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Absolutely well spoken,I agree! Besides we are talking about war,but a lot of war starts with belief and doctorine. On the matter Zen and Chan are both are of the same origin. Please forgive my incurdence,fight over my belief I wouldnt dare.


Good point. Perhaps someone should make a topic about how belief and spirituality affect the martial way and wars.


Excellent,but I think it shouldnt be a part of war.Good practioners dont entertain negative thoughts such as war.However stupid but fact of life warriors of old hold this reputation.A warrior purifys his wicked soul.
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Absolutely well spoken,I agree! Besides we are talking about war,but a lot of war starts with belief and doctorine. On the matter Zen and Chan are both are of the same origin. Please forgive my incurdence,fight over my belief I wouldnt dare.


Good point. Perhaps someone should make a topic about how belief and spirituality affect the martial way and wars.


Excellent,but I think it shouldnt be a part of war.Good practioners dont entertain negative thoughts such as war.However stupid but fact of life warriors of old hold this reputation.A warrior purifys his wicked soul.


Many wars have been swayed by beliefs. Everyone fights for a reason.
Furthermore, the crusades are a prime example of how religion can be found at the core of a war.
Maybe they shouldn't be a part of war, but we can entertain the many ways it effects war and martial arts.
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Quite true my friend lets proceed!
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I'm thinking about dropping my kenjutsu training. I really love it, BUT I can't devote the time to it that it deserves. Also lately I have had the problem of concentrating when I practice, I find my mind wanders from what I should be doing, I don't have this problem in my other areas of study. My husband thinks that it might be my teacher, but I know I can't put the blame on him. It's not his fault I can't concentrate. Any advice?


I think the best bet is to prioritize. Make a list of pros and cons of keeping it up and leaving it. Then decide which contains the heaviest or most pros and see if they hold over all the cons.

About your mind wandering, what I do is before practice, I sit down in a comfortable area free of any distractions, then I think of all the things going on in my life and gradually push them aside, logically dissolving any worry about anything, to the point my mind is focused on training and nothing else intrudes. Then I get ready and go. You might want to try something like that.

It would depend on what your mind wanders to that would determine the source of the problem. If you question the teaching, talk to your instructor. Tell him you're having problems and seek his council. I would recommend this before quitting.




Thanks, I decided already to drop the class before you replied. I did follow what you said to do though with the list of pros and cons. Now all to do is find something else to do, I think it came down to the fact I need something completely different from what I already know was the reason behind the lack of concentration. Like a hand-to-hand combat art instead of a weapon art. I already study two without the kenjutsu and found out somethings about where I was training that didn't boat too well with me.
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I'm thinking about dropping my kenjutsu training. I really love it, BUT I can't devote the time to it that it deserves. Also lately I have had the problem of concentrating when I practice, I find my mind wanders from what I should be doing, I don't have this problem in my other areas of study. My husband thinks that it might be my teacher, but I know I can't put the blame on him. It's not his fault I can't concentrate. Any advice?


I think the best bet is to prioritize. Make a list of pros and cons of keeping it up and leaving it. Then decide which contains the heaviest or most pros and see if they hold over all the cons.

About your mind wandering, what I do is before practice, I sit down in a comfortable area free of any distractions, then I think of all the things going on in my life and gradually push them aside, logically dissolving any worry about anything, to the point my mind is focused on training and nothing else intrudes. Then I get ready and go. You might want to try something like that.

It would depend on what your mind wanders to that would determine the source of the problem. If you question the teaching, talk to your instructor. Tell him you're having problems and seek his council. I would recommend this before quitting.




Thanks, I decided already to drop the class before you replied. I did follow what you said to do though with the list of pros and cons. Now all to do is find something else to do, I think it came down to the fact I need something completely different from what I already know was the reason behind the lack of concentration. Like a hand-to-hand combat art instead of a weapon art. I already study two without the kenjutsu and found out somethings about where I was training that didn't boat too well with me.


Well I am glad you found your way.
Sorry again for the late reply.
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I'm thinking about dropping my kenjutsu training. I really love it, BUT I can't devote the time to it that it deserves. Also lately I have had the problem of concentrating when I practice, I find my mind wanders from what I should be doing, I don't have this problem in my other areas of study. My husband thinks that it might be my teacher, but I know I can't put the blame on him. It's not his fault I can't concentrate. Any advice?


I think the best bet is to prioritize. Make a list of pros and cons of keeping it up and leaving it. Then decide which contains the heaviest or most pros and see if they hold over all the cons.

