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2011-07-21
In the first part of this Wednesday (2011-07-20) training we were using one Kamae. The Kamae is called Ten Chi no Kamae. This means, that we used the principle of combining the sky (Ten) and the earth (Chi). Our teacher used this Kamae for doing different techniques. It was interesting to "see" one and the same principle again and again in different situations and in seemingly different usage. I said "see" as I had trained a lot with beginners and because of that it was necessary to explain to them a lot of other points before we even could come to the "point" where we would have used the Ten Chi no Kamae or its principle.
The second part we were working with the sword again. But this time, as we no also are focusing a bit more on the Iai aspect, we or at least some of us were wearing a Hakama for training. For me the Hakama adds another point to the Samurai spirit/feeling. Also it is an interesting experience to train in Hakama, especially as mine is quite long. Because of that, I do have to watch my footwork to not step in or onto the Hakama and causing myself to struggle. Here I found the explanation I got at the last seminar very helpful. The teacher of this seminar said, that training and fighting in armour needs another way of walking and moving. He described the way of walking, stepping like you are doing ice skating. Instead of raising your feeds as you would do during normal walking, you slide them more over the ground. In this way it is nearly not possible to step into or onto your own Hakama. But, beside that, nothing changes in your technique and Kamae, obviously.

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2011-07-25
On Friday (2011-07-22) I had a friend here whom stayed overnight. We chatted till late and so I didn't do any training on Saturday morning. Instead we had breakfast and later I brought my friend to the train station.
Saturday (2011-07-23) evening my brother was celebrating his birthday. The plan was to start with a "normal" party and change it to a birthday party after midnight, as he actually had birthday on Sunday. Because of all this party stuff, I stepped over to his place already in the afternoon to help him with all that stuff. We prepared the buffet and beside that we had a good chat. Unfortunately, later as the party has started and we had ate from the good food he was offering us, I got very bad stomach ache again. I say again, as this was the reason why I stayed at home from work already last week on Thursday and Friday. As this "attacks" of stomach ache getting again more in the last couple of weeks and moths I'm worrying a bit about what it is that causes me this stomach ache? From my side it is hardly definable what the reason is for them!? My plan now is that I will have to see a doctor or specialist to determine what is causing me problems.

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2011-08-01
I haven't been to the Dojo last week as I was a bit sick. Recently I do have some troubles with my stomach. I already didn't feel to well on Monday and finally stayed at home from Wednesday till the weekend.
Because of all the troubles my stomach is causing me, I will see a doctor this coming Thursday. Hopefully we can find out what is causing me the problems. For myself I'm not anymore really able to determine what makes me getting stomach ache that often. I know that I do have a sensitive stomach and that I react to some spicery as well as to curry and to hot and spicy food in general. But further more, I think, I have problems with consuming some kinds of fat and/or oil!? Anyway, hopefully seeing the doctor brings in some light into this!?
Beside that we had a birthday seminar on Saturday (2011-07-30) for our teacher at our Dojo. He invited some martial art colleagues of him and so we had the chance to train, beside Bujinkan, in Ten Shin Shou Jigen Ryu Iaijutsu and Krav Maga. All the training was very relaxed and in the mood of a birthday celebration. After the training we had a BBQ-Party. It was a good opportunity to get to know the new members of our Dojo a bit better. We had a lot of fun the whole day!

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Have you tried changing your diet to dramatically reduce the amount of fat and oil in it? I know I feel better after a few days of freshly prepared food, mostly vegetables and grains.  My stomach is much happier as well. :-) 
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Thank You, Master Jax, for the suggestion. Unfortunately that is a bit difficult for me as I'm going to the canteen during the week. This is the only option I have for getting lunch. Here I do already choose the healthier or lighter options as my lunch and mostly the meals from the canteen are not causing me any troubles.
Also in general I wouldn't say that I eat fat or oily things. My guess is really that it depends on the quality of food and cooking stuff the restaurants are using. This is, unfortunately, something you can't really control. It happened to me already a couple of times that I had been to one and the same restaurant and eating the same meal again. The one time everything is fine and the next time it might cause me some troubles. This makes it very hard for me to determine what is actually causing the troubles. But anyway, as I said, I will see a doctor about this the coming Thursday and I hope that after this I might know a bit more!?
But again thanks, Master Jax, it is always good to be reminded to watch your own diet as it is very easy to fall back into old habits.

