Physical Training and Conditioning

Mi wo Shinobu – a body that is conditioned, trained and maintained for physical endurance.

Hello Ninjutsu Fans

This post is partly a rant as well as a wake up call for all those individuals who call themselves a practitioner of ninjutsu.

The other day I was working with a student and they were complaining that they didn’t get any time to train outside of class and they were out of shape and not progressing where they wanted to be. Being the enlightened teacher I am, I stated “ then start working out, no one has the time, you make the time or you don’t.” As an example, I am a very busy guy, I work as an executive running a business, I travel at least a week a month, I have a growing homestead/farm, I am active in my community and I train every day for the last 63 days in a row, and before that at least 4 times per week!

Don’t tell me you don’t have time, get your ass up and make the time. Get up early or stay up late and get your training session in. This is a mental game , the physical part of it will cause you pain and hardship but driving you each day has to be the Ninja mindset and discipline to do it.

So why my rant, well how many of you know an overweight and out of shape “Sensei” who watches and tells the class to do X an all the while is doing Y. Meaning he is doing very little!

Alright enough of the rant, here are a few things to start doing every day:

  • Cardio conditioning: skipping rope wind sprints, trail running, road running, swimming, biking and so much more.
  • Strength training: Body weight, free weight, machine driven, odd objects, all great work.
  • Flexibilty/Mobility: static stretching, dynamic stretching, yoga, mobility chains. As we age this is critical!

Only 3 areas to focus on but so much to cover so stay tuned as there will be several new videos posted, drills added, and routines discussed!

Now hit the training floor, no excuses!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – “Living the Ninja Lifestyle!”