20. The Machete Sheath
Moving right along, in this week’s video I finish the sheath for the machetes. So this article wraps up our little machete journey.
If you watch the video you’ll learn how to make a para-cord needle, a little invention of mine to make threading para-cord a bit easier.
One of the cool things about learning to use tools and materials is the mental input that is involved.
Using a hands-on-approach reinforces and engrains skills and abilities far better than any other method. If you don’t believe this, watch all the technique videos and movies you want on gymnastics and then go out and try to do a back-flip based on that alone.
I rest my case.
So get out there and get your hands dirty figuring out how things work, how to take things apart and put them back together again.
And if you want to be a more athletic person, train in a variety of ways.
It takes far more than a brain to make anything. We can conceptualize as often as we want, but until we actually start using tools and materials and put our hands to work, we are not going to create anything.
Learning to use tools forces us to face obstacles in our work, sometimes due to lack of the proper tool or lack of certain materials, and time factors and even weather can alter how things get done. There’s a learning curve, we make mistakes and then make progress.
With the making of mistakes there often comes a light-bulb moment when we stumble upon some new way of accomplishing our goal.
The beauty of all of this is that we start figuring out how to make do with what we have. We learn how to improvise, adapt and overcome the situation.
It is the same when it comes to physical training.
If all we’ve ever done is train with our body-weight or we just train with kettlebells, we’ll be in for a surprise when forced to train with a barbell or find we have to carry two, full, five gallon buckets of paint up several flights of stairs.
Or maybe we’re an aerobic-endurance junky and think all we need to do is run or bicycle ride and we’re good to go for everything else.
Some people think if they have great endurance they can do anything else.
Some people think if they have great strength they can do anything else.
There’s not an ounce of truth to either side.
A well-blended mix of both is the far better option.
I’m not the kind of man to decide I want to become a professional master at using just a screwdriver or hammer. There are far too many tools to use to limit myself to just one tool.
Yes, there is something to be said for using one tool and becoming really good with it and being able to use it in ways others can’t even imagine.
And there is something to be said about learning to use a variety of tools that also opens doors.
A person should explore and experience both avenues.
A master mechanic knows which tool to use and when to use it. But under different circumstances, where he may only have a few tools at his disposal, he knows how to use and improvise with what he has.
That is a true master mechanic.
It is the same when it comes to training physically.
There can be a difference between an athlete and an athletic person. The two are not always mutually inclusive.
An athlete competes in a sport. And the term “sport” covers a broad area from competitive chess to ping-pong, from lawn darts and horse-shoes to the NFL or Rugby.
So I might be considered an athlete at billiards, but a person can do this while not being able to deadlift bodyweight or climb several flights of stairs. Being in this state as an athlete does not mean I am athletic.
An athletic person is a person who can be described as strong, agile, robust, sturdy, enduring, able-bodied, vigorous, muscular, powerful, and energetic. It is not any one quality that makes that person athletic, it’s having the complete package that makes one athletic.
Hence, just because a person competes in a sport and is considered an athlete, I dare say it does not automatically qualify such an individual as being athletic.
And in the same vein, a person can be very athletic and never compete in any sport.
Let that last sentence sink in.
The reality is: you don’t have to compete in any sport to be extremely athletic.
Enjoy the video that wraps up the machete series (we’ll be moving on to training videos from here on out): https://youtu.be/u_n157EI4oM