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A Martial Artist Adult Testimonials: By Louis Schroeder Martial Arts in Cary,NC


Louis Schroeder,

Deep in the rural region of Matsubusi, Japan there lives a man named Shoto Tanemura. His name literally translates to the law of the sword. Mr. Tanemura is the 34th grandmaster of Ninpo and ancient martial art with roots that date back over 1000 years. For centuries this art was kept secret from all outsiders, but their came a time when Grand Master Takamatsu Toshitsugu decided that the martial art of Ninpo came from the world and therefore it must be given back to the world. Grand Master Takamatsu was born in 1887 and died in 1972. After his death his legacy has been carried out by Grand Master Tanemura. Tanemura has since brought the art of Ninpo from a small region of Japan to almost every continent in the world. Perhaps, you may ask why this art based around an ancient Japanese religion and culture has been so widely accepted in the modern world. I believe that it is because of the underlying ethics, principles, and philosophy involved in the art. To give you an idea of what philosophy and principles I am referring to I will provide you with a small example. Ninpo when broken down translates to Nin – patience and perseverance, and Po – which encompasses a much more complex meaning, translates to ultimate and eternal reality; together they can be understood to mean the ultimate and eternal reality of patience and perseverance as stated on Shihan Roy Rons Web Site This name suits the Ninpo practitioner because; in Ninpo unlike in the samurai arts it is believed that the ends justify the means. In Ninpo if your goal is pure how you accomplish this goal does not matter. You must use all that is at your disposal to persevere over what ever obstacle is in the way of achieving that goal. In order for one to understand this belief you must first understand the ninja as a person. The character Nin can be separated into two parts as well; these two parts are the heart and the blade. When this was first explained to me by my teacher He said that means one who practices Ninpo should have a heart and mind that is as sharp and pure as a blade, he also continued to say that you should always use the heart before the blade because a person that trains in these potentially dangerous arts must have compassion even toward his attacker. It is this pure and compassionate heart that allows the ninja to use his abilities for universal good. Ninpo is not used to achieve self serving goals; it should be used to defend others who are weaker then yourself, your country, and then yourself. “If an expert in the fighting arts sincerely pursues the essence of Ninpo, devoid of the influence of the ego’s desires, the student will progressively come to realize the ultimate secret to becoming invisible – The attainment of the “mind and heart of god.”” Grand Master Toshitsugu Takamatsu.

A Scottish man named James Wright, who is one of Tanemura top students, was asked why he chose to move to Japan and train with Tanemura. He responded that Tanemura was a great man and that he saw it as an opportunity to grade up his life. I believe this is the reason many Americans and foreigners all over the world have accepted this martial art. The unwavering dedication to self and global betterment is intriguing to all people, because people know how hard it is to dedicate your life to constant physical and mental betterment and I believe it is seen by many to be honorable. However, though the reward is great the sacrifice is also high. There have been many days when came home from training with bruises covering my legs and arms, broken toes, sprained thumbs or pulled joints. Other days I might come home so physically exhausted that I would feel like vomiting. From this type of training I have grown mental strong. By denying my body what it wants I have learned what it needs. Physical and mental training in Ninpo is not enough. Spiritual training is also necessary. You must learn to sense murderous intent. For example to test for one of the very high levels in Ninpo ones teacher will tell the student to sit in seiza, (a Japanese kneeling posture), with his eyes closed, the teacher with then leave the room after waiting an undetermined amount of time the teacher will return being careful the student does not hear him and will attack the student with murderous intent (sakki) using a razor sharp blade. Sitting in seiza is something that is done all the time in Ninpo, therefore the student who is not aware he will be tested will have no idea that he soon will be attacked. The student must sense the murderous intent emitted by his teacher and evade the blade if not he will be killed. It is this type of spiritual development that separates Ninpo from other martial arts. This mystical aspect may attract people toward the art of Ninpo, but as you train your motives change from trying to attain skills to show off in front of others to wanting self betterment and a greater understanding of your own body, mind, and spirit. If your Motives remain unchanged then you can only go so far in the system of Ninpo. I have seen many students who came to my school looking to learn how to be a “ninja”, as they know them from movies, most of these students do not last very long when they find out the amount of dedication, spiritual refinement, and sacrifice needed to accomplish their goal. Ninpo is not a hobby it is a way of life that requires discipline, dedication, and sacrifice.

This way of life was brought to New York by a man named Ismael Rodriguez. After practicing martial arts for 20 or so years Ismael was in search of something that could take his training to the next level. During his search he found the martial art of Ninpo. As he learned more about the spiritual refinement and discipline of Ninpo he became captivated by the art. Ismael who at that time was a Brooklyn native decided to travel to Ohio, were at that time there was one of very few Ninpo schools. There he met a Japanese man named Haguchi who taught him the discipline of Ninpo. Through constant training and spiritual refinement Ismael, began to uncover some of the mysteries of Ninpo. When Ismael’s training with Haguchi had come to an end, Ismael left Ohio and returned to New York. After he returned, Ismael decided that he wanted to teach the many skills he had learned to others. After a rocky start financially, Ismael was finally was able to open up his own school in Brooklyn, which after 20 years is still is there. It was at this school that I began my training. The First thing I remember before I signed up was Ismael correcting my etiquette; I was standing with my arms folded and he told me that, “in Japan to stand with your arms folded means that you are the strongest and most skilled person in the room”, Then he grinned at me as I nervously put my arms to my sides. From that day on I was obsessed with Ninpo; I attended every class that was available and still do. In the beginning I wanted to learn techniques I could use in fights; which due to my neighborhood in Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn were all to frequent, however as I progressed I became more interested in the deep spiritual aspects of the art. As I continued to advance even further self defense was so natural I no longer needed to think about it. It was at this time I learned the importance of showing mercy toward your attackers.

