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The Sin City Nationals are coming up and many a Portland martial artist is a heading that way to compete. While in town be sure to see the sites but be wary of sampling the wares this trip.

It has been said for centuries and in several cultures that abstinence from sex is beneficial before a match. Research now shows that this may be a myth perpetuated by thousands of deviated madmen hell bent on the total domination of their fighters’ mental state.

The strategy behind abstinence is readily apparent. Heightened testosterone levels lead to aggressive behavior in most males. If something is taken away from somebody that they really like, and then they are told they can have it back after they fight, they will probably fight harder.

What may not be as readily apparent is effect as it relates to loss of qi. Spermatozoa are stored in a kind of suspended animation. They are energized during orgasm and spring to life for a short period of time. Energizing millions of cells takes some energy, quite a bit as a matter of fact.

However, research at the College of St Scholastica in Minnesota found no effect on exercise capacity even a few hours after sex. 

“Our data suggest that it is justified to dismiss the view that sexual intercourse decreases maximal exercise performance,” says Professor Tommy Boone.

Running on a tread mill versus Georges St Pierre trying to remove your head is the equivalent to taking an ass to a thorough bred horse race. There quite simply was not enough of a study done to make such a bold statement.

The fact is that there are many factors going into the reason behind the reasoning for not doing "it" before a champion competes. Marty Liquori, a top 5,000 meter runner sums things up best when he said “Sex makes you happy and happy people don’t run a 3:47 mile”.


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