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#233744 - 02/24/06 01:52 PM Kendo questions (noob post :/)
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Oi, just getting myself noticed in the thread here really, and I have a few questions~

(Sorry if this is beating a dead horse with a stick, I searched the forums before posting, i swear :x)

My old roommate had been taking Kendo classes for awhile, and he got me really interested in going, mostly because of the discipline involved and such. I've been reading up a little on it and think I'm going to start taking classes, but I'm nowhere near physically fit in any shape or form. 5'11'' 265. probably some goudy body fat ratio, i'm only 22, so i still have the youngsters ability to manipulate ones metabolism. I've started to do some cardio everyday, running, skipping rope in my room. Plus I'm in culinary school, and work in a resturant at night, so I'm constantly on my feet for about 14-16 hours a day (and for what it's worth, most of the time I work with knives). Doesn't take long until I'm winded, but I'm pretty determined. What I'd like to know is, as I'm progressing through knocking some of this weight off, should I be focusing on any specific exercises? My friend was telling me about surubi, which i guess is just working on arm and back strength, and mounds of endurance. But I don't want to start doing something, then end up doing it wrong for months. I'm going to visit his dojo this week sometime to talk to the Sensei and ask about some things, but I defanintly want to be in better physical shape before i commit to it.

Just shoot me any Kendo noob pointers really, or just some information in general. Sorry for the book post, and if I'm repeating deal with me justly. Thanks for the help.

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#233745 - 02/24/06 04:39 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: tabaker78]
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You might wanna go to http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/index.php for kendo specific advice.

I'd guess that one of the best things you can do is start training ASAP. Kendo is a pretty good cardio workout. Should take off weight pretty quickly as long as you don't increase calorie consumption to compensate.

Don't take my advice for it though. Go talk to the kendo folks.
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#233746 - 02/24/06 05:05 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: tabaker78]
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I'd work on sprints, and hit the weights. Shoulders, chest, neck, legs, you would be well served by strengthening them all.
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#233747 - 02/24/06 06:53 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: kusojiji]
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You will be using your legs..a lot. Work to build their endurance.
Say that exercising lets you lose 5 percent of weight from any given muscle. All things being equal, the heavier the muscle, the greater the loss. By a lucky coincidence, the leg muscles are the largest you can exercise. Go for it and enjoy.

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#233748 - 02/24/06 08:05 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: iaibear]
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You have two parts to swordplay, hands and feet. I'd suggest not only running but also the elipticals and stairmaster. You want to build up your thighs and rear as much as possible for the footwork. Also, on the arms, go with low weight high rep (~45 lbs 100 reps). Endurance is more important than brute force, and if you bulk up too much, you lose speed and flexibility.
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#233749 - 02/24/06 08:38 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: Benjamin1986]
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Quote:

Also, on the arms, go with low weight high rep (~45 lbs 100 reps). Endurance is more important than brute force, and if you bulk up too much, you lose speed and flexibility.




I have to disagree. The bulk vs speed/flexibility is an old wives tale.

The kendo training will provide plenty of 'high rep' work and will maintain flexibility. Building strength to supplement is a good idea.
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#233750 - 02/25/06 03:16 AM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: tabaker78]
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Appreciate the help guys, will defanintly be around with more questions later on.

Thanks again.

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#233751 - 02/27/06 06:51 AM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: tabaker78]
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leg work in kendo is the most important part. make sure your legs are strong and have good endurance. your left leg will be doing most of the work so pay special attention to it, try to build up a callous on your left foot.

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#233752 - 02/27/06 10:32 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: paradoxbox]
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Running is hard on your knees, especially if you're heavy. Then again, running for long periods of time is about the best excercise I can think of for losing weight. Hmmm,

cycling would work quite well and wouldn't put any stress on your knees. Not as intense of a cardio workout though.

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#233753 - 02/27/06 10:35 PM Re: Kendo questions (noob post :/) [Re: Subedei]
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The intensity of cycling is dependant entirely on how you ride. You can definitely get a thorough cardio workout from a decent exercise bike. Personally I prefer recumbant, because they are more comfortable for longer rides, which is helpful if you're trying to shed pounds. They also seem easier on the knees than the standard version.
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