The Ideal Martial Art

This morning I’m going through my collected notes on martial arts training. My earliest notes start around 1990, when I started to really teach. Over the years I’ve experimented a lot, tried a lot of things, learned a lot of things. It all started to click about two years ago, when I had the opportunity to work with a group of new students with no prior martial arts training. I started some new things, and it all fell into place. Sadly, I didn’t have the chance to really build on the that work with the students. Towards the end of that time, I wrote down a grand plan for an ideal way of training students. I’ve briefly shown an outline of that plan to two people, but I haven’t shared the complete method with anyone. Part of the method based on some comparatively new approaches to mental and physical training,…

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A little bit about calories.

  What, exactly, is a calorie? You eat a chocolate bar, it has 325Kcal. You bike for half and hour, you burn 325kcal. Great! So if we chop up a chocolate bar in smaller and smaller pieces, at some point will we find tiny little pellets of calorie? No. Well, yes. Sort of. What we will find, eventually, are little crystals. Molecules of sugar. Calories are sugar. A whole lot of sugar crammed together is fat. Or protein. Obviously, I’m greatly simplifying the process. Let’s look at what actually happens when you “burn” a calorie, and what happens to the “calories” you eat. Our muscles are loaded with a thing called ATP. Adenosine Triphosphate. If you follow the common advice and don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce, you could avoid eating this. You won’t live very long though. ATP is the molecule in our muscles that allows them to move.…

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