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Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 3:09 AM
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Used to play a lot of Golf - After a hard day it was great to get on the Driving range

because every ball had a name

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Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 3:35 AM
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Brilliant! Too true and the comment came at a time when I was literally about to lambast a developer for not following the correct procedure. this post made me sit back and think my response through. I am a martial artist and have been for most of my life. I have studied Wushin, Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jui jitsu and my latest flavor is Kali. I think part of the reason is to relieve the built-in tension that's a side effect of our job, but I also study because I watched WAY too many Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies:)

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Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 10:27 AM
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While I don't have any experience in martial arts, I can definitely concur that physical fitness is a great help when dealing with a stressful work situation. A previous employer had a company subsidized gym on the premises. Even when things got bad, which was most of the time in my last few years there, 30 minutes on the elliptical machine in my target heart rate zone did wonders in improving my disposition.

Right now, I am doing P90X, which includes a yoga program. The 'tip of the day' for that one is to forget about all of the stuff you were doing before, and everything you have to do afterwards. Yoga is definitely worth checking out, whatever your fitness regimen is. The St. Johns mens basketball team started doing yoga when Steve Lavin took over, and has had near-zero injuries since. I can actually touch my toes for the first time I can remember, and colorful language is no longer required to get thru the more challenging poses (Warrior 3, half moon, right angle pose, prayer twists).
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Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 11:01 AM
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Steve,

As a young man I tried several martial arts, Karate, Tai-Kwon-Do, Jui-Jit-Su and Judo. It was when I went back to college after a stint in the service (USCG) that I took up Aikido. Translated Ai-Ki-Do means ThePath-ToPower-ThroughHarmony. I studied Aikido in the dojo for 10 years, and then like you got caught up in life and family, but I never stopped practicing the preceipts of Aikido in my everyday life. For excercise, I returned to my roots as a swimmer, but even in that I practice ThePath-ToPower-ThroughHarmony. This also is how I work in the professional world, and I have found good success following the same preceipts as I did on the mat 3 decades ago. Balance is everything! Harmony in my databases is joy! Power in my procedures gets the job done! AiKiDo-IT

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Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 4:23 PM


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Agreed completely with finding some kind of stress relief outside of the coding world. My martial arts training leans more towards the mental than the physical though. I've found that the need to focus on your body and what you're doing with it works wonders when it comes to calming the mind, and that (for myself) the faster-paced martial arts don't help me as much during the day.

I've practiced Kyudo for just over 10 years (although I've been on a hiatus from my training since January) and the need to be present in the form helps quite a bit with leaving the stress behind. About half of our dojo is in IT and each one of us has come in with stories about how the mental discipline that we learn has kept us from going off on someone after a particularly frustrating day.

I tried Aikido about five years ago, kept at it for about a year, but never got good enough at forward rolls and kept hurting my neck when I tried. I enjoyed the discipline, and loved the weapons work, but I had to give it up when the injuries were interfering with my Kyudo (it's hard to stand sideways to the target and shoot looking over your shoulder when you can't turn your head more than 45 degrees to the left ).

I've since started Tai Chi and love it. We do learn some of the practical uses for the forms we're learning, and have been learning weapons forms alongside the weaponless form, and my class is just starting to work on push hands. I find it an extremely satisfying energy expenditure (and it's done very good things for my health), but again, the mental discipline has helped me in my corporate life far beyond the physical work (it's much harder to step away from your desk for five minutes to beat on something than it is to step away for five minutes to meditate until you've calmed down from whatever has pissed you off.)


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On a totally different topic I really enjoyed SQL in the City London 2013 and just for thoughts you can really make money with manure as I told Steve (http://www.compostman.co.uk/really-rotten-manure) - I suggested to take back some English roses for the lady.
In the end doing gardening can be as back cracking but as joyful - I too a delight taking pictures of my wife's iris flowers today (Saturday) and hope to see them flower again next year despite the odds of moving. After all getting these flowers to bloom takes between 2 and 3 years - similarly to get an idea planted and a result showing in business.
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So I'm the only one who uses a couple ounces of good vodka and a jalapeno-stuffed olive for stress relief?
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Posted Monday, June 24, 2013 2:38 PM


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I practice T'ai Chi and yoga but I am not above drinking a couple of glasses of wine.
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