About your mind wandering, what I do is before practice, I sit down in a comfortable area free of any distractions, then I think of all the things going on in my life and gradually push them aside, logically dissolving any worry about anything, to the point my mind is focused on training and nothing else intrudes. Then I get ready and go. You might want to try something like that.

It would depend on what your mind wanders to that would determine the source of the problem. If you question the teaching, talk to your instructor. Tell him you're having problems and seek his council. I would recommend this before quitting.




Thanks, I decided already to drop the class before you replied. I did follow what you said to do though with the list of pros and cons. Now all to do is find something else to do, I think it came down to the fact I need something completely different from what I already know was the reason behind the lack of concentration. Like a hand-to-hand combat art instead of a weapon art. I already study two without the kenjutsu and found out somethings about where I was training that didn't boat too well with me.


Well I am glad you found your way.
Sorry again for the late reply.


No problem.... and thank you.
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I want to ask about how to keep my body and spirit at its peak when I`m about to practice and shiai. Can u recommend the type of food and what should I do to get my mood to train. Lately my body is getting lazy and I can`t do a proper fumikomi (dash). Please help me
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I want to ask about how to keep my body and spirit at its peak when I`m about to practice and shiai. Can u recommend the type of food and what should I do to get my mood to train. Lately my body is getting lazy and I can`t do a proper fumikomi (dash). Please help me


Hmm.. Well to train your body, I would suggest eating things that are filling without having too many calories, things that give energy, and things with protein.

I am on a fairly intense workout regime right now. One thing that is VERY important is to eat breakfast everyday.
To get fit, you should eat a filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I keep telling my friends who want to lose weight and get fit that eating less is detrimental to their metabolism. If you eat more for breakfast lunch and dinner and try and eat each meal at roughly the same time each day, you're metabolism will get used to it and work quicker, plus you won't get as many snacky urges.

Breakfast is imperative to give you energy that you need. Another thing you should do is drink LOTS of water. I would recommend at least 10 cups a day. That's 2.5 quarts.

Now as for something that is filling, energizing, and contains healthy nutrients, I would recommend a snack. Something you can take and eat whenever you do get hungry. What kind of snack? Well none other than onigiri! Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball. For a good energizing filling I would highly recommend raisins, cranberries, and umeboshi. Raisins and cranberries give a lot of energy while umeboshi helps your immune system and is delicious as well. Either wrap it in nori or coat in sesame seeds and toast it in the oven.

A blend of almonds or other dried nuts with some raisins and dried cranberries makes another good snack that will energize you. Make a trail mix out of them. Just try and stay away from sugar and lots of trans fats. They will deteriorate your energy.

I would also recommend doing cardio for 15-30 minutes each day. This will increase your endurance.

I do a rather intensive water cardio in the pool each summer. The resistance from the water really adds up plus I do this under water so it makes my lungs powerful. I cannot surface until I do a full set of each cardio workout, so I hold my breath for fairly long amounts of time. If you ever plan on doing this, ALWAYS remember to have a spotter nearby.

Remember, cardio refers to an exercise that elevates the heart rate. If you have any medical conditions, talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise regime.
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666monster wrote:

I want to ask about how to keep my body and spirit at its peak when I`m about to practice and shiai. Can u recommend the type of food and what should I do to get my mood to train. Lately my body is getting lazy and I can`t do a proper fumikomi (dash). Please help me


Hmm.. Well to train your body, I would suggest eating things that are filling without having too many calories, things that give energy, and things with protein.

I am on a fairly intense workout regime right now. One thing that is VERY important is to eat breakfast everyday.
To get fit, you should eat a filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I keep telling my friends who want to lose weight and get fit that eating less is detrimental to their metabolism. If you eat more for breakfast lunch and dinner and try and eat each meal at roughly the same time each day, you're metabolism will get used to it and work quicker, plus you won't get as many snacky urges.

Breakfast is imperative to give you energy that you need. Another thing you should do is drink LOTS of water. I would recommend at least 10 cups a day. That's 2.5 quarts.

Now as for something that is filling, energizing, and contains healthy nutrients, I would recommend a snack. Something you can take and eat whenever you do get hungry. What kind of snack? Well none other than onigiri! Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball. For a good energizing filling I would highly recommend raisins, cranberries, and umeboshi. Raisins and cranberries give a lot of energy while umeboshi helps your immune system and is delicious as well. Either wrap it in nori or coat in sesame seeds and toast it in the oven.

A blend of almonds or other dried nuts with some raisins and dried cranberries makes another good snack that will energize you. Make a trail mix out of them. Just try and stay away from sugar and lots of trans fats. They will deteriorate your energy.

I would also recommend doing cardio for 15-30 minutes each day. This will increase your endurance.