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I understand.  Lately my schedule has been running late in the evening so I'm eating poorly after many days of good eating. I don't like it but I haven't found a compromise yet.  My wife and I have both had stomach issues for different reasons and we both take a beta-blocker antacid medication to reduce the acid produced by the stomach. It reduces nausea as well, assuming that's why you don't feel well.  If the doctor doesn't find anything they may go that route as well.  I hope you feel better soon!
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Yesterday I had seen the Doctor and he conformed in a way what I already have thought. He said that, from what I was telling him, that I most likely have a irritable colon/irritable bowel syndrome. There is not much you can do against it as they are not yet sure if it is only belong to stress and nerves or if it also might be a bacterial infect. Anyway, to become completely sure I have get my blood sample taken on next Monday and additionally I have to go to a colonoscopy. Not very lucky with that, but on the other hand, when I know afterwards exactly what is going on it's better to get this done than to live with the unknown. A funny thing was, that the doctor, I guess, wanted to take a way the "fear" from me and so he said that people with a irritable colon will live just as long as other peoples do, it is just an unpleasant thing.  ;)
But all he said fits very well to what I have experienced myself. As I had noted down, I wasn't anymore able to see any correlation between what I eat and my stomach ache. He told me that there is none and that there is more correlation with having stress and that is what I do have in a way. But this gives me a point on which I can work. So maybe doing some more meditation and taking more time for myself and the things which are important to me may help me. In the moment life is just crazy for me as I do not find much time for myself. Nearly every weekend something is going on, like the wedding of my brother, visits of my mother and father and friends, going to seminars etc. I mean, that are all things I like to do and to participate but on the other hand they do not give me the time to just sit back and reflect on what has happend and most important to think and do researches about some job opportunities as I'm very unhappy in my current job. This is like that since maybe May and will not become better till my "summer" holiday in mid of September.
As far as what I have heard and read, I'm mot the only one whom has the "problem" with to little time or too many things to stuff into the given timespan!? Additionally I do have the feeling that something big is on the horizon, like a more or less dramatic change in things. Some times I'm just standing or sitting somewhere and thinking by myself that things want go on like that for very much longer. These feelings are sometimes stronger and than again not so present. But the return again and again.
Sometimes I do feel just like Bilbo Baggins when he says:

I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don't expect I shall return. In fact I mean not to.


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For me the question is, How do I make time for something important when there are so many important things that I can't change? I multitask when I can (play facebook games while catching up on my tv shows), step away from the computer when I'm not watching tv closely (such as when my wife is catching up on things) and attack my todo list in small ways.  For instance, last night I cleaned off a shelf so we had room to organize our dvds better.  It is a small thing but the act was good for me, putting things in order and dusting, and it makes it easier to organize in the future which reduces my workload.  Beyond that I think it's a matter of priorities.  Do you need to take a seminar at this exact moment or can  you delay it for a time? If you don't have time to process what you are learning how much can you get from it?  You may decide it is still worth it, but I've found myself putting things off for a time when I can focus on them better.  It helps a little.

For your colon there are special pro-biotics that are made to not break down until deeper in the intestines to help with things like irritable bowel.  I think you should ask your doctor about them and maybe give it a try.  It helps to balance the bacteria and such in that area which reduces the irritation.  I know it's uncomfortable so hopefully you can find a solution soon.
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Thanks Master Jax! In a way it sounds very similar too what I try to do and try to accomplish. But it is not always that easy. In the moment I'm doing quite fine with learning Japanese and Meditation as in does two cases I can use the time I spent on my way to and back from work. But a lot of other things left back undone as I hardly find time for it. Especially it is hosehold stuff which I skip doing. But doing so doesn't make it better. It is more the other way round. With every day and week the dirt gets more, more shirts have to be ironed and so on.
But I just have had a long weekend on which I was able to focus a bit more on my hobby of modeling radio controlled aeroplanes. This gave me a lot of joy and now I can already see the final result of the glider I'm currently working on!  ;D

So the next steps would be to use the upcoming long weekend to clean my apartment and iron all my stuff to have all clean and tidy. After that I will go on by breaking down things into smaller pieces which should be easier manageable. But constant work on myself as well as on all other things is necessary to improve herein.

