of the more interesting designs we have stumbled across in our travels. It has an Assassin’s Creed – Steam Punk sort Flavor to it.
If you want to own one of these unique pieces of history, we have a Limited number of them available:
*Please add a Free Shemagh on us*
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Ranger Bands Ragnar Bands: What Are They and How Are They Used?

The Ragnar Bands are our take on “Ranger Bands”. Ranger Bands were originally made from Bicycle inner tubes cut to make rings.

Due to the stiffness of the rubber of the inner tube and the small size, the applications were somewhat limited, and they could be a bit difficult to use in some of the cases, but they worked “Good Enough”.

“Good Enough is the Enemy of The Best”

Upon special request from a RedTeam Member, we set out to design the best, most versatile and user friendly version of the Ranger Bands we could, and the Ragnar Bands were Born.

The Standard Specs of Ranger Bands are:

Length Folded: ~2” or 50mm
Width: ~1/2” or 12.5mm
Thickness: ~ .040” or 1mm
Material: Tire Inner Tube

*Please note there may be slight deviation from those specs*

The Specs for Ragnar Bands are:

Length Folded: ~4” or 10cm
Stretched Length: ~8” or 20cm @5lbs
Width: ~3/8” or 10mm
Thickness: ~ .060” or 1.5mm
Material: Resistance Band Grade Rubber

The Ragnar Bands were designed to look much like Regular Rubber Bands, but in Black, and they were sized to be able to be worn on the wrist, making them easily confused as cause bracelets.

The greater length makes them much easier to fit around larger objects, and they can be easily doubled up for securing smaller objects.

With the Ragnar Bands being 50% thicker, but only 20% narrower, there is 30% more cross-section than the commonly available Ranger Bands

The slightly thicker, higher grade rubber provides more Strength, Stretch, and Durability than the Original Design.

Ragnar Bands have a variety of uses:

*Hair Tie
*Strengthening the Extensors of the Hand
*Improving your Trigger Pull
*Mini Brujo Bands for Swollen Knuckles
*Taking the Rattle out of your kit
*Weapon Rention (Libre Style)
*HoodRatArts And Crafts: Launchers, Grips
*Keeping container lids closed
*Attachment of Gear to
*Etc. your Rig

Check Out the Video Demo Playlist:

Our Ragnar Bands aren’t an off the shelf Product. They were Purpose Built to our exacting specifications from the same High Grade materials as our Resistance Bands, and Brujo Bands.

Ragnar Bands are available exclusively through Delta 2 Alpha Design Inc, Get Yours Here



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Learn How To Use a Kusari

Learning how to use flexible weapons and Flails (like the Kusari) can be difficult, and frustrating at first.

The Strength and the Weakness of the Kusari and other flexible weapons are that they will always follow through, and they are difficult to stop.

Below is a Seven Video Series we put together to get you started, and familiar with how a Kusari Moves, as well as how to move the Kusari around your body, your body around the Kusari, how to flow through your strikes, and the basics of chaining it all together.

This Just lays out the basics, and is be no means a complete list of what you can do with a Kusari.

**The Last video in the Playlist shows how to make a Trainer**

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HoodRat Arts and Crafts How To Make a Manriki Kusari Fundo Trainer

HoodRat Arts and Crafts:

How to make a Trainer for your Manriki Kusari some time also know as a Kusari Fundo.

As anyone that has played with a pair of Nunchucks (after watching “Enter The Dragon” or TMNT) can attest to; You will hit yourself… a lot… and in the face. When I was learning, I definitely didn’t hit myself behind the ear, and I definitely didn’t see stars from it… Nope, Sure didn’t

My Brother Ruelas Tool (IG link Below) has started to experiment and popularize the idea of a Kusari with Metal weight as an EDC option. In the Video Below we show how to easily make a training version of the Kursari.

Check Out:

******Flexible Weapons can be a bit tricky in the beginning. Let us know if you want to see a few drills and techniques to help get you started.******

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How to Add Weight to Your Mace Bell


#Strength #Power #functional

A Mace Bell will build a weird level of FreakStrength in ways few items can.

After about a year of working with the 15kg Mace, I decided it was time to take it to the next level.

When I received a 20kg Mace in the mail, I found that the jump was a bit too much for me; my form suffered, and so did my elbows.

Here is how you can work up to the next size of Mace without having to drop your training volume, keeping your form on point, and your Joints happy…

… and without breaking the Bank .



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Project Lazarus Phase 1 – The Rejuvenation and Regeneration of The Old Man

Project Lazarus:

This will be an ongoing series that documents the process of rejuvenation and regeneration of a man approaching his golden years, with some hard miles on his body.

