Martial Arts Misconceptions

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve done any form of martial arts or combat sports, you’ve probably heard most of these questions, among others. “Um, why?” Look, everyone comes to martial arts for their own reasons: fitness, discipline, getting fight ready, joining a community. But, at the end of the day, we show up because we love it. If it wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t be here. We’d probably opt for the treadmill at the gym. But, I’d pick hitting a bag over hitting the gym any day of the week. For a lot of us, it’s an incredible workout that a) isn’t boring and b) isn’t super time consuming. In an hour of bag and pad...

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Double Down with Cross Training

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, Workout Routines | 0 comments

Feeling stuck in a rut reaching your fitness goals? The answer: Cross train. When you’re looking to improve overall, you don’t just focus on one thing and expect to reach your goals. You have to strengthen the weaknesses that are causing you to be tired, injured, slow, or not strong enough. To get the best level of fitness, you need to be a well-rounded athlete. And, a well-rounded athlete will always have more than one form of training in their regimen. Stretch it out If you’re finding yourself with nagging injuries, it may be more than a need to grow your martial arts practice or become a...

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I Solemnly Swear… That I May or May not Keep my Resolutions

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, Health, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Causing You to Fail It’s the end of January and you made a laundry list of New Year’s Resolutions. A few of them are likely the same as the ones you made last year. A progress report has you ready to quit before the beginning of February, while one month ago you were motivated. What happens each year to the resolutions we are so dedicated to? Is there a better way to make the desired changes to your lifestyle? First, we have to understand why this system is broken. According to professor of psychology Timothy Pychyl of Carlton University, these resolutions are...

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Ten Action Steps for Safe & Healthy Holidays

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

1. Plan your time off to included physical activity. Play with your children and grandchildren. Skate, ski, walk, jog, ride your bike and do some light work on the heavy bag and shadow box. 2. Share yourself. People who are more isolated tend to be less healthy. Be with people you trust and feel good around, even if  you feel down. 3. Bring a smile to the face of another and yourself. Volunteer to help someone in need. Donate your time and energy. Maybe donate toys to children. 4. Plan to limit your alcohol consumption. If you’re going to imbibe, start with a tall glass of water, mix...

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A Perfect Pairing: Yoga and Martial Arts

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

For most high pace-high intensity athletes, the thought of doing training session at a slow pace just feels like a waste of time. But, the practice of yoga can be an invaluable asset to the martial arts practitioner. From the building blocks of martial arts and yoga, there are a numerous transferable skills. In yoga, each asana (or pose), is taken in cadence with the breath. If you are not breathing, you are not doing yoga. In every form of martial arts, breath is used to transfer power and energy through each punch, kick, or throw. You cannot land a precise hit without the power of the...

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I Want Candy!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays. As a kid, the idea of dressing up as someone (or something else), going out with all my friends, and eating my body weight in candy was pure heaven. And now as a mom I still look forward to that holiday. But even though I’m not putting as much effort into my costume (my kids are always decked out though), I still have that child-like giddiness inside me at the thought of eating the majority of my children’s Halloween candy after they go to bed (don’t worry they’re only 2 and 1 so they don’t realize...

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