I do a rather intensive water cardio in the pool each summer. The resistance from the water really adds up plus I do this under water so it makes my lungs powerful. I cannot surface until I do a full set of each cardio workout, so I hold my breath for fairly long amounts of time. If you ever plan on doing this, ALWAYS remember to have a spotter nearby.

Remember, cardio refers to an exercise that elevates the heart rate. If you have any medical conditions, talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise regime.


Breakfast is one difficult thing to do. Cause my schedule is full from 6 AM to 12 PM. Making me literally have no time to eat breakfast (Hell, I`ve tried finding breakfast at 5 AM but no place to eat open). I am in other province, and currently renting a room (yes only a room) So I have no stuff to cook rice. I know it is important to eat breakfast but........ Is there any easy to find food that is good for me that can be found at normal stores. Cause in my country there is no onigiri and the other things that u said isn`t available in normal stores in my country
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Breakfast is one difficult thing to do. Cause my schedule is full from 6 AM to 12 PM. Making me literally have no time to eat breakfast (Hell, I`ve tried finding breakfast at 5 AM but no place to eat open). I am in other province, and currently renting a room (yes only a room) So I have no stuff to cook rice. I know it is important to eat breakfast but........ Is there any easy to find food that is good for me that can be found at normal stores. Cause in my country there is no onigiri and the other things that u said isn`t available in normal stores in my country


Hmm... There's always a solution to these things. It's just a matter of finding it. Luckily finding solutions to things is my greatest talent.

Is there a friend or relative you can go to to make a batch of onigiri? There has to be some kitchen someone will let you use. I can tell you how to make onigiri if you don't know how. I'm a bit of a amateur chef myself.

I can see how umeboshi might be hard to get. I'll try and find a list somewhere of substitute fillings you can put in the onigiri.
Bandung, that's in Java, correct? Or is it Malaysia? Because my cousin lived in Indonesia for awhile and I can ask her what stuff you might have available in the stores there.

As for breakfast, maybe you can get stuff for breakfast that you wouldn't have to cook?
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Breakfast is one difficult thing to do. Cause my schedule is full from 6 AM to 12 PM. Making me literally have no time to eat breakfast (Hell, I`ve tried finding breakfast at 5 AM but no place to eat open). I am in other province, and currently renting a room (yes only a room) So I have no stuff to cook rice. I know it is important to eat breakfast but........ Is there any easy to find food that is good for me that can be found at normal stores. Cause in my country there is no onigiri and the other things that u said isn`t available in normal stores in my country


Hmm... There's always a solution to these things. It's just a matter of finding it. Luckily finding solutions to things is my greatest talent.

Is there a friend or relative you can go to to make a batch of onigiri? There has to be some kitchen someone will let you use. I can tell you how to make onigiri if you don't know how. I'm a bit of a amateur chef myself.

I can see how umeboshi might be hard to get. I'll try and find a list somewhere of substitute fillings you can put in the onigiri.
Bandung, that's in Java, correct? Or is it Malaysia? Because my cousin lived in Indonesia for awhile and I can ask her what stuff you might have available in the stores there.

As for breakfast, maybe you can get stuff for breakfast that you wouldn't have to cook?


Bread. Instant mie isn`t actually good. I can only think bread. Indonesia is my country. How about cereal like cornflakes. I never see it in my usual store but maybe there is.
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Bread. Instant mie isn`t actually good. I can only think bread. Indonesia is my country. How about cereal like cornflakes. I never see it in my usual store but maybe there is.


Well as long as you eat something with lots of nutrients that's filling for breakfast, you should be fine.
I eat whole-grain cereals. They are very good for you. Just try and stay away from cereals with lots of sugars and trans fats.
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666monster wrote:

I want to ask about how to keep my body and spirit at its peak when I`m about to practice and shiai. Can u recommend the type of food and what should I do to get my mood to train. Lately my body is getting lazy and I can`t do a proper fumikomi (dash). Please help me


Hmm.. Well to train your body, I would suggest eating things that are filling without having too many calories, things that give energy, and things with protein.

I am on a fairly intense workout regime right now. One thing that is VERY important is to eat breakfast everyday.
To get fit, you should eat a filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I keep telling my friends who want to lose weight and get fit that eating less is detrimental to their metabolism. If you eat more for breakfast lunch and dinner and try and eat each meal at roughly the same time each day, you're metabolism will get used to it and work quicker, plus you won't get as many snacky urges.

Breakfast is imperative to give you energy that you need. Another thing you should do is drink LOTS of water. I would recommend at least 10 cups a day. That's 2.5 quarts.