At the Beginning of each class we recite a prayer in Japanese this is the prayers English translation as it is written on the Genbukan website “The essence of the Ninja spirit is fortitude: Perseverance of mind, body, and consciousness. Endure Shame, forget jealousy. The origin is patience. “Nin” is not the blade over the heart to hurt others “Nin” means “kajo Waraku.” A truly strong and compassionate heart, pure as a tender flower, such a heart shall enjoy peace.

Hence, attain the wonder of the changing strategy. Your body shall naturally evade the opponent’s sword. In defense against the enemies of justice, societies, and our country, utilize nature’s earth, water, fire, wind, and air. This is the fundamental principle of the ninja.” This prayer sums up the beliefs of a Ninpo practitioner. Another Symbol used in Ninpo is the lotus flower. This flower is significant because though the surroundings it grows out of are dirty and swamp like, the flower is still beautiful. We are told that we also should but be like the lotus flower and regardless of what may be in our environment grow up to be internally beautiful.

Though we may learn techniques which have the potential to be deadly, the art of Ninpo is about preserving life and becoming at harmony with nature. We are taught that because human beings have the ability to take life it is there responsibility to preserve life, no matter how small or insignificant that life may seem. It is highly forbidden to kill anything in our training area, weather it is a mosquito or a water bug they will be captured and immediately released outside. Once I absentmindedly swatted and killed a mosquito on my arm, my Teacher stopped class and yelled at me never to kill anything again. In the same way that all people should care for nature’s disadvantaged, Ninpo practitioners are taught that we should help others who may be more vulnerable then us. There is a saying in Ninpo that is also common to Americans, this saying is, “if someone witnesses an injustice, and does nothing that is a greater injustice.” This does not mean that you should try to take on 12 men with knives robbing a store; rather what it means is that you should due what ever you possibly can to help the victim. Not all cases can be solved by violence. If you were to stop a robbery buy attacking the people committing the injustice and put them into a hospital, perhaps the next time they see the man you helped they will stab and kill him, who then have you helped? That is why the Ninja Must develop his mind and learn to solve problems without confrontation. Perhaps, deception will best serve your goal. Only as a last resort, will a ninja use force, the ninja would much rather fool or distract his opponent to achieve his goal. These types of tactics are why the ninjas are often portrayed as ruthless assassins with magical powers. “Rather then face battle with a very strong adversary the ninja would rather throw an object so that he can escape” James Wright. When fighting is concerned the Ninpo practitioner had no set ethics. Whatever the ninja has to do to protect what he thinks is just and good he does. To be a student of Ninpo on must also be a student of life. Learning everyday from everything he does. He has to keep an open mind and a pure heart, however that heart must also be as sharp and cold as a blade. Due to the secretive nature of Ninpo most of the teachings are passed down through Kuden. Kuden means oral teachings or heart to heart. It is said that these oral teachings are more important then techniques. “A teacher’s goal is to plant inside his student a seed. Hopefully the student will grow up to be a plant and have seeds of his own” Shoto Tanemura, this will ensure that Ninpo lives on forever in the hearts of its practitioners

Rid Yourself Of Back Pain By Using These Tips

Back Pain

TIP! Never try to ignore your back pain. Some people do not pay attention to the painful warnings of their bodies.

Persistent and recurring back pain affects millions of adult men and women every year. Whether the pain is brought about by accident, injury, or poor health, this condition can make it very difficult to function normally in everyday life. Fortunately, this selection of tips and advice should offer some relief from discomfort.

TIP! If you get chronic back pains, make sure you start seeing the chiropractor. Seeing a chiropractor regularly may help you fix small problems before they turn into more serious injuries.

You can prevent unnecessary back injuries even without a brace. To reduce the amount of strain your back absorbs, always stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend and lift from your knees instead of from your back. Centering heavy items prior to lifting them also helps to prevent strain.

TIP! Take over-the-counter pain medications first.

A simple over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can usually take the edge off most backaches. Follow the instructions on the label, and take it as directed when your back starts acting up. If it isn’t enough, consider paying a visit to your doctor.


TIP! Certain conditions where paralysis results can be remedied by some forms of surgery, depending on the case and the severity of your condition. There are also other back problems that can improve through surgery.

To avoid back pain when reading documents, hold the documents in a fashion whereby you can read with your eyes parallel with the document. Looking and reading documents sideways or up and downward will place a lot of strain on the upper back muscles causing you to have back pain.

TIP! It may seem counter-intuitive, but those who have back pain need to exercise regularly. People dealing with back pain usually think that activity will worsen their pain, but therapeutic exercise is extremely helpful.

Do not wear a shoe with a heel over one inch. If heels higher than this are worn, the wearer’s center of gravity shifts. This causes back strain and pain. It can become chronic pain if high heels are worn often. If they must be worn, limiting the amount of time spent in them will help decrease the chance of pain and injury.

TIP! A great way to relax is to let your entire body become completely limp while lying in bed. This can help your whole body relaxation and improve its function.

Studies say that 66 percent of people have pain in their back during some time in their lives. Lots of people think that back pain can be traced to a single injury or incident. In many cases, back pain is attributable to a combination of factors and events.

