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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Detox - A well orchestrated lie, followed by many


Nowadays it has become a fad for anyone and everyone to use the word detox. There are so many so called miraculous detox drinks, diet plans and even clinics or so called retreats selling detox packages to gullible people at large.

Whatever we eat, even if it is the most healthiest, organic, pollution free food on this planet, it will have certain toxins. Every fruit, vegetable or meat that we eat has some chemical compounds that are useful and some that are not so useful or are useful in small quantities and harmful or toxic in large quantities. Now our body (actually the body of any living being) is one of the most sophisticated machine ever created. It has its own in built mechanism to detox or remove the toxins from our body. The liver and the kidneys sole purpose is to detox our body. If these organs stop working partially or completely for more than a few hours we will be in trouble medically. So our body is totally capable of detoxing itself. We do not need any external assistance to detox our body. 

So if someone tells you that by drinking this drink or a juice made from a combination of some fruits and spices or vegetables will instantly cleanse your body or melt your fat etc, they are either not aware of the truth or are aware and just fooling you for their benefit materialistic or not.

Yes, I do agree that following certain healthy eating habits or lifestyle habits helps the internal organs especially the digestive tract to function better or assists it. However they do not detox the body. There is a reason why most religions have fasting and trust me it is not for religious purposes but for health. It is always easy to make people follow certain things by saying God said so rather than I say so. So if I can convince people that this article is a divine message received by me from the almighty then am sure that a few million will follow what I write. 

Now that I have explained that there is nothing called a detox, I shall explain some health benefits of following certain habits which just assists or creates an environment for our body to function at an optimum level.

Intermittent Fasting - 
This big word has sprouted out suddenly over the last decade or so like many other health fads or concepts. This is actually a very old practice and is still practiced by many indigenous people worldwide. I will explain it very briefly as it is actually a very detailed and long topic. Now when we increase the gap ( preferably beyond 12 hours) between our meals and our body starts running on the stored fuel, our body goes in to lets say - a survival mode- in this mode the cells rejuvenate, start creating more cells, the secretion of useful hormones gets balanced, immunity improves over time and lots more. We have this big brigade of (so called) experts that tell you how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it will restart your metabolism etc. However in reality it is not so beneficial. The easiest way to follow intermittent fasting is to delay or skip breakfast. So if you have your dinner by 6:30pm (5 to 7:00pm is the ideal dinner time) and then don't eat anything after that except drinking water, then you sleep and in the morning instead of having breakfast at 7 or 8am you skip it or have a combined breakfast lunch at around 10 or 11am. Now you have a gap of about 16 hours between your dinner and breakfast. The magic within your body will start happening with more intensity after crossing the 12 hour point. It may be difficult for some to suddenly have such a long gap between meals, start gradually increasing the gap by an hour everyday or every few days.  

Fruit / Vegetable juices or salads -
These are good no doubt, however too much of even the good is bad. Always try to regulate your intake of fruits and vegetables so as to get a well balanced input of nutrients and chemical compounds. Nature had this resolved for us, but we had to prove to ourselves that we are clever ( actually brainless) so we messed up what nature had done for our benefit. Different fruits, vegetables, mushrooms etc actually grow in specific seasons only and not throughout the year. There were 2 reasons for that - 1) we need certain fruits / vegetables in certain months to cope with the weather etc. 2) they are available for a month or few months depending upon how much our body needs the nutrients in them.
We went and messed up this balance by growing most of the fruits and vegetables all year round. What is even worse is consuming fruits or vegetables or grains that are not local to the environment you stay in. There is no harm in eating fruits or vegetables or grains growing on any part of this planet. The wrong is in eating lots of a certain food because it is so called very healthy, the best example can be Quinoa. Grown naturally in South America has become the super star grain suggested by dieticians and so called experts worldwide. A grain which if excess was given to cattle to eat by the local inhabitants of South America has today become a pretty expensive grain to buy. The food that grows naturally in a certain climate zone is meant for the people who live in that area.   
So eat what grows locally.

Water -
Water is very important for the functioning of our body. Drinking water at regular intervals helps the body function better. That doesn't mean you drown yourself in gallons / litres of water. Drinking a glass or two before going to bed is useful. Not drinking water during meals and drinking after a minimum 45 minutes is good, you can have a few sips if the food is spicy etc. Drinking 1 litre of water as soon as we wake up is also a good practice to follow. Do not eat or drink anything after drinking 1 litre water for about 20 - 30 minutes, after that you can eat whatever you like unless you are doing intermittent fasting too.

Green / Black Tea - 
These are good to consume. However I have often seen people overdosing themselves with many things that people say is healthy. Green tea is one of them. If you like it do consume it no harm but don't overdo it by many mugs a day. 

There are many many more healthy food habits or lifestyle changes we can follow. Not possible to write about all in one article. It could actually fill up a book. Ideally I sit with my clients get a gist of what they usually eat and then depending on their work, lifestyle, exercise, ailments if any, I go about making a plan or routine for them.

Besides the above there is something which you could do to help your digestive tract get some rest from the regular input that we keep pushing down our throat especially all the processed and sugary foods.

For 3 days in a month you could try eating only fruits for all your meals. However try to eat fruits that are local inhabitants of your area. If you can not then any fruits will do too.

Am making the list below on the basis of fruits found in India
Eat fruits accordingly 

Breakfast - consume watery fruits like - oranges, watermelons etc
Lunch - consume fruits like gauvas, chikkoos, apples etc
Dinner - consume fruits like papaya, musk melons etc

One can have bananas and pomegranate with all meals. 

On the 4th day you can go back to eating everything like before but get back to it gradually.


