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When I was 15, the televisions show called Eye on LA visited my house to do an interview with me on the martial arts for a spot they were producing on Ninjitsu. They also wanted to see my backyard as I had turned my 2000 square foot garden into a fully fledged ninja training camp. This series of articles is going to tell you what I had in my backyard so you too can create your own martial arts backyard dojo too. Since there have been a lot of developments in the arena of fitness and martial arts gear, you should be able to come up with a more modern version of a training location.

Before I begin.

If you are just beginning to place some items into your yard, garage or large room – do not worry too much about looks at first. Your first priority is performance and training. As you progress, you can focus on improving the look and feel of your workout location. This means that you can start by throwing in some used tires, old weights, or whatever you can find at the dump that can be somehow converted into a training tool. In the beginning, get very creative.

I have not put the items (or tips and ideas) in any particular order and since this is article one of many, you will need to review the other articles for the full scope of what to include.

THE NINJA BALANCE BEAM

I started training on 4×4 wood (covered in duct tape) balance beams in the martial arts as part of a warm up. They are great for improving balance as well as working on your kicks. In my backyard I was lucky as we already had some long wooden poles about 12 feet each. They were being used as a sort of border before the fence that led to a schoolyard. They were similar in size to a 4×4 only they had rounded edges. Because they were meant to look rough, I had to worry about getting splinters. However, they were a welcome addition to my obstacle course.

I have used everything from a fallen coconut tree to a simple block of wood (4×4) from Home Depot. Whatever you use, try to find something that you can walk across in your bare feet. You can raise the beam for more of a challenge or just leave it on the ground as it is.

Here are a few ways to use a balance beam:

Basic training

Simply practice walking across the beam or beams. Then try walking faster or even running across the beams. Finally, close your eyes and try to walk from one end of the beam to the other. This is a lot harder than it sounds.

Slow motion kicks

One simple exercise we use in our camps is for students to perform slow motion kicks (like front kicks) on the beams as they walk across the beam from one end to the other. For example:

  • Step up onto one end of the beam
  • Focus first on getting your balance
  • Perform a front kick step-by-step in slow motion
  • Take a step forward and repeat the process with the other leg

The above training is simple, but it will drastically improve your balance as well as your kicks. Good kicks to work on are:

  • The low sweep kick and front kick (easiest as you do not have to pivot the foot as much).
  • Side kicks and round kicks (harder as you need to move more and maintain balance)

You should be familiar with the coil position, pivot, extension and recoil parts of any kick. The main idea is to perform the kicks slow. It is much harder to throw a kick slow (breaking it into 1 second parts for example) than it is to throw a fast kick. You can also combine the training and perform one at a slow speed, another at medium speed and the final kick at a fast pace. Kicking slow will develop the muscles and parts of the body that create the foundation for powerful kicks. Kicking fast will help you advanced balance (adjusting and regaining balance …

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As Watermelon Day (Aug 3) is drawing near, more and more people are going ga-ga over the benefits of watermelons. Researches have brought to light the immense health benefits that watermelons store up within themselves and scientists are on the look out for some more revealing facts about this amazing fruit. Lycopene, one of the most-talked about nutrients in watermelons, is the target of observation of most of the scientists. Watermelons store a high percentage of water besides containing decent proportion of essential vitamins. It acts as an antioxidant, relieving the body of stress during the summer months. Watermelons are excellent rejuvenators, relieving the body of fatigue after an exhaustive day’s work. No wonder, watermelons are vastly becoming popular with the health conscious and diet freaks. Current trend reveals a huge number of people switching to watermelon diets so as to lead a fit and healthy life.

People recommend numerous ways of leading a healthy life. Hitting the gym, following a vegetarian or protein diet, fat-free food … the list is endless! Some of these diet patterns are often boring and tasteless. Variety is very important to tickle one’s taste buds. So whatever diet pattern a person follows, he or she should keep on altering so as to retain interest in food intake. Lack of attention to one’s diet might even cause anorexia without the person realizing so! To avoid such mishaps, try out some excellent mouthwatering recipes that are low cal and loaded with a number of essential nutrients. You guessed it right! It’s definitely gonna be some of the best-known watermelon recipes. These delectable recipes can act as snacks, appetizers, filling lunch or dinner, a refreshing drink, delectable desserts and what not! When so many healthy options are on offer, one can hardly control oneself from switching to a watermelon diet.

As appetizer, one can try out the Balsamic-dream appetizer i.e. watermelon cubes sprinkles with fresh limejuice and balsamic vinegar, to be served with cheese and crackers or bread slices on the side. Watermelon gazpacho makes an amazing summertime starter, using pureed watermelon as its base instead of tomatoes. A combination of cheese (feta cheese or goat cheese) and chilled watermelons can provide you with an energy-driven breakfast. Watermelons can also be used for dressing seafood like crab salad to make a healthy and wholesome lunch. Spicy watermelons, sprinkled with either pico de gallo seasoning (a chili-mixture available in Latin American markets) or an Asian chili salt (a mixture of salt and chilies available in Asian markets, such as the Vietnamese Bon Bon brand) are hot snacking items. Watermelons, in combination with dry sake (Japanese wine), make an excellent sorbet. Smoothies of watermelons are teamed up with various fruity flavors especially strawberries. Watermelon pies and other forms of its desserts are just too irresistible! Watermelon rinds can be pickled, barbecued or even made into salad with ginger and grenadine. These preparations can be made easily without any hassles and do not consume much time. These amazing varieties of watermelons can easily lure us to change our diet patterns.

Besides, most workingwomen find watermelon diet convenient both in terms of preparation time and health. So check out this new trend of food as well as lifestyle introduced by watermelons. For sure, the more people try this out, the more they are gonna stick to it, the primary reason being the desire amongst all of us to look and feel great. watermelon diet, therefore, is the key to man’s latent dream of acquiring a great body and is making its way into the hearts of people worldwide.

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Source by Suzanne Macguire

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