Happy Halloween!!

Sensei Posted in Entertainment
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You need to turn your volume up for this one. If you listen carefully you will hear a voice in the video that doesn’t belong there, freaky. Additionally about half way through you should see a ghost breifly in the lower left hand corner. This is not a doctored video but a documented ghost sighting!! Since it is Halloween I thought I’d share this…sleep tight:)
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Train More to Stop the Testosterone Tumble!

Sensei Posted in Recipes and Health Facts
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Yahoo News reports Testosterone Tumbling in American Males. Well that was enough to grab my attention! Especially when the first sentence states: “The testosterone-fueled American male may be losing his punch“. I need to know the reason for this problem and what is being done about finding a cure!
All joking aside, the study found that overall testosterone levels are lower than they were 20 years ago. While it is normal for men’s testosterone levels to peak in their late 20s and then start to gradually decline, the study suggests that some factor other than age may be contributing to the observed declines in testosterone. The study notes that neither aging nor certain other health factors, such as smoking or obesity, can fully explain the decline.
Well I have several personal opinions about this phenomenon. First we are becoming a fat and lazy nation, I know because I too fight this trend daily. I’m not whining just stating a fact here. We are faced with fast, fat food at every turn and “the man” has us working longer hours just to get by. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for healthy living, you have to work at it. Purchasing food almost requires a special degree if you want to eat healthy. It may be a coincidence but our processed foods became inundated with huge amounts of corn syrup, soya fillers and trans fats starting in the 80’s. We have slowly been socialized to eat bad food! Thankfully that trend seems to be changing.
Now here is an interesting fact, testosterone drops in a body that doesn’t exercise (true for male and for the much smaller amount the female has), it drops in an obese body and moreover body fat produces a female-hormone like steroid. You see Adipose cells make an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone into estrogen for the fat cell’s use. (estrogen actually makes fat more metabolically active, so it’s not really a bad thing per se) This, however, has the effect of lowering free testosterone in the body as a whole. If you lose fat, your testosterone levels WILL increase. You should note that we are talking about the man-made estrogens present in pretty much every product you can purchase today: soda bottles, laundry detergent, hand soap, gasoline – pretty much anything that is derived from petroleum in some way. These estrogens (IIRC, not the natural estrogens that women produce) block the production of testosterone as well as the natural production of estrogen in women. In women, it contributes to fuglyness (hairy lips, etc.) and things like ovarian cancer; in men it contributes to femininity and general lack of testosterone.
One article I read stated a theory that estrogen (oestrogen), the female hormone, is being dumped into the environment from products (baby products, etc.). Since this chemical doesn’t break down in nature it seeps into our drinking water, cows milk, fish, meat, etc. This means that all these products then contain this chemical hormone that would not otherwise be there. The article gave proof to this theory by citing scientific reports of fish changing sex in estrogen (aromatase) rich rivers. If this is remotely true then this is not a subject to laugh at. While I think this an environmental concern I am sure this problem is to specific regional or geographic areas.
There is one more potential cause of this drop in testosterone that isn’t related to environment or diet and exercise, that is a social change. There have been several articles written by better authors then me on this subject so I will simple state my basic hypothesis. The feminization of boys and men in today’s society rewards behavior typical of lower testosterone levels. There I said it! Our society has so twisted the roles of men and women that men are no longer encouraged to be men, since men have made a mess of the world. At least that is what I was taught in College and from watching almost every television show and commercial for the past 10-20 years! That ends my rant, like I said others have said it better. So back to the topic at hand…
Like all problems if we are going to solve them we need to first understand the problem, the cause and then we can begin to work on a solution. Whining and conjecture will not help to mitigate this problem! What we can do is start by exercising and watching what you are eating (not as you are eating it)! Luckily the Martial Arts helps to control your weight and improve your health (even Tai Chi) which if the studies are to be believed means you are increasing your testosterone level! Just another benefit of training in a martial art!
I hope you found this post interesting at the very least and hope to see some comments from readers with a medical background on the merits of some of these claims. Until then, keep training, if possible with our gear. 🙂

Balance Matters

Sensei Posted in Training notes
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For everyone that thinks your balance drills are a waste of time…

Balance Matters!