There are many things that are mentioned above which are not explained in detail. Do get in touch with us if you would like to discuss or ask any doubts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The lies that influence our eating habits and kill our planet.

Before we get in to this post let me start by stating that I, myself had been carried away by all the lies that are so beautifully orchestrated to attack our emotions and sentiments. However I always had my doubts. One day I came across a video of Lierre Keith and her research. This lead me to do further research and look up other studies. In this post I shall mention information shared by Lierre Kieth and also some data that I found from other research and studies. I still am against factory farming of animals and the caged environment they are kept in. Am totally against zoo's and I feel humans inside the zoo's and animals outside would benefit the planet more than the way it is at the moment.

Lets get to the facts now.

Man was never meant to eat grains, cereals, legumes, pulses etc. Yes we were never meant to. Even when we were hunters and gatherers we would very rarely get any grains from foraging the jungles as grains are mono crops and have weak roots so they would not flourish in abundance in the wild. Centuries back the Kings etc would collect tax in the form of animals. However they realized that they had to keep feeding their cattle and if the cattle fell ill or died they became poor. So they cleverly shifted to collecting tax in the form of grain. As grains can be stored longer and does not need recurring expenses like it does to feed cattle. This significant change brought about our first steps of dependency on grains. Then in the recent years agrarian and fertilizer giant Monsanto and others started spreading information that if we feed our cattle grains like the straw of rice, wheat or even corn we will get more yield and so on. This was just to increase their sales and make us even more dependent on grains. Cattle are not meant to eat grains too. One research stated that grains affects the digestive tract of cattle over a period of years. 

When do we burp or get gas? Usually when we eat something that we can not digest or we overeat we get gas. So when the so called - save the planet or save the animal organizations talk of excessive methane gas emitted by domesticated cattle we need to ask what are we feeding them but instead for their profit and monetary gains they make us ask - Lets stop eating them. There are more wild bovines, herbivores and cattle in forests,  jungles and the grasslands of Africa and all over the world than we have in the factory farming of animals. So if the animals in the wild are not emitting similar methane levels then what is causing the domesticated ones to do so?  The answer is simple we are feeding them grains while the ones in the wild eat grass. It is simple math - first they make us eat grains, then they make domesticated cattle eat grains and now they have reached stagnation in consumption so they spread falsehood about the planet dying because of eating meat and harmful health affects so more people eat grains and they earn more.

First of all there is nothing called Vegan. It is a term made up by those who wish to earn money by fooling people with propaganda and emotions. You are either a vegetarian or a non vegetarian. A vegetarian is one who eats and thrives only on vegetation hence if you eat or drink milk, milk products, honey etc or use leather, silk etc you are not a vegetarian. This itself shows we never needed the term called Vegan to begin with.

However again a lie was pasted on our eyes and we were told milk is good for our bones and so on. Well India is among one of the largest producers and consumers of milk. We consume milk and milk products in numerous forms like in tea, butter, curd or yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, lassi, ghee, paneer, Indian sweets and lots more yet most Indians after 40 are put on calcium supplements by doctors. Why? Where is the calcium going if milk was actually giving us Calcium? In reality calcium in milk from another animal besides human source can not be absorbed by our body. Moreover it also drains our body of vitamin D. Even if you have a super sedentary life and travel in an  air conditioned car just a few minutes of direct or indirect exposure to the sun will get us enough vitamin D. Living in an equatorial country it is virtually impossible to be vitamin D deficient, unless you live in a dungeon. So milk drains us of vitamin D and calcium too. What do companies do to hide this? They fortify milk and milk drink powders like Milo, Bournvita etc with added vitamin D but they don't accept the truth. 85% of the protein in milk comes from casein. Casein is one the most carcinogenic substances in the world. When anyone is diagnosed with cancer the first thing doctors ask is to go off all dairy products. So when they know this why don't they tell us to stop dairy products before itself. Why are we taught that milk is good for health? Well in case you have not figured out why let me spell it out  M - O - N - E Y. It is not a coincidence that countries that consume more milk have a higher incidence of cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis etc, while those that don't have a significantly lower ratio of these ailments.
 
Yes our ancestors did consume milk but not as often and not as much as we do today. They never went about artificially impregnating cattle to keep yielding milk. They would collect milk when the cattle gave birth naturally and only till the calf naturally drank milk from the mother. So they may be getting milk for say 3 months in a year. This is exactly why we started storing milk by making it in to butter, cheese etc. But the proportion in which we consume it today is far out of reach of our bodies abilities to neutralize any harmful effects from it. 

Coming back to farming. Those who like to seem holier than thou by saying they eat only vegetables and don't kill animals are living in  a mirage. To grow crops we need to clear forests and jungles. We virtually kill all the animals, birds, reptiles and insects on that land. Many have gone extinct thanks to us taking over their habitat. Then we pollute the soil with nitrogen rich fertilizers, thereby killing every micro organism and useful bacteria in the soil way beyond 30 feet in depth. So to grow vegetables we literally kill the whole ecosystem. Now when we grow grains  which are mono crops ( plants that give one crop and die or are useless after that) we cause washing away of the top soil. One year of agriculture causes washing away of about 2000 years of top soil. Can you even imagine the magnitude of harm agriculture is causing this planet??????????

As Lierre Kieth explains if we take an acre of land for agriculture we ruin the whole ecosystem, wash away the top soil, pollute and kill the soil with chemicals and we get a crop just once from growing grain. Now on the same acre of land, if we let the natural vegetation or forest cover remain, we plant fruit trees, we plant vegetables ( vegetables are not mono crops and they spread naturally), we let cattle graze on the land - so in a year we have managed to maintain the ecosystem, lots of birds, reptiles and wild animals thrive, we increase the level of top soil, a wide variety of plants growing ensures natural replenishment of all the nutrients in the soil, we get vegetables and fruits to eat, if we wish we can eat the animals too, we allow nature to thrive and grow. 