Now as for something that is filling, energizing, and contains healthy nutrients, I would recommend a snack. Something you can take and eat whenever you do get hungry. What kind of snack? Well none other than onigiri! Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball. For a good energizing filling I would highly recommend raisins, cranberries, and umeboshi. Raisins and cranberries give a lot of energy while umeboshi helps your immune system and is delicious as well. Either wrap it in nori or coat in sesame seeds and toast it in the oven.

A blend of almonds or other dried nuts with some raisins and dried cranberries makes another good snack that will energize you. Make a trail mix out of them. Just try and stay away from sugar and lots of trans fats. They will deteriorate your energy.

I would also recommend doing cardio for 15-30 minutes each day. This will increase your endurance.

I do a rather intensive water cardio in the pool each summer. The resistance from the water really adds up plus I do this under water so it makes my lungs powerful. I cannot surface until I do a full set of each cardio workout, so I hold my breath for fairly long amounts of time. If you ever plan on doing this, ALWAYS remember to have a spotter nearby.

Remember, cardio refers to an exercise that elevates the heart rate. If you have any medical conditions, talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise regime.



I was under the assumption that eating three large meals a day, while healthy, was not actually the best way. Various science and med students as well as teachers have told me that eating smaller meals while in taking the same volume, so more small meals daily, is better for loosing weight and building muscle. I've seen it in practice and it seems to work great.

I agree with you for most everything else, I would advise to not overdo it on the rice though. Not saying rice is all that bad, but the starch can be bad for your joints after you get a bit older. I'd say substituting whole grains as well as other things would be a good thing to do often. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast.
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I was under the assumption that eating three large meals a day, while healthy, was not actually the best way. Various science and med students as well as teachers have told me that eating smaller meals while in taking the same volume, so more small meals daily, is better for loosing weight and building muscle. I've seen it in practice and it seems to work great.

I agree with you for most everything else, I would advise to not overdo it on the rice though. Not saying rice is all that bad, but the starch can be bad for your joints after you get a bit older. I'd say substituting whole grains as well as other things would be a good thing to do often. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast.



Well you don't want to exceed your caloric intake, but if you eat more [but healthy] portions, you don't get the urge to snack enough.
That is to say that you should eat until you are not hungry anymore but not necessarily full.
Some people eat 6 meals a day and that works well too. However I go by what I learnt in college and by what my trainer and buddy, a 3 time Mr. Universe, Phil Williams told me.

I have been working out really intensely to get in shape by the time summer rolls in and the pools open. I've been doing 250 inverted crunches, 100 curls, 100 squats, 50 presses, 150 calf steps, 25 pushups, 50 situps, 10 chinups, and 10 whole minutes of weighted cardio not counting the 5 minute warmup and 5 minute cooldown. I've been doing this each morning at 6 AM without fail and then at night I do various workouts such as crunches, barbell workouts, weighted punch drills, etc.
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I was under the assumption that eating three large meals a day, while healthy, was not actually the best way. Various science and med students as well as teachers have told me that eating smaller meals while in taking the same volume, so more small meals daily, is better for loosing weight and building muscle. I've seen it in practice and it seems to work great.

I agree with you for most everything else, I would advise to not overdo it on the rice though. Not saying rice is all that bad, but the starch can be bad for your joints after you get a bit older. I'd say substituting whole grains as well as other things would be a good thing to do often. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast.



Well you don't want to exceed your caloric intake, but if you eat more [but healthy] portions, you don't get the urge to snack enough.
That is to say that you should eat until you are not hungry anymore but not necessarily full.
Some people eat 6 meals a day and that works well too. However I go by what I learnt in college and by what my trainer and buddy, a 3 time Mr. Universe, Phil Williams told me.

I have been working out really intensely to get in shape by the time summer rolls in and the pools open. I've been doing 250 inverted crunches, 100 curls, 100 squats, 50 presses, 150 calf steps, 25 pushups, 50 situps, 10 chinups, and 10 whole minutes of weighted cardio not counting the 5 minute warmup and 5 minute cooldown. I've been doing this each morning at 6 AM without fail and then at night I do various workouts such as crunches, barbell workouts, weighted punch drills, etc.


Sounds like a pretty intense workout, but you're quite possibly talking to one of the most lazy people you know hehehe.

hmmm... as far as the diet of a Mr. Universe goes, their intake is quite different from that of a regular person. Scientifically; why they eat the way they do is beyond me, but as far as I know it may be good for them but not so good for us. I'm guessing the six meals a day deal is probably better for the person who is not pumping iron or working out quite so hard but is just trying to be relatively fit and trim. Otherwise I agree with what you're saying. And yes, caloric intake is important, what is it, 1800 calories per day for a male?
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