Think again!

Blog Accounts

Sensei Posted in Site_News
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The Hackers, Spammers and Pornographers have worn me down. I have been fighting a non-stop game of cat and mouse with these groups as they create fake accounts that link to their slimmy products, I’ve been loosing. SO effective immediately visitors will not be allowed to create accounts on this blog. Hopefully this will only be a temporary change as I take the time I’ve been using to fight these scumbags to investigate technology to fight them for me. So if you want an account email me and I’ll be glad to create one for you, if you are a real and legitimate person.
Respectfully, Sensei AT KarateTraining _dot_ org (that’s the email address you can send the request to… 😉 )

Maligning Women and Other Tales of Intolerance

Sensei Posted in Self-Defense
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I usually stay quiet on political fronts but this story is to relavent to self-defense to ignore. In Australia a Muslim Cleric blames rape on ‘suggestive’ women. Not just any Cleric, Australia’s most prominent Muslim Cleric! He is reported to have said that women who “sway suggestively” and do not cover up can provoke sexual assault by men. He went on to compare these women to uncovered meat that you leave outside. Quote, “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park … and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it? The cats or the uncovered meat?” He of course offered a solution stating that women should stay hidden at home, or wear the hijab, or Islamic scarf, in public. The article has more detail but you should have the jist of it now.
Wow! Now I will be the first to observe that there are some women who dress in an inappropriate manner, but that doesn’t give anyone cause to harm them! This thinking demonstrates the ignorance and fear of the speaker. Australia is talking about deporting the Cleric. The question becomes, to where? Or better yet, why? If they will go to the extreme and deport this Cleric then they are saying two things. First there are people listening to him, it would have to be more then a few to even begin to be concerned about. Second, the people listening to this man are willing to act out on his words. If these two facts were not true then they would never consider deporting him otherwise every crazy on a street corner with a sign would have been deported years ago! So go in peace my friend and reap what you sow, just not in my back yard because I won’t stand for it!…but that is another post all together, stand up for what you believe in and know what it is you are standing up for…

Meditation Point #63

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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Everything is burning. The eye is burning and visible sights are burning. The ears and the sounds they hear are burning, the nose, the tongue, the body, the mind. With what fires are they burning? With the fires of greed, of hate, of ignorance, burning with anxiety, jealousy, loss, decay and grief. Considering this suffering, a follower of the way becomes weary of the fires, weary of greed and hate that fuel the grasping at sights, sounds, smells, tastes, body or mind. Being weary, one divests oneself of this grasping and by the absense of this grasping one becomes free.
The Buddha

RFID Credit Cards Major Security Risk

Sensei Posted in Identity Theft
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Hacking contactless credit cards made easy. U.S. security researchers have demonstrated how easy it might be for crooks to read sensitive personal information from RFID-based credit and debit cards. Researchers from the RFID Consortium for Security and Privacy have shown how crooks might be able to skim sensitive information from cards — including card number, expiration, and issue dates, and a cardholder’s name — without actually physically stealing the latest generation of credit cards. The attack uses off-the-shelf radio and card reader equipment that could cost as little as $150. Although the attack fails to yield verification codes normally needed to make online purchases, it would still be possible for crooks to use the data to order goods and services from online stores that don’t request this information. Despite assurances by the issuing companies that data contained on RFID-based credit cards would be encrypted, the researchers found that the majority of cards they tested did not use encryption or other data protection technology. Source

Meditation Point #62

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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The more deeply we are our true selves, the less self is in us.
Meister Eckhart

To fly or not to fly?

Sensei Posted in Fun Stuff
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Flying kicks look great, but unless your execution is perfect you are very vulnerable. This photo someone found on Flickr and sent me perfectly demonstrates this point.

Flying Kick
You don’t need to use to much imagination to know what the next frame in the sequence looked like, hope there was grass down there!! So remember only use a flying kick when you have it perfected and there is soft ground to land on in case your opponent is more prepared then you expect! 🙂

Meditation Point #61

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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I wanted to try something different…

Lone Tree

Thoughts?