So by conventional farming we kill the planet and by forest farming we give nature a good chance to get back up.

Often the truth is just too difficult to digest not because it doesn't make sense but because it breaks all that we have grown up believing, because it questions our reality our existence, because it makes us feel fooled and manipulated.

I can go on and on about all this, may end up becoming a book or a series of books. However everything just can not be squeezed in to a small article. 

If all this interests you and you wish to learn more or have a workshop or talk on this then do get in touch with me for any further guidance and assistance on living holistically in a sustainable manner or wish to learn how to go about doing sustainable organic farming, build mud huts, motivational talks, workshops etc.

Contact details are available in the "Contact Us" section of the blog.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lean and Mean too!!!!

Those who know me well, are well aware of the fact that I prefer eating real food than gulping down protein shakes. Am not a body builder am an old school martial artist. Never heard of a martial artist from Okinawa or a Shaolin monk or a Samurai or a Viking drinking protein shakes. Yet they are all formidable forces to reckon with . 

Being a trainer changes things a bit and I need to know about different dietary or eating choices, supplements etc. I dont experiment on my clients and students. I test things on myself over long periods of time and then implement it on the clients after it is tested and proven. Have been born and brought up as a non vegetarian, did try being a vegetarian for over 3 years, was on only raw foods for over a year, have tried Paleo, am vegan now. These different stages made me understand the food and nutrition needs for each kind of dietary choice, by actually experiencing it and not just reading books on nutrition.

I came across a protein shake made from Pea's, which uses stevia, no emulsifiers, no preservatives, 25gms protein in each scoop and 4200mg of BCAA's. It was soy free as well as free from the cancer causing Whey. I was intrigued. I opened the company website and read up a bit about the company. I also noticed that most people who had given their feedback or the ambassadors of the company were all runners, cyclists or triathletes. Did not find other sportsmen or martial artists on it. I ordered one for myself to try it out.


On 21st  March 2016 I received the bottle. I started using it from that day itself. Today after 18 days of using it here is what I have to say about the product - 

It is a wonderful protein shake. It does not matter if you are a vegan or not. If you are getting 25gms of pure protein without anything harmful in it, then you should go for it. I did not increase or decrease my workout during these days, but I can still feel the difference in muscle mass. It is light on the stomach, not heat or phlegm causing ( often people complain of these symptoms ) , easy on the digestive tract. I think it is a wonderful product. 

The bottle has a big sticker on the lid stating that it needs to be blended as it does not have emulsifiers. Now that is actually nice because you can add a few fruits or dry fruits or seeds and make it a yummy smoothie. However many of my online training clients are traveling regularly and where would they go about looking for a blender in a hotel. Well I have one client who just carries the scoops of supplement in different zip lock pouches and asks a fresh juice seller to add the powder in the blender when he makes the juice. Seems like a good idea. However I did test just adding a scoop of Lean to a bottle with 400ml of water and shaking it by hand. It did mix pretty well. Though once you get used to drinking the yummy fruit smoothies this may seem a bit odd.



To sum it up, I would recommend it for anyone who wishes to train and is looking for that extra bit of nutrition. Will surely be recommending it to my clients and students. 

Really glad that I came across Unived's Lean Protein. A hearty congratulations to Mr. Amit Mehta for making such a wonderful product. Am all for supporting Indian companies. It is always Wildcraft for camping gear, Montra is the cycle I use to go anywhere and Lean is the protein shake that has my vote. 

I just realized that I need to order another bottle.......
Got to go until next time......

                                               Train Till You Drop..............

Thursday, May 28, 2015

3 Month Training Guidance Program







In today's day and age most of us are living life like a rat race. We wake up get ready for work, come back tired, attend to things at home, prepare for the next day and by the time we complete all this we usually end up too tired to train or look after our health. We keep promising and procrastinating about starting our training program the next day but  - Tomorrow never comes. Then weeks pass by and some of us think lets dive in to those quick fix diets and once we loose a bit we will start training regularly. Often these diets are a big mix of hearsay and desire to try anything and everything we read or hear about. These diets harm the body further and this viscous cycle continues for years to come.

We are going to give you a chance to train as a group but without the need to go to a gym. Our 3 month program is unique because it is a mix of personal training with the advantage of having a group to motivate you to train regularly and improve.

We will be opening a group on Whatsapp. We will only accept a maximum of 15 people in the group. So if you are interested do sign up at the earliest.  The program will commence as per the dates available. We have 4 such programs planned every year. If you are interested do send an email to us, so that we can inform you of the start date of  next course.


How will the program work? 

Everyday we will post a workout routine for you to follow or train in the next day. So if the program starts on a Monday, then on Sunday evening a workout will be given in the group  for the next day. All the participants have to submit their daily diet to us as per the format that we will share with you. By the end of the day we expect to have a detailed report on the workout that you have done too as per the format we share with you. We will monitor and guide all on the basis of their inputs / report. 
It is not compulsory but we encourage that the participants take short videos of not more than 25 seconds of them performing any exercise. Especially those that you are not aware of or confident of , so that we can check and correct the form. There are a few other details which we will share with those who sign up.

It is actually a lot more effort than a personal trainer would take in person as I would need to go through your workout report and get back to you and check where you are going wrong, as well as snip or alter your diet if it is needed. 


What we expect in return?

