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New Granite Showers in Our Phoenix Dojo

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We have upgraded the Phoenix Dojo with a shower addition. We knocked out the storage closet, added some plumbing, and built a second and third shower. We tore down the old shower and split the space available into three showers, added a drain to each of the shower stalls, and built two walls to create three showers. A lot of our guys that train come in for the morning class and leave for work afterwards. There were some complaints that some of them weren’t able to get a shower before they left for work. As we improve the dojo and expand the training area we will be making more upgrades like this. We are working on buying the lease next door and expanding into the nail salon next door. We will be adding a small weight room and and sparring area. We will also be adding a massage table and exercise balls to help our athletes recover from back pain. The shower room was a huge upgrade and the granite counters and showers really improved the overall value of the dojo. Another request we recently received was for a sauna and an ice bath, seems to me that more guys are wanting to spend time at the dojo than at home. Just kidding, but I think the more accommodations we can make then the easier it will be for guys to make jiujitsu dojo in Arizonathe morning class. We currently have space for about 20 students, yet only about 5 make the morning class while 20+ make the evening class. The showers aren’t used as much in the evening, guys typically train then head home to clean up. We will be adding granite countertops to the entry way of the dojo where new members sign up and fill out paper work. I think it will also give the gym a more professional look. So far thee feedback on the granite upgrades has been positive. I want to thank the guys at Granite Karma (http://www.countertopsarizona.com/) for coming out and installing the granite countertops and shower stalls. They look great and our members are thrilled with the upgrades. Thank you!

Preparing For My Tournament

Cardio and Weight Loss For LA International Open

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I have a jiu-jitsu tournament coming up in a few months and will be training extremely hard to cut weight and prepare for my match. I will be attending a few local seminars in advance to prepare and work with some teammates from other Gyms before my June 23rd match in California. The Los Angelas International Jiu-Jitsu Open is a great competition and brings out some of the best martial artists from California to compete in the event. The match will take place at Cerritos College June 23rd and 24th. I took second in my last match, it was a really tough battle and I gassed out at the end. I ended up losing by points, which sucks just as bad as being submitted. For the next few months I will be training cardio with a resistance berthing mask to really push the limits on my cardio. I have also moved down in weight and will be competing 10 pounds lighter than I did last time. This is going to be difficult for me, I don’t have much fat to drop and I it’s hard to dehydrate for these events because weigh-ins and competitions take place in the same day, and typically within a few hours of each other. There is some fat that can be burned, and competition matchI will need to avoid gaining weight as I try to put on muscle with strength and conditioning. I don’t have access to a local dietitian, so I will be relying on a macro online nutrition coach to provide me with the diet plan needed to cut the weight. Diet plans are hard to design for yourself in my opinion and require the knowledge of a true nutritionist. I need my protein, I need my vitamins, but how much? That has always been the issue for me when I have attempted to be my own nutritionist, I can usually get the foods right, but portion control is something I have struggled with. One my diet is right and I’m not drinking, I will be pushing my cardio goals hard for the next six weeks. I will train 5 days a week at a gym in San Diego where there are many blackbelts to train with. I received my Purple Belt last year and honestly, this division is much harder than I had anticipated it being. The white belt division was pretty easy, most guys don’t stick with it long enough to get good. The blue belt division was tough, guys had made it past their white belts and were now competing at a higher level. Now the purple belt division is easily the hardest competition I have faced yet. These guys are in amazing shape, strong, and are well prepared. I must get my weight right and my mind right to be in the perfect place mentally to compete at this level. I watch the black belts prepare, and then roll, and am extremely impressed by their conditioning and physical ability to roll for 10 minutes. Jiu-Jitsu has created balance in my life, the relationships are awesome, the exercise is amazing, and the experience is like nothing else I have done. I am really hoping that through the use of a resistance training mask, and the help of an online nutrition coach I can reach my cardio and weight loss goals for this tournament.

Cerritos College June 23rd and June 24th

5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN

5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN
From: Marta Crispens posted on 8. Apr 2018, 06:09pm
URL: http://www.nashvilleaikikai.org

30th Anniversary Seminar with Ikeda Sensei . Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar to celebrate Tom and Mary McIntire Senseis’ 30 years of teaching Aikido in Nashville on May 18, 19, and 20. Please join us for great training, fellowship, and cake. Seminar cost is $130 or $40 per class. There will be a taco bar dinner on Saturday night, $15 per person. Please preregister at nashaikikai278@gmail.com so we can get a headcount for dinner. Payment will be accepted at the door.

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  • 4/28-4/29/2018: Rising Dawn Seminar in Dublin, Ireland

    4/28-4/29/2018: Rising Dawn Seminar in Dublin, Ireland
    From: Diarmuid O’Riain posted on 8. Apr 2018, 06:09pm
    URL: http://www.tomikiaikido.ie/rising-dawn-2018-dublin-BAA-Spring-school

    Rising Dawn Seminar 2018 will be hosted in Dublin by Dublin Tomiki Aikido.

    Location: Belgard Heights Youth & Community Centre, Old Belgard Road, Dublin 24, Ireland.