TIP! Avoid back pain while breastfeeding by feeding on your chair instead of a couch. The position you hold your body in might cause back pain or spasms if you sit properly.

Be sure that you do not wear a heavy backpack and watch how you have it positioned on your back. Having too much in your backpack can cause strain in your back, which can cause pain. Also, if you have it too high or too low, you risk straining your back.

TIP! Make sure that you are sitting up straight. Bad posture tends to put strain on your spine and back.

Staying fit is always important for those who suffer from back pain. While there are many different causes of back pain, there is no doubt that carrying around extra weight on your body certainly doesn’t help matters. Shedding some pounds will go a long way toward alleviating your back pain issues.

TIP! Use cold or heat to alleviate back pain. Ice will help relieve the discomfort and brings down inflammation.

Back pain is a very physical problem. Pain is a physical feeling. Nevertheless, back pain can be caused by non-physical sources, such as stress, anxiety and repressed emotions. Stress and anxiety cause muscle contraction and stiffness, which translate into back pain. Practice relaxation as well as a physical exercise for some relief. If severe, see a doctor.

TIP! Be aware of your posture throughout the day and night. Your back should be straight; your elbows should be at your sides, with one in front of the other and as you type, keep your elbows by your sides.

Find a comfortable position to sleep in. Although sleeping on the back might not be very comfortable, it’s typically a great method of reducing back pain, especially if you place a heading pad underneath your body. Never sleep on your stomach!

TIP! Visit your local natural foods or holistic store to see if they offer any back pain. Different stores and specialists will recommend different types of items.

Being overweight is one of the biggest causes of back pain in the world, so always attempt to maintain a healthy weight if you’re fighting back pain. You will find as an overweight individual that as you begin to lose the weight, your back pain will lessen. The goal should be to keep fighting to lose the weight.

TIP! Smoking can be a cause of back pain for some people. Smoking can cause degeneration of spinal discs by reducing blood flow.

Your back pain could be a distant memory if you have access to a vibrating chair. These chairs are usually equipped different strength levels of the vibrating system as well as being able to hone in on certain areas of your back. As a bonus, your chair might heat up, too!

TIP! Learn some simple breathing techniques to deal with your back pain. They just might help you reduce some of the pain.

While back pain is certainly more commonly found in the elderly this does not indicate that younger people will not experience it. If you are not living an active lifestyle you can have back pain at a very young age. This is also true for people who play heavy sports.

TIP! If your job requires you to sit for long periods of time, a small footstool to rest your feet on can be very helpful. Just raising your feet up at the onset of back pain.

So many things that it is often very difficult to identify what is causing it can cause back pain. Be sure to talk to a doctor and have him walk you through your routine, including sleeping positions. Hopefully he will be able to find some potential causes.

TIP! Get help in your back. You shouldn’t be ashamed to let someone help lifting things or doing house cleaning.

If you can, try to avoid those specialty products and molded pillows and the like to assist in relieving back pain. These cause your body to conform to a certain position, and once you’re no longer in this position, the pain can return. Simply put, it’s just a waste of money. You can relieve back pain on your own.

TIP! Keep an eye on your posture. To reduce any pain caused by having a bad back, become very aware of your posture and monitor yourself often.

Always make sure that you have a lot of water that your are drinking throughout the day. The more water your drink, the more fluid your back will be instead of stiff. Water also enhances the heights of invertebrate disks, which are your body’s natural shock absorbers, so you really want them working for you!

TIP! Back pain sufferers should have a comfortable chair to sit in when you are at work. Sitting compresses the discs in your back.

Avoid standing for long periods of time. Standing for too long aggravates the back muscles and puts a great amount of strain on them. Make sure to sit when you can and to avoid situations that require standing for too long. If you know you will have to stand for a long time, make sure to stretch before and afterwards.

Instead of allowing your back pain to keep you from participating in the physical activities of Martial Arts or any other sports that you love, follow the advice in this article and learn how you can regain control of your life without interference. These tips will offer insight into your different options for treatment of back pain.

Fitness Made Simple With Effective Strategies That Work!


Fitness can be a great thing to enter into, no matter how much knowledge or skill you have associated with it. Don’t be fooled by competitions and tournaments that you see on

television. There is more to fitness than competition. Read through these tips to see the fun that can be had with this activity.

Having strong thighs can really go a long way in protecting your knees. Tearing a ligament in back of the kneecap is a sports injury that occurs quite frequently. To keep your knees safe it is crucial to include exercises for both your quads and hamstrings. Leg curls and extensions are great exercises for your hamstrings and quads.

Make sure you remember to stretch daily. Stretching is especially important before you begin exercising. Limbering up will lessen your chances of pulling a muscle or injuring yourself. It also keeps you flexible and better prepares the rest of your body for the workout that is about to come.

It is essential to maintain proper form when walking to prevent injury. Try to walk upright and with your shoulders drawn back. Keep your elbows at right angles as you swing your arms. You should swing your arms in a rhythm opposite that of your front foot. Make sure that you are walking heal to toe.

While exercising, find something that will take your mind off of the physical activity you’re doing. The reason people listen to music or watch television while working out is that it tricks your brain into thinking the time has flown by. Find a playlist you enjoy, or bring a book with you while on the treadmill.

You won’t be able to get a six pack by doing endless crunches. Although strengthening abdominal muscles has great benefits, the process alone will not get rid of your belly fat. If you want flat abs, you have to take care of your diet and do a lot of cardio and weight training to cut body fat.

