Diet in the Martial Arts

As the oldest in the Canadian group and one of the founders of the C.A.A.C.M.A., I would like to invite others to any of my seminars. At this time, I would like to cover a subject that has not yet been discussed – overweight people. Too many times, I see people who are too fat, either from lack of cardiovascular exercise or from excessive food intake. If you can’t touch your toes because you have a roll, lose it. The proper types of foods in their proper mix can not only reduce fat, they can also improve stamina and decrease the chance of stroke. Greasy foods such as burgers, etc. are a no. When one gets out of shape and can no longer push themselves up from the floor, it’s not a good example for a teacher. It reinforces the saying “them that can do them that can’t teach”. I am a person born in the 30s and I may not train as strenuously as before, but I can still work on the parallel bars and do free sparring. This is not to say I am some super man, but I still have my hair and can move fast, and I believe it’s my diet. Fresh fruit and veggies sound fine, but more importantly is what you eat with them. The wrong combination of foods can cause gas, acid and fat to be extracted, instead of carbs, proteins and vitamins. Over the years, you will get residue in the intestines from too high of an intake of meat, white flour and sugar, and combining the wrong foods. You may have observed some older people with a distended stomach but an otherwise skinny body. In a lot of cases, this is the cause. Also, there are rashes of being half-sick for no real reasons, as some of the residue in the intestines breaks off and becomes absorbed by the body. It’s always rotten, as it has been there for years. You would be more prone to colds, infections and other ailments. It takes more than forms to make a martial artist. If anyone is interested in getting that fat off, I have a way of combining foods that my first coach in my teens taught us to use. He was from Europe where he was an athlete, and his methods were used for Olympic athletes.
Pak Mei Pai