We need you to commit an hour to this program 5 days a week.  We give more than 60 - 70 hours a week to our work, family members etc, am sure we all can spare 5 hours a week for our own health. Nobody has the time, as time is always ticking, we need to make the time for what we consider a priority in our lives. 
We will very strictly follow this rule of committing an hour everyday as well as reporting the diet and workout by the time we fix for the participants. We will only permit a maximum of 5-8 skipped workout or reporting through the 3 months, anyone making it a regular practice of not working out and reporting their diet and workout will be warned and removed from the program if the warning is not taken seriously. However we will consider if you have informed us before of your inability to train on a specific day due to certain commitments or if you are not keeping well.

Besides your commitment we also expect a fee for our services. The full fee needs to be paid in full before we begin the program. 


To sign up or ask any queries please do write to us at our email id  - Jukaadoindia@gmail.com


Disclaimer -  

We do not guarantee a 6 pack or 10 kgs or so of weight loss. Both of them could be the result you get or may not get. It depends on your commitment and also on many other factors like - your previous level of activity, weight, fitness level, medical conditions, body type and so on. 

This is not a trainer certification course or a quick fix solution. It is a program to guide you to train and eat properly. You have to make this your lifestyle and not just a phase in your life.

We do not take any responsibility of injury or loss to others if you share the workout with others or yourself go about providing training based on our workout. We also reserve the right to take legal action if our workout plans are being used by you to train others or is shared with others.

There is a chance that during training you may get injured if a workout is not done properly. This is something that could happen even if you train at a gym or in any fitness / sport / adventure activity. We are not responsible for any such injuries. However we will do our best to closely monitor the progress and strain if any of all the participants. This will help us to decide if you need to rest for a day or two to let the body recover and heal or any other suitable recourse depending upon the situation. This will help in preventing injuries. 


We require all to disclose any ailments or medical conditions that they have. If we are not aware of your medical condition then we can not judge the suitable exercises or workout level for you.


Are you ready to commit to improve your health and fitness levels?

Are you ready to go past the barriers you believe to exist???

Are you ready to transform??????

If yes.

We are waiting for you..............
 

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

From stone to water !!!!!!


I started my journey in martial arts way back in 1985. Yes a long, long, long way back. 

When I  joined all I wanted was to be able to fight like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. I just wanted to become tough like a rock and break everything that comes my way.

Years passed, I started understanding martial arts and its purpose.  The training use to be so hard that every training session would bring out new aches and pains. There were a few years when I think my aim was no longer to get tough like a rock but to just get through a training session at a time. Those were the best training years. Every class I would train like there was no tomorrow. Pushing myself beyond  my threshold.  Listening and doing what ever I was asked to by my Sensei. Most importantly I learned to be punctual and my life started to get disciplined. Personality traits like Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Benevolence, Honour, Respect, Compassion etc started to get imbibed in me.




Few more years down the line I was no longer interested to train to be a rock.  Though my body had transformed in to a rock, it was no longer my aim or my reason to train. I was slowly but surely transforming in to a very adaptive person. I could train for hours without food, water or sleep. I could sleep just as comfortable over a rocky surface as I could on a soft mattress. I could manage in harsh weather conditions. My pain threshold had grown far beyond what I could imagine. I had become some one who will give his all unconditionally to those I call my own or even those who I just meet but are in genuine need of some help.

Though I wanted to become a rock when I had joined and had become one too but my body, mind and spirit had undergone a transformation far beyond being a rock. 

I had become like water!!!!

I can adapt to any situation that I am thrown in to by life.  Like water I am soft, gentle and free flowing but like water I could also change the course of a river and when required I could burst out with enough force to protect some one or defend myself.

It is just so amazing what a  few decades of martial art training  can do to a person.

Have not only seen the change in myself but also in the students.

If this is the change that training in authentic and traditional martial arts bring, then in my opinion this is all that is needed to have a more understanding, tolerant, giving and peace loving society.

A rock has become water !!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

What ails Indian Women????????

I write this article without any desire to point fingers or pass any judgement on any person or gender. The article is aimed at addressing the sad state of a country that I was born and brought up in. However if the cap fits you well, then I do hope you wear it and do change for the better. 

"How cultured a civilization is, is known by the way they treat their women " (do not remember the name of the wise man who used these words).

Sadly we are not a cultured society. The way women are treated in India is not some thing to take lightly. If the women do not collectively stand up now the future for the next generation of women may just get worse than it already is. I often hear parents complaining about how their children are going out of hand. Sadly the parents are indirectly teaching their kids to stalk, ogle and pass lewd comments at women. 

You find that shocking???????
Well if as a parent you take your child to watch a movie from Bollywood, Tollywood etc then it is sort of a signal to the child that my parents attest the kind of behaviour portrayed in the movie. Sadly the story line of most of our movies are monotonous and very wrong for the kids. So if you take your child to watch a movie where the lead actor (hero) of the movie stalks a girl daily at the bus stop, at her college and so on. In the movie the lead actress does not create a scene but keeps ignoring the man and finally they date. WOWWW!!!!! are we all blind this is what the kids are learning and the boys become men and are doing the same things on the road, while the girls are growing up in to ladies who keep ignoring the insensitive and in human behaviour of these men.  What great work is the censor board doing??????????? They sit and focus on how short is the shorts the actress wears in the movie but what about the immoral, unethical ideas and mindset that is being fed to the viewers movie after movie after movie. It does not matter how short or long your clothes are what actually matters is how your mindset is.  While I use to provide high profile security and bouncers, I have even seen men eve tease and try to molest a lady wearing a burkha with only her eyes visible. So it is not what you wear but how you think that matters.

Well but every time some incident takes place we will surely have some ministers, religious leaders etc blaming women and the way they dress for it. This shows the narrow mindset of the people we sadly keep electing to work for us. SHOCKED !!!!! Yes they are actually employed by us.