Stretches should be performed before you begin your exercise and afterwards to cool the muscle from intense performance. When stretching, it is best to hold a position for 15 to 30 seconds and try not to bounce during the hold. Bouncing will force the muscle to hit a tendon or body part unnecessarily and may cause injury.

Early morning workouts are a great way to start your day, but many people have a difficult time pulling off a 6 a.m. start time. Start out slowly by waking up just a quarter of an hour before your normal time, and then use that time to do something easy like walking or jump rope. This helps to get your body moving and gives you the energy to keep your fitness program going.

Work on keeping your muscles limber by holding your stretches. For those under 40, try holding your stretches for about 30 seconds. For those over 40, try holding them for about 60 seconds. The reason for the time difference is that muscles lose their pliability as you grow older and can become strained or receive injury more easily than when you’re younger.

Avoiding skipping your workouts on the weekends. Although it is tempting to sit back and be lazy in the weekend, resist the temptation. You should be thinking about weight loss every day. It is not possible to not do anything all weekend and do it during the week.

To maximize the effects of your workouts, make sure to eat immediately after working out. Shakes full of protein are a great thing to consume after your workouts because they can help you build muscle very quickly. Try making one with fat-free frozen yogurt, fruit, egg substitute, and some cocoa powder for a great post-workout boost.

It is very important that you schedule out your day so that you can find some time to workout and eat properly. If you do not have a schedule of fitness and meals, you could find yourself caught out in public on a lunch break and end up eating some unhealthy fast food because you are in a rush. Use this time to pack yourself a healthy lunch and a couple of nutritious snacks.

If you aim to grow bigger and stronger, do not be afraid of meat. You should aim to eat around four to eight ounces on a daily basis in order to effectively achieve these goals. Even though you can grow muscle without eating meat, studies have shown that people who ate meat gained much more muscle compared to people who did not.

Alternate crunches and sit ups. Many people have heard unfavorable things about situps. While exercising your abs, remember not to anchor your feet with sit-ups as they can be bad for your back. This form of sit-ups is still not good for your back.

If basketball is your game and you are looking to increase your ball handling skills, then practice your dribbling while wearing canvas work gloves. It’s been shown that the glove’s thickness actually helps increase the sensitivity of the tips of your fingers. So when you do finally take off those gloves, you will have better control of the ball!

Volunteer work is a good way to serve the community while getting some much needed exercise. Communities are always in need of people who can help with various physical activities that they will appreciate your help doing. It will get you moving and provide a needed service.

Always rest your squat bar on your shoulders. If you are performing squats using a weight bar for added benefit, never allow the bar to rest on your neck. Placing it on your shoulders ensures that you will not have an accidental neck injury from having too much weight placed on a sensitive area.

For easy fitness, try working in the yard. Any type of yard work will maximize the amount of calories you burn and also make your neighbors jealous. This makes for a perfect workout opportunity. Doing yard work just once a week can provide you with a great, fun workout. The time will go by quickly and both your body and your yard will look great.

Find out the distances you travel to errands you run. Things like the bank or a quick shopping trip. Any distance you are going that is under a mile should be done by walking it. If you closely follow this rule you will reach your fitness goals in no time.

Maintain proper balance at all times. If you only work out either your abdominal muscles or your lower back muscles, prepare to get some back pain. Exercising both of these places every time can prevent pain in your back that can ruin your routine.

Make sure to loosen up your muscles before you engage in weight lifting. Stretching the muscle you are going to lift should be standard practice for everybody. If you are under 40, a 30 second stretch is adequate. However, if you are over 40, then you may want to stretch longer.

To target your quadriceps, do leg extensions. This is a simple exercise and most gyms offer the equipment needed for leg extensions. All you do is extend your legs upward while you are sitting down.

Planning a family picnic at the local park? Take along a Frisbee, the bicycles and or a soccer ball. You can also play a game of tag or kickball in an open field. Fun activities are a great way to burn calories while spending time together and many times, they don’t cost a thing.

You should do your bicep exercises the right way. You do not want to strain your arm muscles. If you want to do it the right way, pull the wrist back and hold it through your curl. Slowly release your wrist into a normal position. This is the way to do a proper bicep curl.

Make sure to go to your doctor and get a physical before beginning any fitness program. It is important to get a physical to determine your height, weight and body mass index. Additionally, your doctor will be able to make sure your body is healthy enough to begin a rigorous fitness program.

Get back into your routine if you get back into it as soon as possible. If you only exercise the injured muscles a little, without putting too much strain on them, the muscles will actually heal faster. These exercises promote blood flow to the area, as well as giving the injury a chance to stretch and strengthen.

Running is an excellent way to keep fitness in your life. Start slow, such as around your block or even half way down it a day. Eventually you’ll be able to run many blocks. Running will boost your stamina and it will also help you keep a healthy heart and circulatory system.

One easy way to include fitness in your daily routine is to incorporate it into your chores. For example, if you’re already on the floor attempting to clean up a spill, you could do a few lunge exercises. Push-ups is a good choice too. Do small rounds of physical activity whenever you can and you’ll notice your fitness increasing rapidly.

The cool down period is an essential part of any fitness routine and the perfect way to end an intense workout. You can cool down by stretching to cut down on any muscle soreness you might experience after a workout. Cooling down is also a great way to let your heart settle back into its normal rhythm.

