Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are essential amino acids (specifically, valine, leucine and isoleucine). They are essential, meaning we must get them in our diet because our bodies do not produce them. Branched chain amino acids have various functions related to energy production during and after exercise so they are needed in adequate amounts, but not excessive.
BCAA are often used to prevent fatigue and improve concentration. But the most relevant to you, perhaps, is the common practice of taking BCAAs to improve exercise performance and reduce muscle breakdown. While the first use has a fair amount of sceptics, the second is widely accepted in the medical world.
In today's martial art world, it seems the type of arts that get the most attention are the sports schools like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Tae Kwon Do and JuJitsu schools. I have found that although many of these schools have students (and instructors) that are technically and athletically quite good, it saddens me to see some of them have lost the essence of the martial way. I realize this isn't all martial arts schools, but I have seen a trend that has lead many martial artists away from the true meaning of karate do.
The Martial Way, also called Budo, means "knowledge as a way to improve ones life and the life of others." Budo is a way of living and a way of dying.
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Honey, super sweet, unctuous and delicious, a symbol of luxury and riches for millennia. “The land of milk and honey” refers to a place where riches abound. From Biblical times, "milk and honey" have been said to denote fertility and the phrase itself was used in the bible referring to what is now known as Israel. Honey figures large in contemporary language too.“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” which means a sweet-temper will get you what you want faster than an ill-temper and surely terms of endearment like 'honey' and 'sweet-heart' refer to exactly this idea.
Honey has been used for millennia in both medicinal and domestic contexts with the earliest recorded uses of honey as a medicine dating as far back as 700BC. The ancient Egyptians used it in beauty products and honey found in the tomb of King Tut was apparently found to be edible despite being around 2000 years old. Before the discovery of beer, Mead was an alcoholic drink made from honey and was enjoyed by early Romans, and Saxons.
In more recent times scientists have been working to unlock the secrets of honey and determine if the mythical health giving properties of honey are based on fact or just superstition.
All honey consists of about 80% sugars, 17% water, and around 3 % minor nutritive and non-nutritive compounds, however, there is enormous variation in different types of honey depending on where the bees that made it foraged, so not all honeys have the same qualities. Generally speaking the darker the honey the stronger it is and better quality.