My ratio may be wrong but I feel it could be more than the percentage I quote because sadly I see Indian men leching, ogling at women and even passing lewd comments all the time. The women have sadly got habituated to this. Most of them think how many people will we fight with daily and just ignore it and move on. However this makes the matter worse. Women should stand up at the slightest disrespectful behaviour and should be united as one.

There are about 95% men in India who fit in the category of lechers, oglers, gropers etc. The remaining 5% or so are ones that suffer from the image these 95% so boldly set. Am in the 5% and I am personally petrified to be in a public area where there could be lots of women. If am standing in a crowded bus, I literally hold the hand rail very tight because am scared of bumping in to a lady because of the sudden braking of the bus etc. Today quite a lot if not all women in India see an unknown man or a stranger as a possible molester, chain / purse snatcher or rapist. I do not blame them for this. I blame the men who are evolving the way the women see men. In my city there is a narrow lane filled with lots of shops called general bazaar. Usually lots of women frequent that lane. I never go there because am scared of an unintentional bump in the crowd could be misunderstood and I will get in trouble. Two of my good friends (both women) have tried to get me over the fear of going to that lane with them but I have always refused. 

It is not only limited to the boundaries of our country. The image of Indian men as such is not good in many countries. Are we happy with that? Are we going to keep talking of our wonderful cultural past our space program and lots more but avoid the fundamental ailment that is eating away at the foundation of our society itself. Women are an integral part of society and not giving them due respect is a sign of a decaying society.  

The behaviour of men is forcing a change in the way women see men. I conduct a lot of self defense and fitness workshops for women employees of corporates. Often after these workshops some women come and ask me about how to respond at the lewd passes verbally and at times even physically made by their seniors at work or how their gym coach feels them up under the pretext of correcting their posture and making them exercise well. I feel very sad when I hear women tell me such things. I feel sad that a person has to go through such treatment. 

 The right approach is to educate and change the men from behaving in this manner that is even worse than a wild animal. Sadly neither the govt, media or law is taking strict action to bring the change. When a monstrous act of rape is committed all that happens is - the media get a few days to fill their pages or time slots with the news, the ministers of the opposition blame the ruling govt, and the law is stuck with an outdated legal system that the British left us with (except for a few amendments here and there, whenever required) and not to forget the self proclaimed self defense experts who make good money every time such an incident takes place. After a few days every thing goes back to normal like it never occurred, until another incident comes to light just a few days later. This is repeated again and again since many years now.

There should be a strict law with a very befitting punishment for an heinous crime like rape. In the absence of the law there are three  ways women can bring the change -

1) To be united as one -

Easier said that done. I have seen many times that in a situation where a lady is in trouble and if the matter goes to the right authorities (police) to resolve, often the other women who were witness to the situation will blame the lady for the incident itself.  I do not say support the lady if she is wrong but if her wrong actions are a result of the wrongful and disrespectful behaviour towards her by a man, then do mention the wrong done by the man. 

2) It is not OKAY!!!!!

If some one by his words or actions makes you feel uncomfortable then stand up then and there. There is no let it be or we will deal with it if he repeats it again. I do not say hit every man on the road but be firm and let your resentment be known clearly by using simple yet firm words. If that does not work do inform the authorities of the same. Delaying or avoiding to get such people reprimanded by law or appropriate action will not only make that person a danger for you but also for other women around.

3) Learn to fight back -

Though I provide self defense training, I personally feel we are trying to resolve the problem the wrong way. It is the mindset of the men that needs to be changed nothing else. However we can not just sit and wait for that to happen. So it is better to get trained and trained by the right people. Most people do not know anything about self defense and yet are self proclaimed self defense and security experts. I could give loads of examples of such experts but I think it is better that some day they learn it the hard way. If one is teaching sports martial arts then he/ she may not be able to train you for what you may face on the road. If your trainer has just a 15 days or few month expert training certificate then too they are not apt for training you. I trained in martial arts for over 20 years before I got in to the field of providing bodyguards. Even with twenty years of training behind me I was learning new things every time I would end up in a self defense situation. My experience in the field provided me an insight in to self defense that 20 years of rigorous training in martial arts did not. This insight had lead me to form Jukaado - An Unarmed Combat form.

Pepper spray, pens, hair pins etc are not something that work in a real life situation. Want to know why??? Watch our video below -



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I could type a lot more and discuss the issues in depth. However it is not a thesis so lets just end it with a hope of change. A society that respects, protects and values women who are the foundation of the society itself.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When the INSIDE realigns with the OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  

 I have often heard of people talking of connecting within or of advising others to look within to resolve the uneasy and restlessness that at times ruins everything around us.

I have pondered on this concept of  "Connect Within" and have even given it a try.  I do not agree with it. 

I have always liked to question the world around me and not accept anything because someone says so but only if I find there to be a logical explanation to it. Well by logical I mean what my not so normal, crazy self can relate too. I  feel it is my training in traditional martial arts (under wonderful teachers ), the discipline, the quest to train not only my body but also my mind and spirit, that has pushed me towards spirituality much before I could even spell the word. I started training at 4 years of age and I just connected with the training like it was the calling of my soul. As I grew in age I always pondered about life and all that there is to it. It lead me to read a lot about different beliefs, thoughts, and even the religious texts or books of quite a few religions. I may not be an expert in any religious text but from what ever I could understand over the years of reading and pondering is - Deep down all religions preach and aim for the same level of understanding from the people that follow it. I like the positive energy at religious places that preach compassion for all, love and joy. Recently I have been lucky to be invited to be part of such a place. Have been there twice and both the times I have felt the positive energy and have really enjoyed myself there.

People talk of connecting within like they have to switch on the laptop and connect to the internet. I do not think it works that way. The truth about meditation is 60 -70% people have a placebo effect of experiencing a connection within but actually it is just a figment of their imagination which they believe and reinforce as their truth. 

