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10 Tips for Choosing a Martial Arts Program

There are a huge range of options available for martial arts training. For people who are interested in getting started, it can be overwhelming to decide which martial arts program is the right fit.  It’s hard to know where to begin when choosing a martial arts school. That’s why we’ve pulled together ten tips for […]

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Improve Your Self Defense Skills With This Daily Habit

One of the biggest misnomers about self defense training is that it’s only about dangerous situations. You’re preparing for the moment when someone jumps out at you in a dark parking lot and tries to assault you. You’re getting ready for someone to break into your house with a gun and attempt to rob you. […]

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Whole Kid Health Starts with Movement

Sitting still is tough for a lot of kids, but too often today we see that kids want to sit still in front of screens rather than get up and move around. It’s not a new problem, but it is one that every parent is familiar with. It’s one of the great benefits of martial […]

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The 3 Reasons Most People Give Up on Fitness Programs

Starting a fitness program is not easy. If you’re new to exercising or coming back to exercising after a break, you’re probably going to have some challenges adjusting. For some people, adjusting to those challenges can end up in giving up on fitness programs altogether. If you know ahead of time the problems that you’re […]

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What No One Tells You About Training in Krav Maga

One of the greatest joys of training in Krav Maga is encountering the unexpected. That first time someone walks into a dojo, they’re fairly sure they know what they’re there to learn. They’ve come to learn how to take names and kick butt, increase their physical fitness, possibly build some relationships. Those are all part […]

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Is Learning Self Defense Still Relevant?

We now live in an age of smartphones in our pockets and cameras seemingly everywhere. There’s a constant feeling that someone is watching, so is there really a need to have physical self defense skills anymore? The truth is that there is more to self defense than throwing someone to the ground or hitting an […]

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Why Cardio Kickboxing Drives Physical and Mental Fitness

Fitness is about much more than losing belly fat or building bulging arm muscles. While the outer body changes are important, working out with cardio kickboxing pushes whole body fitness for health as well as mental fitness. If you’re having a hard time deciding which kind of cardio and strength training is best for you, […]

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Kids Learn Life Skills through Martial Arts

Though training in martial arts for kids looks like it’s about punching and kicking, it’s really about self confidence. More than ever before, kids live in a world where they are surrounded by screens that call out to be something different, to numb themselves with whatever content a marketer is placing in front of them. […]

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4 Things You Should Expect from Fitness Boot Camp

The term “boot camp” brings up images of hardcore training and a drill instructor style coach yelling at a line of people to work harder and get that sweat. There’s an intensity about it, which is part of both the appeal and the intimidation. If you’re signing up for a fitness boot camp, you’re doing […]

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7 Benefits of Online Martial Arts Training

The old ways of doing things aren’t necessarily the best ways If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that old ways of doing things aren’t necessarily the best ways. That’s not to say that traditional martial arts training is not still valuable, but online martial arts classes have proven to be powerful and effective. Training […]

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