Greetings and salutations, Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados all over the world! Antoni here with another Splendid Seven-related piece of work revolving around the martial arts Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialise in. This time, I am focusing on their warm-up rituals that see them being in pique physical, mental, and psychological strength and power whenever they get themselves in tournaments, in cage matches, and in battles with opponents ten to a million times larger than them. Have you ever wondered how Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran are the mighty Yokai warriors that they are? Do you know how they obtain their individual and collective strength? The answers lies in their intense physical training, über active lifestyle, and an all-natural diet that have seen them thrive so wonderfully in everything they do as warriors and as individuals. They have never met an opponent they did not like and are always embracing challenges that make them grow a whole lot stronger than they are.
The Splendid Seven’s diet and lifestyle are what make them physically strong and mentally healthy, for they live on a carb-free, sugar-free, yet protein-rich as well as fat-rich diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Instead of the usual cow’s, goat’s, sheep’s, and/or camel’s milk, Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran drink the milk of bull and ox Yokai which manage to be beneficial for stronger bone density, quicker muscle repair, and ensuring a more formidable mental capacity, especially for clearer focus and higher energy, thus making it a great breakfast food staple alongside Birds of Paradise eggs cooked either sunny side-up or scrambled, which is high in protein, zinc, and selenium as well as having a more savoury flavour than chicken eggs and ostrich eggs combined; boar demon bacon, which has more of a meaty texture but far less sodium and a whole lot more niacin, Vitamin B12, and magnesium than regular pig’s bacon; Birds of Paradise sausage, which has more protein and Vitamin B12 than regular sausage; and a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, passion fruit, and dragon fruit. Furthermore, the milk of bull and ox Yokai is richer and creamier in texture than cow’s, goat’s, and camel’s milk combined and is also very useful for making cheese, butter, and cream. Meats and fish would usually consist of boar demon, crow demon, salmon, trout, tuna, eel, bird demon like Tekkei, owl demon, crocodile, and alligator which would give The Splendid Seven the super strength, stamina, and stealth they need to kickstart every physical activity they get themselves into. Fruits and vegetables would consist of blueberries, strawberries, apples, passion fruit, dragon fruit, spinach, purple yam, celery, carrots, seaweed, broccoli, onions, and kale in order for their bodies to be rid of free radicals. Rice and noodles are still part of their diet, but they are eaten very sparingly and are eaten alongside meat, fish, and vegetables. Therefore, their diet is guaranteed to keep them energised from sunup until sundown with the strength of an entire army.
Coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle is how Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran physically and mentally prepare themselves for every fight they engage in. They do these preparations either with punching boards or bags, dummies, lifting weights, and/or fighting imaginary opponents.
Sesshoumaru’s conscientious expertise in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Japanese Jujitsu, and Shorinji Kempo means that his warm-ups are firmly rooted in tradition, physical fortitude, and unwavering discipline. He bench presses huge barbells and even boulders and does deadlifts with heavy weights. He practices his punches on a Makiwara as well as a metal punching bag, his kicks on huge boulders, and grapples with a stuffed demon dummy made of the hid of boar demon and stuffed with the feathers of crow demon. Moreover, Sesshoumaru also practices Kata in order to fully condition himself whenever he takes down his enemies. Even when he is in his full Yokai form with red eyes and jagged stripes on his cheeks, he focuses his energy on doing his Kata, punching on a Makiwara and a metal punching bag, and kicking huge boulders so that his bones and muscles will harden like the strongest of iron.
Inuyasha’s undeniable formidability in Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Bokator, and Kapu Kuialua demonstrates how he is not afraid to go all out when wanting to take his foes down. He bench presses huge barbells, boulders, and dense demon bones as well as does deadlifts with heavy weights. He practices his punches and kicks on huge boulders and on thick wooden blocks, wrestles stuffed deerskin dummies, and has boxing matches with giant demon bones. Inuyasha even shadowboxes to make sure that his iron fists are in great shape to deliver some powerful uppercuts, jabs, and hooks as well as his entire body is ready to deliver roundhouse kicks and submission holds. Even when he is in his full Yokai form with red eyes and jagged stripes on his cheeks, he focuses his super strength and boundless energy on bench pressing, deadlifting, shadowboxing, punching and kicking huge boulders, thick wooden blocks, and thick demon bones, and wrestling with stuffed deerskin dummies, thus strengthening his muscles and bones just like the huge war tank he ought to be.
Shuran’s towering persistence in Mongolian Wrestling, Sumo Wrestling, Ssireum, Tegumi, Turkish Oil Wrestling, Kurash, and Shuai Jiao highlights how he can use every battle he is in to his advantage. He bench presses giant boulders, does ab crunches, and does deadlifts with heavy weights. He even wrestles with giant dummies stuffed with cotton. Whether the dummies are made of deerskin or alligator leather, it does not matter to Shuran just as long as he keeps himself as well as his muscles mighty and strong as a professional wrestler and grappler willing to tackle all of his foes.
Hakkaku’s excitable energy in Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, Kajukenbo, Panantukan, Moraingy, Dambe, and Taekkyeon is a clear picture of how he never dares surrender even when his opponents attempt to knock him down hard. He does a lot of circuit training and shadowboxing which help him be fully conditioned for combat. Furthermore, Hakkaku punches and kicks giant oak trees to turn his fists and shins into hard concrete, thus making sure that his enemies do not get up whenever he clinches and kicks them really hard.
Ginta’s vitalised relentlessness in Lethwei, Pencak Silat, Sanda, Systema, Hapkido, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Tang Soo Do emphasises how passionate he is about continuously honing his craft as a martial artist reaching for the higher ground. He does circuit training and shadowboxing which keep him concentrated on his goals. Additionally, Ginta kicks giant oak trees, practices his punches on wooden boards, and his head-butts and clinches on a stuffed deerskin dummy to turn his shins, head, and fists into hard concrete, thus ensuring that his enemies have no means to escape from his clinches and his head-butts.
Ayame’s sheer power in Kickboxing, Nippon Kempo, Judo, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Boxing, and Sambo is a witness on how she has the iron fists, feet, and will to make history and honour her family’s plus her own good name. She does circuit training, bench pressing, and deadlifting to ensure that she is in great physical shape as well as shadowboxing to give her the focus she needs to beat her opponents to the ground. Most of all, Ayame punches and kicks giant boulders, punching bags made of deerskin, and wooden boards made of oak to make sure that her jabs, hooks, uppercuts, roundhouse kicks, front kicks, side kicks, spinning back kicks, backfists, and reverse punches stay as accurate, efficient, and powerful as ever.
Shunran’s death-defying grace in Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Wushu, Baguazhang, Northern Praying Mantis, and Changquan is the hallmark of how her fleet feet, quick reflexes, and steely willpower can never be taken for granted. She does a lot of circuit training, gymnastics, and shadowboxing as a means to propel herself in terms of speed, agility, and strength. In addition, Shunran punches and kicks oak posts, punching bags made of deerskin, and giant boulders to properly condition her huge and varied repertory of kicks ranging from a roundhouse to a split kick to an axe kick as well as her strikes in terms of her backfists and reverse punches. That way, she can remain as strong and agile as ever.
There you have it, ladies, gentlemen, and martial arts fans of all ages. Nothing is more exciting than having Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran warm up and get themselves ready for any battle, martial arts tournament, and any fight because they fight to live and live to fight. Martial arts is what kept them alive, and it is what will keep them together.