When we use the words "Connect Within" itself we are giving more importance or authority to the outside. There is only one being that exists. It is a union of our body, mind, heart and soul. It can not be separated. They all work in unison. We walk, we talk and so on because our mind and body together decide to do so. We can not separate them. So if they are one why do you need to connect? There is nothing to connect within or outside. 

According to me in our journey of life,  through the ups and downs, we go through change. Our situations and experiences change us. However the change is caused to our body, mind, heart and soul in different ways. A situation may toughen us up externally but make us more compassionate within and so on. This is where our body, mind, heart and soul start to drift in different directions. When the drift between them keeps increasing we start to feel emotions like Fear. Fear can make our smooth sailing ship of life sink without even a warning.

Fear is an addiction more difficult to get rid off than any vice known to man. While it is an addiction that is difficult to get rid off, it is also very easy to get rid off . Now that is a contradiction - I say it is difficult to get rid of and then I say it also very easy???????????? 

Well let me explain. Fear is the result of our body, mind, heart and soul being at different levels or at different places. The only way to get rid of fear is to realign the body, mind, heart and soul. Most of us are constantly trying to connect within so we are focusing on only the soul and leaving the rest. I am sure we all know people who supposedly meditate regularly but these same people are also known for their temper and in-compassionate behaviour. So why does this happen? Isn't connecting within a solution for everything? 

Why do some people who are very spiritual look young even though they are way older than they look? Why do some people make everyone around them feel warm within?

Well it is simple - If we can work at realigning ourselves as one, then we can get rid off - Fear. It is not something you can snap out in a jiffy. It is something we need to consciously work on with our eyes open while experiencing the world around us. Anyone can be quiet when everyone is quiet, try being quiet when everyone is talking to you. I have actually done this. I have gone about with my normal life but have not spoken to anyone for a whole month. I urge everyone to try it sometime. Try it for just a day. It will be fun am sure.

With our every breath, with our every step let us work at relating to whatever we do from our body, mind, heart and soul. The results of what ever that is done with the unison of the body, mind, heart and soul is bound to be positive. We use the phrase " give it your best" or "Give it all you have" but very seldom do we actually commit to anything as one (body + mind + heart + soul ).

We talk of giving gratitude for all that is in our lives but we should do so not only by our words but also by our actions. 

There is a deeper meaning to the very simple looking sentence above. I will not spell it out. I will let you all ponder on it and if you still do not get it do write to me.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Back to (insane) Training Till I Drop after my ACL surgery.

Today I was talking to a dear friend about my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear in my knee and the surgery that followed. Well it got me all nostalgic.  I know some of you will yell - "NOSTALGIC, who feels nostalgic about an injury that required a surgery" 

Well those who know me or have trained with me wont be surprised with my statement. It is just the kind of person I am.

If you are not aware of my surgery and all the rehabilitation that I have undergone, kindly do read my previous article by clicking on the link below. That will help you understand this article better.


Hope you have read the above article.

Every human being is different and everyone's body responds differently to injuries and workout. Do not follow anything I have done unless your Doctor or Physio have recommended or approved it. I have been training for over 27 years now so my body responds to exercising in a very different way. All my workout and exercises that I have done are known to my physio and monitored by him closely.

I would like to thank (Dr.) Mr. Bharatram of Body Mechanics, my dear friend and physio for all his guidance and patience in dealing with a person who wanted to jump and sprint when he could not even bend his knee. I would like to thank Dr. Naresh Hanagodu my orthopedic surgeon for the surgery he did on my knee. Dr. Naresh has been very helpful and patient too with a very impatient person as myself.

Coming back to my recovery from the ACL surgery - 

By December 2013 (5 months from surgery) I was able to walk normally and even jog short distances (5kms) at ease.  I use to cycle a minimum 10 -15 kms twice a week, swim for an hour 3 times a week,  run a bit twice a week and exercise on the machines at my physio's clinic everyday.  Yes, I know that most people do not train so much even when they have no injury.

Many people find it difficult to rehabilitate. That is not because the surgery was not performed well or the physio is not good (both scenarios could be true, however usually it is not) but mainly because most people do not like to exercise. It gets to you when you have to just keep exercising and the improvement you see is very gradual. This results in many giving up on their exercise routine and hence their rehabilitation stops too.

I did stick to my training routine and went a few hundred steps beyond that too. Well it is not easy to keep the insanity that lies within me dormant for too long.

By March 2014 I had started training with my 30kg rock but now I use to shoulder press them while wearing a 10 kg weighted jacket. 

Shoulder pressing a 30kg rock while wearing a 10 kg weight jacket.


In March I had noticed during my training that a slightest jerk or bump would make me feel a bit unstable in the knee. The next day I had asked Dr. Bharat ( my physio) about it and he showed me some exercises including jumping on the trampoline in some variations. Well initially the shocks that I felt in the knee were unexplainable but I just continued with the workout. Within  a few days I could see the improvement. I began to jump higher and felt much better and more stable than before.

In April 2014 I pushed myself a bit further to test my recovery. I pulled a 300kg ground roller with a 75kg man standing on it for a distance of about 50 meters.  Every few days I would increase the distance by another 50 meters.  However I did not go beyond 200 meters as I did not want to put too much strain on the knee. 

                                      Pulling a 300kg ground roller with a 75 kg man on it.


My leg was feeling stronger and the aqua exercises along with the trampoline workout were really speeding up my recovery.  I could feel the improvement during my runs as I was now using both legs in  proper balance and without any discomfort. 