As you work out your biceps, try to bend your wrists to work them harder. You should bend the wrists back and do the bicep curl this way. Your body will eventually adjust if it feels uncomfortable.

A great tip for standing arm curls is to completely straighten your arms on the down stroke by flexing your triceps. Not only does this ensure that you are working your bicep throughout its entire range of motion, it has the added benefit of working your tricep with one exercise.

Try jogging with a friend. It’s especially motivating if your friend is in better shape than you. Those friends not only challenge you but are living and breathing examples of the goal you are aiming to achieve. You may see yourself achieving your own fitness goals by watching how your friend runs harder or faster.

When you drop several inches on your waistline, try new clothes! You can observe how much weight you’ve lost by trying on new pairs of pants and clothing that you previously might have never thought you could. Wearing those clothes you never thought were possible can be a great inspirational booster to people who want to gain a better figure.

Are there any local businesses with exercise machines? Your company may have a personal gym, or it may offer discounted gym memberships to local clubs. No matter what, you should know your local gym if you want to get fit. You are much more likely to keep your commitment to fitness if you are in close proximity to the gym.

Take a picture of yourself as you progress with your work out. Looking back at your former body with a fond sort of disgust can be helpful to some people. If you need to steel yourself to keep going forward, you should look backwards and see what you’ve been trying to prevent. Through good diet and proper exercise you should be able to see a nice change between monthly pictures.

Make sure that you’re doing sit-ups correctly so you don’t risk causing a lower back injury. You can utilize a swiss ball along with a rolled up towel positioned low on the lower back to obtain a similiar type of effect. Do not put your feet under a chair or couch when doing situps; it could hurt your back.

As was previously stated, fitness can be a great activity for anyone to get into. It takes a little knowledge to learn the basics so that you can start doing it correctly, but you don’t have to become a fitness buff if you don’t want to. Just keep those tips in mind and enjoy yourself!  Also in your program try to include some MARTIAL ARTS

Don’t Stress Out! Useful Tips And Tricks To Help!

TIP! You can reduce the amount of toxins circulating in your body while you jog. Go running or jogging to eliminate stress out of your life.

If you are suffering from a lot of stress, one of the best things that you can do is pray. This will reduce the amount of tension in your body and allow your mind to focus on more peaceful things. Pray at least once a day to minimize your stress level.

The human body is absolutely incredible. Our minds and our physical structures are incredibly strong. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re not susceptible to a wide assortment of ailments and injuries as other people. Even the strongest among us become stressed out and needs tips to help in a pinch. Check out this article if you’re feeling the strain of stress.

Take time for a mini self-massage. Taking the palm of your hand and simply massage it with the thumb of the other hand in a circular motion can help to relieve your stress. You could also use a massage tool to do this. Massage works wonders at getting rid of stress.

TIP! A fun way to reduce your stress level is to visit a professional massage. Tense muscles are a byproduct of your body only lead to more stress.

A great tip that can help you fight stress is to simply pet your dog. Studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog can greatly reduce stress levels in the body. The next time you’re feeling stressed out just pet your dog for a few minutes.

A great tip that can help you keep stress down is to turn off the television. Studies have shown that watching television actually increases our stress levels. You don’t have to stop watching it completely but you should definitely limit how much television you’re going to watch everyday.

Keeping up with your regular medical check ups can reduce your stress by giving you some peace of mind. Uncertainty about your health can cause more stress, and skipping those preventative measures will only cost you in the future. Go to the doctor regularly, adopt a good diet and exercise every day so you do not have to worry about your health.

TIP! Identifying triggers that causes stress can definitely help to relieve it. If the source of your stress can be banished from your life, simply remove that from your life.

In order to keep your stress level under control, you might want to consider taking up hiking. This is important because nature can be extremely relaxing in itself. This is also important because you are getting exercise at the same time – taking out two birds with one stone!

If you have a lot of excess dry skin on your face, one of the best ways to relieve your stress is to get a facial. This will allow your skin to breathe so that you feel fresh for the better part of the day. Give yourself a facial to help your anxiety and melt away your stress.

TIP! A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop procrastinating. If you have projects that need to be completed, you should make sure you finish them on time. Procrastinating might feel comfortable at first, but it will ultimately lead to a lot of stress.

Make plans to take a long walk or go jogging with people you enjoy being with. It is important to reduce the toxins in your body, as you will be able to sweat them out this way. Allow jogging and running to help you de-stress.

Admit your stress. Each of us have our own stress signal, whether is it teeth gritting, neck pain, shoulder pain, shallow breathing, or loss of temper. Take time to figure out what yours is and then say out loud, “I am feeling stressed” once you start to feel that way. Saying it and realizing you are starting to feel stressed will help slow down the negative emotions.

TIP! Talking with other people can be a great way to reduce your stress. Releasing pent-up anxiety and other emotions is the most important way to help yourself feel so much better.

Learn positive thinking techniques to conquer stress. When you are feeling stressful, site down and take some deep breaths. Close your eyes and think of yourself in your favorite relaxing place. Whether it is on a beach relaxing and sipping a drink or at a ball game with your kids, laughing and having a good time. Just thinking about positive and stress free situations will make the stress go away.

Admit your stress. Each of us have our own stress signal, whether is it teeth gritting, neck pain, shoulder pain, shallow breathing, or loss of temper. Take time to figure out what yours is and then say out loud, “I am feeling stressed” once you start to feel that way. Saying it and realizing you are starting to feel stressed will help slow down the negative emotions.

