Back to [Martial Arts] School !

Why Train?

Wesley.pngAs we are now in the “back to school” season, it’s a natural time of year for people to get “back” to doing physical activity.  

Why do you want to train or exercise? Grab onto the first answer that came into your mind. That is your unique reason why.

Your reason could have to do with weight, size, shape, strength, appearance, health, function, feeling stronger, becoming more confident and focused, learning to defend yourself, or even a desire to have a more healthy and enjoyable life. Or, it could be about something completely off the wall. Hey, it’s your reason… it doesn’t have to be the same as somebody else’s. This reason is your motivation. It’s the thought that you need to return to whenever you’re feeling discouraged or want to give up. Remind yourself of it often. Write it down and put it where you will see it everyday. If you just don’t quit then you’re bound to succeed.

There are many folks who come and go in the martial arts.  I often see them start in Kung-Fu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Karate, or Krav Maga, to name a few disciplines, and they quickly grow to love the training.  The reason they start is their own.  The benefits of training are numerous.  One of the tricks to longevity is understanding that motivation is difficult.  

There are many days you may not want to go to your job, but you go!  Why?  You may be motivated by a paycheck.  You may be motivated by the type of work you do, or how it benefits others.  Either way, there is a reason you go to work each day.  Training in the martial arts and exercise, in general, requires the same motivational reminder that other activities do.  Tell yourself daily why you need to train… and then, come in and train!

Now is the perfect time to start back, if you have been waning over the summer.  During the fall, it’s a natural time of year when we go “back to school.”  If you’ve been missing your training, it’s time to get back to [martial arts] school!  

Give me a call today, or visit and let’s get you back on track to accomplishing your goals.  Our martial arts and self defense classes offer various different styles, and they help keep you mentally engaged while getting a great workout.

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Trust Issues

label-4.jpgNever, ever trust the claims on the front of a food package. Claims like: heart healthy, whole grains, or fiber-filled are often smoke and mirrors to prevent you from reading the actual ingredient list.

The real truth about a packaged food item is hidden in the ingredient list on the BACK label, not in the bold claims on the front. Scan that ingredient list for high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils – if the food contains these items then put it back and choose something healthier.

Fennel, Celery and Green Apple Slaw

Here’s a light and refreshing salad that’s filled with healthy fiber. Getting enough fiber is an important part of being healthy and fit.

Fresh tarragon, fennel and lemon juice lend vibrant flavors, eliminating the need for fattening, store bought salad dressing. Enjoy alongside a portion of lean protein for the perfect, fitness approved meal.

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What you need
Servings: 2

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon
2 celery sticks plus the leaves
1 fennel bulb, plus the fronds
1 green apple
dash of salt and pepper


1. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, tarragon, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

2. Using a mandoline slicer on the thinnest setting, thinly slice the celery, fennel bulb and green apple. Place in a medium bowl. Chop the celery leaves and fennel fronds and add to the bowl.

3. Toss the salad with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

One serving equals: 219 calories, 14g fat, 192mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, and 3g protein