Towards the end of April I ran to my physio's clinic with a 10 kg weighted jacket. The clinic is about 2.5 kms away from my home. So I ran to the clinic trained on the machines there and ran back home. This surely boosted my morale. It did not mean that I did this often. I have always been cautious and have listened to the signals my body has given me. If you feel strain or uneasy rest, ice it and stretch. If you still do not feel better do not train till you consult your physio. 

                            After jogging to my physio's clinic with a 10 kg weighted jacket.

Every step that I took getting back to my original training levels made me more determined to work harder and wisely to rehab the right way. It is easy to get carried away at times however it is best to keep your head on the shoulders. 

In the month of May 2014 I conducted the Jukaado training Camp. We trained non stop for 36 hours at the camp. At the camp I ran 10kms with my students and am happy to say I finished first. 
I had recoveredddddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                          Running 10 kms at the camp in May 2014.


 I have been training regularly and gradually increasing the intensity a notch at a time. I am now located in Thailand and am looking forward to train like I use to before my accident. I did break down a banana tree in Thailand by kicking, punching and elbowing the tree. Well most people strike a banana tree after it has given fruit but that makes the tree weak. The tree I struck down had not given fruit yet. I did not try it again though as I do not like to break stuff and I like the bananas that the tree gives.







                                        



Well I did say looking forward to train like before but I think I have crossed that a few days back. Just a few days back I did a very tough workout which is a confirmation that am back to Training Till I Drop. It is not easy to do a plank for long if your leg muscles and knee are not strong enough or in recovery. The knee has surely healed well since  I could do 5 sets of 6 minute planks without any discomfort.

The workout I did a few days back - 
Went cycling but the rain played spoilt  sport. Only cycled 5kms. Then struck the log, 500 repetitions each of punching, open palm, wrist, hammer strike with both hands. 500 sumo squats and regular squats each with the log ( 10kgs ) resting on the arm at shoulder height. Shadow boxing followed by 1000 repetitions of various Ab exercises. 5 sets of 6 minute plank with a 10kg log on the back. 600 knuckle push ups. 1000 kicks and knee strikes. Ended with a good stretch.




My Students - 
Am amazed at the ability of my students to keep up with my insane training demands from them. They are all super tough and super fit in my eyes. More than that they are all awesome human beings. I do miss the fun we all use to have training together at class or while cycling or at the pool or the very interesting, intellectual and humorous talk that Swamibabu (a senior student and instructor at Jukaado) would have with me during our morning jogs or our regular trips to fill our stomachs with yummy food.  I am happy that they are all still training in Jukaado under  Sensei Sravan Kumar - San Dan ( 3rd dan black belt & representative of Jukaado in India), a senior student of mine. We are looking at organizing an International Camp for Jukaado in Thailand in 2015 (hopefully during the summer). 


The only thing that is weak is the mind that gives up!!!!!!!!!
 



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The inspiring person is actually the inspired!!!!

Today I received a message from a student who use to train with me over two years back. He showed lots of potential when he had joined. Alas ! the IT / Corporate work culture and timings literally sucked the life of this very young and adventurous student of Jukaado - Anil Singari.

 It is always nice to hear from students even if they have discontinued training. I am blessed, for many students who I have taught even ten years back still do keep in touch with me and we share our views on various topics. It is like an unseen bond that exists between us. 

Anil Singari was telling me how according to him I am an inspiration to him. He appreciates that I always follow my heart in whatever I do.  He was also happy that I have moved to Thailand.

Well am happy that some people consider me to be an inspiration, however honestly am the one who is constantly inspired by all that I see around me.

I have been inspired by Thailand from the very first time I came to Thailand in 2011 as a tourist and made a few Thai friends. The Thai culture, the people, the perennial greenery and natural beauty had me sold.

I have been contemplating to move to Thailand and be part of the country that inspired me in many ways since 2011 when I first came here. Well in 2014 I have made it here and am really happy being part of the Thailand Teach family in Bang Rachan, Singburi. 


I have always believed in giving back to society in whatever way I can. Well I seem to be in  the perfect place to do so. Have to settle down and find ways to make the difference here while balancing the job that buys my bread and butter. 

Have so many things on my list of things to do in Amazing Thailand. From forest treks to wild life safari's, from training with Muay Thai Legend Buakaw to setting up a base for Jukaado in Thailand, from rock climbing to motor biking around the country on a good cruise bike. I would also like to find a Buddhist monastery far away from any big city or town where I could spend a few days just meditating and breathing in positivity with every whiff of air. Oh the list can just go on and on. 

Life is awesome only if we wish to see it that way!!!!!!!!!

There will always be things to inspire us, what matters is are we looking for inspiration or are we busy looking for flaws.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teaching in Amazing Thailand!!!!

I sit here today typing this article not just to put up my experience or to thank all the people that have helped me on this journey but also to give an idea to those who are looking at teaching in Thailand. I am willing to guide and help anyone through the process including the paper work for the visa. However It should be known that am not a visa agent nor do I know anybody in immigration or any government office. Am just a teacher who is willing to guide or help other teachers. I know the process as I went through it recently and if you follow the steps properly and have all the required documents you can get your non immigrant visa  without any issues.

I have been searching for a teaching position in Thailand for a while now. Got myself added to few of the groups for teachers or teaching in Thailand on Facebook. Opened an account on Ajarn.com and also used other websites like teachingthailand.com , ajarnjobspace.com and so on. I think my biggest disadvantage was I was searching for the job sitting in India. Most schools prefer to meet the prospective teacher in person. So it is my suggestion that you do come down in person and look for a job.