Take some time for yourself. Always set aside a little time each day to devote to yourself. Whether it’s a little time in the morning before anyone else is awake or in the evening when dinner is over – try to relax. Some people find that meditation helps them, some like relaxing in a warm bath, whereas others like to destress themselves by going for a walk or a run.

 TIP! A long bath can just float away and relax is an amazing stress reliever.Add some scented oil or soap to your bath water for an added aromatherapy boost.

Although it may seem incredibly silly, the very act of counting to ten slowly can really help you to clear your head and allow you to move past the stress. If you think that there is no way that this could help you out, you should give it a try.

In order to keep your stress under control, it would be wise to stay away from caffeine. This is important because this drug is known to cause anxiety in some people, therefore making stress harder to deal with. It can be hard to break away from, but you will feel better once you learn to live without it.

If you are out and about for the majority of the day, you will constantly be in the light. When you get home, one thing that you should do is dim the lights as low as possible. Light puts a lot of tension on the eyes, which can elevate your stress level.

 TIP! If you are constantly going somewhere, you are probably not taking the time to think. As the day progresses, try to limit the times that you rush, which will help your anxiety level.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress down is to not worry too much about things that haven’t happened yet. Obsessing about events in the future will keep you on edge and feeling stressed out all the time. You have to learn to deal with things as they come. Do your best to enjoy the moment that you are in, and never feel guilty about enjoying life.

Stress can cause some people to use illicit substances or drink too much alcohol. These methods only provide temporary relief for those that use them. Alcohol and drugs though, are not the solution. Turning to drugs and alcohol will often add to your problems, and cause even more stress.

If you’ve been feeling really stressed, finding a new hobby or refocusing on an old one can help you relax. Whether it’s gardening, knitting, hiking or painting, a hobby can help you step back from whatever is stressing you and get a new perspective on life. Take time out from each day to engage in your hobby.

TIP! One natural way to reduce the effects of stress is to make your lifestyle that is healthier. Your body’s ability to combat stress and anxiety is enhanced by an improved diet, enjoy regular exercise and get adequate rest each night.

Do not let your stress control you, be a fighter and knock it out. Oftentimes when people are in a stressful situation, they will wonder what they did to deserve what is happening. This makes a person feel helpless to what is going on around them and leads to stress. Focus on being proactive and do something to handle the problem, therefore eliminating the stress.

Be silly! Acting a little silly or crazy can remove you from a stressful situation. Do something that makes you laugh and helps you to forget about your stress for a few minutes. Research shows that smiling and laughing, even if it is fake can help to take some stress away.

A great tip to help you battle stress is to break down difficult tasks into smaller tasks. It’s much easier to finish a task that’s broken down into smaller steps. Don’t make it hard on yourself by trying to accomplish a daunting task without breaking it down into smaller steps.

TIP! Another stress is to use of visual imagery. Research has found that visualizing calming images can be an effective method of relieving stress.

This next tip for dealing with stress may sound like common knowledge, but not many people realize it. To get rid of stress in your life, you must remember to avoid the cause of the stress. Stay away from situations that are stressful. The more you stay around stress, the worse your life will be.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress down, is to plant your own garden. Not only is gardening a fun hobby to have, it will keep your stress levels down, as well. You’ll also be able to show off your garden to anyone you have over.

Stress is a major factor in all of our lives, in order to minimize the stress and keep your life in balance, don’t overreact. Whatever the situation is, just take it in stride, keep your emotions in check, and don’t overreact. Just slow down, think clearly, and you will find a solution to the issue.

 TIP! Smiling is one of the most simple way to reduce your stress. Smiling is a reaction to being happy and at ease, but just doing it can make us feel that way.

Get organized. By getting yourself organized, you can cut down on the feelings of stress you feel from being overwhelmed. To fight that feeling, make a list of what you need to do each day. Follow your list and you won’t forget anything. What’s more, you won’t feel stress from wondering whether you are getting everything done.

Although it seems unimaginable, cutting the stress out of your life is a goal you can achieve. Once you start identifying the things that cause you stress, you should then work on how to overcome them.

Try doing some yoga to eliminate your stress symptoms. The intention of yoga is to merge the body and the mind into one peaceful state. During practice, your mind is brought to a state of calm as you begin to bring your focus onto different areas of your body. The yoga positions encourage flexibility in your muscles. The overall effect is a powerfully calming one that can free you from stresses both physical and mental.

TIP! When you need to purchase lotion or shampoo, buy some shampoos and body lotions that have a great smell to them. If you enjoy your own scent, you will feel much better about yourself, and that will help you calm your stress.

Visualizing calm, soothing objects or sounds can help reduce stress. Take a deep breath, and think about people and events that make you feel happy and relaxed. Actually picture these things in your head in living, breathing color rather than just thinking of them. It is imperative that you practice this technique daily, and it can help immensely whenever stress-inducing thoughts occur.

If you eat foods that have a lot of carbohydrates, your body will release serotonin. This is your body’s natural relaxing chemical. So if you’re feeling stressed, munch on some crackers, pretzels, a bagel, or other snacks that have a lot of carbohydrates in them. This will help your body naturally relax itself.

Stress can be a trigger for anxiety and panic attacks. Too much stress can contribute to hyperventilation and anxiety that can lead to a full-blown panic attack. If you suffer from stress and anxiety, find ways to relax, breathe deeply and take a time-out. If your stress is severe, it is wise to consult a doctor.