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2011-08-09
It has been a while since I last was able to write something about my training!

Anyway, before I would do so, a bit more on what is going on in the matter of my irritable colon. This Monday (2011-08-08) was a public holiday and so I had the day off from work. I used this and made up an appointment with my doctor to get my blood sample taken. Additionally I scheduled now a colonoscopy for next week Wednesday (2011-08-17). This means that I will have to stay at home on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday I do have to make some “preparation” for the colonoscopy and the colonoscopy itself will be done on Wednesday morning.

But now back to training diary! The last week from 2011-08-01 to 2011-08-07 I haven’t been to the Dojo as I still haven’t felt that fine. Additionally on Wednesday there was no dedicated Bujinkan training. On that day we would have had an instructor friend of Krav Maga visiting our Dojo and doing some Krav Maga training with us. So on one side I used this as an excuse to not go to the Dojo and on the other side I felt a bit sad to miss this opportunity.

On the weekend I expanded my normal morning exercise and added some Tai Chi Chuan and Bujinkan training to it.
So after the stretching and Qi-Gong exercise I did to rounds of Tai Chi Chuan form. As I haven’t done it now for a long time, I run into problems on one specific point as I wasn’t really able to exactly remember how it would go on from there. Because of that I had to figure, try it out in the first run. In the second I had the same problem but it was a bit easier to overcome it. The third one than was fine and I was able to go through the whole form without any mistakes or breaks.
After the Tai Chi Chuan exercise I did some Bujinkan training. I started again with block training combined with the usage of a wide and deep Kamae. After that I did some practice of the “San Shin no Kata” to which I added the practice of blocking. Last but not least I did some Iai exercises. I did the “Nagare no Kata” in two variations. The first one was the original one with two vertical cuts. For the second one I just substituted the vertical cut by a horizontal cut. To be able or better said to make it more logical I used for the second horizontal cut as a starting Kamae the “Hasso no Kamae” instead of the “Dai Yodan no Kamae”. The whole Iai practice I did again with my Iaito. Working with an Iaito is a bit different than working with a Bokken and it is not only the weight which is different!

Monday (2011-08-08) I had been back to the Dojo after two weeks without any regular training. But this and next week our teacher is on holiday. Because of that we black belts have to do the training. So this Monday one of my colleagues started with the training. He split the group into two. One of the lower ranked students took over the responsibility for all the newcomers and white belts and did with them some basic Kamae and Kihon training. For the rest of us my colleague decided to do some drills. We started with blocking drills without a partner. Then we did some punching drills with a partner and with punching pads. To the punching drill we added blocking and expanded the whole exercise to a run of three punches and two blocks. At the end of the first part of the training we did then the “Ichimonji no Kata”.
For the second part of the training another colleague took over. With him we did work on the Kata Koku from the Gyokko Ryu. To build up the Kata step by step he included some “side exercises” to it. As the Kata starts with a punch as an attack, everyone had to perform a punch and then the partner was pushing against the punching fist to test the Kamae. If you had performed the punch correctly, your partner shouldn’t be able to move you backwards. The second exercise was to do Zenpo Keri together with a partner. For that the partner folded his arms in front of his stomach to protect it and give the other one target on which to kick onto.
At the end of the whole training I was completely done. At this day it wasn’t really hot but very humid. Because of that I had to sweat a lot and needed a lot of water, which is normally not the case during training. The plus on that was, that I had a very good sleep during the night!

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