I do not wish to kick up the native and non native argument again. However this is what I feel - A native speaker who is not a teacher or is just choosing to teach because they wish to live in Thailand is not a person suitable to teach. I do belief non native speakers can be just as good at teaching English as any professional native speaking teacher. The problem is that a decent number of non native speakers who desire to teach are also just doing so to be able to live here. When I went to give my TOEIC test in Bangkok I was waiting in the line and few non native speakers ( do not wish to mention their countries) were registering. Now the person at the registration desk asked them - Would you collect the TOEIC score by yourself tomorrow. A pretty simple question, however all three of them just could not comprehend the question even after it was explained a few times with hand gestures too. It is such non native speakers that are giving a bad image to the genuine and qualified teachers too. I also feel approving a TOEIC score of 600 is okay for an admission to an University abroad but for a teacher the requirement should be a minimum 800 out of 990. I have a TOEIC score of 960 out of 975.

I would like both the native and non native speakers to realize that this is not an argument or debate between us. It is about providing education to the next generation of Thailand. We need to stop fighting and work together. In my personal experience I have made some real good friends on facebook both native and non native. All of them have always been there to reply to my queries or help me find a job and so on. So lets all just decide to work together and be impartial, as there are unqualified ( i dont mean just a degree) teachers among the native as well as non native speakers. Lets be united as one against those who are not qualified to teach irrespective of country, race or colour.  

Thailand Teach -
I met Robert Newton through one of the groups of Facebook for teachers. I use to keep pestering him about coming and volunteering for him after I get a job in Thailand.  He is a wonderful human being, very down to Earth and giving. Robert is in to providing volunteers to teach at the schools they are connected with. These schools are often under funded being in the rural area however the kids at the schools are really bright and eager to learn. I have added the link to the Facebook page of Thailand Teach-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thailand-Teach/289975994428274

If you wish to make a difference then do try to get in touch with Robert and volunteer whenever it suits your schedule. I say so because I have taught at these schools and when you see kids eager to learn but the school can not afford a qualified English teacher due to lack of funding, it does touch you within. I personally hope to volunteer more often, finding a balance between my job and volunteering is what am working on.

My Story - 

As I mentioned above I had been applying for a teaching job for any add or post I saw on websites and social media and finally got a lead  for a teaching position at a school in Lopburi. The teacher who was teaching there was leaving and they wanted a replacement. After about 20 days of applying for the job I suddenly get a call on my cell in India for a telephonic interview. Well I did get the job too. The school sent me the basic outline of the contract, things like the wage, the duration, hours and that they would pay for the visa and work permit. I was in regular touch with them. I resigned from my job at a school in India and applied for the visa. Now after having resigned, applied for the visa as well as buying my flight tickets, I get a call from the school telling me to be at the school the next day or else I do not have the job any more. Well that was a great shock for me. I immediately messaged my friend Robert (who lives in Thailand) to call and speak to the school and try to convince them to wait. Well that did not work out. I do not have any hard feelings against that school or the person who took this absurd decision at the last minute. I have forgiven them and I thank them for what they did. It is because of what they did, that I got to know and meet a wonderful human being as Robert Newton and his wonderful family nor would I have got the wonderful job that I have at a school in Singburi. 

So here I was with my passport at the Thai embassy in India getting stamped for a two month tourist visa, had paid for the flight tickets for the round trip ( you need to buy round trip tickets if you are coming in on an tourist visa), resigned from my job at the school in India and I was left stranded by the school in Lopburi after confirming the job.  

I did discuss it with Robert and few other teachers who were teaching in Thailand and all suggested I should make the trip as with my qualifications I would surely get a job within a few weeks. Robert was very kind to have offered that I could come down to Singburi and volunteer for him while searching for jobs. I should inform you all that Robert does not run an employment agency, he helped me with giving me details of the schools in the area as well as taking me to some of them only out of the friendship we share.

I took the flight to Bangkok on 8th August. Took the airport link sky rail to Phaya Thai and then switched to the sky rail (BTS) for Mo chit. The Mo chit bus terminal is about 3km from the Mo chit BTS station. At the Mo chit bus station you can get an A/C bus to Singburi for 120Baht or a Mini bus for the same sum too. The advantage with the Mini bus is that it takes you to the small villages around Singburi. So you might just find a stop next to where you live.

Thailand Teach is at Bang Rachan, Singburi. That is where I was at too. I did volunteer at two temple schools for Thailand Teach. It was a wonderful experience. After about 2 weeks of applying to schools online, through leads from friends and the schools in the area, I finally got a decent offer from a school in the area. By now I was very fond of the area and its rural setting. I also got along well with everyone at Roberts home. So it seemed perfect to accept the offer and there I was with a job. A few days after I got the job and a day before I signed my contract with the school I got another offer closer to Bangkok for 5,000 Baht more than this offer. However I refused it as I had already given my word to the school. The next on my list was to change my Tourist Visa to a Non - B Visa. I had to get all the paper work ready and submit it at Chaeng Wattana Immigration Office in Bangkok with having 15 days left on my visa. That was a challenge but again I had some very nice people helping me and guiding the school on the paperwork. My school has helped me a lot in getting all the necessary paper work ready within a relatively short time.

I got my Non - B Visa from the Bangkok Immigration Office just a few days back with exactly 16 days left on my tourist visa. Phewwwww that was a relief. Have started the process for acquiring my work permit.

I would like to thank everyone that has guided and helped me through this journey. Have been helped by both native and non native speakers. I have made some good friends too.

Well besides being a qualified English teacher I am also a qualified martial artist and hope to teach the kids (and grown ups)  martial arts too.

You could check out my martial arts website below.
www.jukaado.com



I guess Thailand has decided to keep me after all !!!!!!

I am always here to help or guide those who are seeking help or guidance with regards to teaching in Thailand or guiding with getting the right paper work ready. Do get in touch with me if you have any queries.