The Goal:
Keep an the old man in his boots, cheating death, and surly as ever for another half century.

This will all be done with exercises found in the Fugitive Fitness Concept.

Feel Free to Post Comments and Questions below… and of course follow along to cheer him on.

Test Subject is Currently:
Sex: Male
Height: 5’4
Weight: 200lbs
DOB: 1950’s

The Complaints:
*Complains of Restless Sleeps
*Memory Fog
*Displays Mobility Issues (A shuffle)
*Has problems “getting going” sometimes

*Mobility issues; especially in the Upper back (ie. Hunched Forward)
*Balance Issues
*Loss of Mass in glutes
*Loss of strength in lower body

*Started with 1000mg capsule in the morning, and saw improvements with in the week.
*After 3wks, dose was increased two 1000mg capsule in the morning, and 1000mg around lunch so as to not affect sleep quality in a negative way
+Turmeric is well know in India for:
-Anti-inflammatory; reducing pain
-Improvements in memory and neurological function
-Promotes Testosterone Production

Initial Exercise prescription:
We always want to bring what someone can do, and work towards that they can’t in a gradual upward trend. In short:

The key to success is incrementally sucking-less”

Enter The Lazarus Squat:
With an aging population one of the things we notice is a loss of mass in the posterior chain; more specifically in the Glutes and Rhomboids. This muscular imbalance leads to joint pain, and hunching forward. This leads to a lack of mobility, and with it further muscle loss.

The Lazarus Squat is designed to promote activation in the Upper Leg, Glutes, and Upper Back.

In front of a box or chair, that they can get up out of with medium difficulty:

  1. Stand with feet about shoulder width a part. Eyes looking slightly upward, with the toes angled outward. Maintain Eye and Foot position, as much as possible, through the movement
  2. Extend Arms out in front for counter balance, position your body weight so that it is at the front part of the heel.
  3. Push the butt back, and slowly lower the butt until it comes in contact with the chair.
  4. Leading with the chest, drive up through the heels out of the bottom, bringing the hands/arms back as you come up.
  5. At the top position, the arms should be locked straight, fingers splayed, and the shoulder should be as far back as your upper back can pull them. At the same time actively squeeze the glutes and quads as hard as possible for 2-3 seconds.

Every time the subject sits down in a chair, and gets out of the chair, they need to perform the Lazarus Squat twice. We are using what has been referred to as “Greasing The Groove” (a la Pavel T.) to continually prime the nervous system; creating more activation. This has the effect of not exhausting the subject, while getting more total reps through the day.

“Frequency is more important than duration”

If you have any questions, comment below, and please feel free to share

*The Concepts discussed here can easily be applied to Men or Women, Young or Old, and we would be honored if we can help you or someone close to you. But because aren’t there to monitor the details of your situation, you should always consult a someone with letters after their name before doing any of this.*

**Remember, I am just some guy with muscles on the internet**

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Your training can stay exactly the same as it currently is. We will be adding something to the end of your workouts or ideally at the start of your day. The total duration will be less than 10min per day.

You could do it at home, in the gym, or while traveling, and in addition to anything else you do.

Some of the testing we have done in Strength Focused Athletes have shown dramatic increases in their ability to recover, improved work capacity without sacrificing strength, and all while leaning out.

Interested? Keep reading:


Progressive days:
(1) Minute Maker
– On the minute 40 fast rope rotations with high knees
– repeat 10 times

(2) Double Tabata
– 20 seconds of fast rope rotations with high knees
– 10 seconds of rest
– Repeat eight times, 2 minutes Break, Then Repeat the round

(3) Dirty 30s
– Every 30 seconds 20 rope rotations with high knees
– Repeat 20 times

(4) Four – fours
– 20 seconds of fast rope rotations with high knees
– 10 seconds of rest
– Repeat four times for a round, rest one minute, complete four rounds

(5) Five 100s
– Every 2 minutes 100 rope rotations with high knees
– Repeat 5 times

*These should be treated as sprints, Ie. Doing them as fast as you possibly can, then Rest.
**These are to be done with the Upgraded Rope; see previous posts
***For best result you will do this within the first hour of waking, It is also Acceptable to use these as a finisher to your existing training program
****Complete one of these everyday for 12 weeks; repeating the sessions in the order that they appear.
***** Take before, and after photos in the same clothes, as well as what your bodyweight is before, and after the 12 weeks. Feel free to measure anything else you feel is relevant.
******Feels free to add reps as you adapt.

******* This is to be done in addition to what you are currently doing (or not doing); not instead of.


Now, Shall we being…?

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