Fitness and Nutrition

Martial Arts Fitness and Nutrition Specific Articles

A Sumo wrestlers diet

Sumo wrestler diet
A healthy man is thought to have a BMI (Body mass index) of 18. The BMI of a professional sumo wrestler is rarely found to be below 45. The sumo wrestlers diet and lifestyle is the key to this exceptionally large weight and despite the general opinion of most people, this is acheived through very rigorous eating and sleeping strategies rather than a mass endulgence in foods with high fat content.

Sumo wrestlers dietEating the largest meal close to sleeping

The average daily intake of calories for a man is 3000-3500. A sumo wrestler consumes 20,000 calories a day, split between two very large meals of 10,000 calories each. By sleeping after a meal of 10,000 calories a sumo wrestlers body is able to process them slowly for storage (as fat).


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Martial Arts Flexibility

Martial Arts Flexibility
Most martial arts styles require some level of flexibility and therefore improving flexibility for martial arts will help you grow to new heights in your practice while still remaining safe from injury. While some people seem to have a natural ability to be flexible most of us need to work at improving our level of flexibility for martial arts. This article gives you a basic introduction of the types of information and training which professional martial artists carry out.

Doing stretches correctly will increase your flexibility but if they are done incorrectly you can actually cause more harm than good. It is important to remember that a large portion of injuries experienced in martial arts are caused by flexibility issues, mostly because the person does not have flexible muscles or fails to stretch the muscles properly before carrying out techniques. 

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Why martial artists should always warm up

warming up in martial arts
Warming up serves a number of purposes, I&rsquo;m going to look more closely at two of them, and more specifically, the science behind the warm up. I split my classes warm up into two parts, each one specifically designed to target one of the purposes for the warm up. <p>&nbsp;</p>

Warm up part 1 – Increased Heart Rate. Getting your heart rate up increases the amount of blood flowing through your circulatory system. As you undoubtedly know, blood carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes waste products and so increasing the rate at which it is flowing increases the rate at which these essentials are delivered to the cells that need them as well as increasing the rate at which potentially damaging waste products such as CO2 and lactic acid are removed.

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Mind, body and Qi

mind body and qi
An article looking at the mind, body and Qi

In chinese culture Qi is a form of living. For many people in China Qi is a form of medicine..Qi has natural patterns in the body. In which it circulates in the body also known as meridian. Many chinese believe that illnesses are from disrupted, blocked or unbalanced Qi movements through your body's meridians, they often adjust this in people by using a variety of techniques. Those techniques would include herbology, food therapy, physical training regimens and acupuncture.

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Green Tea (matcha) and martial arts

A look into green tea and how it can benefit martial artists.

Green tea has been used for centuries in meditative practices of martial artists and those generally seeking a healthy life style. Matcha is green tea, but in a ground up form. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.

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