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  • Dealing With Lower Back Pain

    How to Care for a Herniated Discs And Lower Back Pain

    injury prevention We had a guy in the Dojo last week really hurt his back while training for a tournament. He was practicing sweeps and Judo throws when he hurt his back and fell to the mat. We stopped training for a bit to make sure he was alright. He was able to get up off the mats and get changed, he set an appointment to visit the Chiropractor to get his back checked out and found out that he had a herniated disc. As more of our students that are practicing Judo are experiencing lower back problems we wanted to share this blog post with you about caring for a herniated disk. The most important thing is to try and avoid any back injury, but considering the sport, you are likely to tweak something at some point of your journey. Especially if your goal is to become a black belt, that is likely 10 years of training. Hope this helps keep some of you healthy along the way.

    There’s no more important system in your body than your central nervous system; it sends signals from the brain down the spinal column to control the movement of your body. When part of the spinal cord becomes damaged due to injury or overuse, the result can be pain, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation in the back and to the extremities. This discomfort can be caused by one or more herniated discs in the spinal column.

    Just the name “herniated disc” sounds painful and if you have ever experienced one, you know the pain can be excruciating. Herniated discs can cause excruciating lower back pain. A disc is herniated when the outer portion of a spinal disc, called the annulus fibrosus, breaks down due to injury or common wear. The inner portion of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, can then press on the nerve endings in the back or neck. These discs work like a cushioning between your spine and allow movement of the vertebrae. Although a herniated disc can occur anywhere along your spinal column, most herniated discs happen in the lower back or lumbar region. It is possible to have a herniated disc and not even know it; some people don’t experience pain or discomfort at all while others are in constant distress. Herniated discs in the lumbar region usually cause discomfort in the buttocks, calf and thigh and pain may radiate down the legs, causing numbness or tingling. Herniated discs in the neck often cause shoulder and arm pain, which can be dull and constant or occur as sudden, shooting pains. Since the nerve endings are affected by the bulging disc, the muscles in arms and legs can be compromised and may weaken. All of these symptoms should be brought to the attention of a doctor to properly assess and diagnose the problem. Each patient experiences pain in a different manner, which is why there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to healing a herniated disc. When meeting with a doctor, he or she will assess the spine to determine which disc or discs are causing the problem and then will determine an individualized treatment plan to alleviate the problem.

     


    Generally, the first step in a treatment plan is a conservative one, depending on the severity of the situation. A doctor may try one treatment option at a time or try a combination of efforts to help alleviate the pain. Some of these methods include hot/cold therapy; physical therapy, including exercise and stretching techniques to help relieve any pressure on the nerve roots; and anti-inflammatory pain relief medication. Oral steroids, narcotic medications, and epidural injections are also options that can be provided by a doctor. The physician may also suggest chiropractic care and acupuncture to help with the discomfort as a complement to the other pain relief options or as an option on their own, based on a case by case situation. Conservative options are usually attempted for at least six weeks to see if they are helping. During this time, the doctor will educate the patient on how to move properly, to avoid herniated discs in the future. Proper lifting, bending, and stretching are addressed to avoid too much pressure on the discs in the future. After the conservative methods have been tried and the patient has found relief, he or she may decide to continue with these less invasive solutions. If the conservative treatments are not successful or if a patient is suffering from a great deal of pain, surgery may be an option. In some instances, surgery for a herniated disc is the best option, especially if a patient is losing feeling in his arms or legs due to a pinched nerve caused by the protruding disc. The nerve can become permanently damaged if the disc rests against it for too long, so the doctor may determine that surgery may be the best option.

    Depending upon which disc is herniated and its location in the spine determines the type of surgery that will need to be performed. Discs can become herniated in the neck, as well, and requires a different type of herniated disc surgery. Sometimes, the disc can break if severely damaged, and fragments from the disc can become lodged in the soft tissues surrounding the spine. This can be quite painful and requires a specialized spine surgery. The physician and surgeon will determine the type of surgery required based on an individualized assessment of the patient’s needs.

    So what causes a herniated disc, and can it be prevented? The discs between the vertebrae gradually lose water content as we age, which means they are more likely to become damaged, even by common usage. Other factors, such as excess weight can cause strain to the back, as can jobs that require heavy lifting and bending on a regular basis or just plain genetics can determine a bad back. While sometimes a herniated disc cannot be avoided, there are preventative measures that may help to keep the discs healthy. Exercise is the best way to strengthen the muscles surrounding and supporting the spine and maintaining a healthy weight. The more weight we carry, the more pressure that is exerted onto the spinal column, which can result in herniated discs. Also, good posture is imperative to a healthy spine. Slouching puts undue pressure on the spine, so keeping it straight can help prevent problems later on. Proper lifting, focusing on the leg strength, not the back strength, can also keep discs from rupturing or bulging.

    Herniated discs are quite common and while there are no guarantees that they can be avoided as we age, proper stretching, exercise and correct posture can help to keep the spine and discs in the right alignment. If you start to experience back pain, it is important to contact a doctor or a chiropractor to determine the extent and the cause of your discomfort and then to start a program or treatment to fix the issue. Being proactive and seeing a doctor when you start to experience pain can possibly alleviate the long-term effects of a herniated disc.

    To prevent lower back injuries you should diversify your martial arts training with resistance training and cardiovascular exercises. Finding a personal trainer to help you do focus exercises to strengthen the lower back is something all martial artists should consider.

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