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Mar 18, 2012
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Getting in shape.
by: Tim

As stated above; start slow, but important thing aerobically is to find something you like and will stay with. Of course the motto: "train like you will fight" is always good. That way you can train the muscles you will actually use for swordsmanship.

This can be made aerobic very easily and by adding a weighted vest, wrist weights, leg weights etc. make it even harder. Maintaining KI and your breathing is VERY important I think.

First time I practiced with armor was VERY constricted compared to without armor. I found that I forgot to breathe when I got excited and almost fainted. Aerobically ANYTHING that gets your heart rate into the target zone will be affective and productive. Also all the advice to eliminate soda and lean your diet as much as possible is excellent advice. Thank you.

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Feb 15, 2012
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Getting In Shape
by: Chris G

While I personally haven't had any problems of needing to get into shape for Kendo, I've known several people who, through Kendo and possibly other methods, have lost weight over time.

It's going to vary from dojo to dojo, but the physical needs of Kendo don't start off all that difficult. You'll have to do some footwork exercises, swings and strikes for a few months before you're allowed to get the uniform and/or wear the armor, which is when the physicality really starts to ramp up. Hopefully your health could improve before you get to that point, but it should at least help.

If you do need a bit more, it's just a matter of choosing a variety of exercises to strengthen ALL of your muscles and eating right, which is going to be dependent on your current physical level and diet. That is something you will have to, at the very least, examine for yourself. Of course, a doctor is the best person to help you out to see what you can or can't do in your physical state.

I wish you luck in getting things in order and enjoying Kendo!

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Feb 12, 2012
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TRX
by: Val Serezhkin

Try TRX, man. It works.

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