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How did ancient Japanese warriors get pumped up for battle?
How does a sports person get pumped for an event? It’s probably completely individual (although I personally favour hurdler, Michelle Jenneke’s little method).

However, ‘Kuji no in’ was one method for the samurai going into conflict.
 

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Another technique sometimes used in the Japanese sword arts is Ah-Un breathing, borrowed from, again, Zen (Rinzai)
There are a few variations from the one demonstrated in this video. The one I favour is to inhale on a slightly closed rims glottidis through the mouth creating a sort of screeching sound as the air goes in and a humming sound on the exhalation. I perform nine cycles as part of my preparation for practise.
 

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Generally speaking have cheap sake hot, expensive cold
 

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Druids are old school pre Victorian. I don't much about them other than they were big into the spiritualism. I don't know any group in ancient times that wasn't. They also were combat trained, but I don't know much about that part.
Pretty much everyone in Dungeons and Dragons are trained up for combat. That includes the druids.
 
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