As strong as you may be, there will come a time when things simply become too much to take and this is where the above article can help you out. Beating back the stress associated with our hectic lives is essential for our mental wellbeing. Use what you’ve read here to lead a life bereft of stress.

Real Nutrition Advice For Real People To Use



ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODSProper nutrition is one of the most basic building blocks that leads to good overall health. There is so much information out there on the topic of nutrition, however, that sifting through it can be overwhelming. The following tips can help clarify some of the myths about nutrition.

The most important part of most foods you buy in the grocery store, is the label on the back. Taking the time to read the nutritional values on the packages before you buy, helps toinsure that you are making the right choice for yourself and the ones you love.

Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and nuts. You should try to eliminate snacking all together, but if you find yourself craving something to munch on throughout the day or for a midnight snack, try having a piece of fruit. It can be just as filling as a cupcake or cookie but it’s a lot healthier and a lot less calories.

Vitamin E is an important part of a healthy diet. It acts as an antioxidant, ridding the body of free radicals that have the ability to damage your cells and help to cause cancer and cardiovascular disease. Immune function and DNA repair are also helped by Vitamin E. You can get Vitamin E in vegetables oils, fortified cereals, nuts, beans, whole grains and leafy green vegetables.

To avoid overworking your digestive track, try to avoid eating two hours before you go to bed. Your body needs this time to fully digest what you have consumed that entire day and by eating before bed, you are causing it to overwork. Give your body a break at night.

When you “study up” on nutrition, be sure to read about more than one approach. There is more than one school of thought, and fashions come and go–even in this supposed “science.” In making a decision on which one to follow, the crucial test is what actually works for you. You may have to put more than one theory to the test before finding the one right for you.

To understand nutrition better, read about food groups. This is the basis of a healthy diet. Make sure you eat aliments from all these groups everyday in reasonable quantities. The main food groups are carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, dairy, oils and meats. Learn how to classify aliments according to their groups.

Mix protein and carbohydrates when you sit down to eat. You’ll still get energy from the carbohydrates, but the protein will ensure that there is something in your system besides sugar. Eating a mix of the two this way will keep your blood sugar stable and keep your appetite down.

Make sure you eat foods containing vitamin C everyday. Humans are unable to produce or store vitamin C and deficiency can cause soft gums, skin hemorrhages, brittle teeth and nails, slow wound healing, anemia and eventually scurvy. Good sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits like limes, lemons and oranges.

Make sure that you are getting enough vitamin E in your diet. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant that helps maintain the health of cell membranes. It has potential benefits in the protection of the heart against disease. Vitamin E is also important to the health of your eyes and plays a role in the prevention of cataracts.

When considering a diet that provides an adequate nutrition level, be sure to start your morning out right with healthy foods such as fruits and whole grain muffins. This will ensure that you not only get all the nutrients you need, but also that you do not weigh yourself down early with unneeded calories. While deliciously tempting, avoid obviously bad foods such as doughnuts or danishes at all costs.

Learn different ways to cook some of your favorite foods in a healthier manner. You may love the taste of deep fried chicken or fries, but your body doesn’t. There are always alternatives in cooking methods for foods to still provide you the taste you love without all the calories. Try baking, roasting, steaming, and broiling as alternatives to frying.

Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Foods that contain oats or a lot of grain can be very filling. Try eating foods like oatmeal for breakfast in the morning. This will make you fill fuller for a longer amount of time than a typical breakfast. You will be more likely to make it from breakfast to lunch without picking up a snack.

Eating well and taking supplemental vitamins are keys to maintaining one’s health. For one to appreciate what “eating well” means, they must understand that having a well-balanced diet is very simple, but also very important for one’s physical and mental well-being. The human body requires the proper mix of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, in order to function. Food is fuel for any animal and having a good understanding of what is good for one’s body is important. Lean meats, fruits and vegetables and grains are all important and all of these need to be items in one’s daily diet.

Make the transition from whole milk to skim milk, but do it slowly so that you can adjust to it. Start by switching to 2% milk then 1%, and finally settle on skim milk. The difference is that skim milk has 95 percent less fat and 50 percent less calories than whole milk.

There is still so much to learn about the human body as it pertains to nutrition. The way the body reacts to certain foods and elements still baffles scientists that have been studying nutrition for years. Luckily there are at least a few well-understood facts that can help guide your nutritional choices.


#1 – Leafy Green Veggies – Kale, Spinach, Collards

#2 – Fish Oils – Salmon, Omega 3

#3 – All Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries

#4 – Avocados

#5 – Turmeric Spice and Ginger

#6 – Sweet Potatoes

#7 – Extra Virgin Olive Oil but cook with Coconut Oil instead

#8 – Coconut Products – milk, cooking oil

#9 – Green Tea

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We are all one!
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Secrets Your Peers Won’t Tell You About Vitamins

MY MARTIAL ARTS TIP! Your body cannot always absorb nutrients as-is. Sometimes it need a little help from other nutrients.

How much time do you spend in the sun during winter? Those who don’t have enough sunlight can become deficient in D vitamins. Is it currently your menstrual cycle? You could be low in magnesium. Calcium, B12, or other vitamin deficiencies can wreak havoc on your health. To learn more, check out the advice below.

TIP! Always try to consume a balanced diet. You should eat fruits and veggies at least five times a day.

In order for the vitamins to be used appropriately, they must be synthesized. As a result, you have to understand the ways in which vitamins and minerals interact. One example offresh fruits this is that calcium may block absorption of iron, so they should not be taken together. Therefore, you don’t want to consume dairy products or calcium supplements within one-half hour of consuming an iron supplement.

