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Proper Diet

I was speaking to my friend and senior Sensei Pat Nakata yesterday and he mentioned that a person cannot talk about getting in shape by exercise unless he or she also considers diet. Exercise is just one component of getting in shape.

For example, a person could practice Karate very hard and exercise regularly, but eat unhealthy food that could make him or her gain weight, have clogged arteries, have high blood pressure, have high cholesterol, etc. Exercise is good, but an unhealthy diet could negate much or even all the benefits of exercise.

Thus, if we are serious about Karate training, and want to get into the best shape possible, we also have to consider our diet.

My other friend, who is a chiropractor and former Aikido student under Yamamoto Sensei here in Hawaii, always says that people need to stand up straight, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of water. I agree! There is more to it than that, but that is a good start.

Train hard and watch what you eat. Your food is the fuel for your body!


Charles C. Goodin