TIP! For the building and maintenance of strong bones, take calcium. Your body needs vitamin D, though, to properly absorb the calcium.

Strong bones need calcium. If you want your body to take in the calcium, you must have enough vitamin D. There are a lot of ways to get a lot of vitamin D like food, sunlight, or supplements. Each of these things is a good way to make sure your body will absorb calcium.

TIP! One of the most important things for healthy red blood cell production is having adequate iron levels. The red blood cells are required to carry oxygen to every part of your body.

Supplements that contain fat should be taken with food, so schedule those doses around mealtime. This would include Vitamin E and omega3 fatty acids. It’s important to note that vitamins will work better if you are eating a healthy diet that includes a little fat.

TIP! You should be making sure your daily diet consists of the right nutrients and vitamins in order to stay healthy.

Any vitamins will certainly add to your healthy diet to improve the way you feel and make those visits to the doctor few and far between for only a few dollars each month.
Often people experience aches without knowing why. A good supplement might be the answer. Fish oil and Vitamin E can help your muscles by softening them during times when they are strained or tight.

TIP! Vitamin supplement are essential these days. Most store-bought food is over processed, which causes the nutrients to deplete.
Iron is an essential nutrient to build red blood cells. These cells are what transports oxygen in your body. It is necessary for women to maintain a higher level than men, and there are supplements designed specifically for women. You may be iron deficient if you feel exhausted or have trouble breathing.

Are you getting enough nutrients in your diet? The information located above can help ensure you remain healthy. You will begin feeling better soon.

Ninpo Martial Arts training builds confidence

 Ninpo, more often known from the terms Ninjutsu and Ninja, is actually for the defense of oneself and loved ones.

Martial arts training builds confidence through mastering the mental and physical skills is needed to advance within the curriculum.

Training in Ninjutsu, by its very nature, will demand you to definitely do more, endure more, and face more things than you’ll be able to imagine right now.

Ninja may also train by walking on beans scattered on to the ground; this can help massage pressure points and also toughens the bottoms of the feet. Ninjutsu is recognized for its mystical and unorthodox skills and tactics.

Ninjutsu (the talents of shinobi ) utilizes every science. It uses specific things like the spirit of humans, physics, astronomy, geology, and psychology to check into the condition of the enemy in order to disturb the enemy’s position. It’s a skill to defeat the enemy

Ninpo  can be defined as a collection of several different fighting methods that have their origins in the types of combat practiced in ancient Asia.

 The warrior arts of Ninjutsu aims to resolve conflict – conflicts that nine hundred years ago would of been decide on the battlefield. However, unlike other conventional forms of bujutsu of the time, the concepts of espionage (shinobi ) and information gathering through clandestine means were also key to strategy of the ninjutsu clans.

 The martial arts not only enhances all of the things you learn in school but also teaches students many other things like Self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem, etc.

 The  arts instills many values systems that are no longer taught in our society.  All martial arts are deadly if used against someone who has no background or training in martial arts.

Learning arts is not an easy task, as it requires you to put in considerable amount of time and effort.  Non watered down arts for practical combat. Sports (budo) are great for competition, but are immediatley at a disadvantage in natural/real world scenarios.

 To master the ninja’s arts, you must first learn what the art is, as opposed to what you might think they are.  Writing about martial arts is strange exercise rather like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands or to hold back the moon, one day you always feel that against all the odds that you will successfully pull the trick off.

Great Tips To Quit Smoking And Live Longer

Many people erroneously assume that all they need to do to quit smoking is to throw away their cigarettes, never to return. While doing this definitely helps, it doesn’t need to be that difficult. There are a lot of methods and things that can help you to successfully stop smoking.

As soon as you decide to quit smoking, join a support group. It could be beneficial to talk to ex-smokers who have experienced the same things you are going through, and understand the physical and emotional challenges that you are going through. This can help you feel comfortable by associating with people who have gone through the same issues. Support groups can be found in many places, even on the Internet, so take some time to research what’s available to you.

If you feel like you absolutely must smoke, try the delay method first. Make yourself do some other activity first, even just taking a walk around the house or drinking a cup of tea. By delaying your actions, you find that you really didn’t want that cigarette after all. If you desire to smoke a cigarette, the delay could cause you to smoke one less cigarette that day.

Make sure you remember to take quitting one step at a time. Giving up nicotine is a slow process. Try not to think about next year, or even next month. Take one day at a time. Focus on getting through each day without smoking so that you can build a future that is smoke-free.

Getting in shape will help you to kick the habi,t by distracting you from cravings and restoring your health. A good workout also eases a lot of the stress out of your day try Martial arts. When you have not exercised for a while, start off with easy walks and build from there. Before beginning an exercise plan, discuss this with your doctor.

It is important to approach your journey by focusing on a single day at a time. Giving up the tobacco habit is a long process. Think about the present without concerning yourself with the future. Take it one day at a time and as each day turns into another, your efforts to quit will gather into a smoke free future.

You should try the delay tactic when you feel like you absolutely have to have a cigarette. Tell yourself how you’ll feel in about 10 minutes and distract yourself. You should see the craving pass within the 10 minutes. If not, repeat this step as often as needed.

Hopefully, you now have a clearer plan of how to successfully quit smoking. There may be days that you feel tempted to smoke but with the right kinds of techniques and support, you can do it by taking it one day at a time.