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Don't Buy the Weapon; Be the Weapon!

  Many times over the years, I’ve heard many a new student’s perspective on self-defense. When it’s not an excuse like “I don’t have time to train” or “I just don’t have the money right now,” I hear the old phrase: “I’ll just grab my gun and shoot them if they try anything.” They’re always surprised then by my next question: “So how often do you train with it?”
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8 Ways Martial Arts Helps Children With Attention Difficulties

  Finding the right sport for your child can be difficult at the best of times, but ADHD in children makes it even more difficult. They may be left out of team sports because of their difficulties with coordination or following directions, and end up bullied or isolated as a result.  
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The Road to MASS19 Part 2: 5 Essential Items You NEED TO BRING

  Ready to head to the 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow? Not without reading this blog you’re not! Featuring advice from MAIA Executive Director Frank Silverman, this second of a three-part post series will cover what you need to bring to the Show – plus the five top essential items according to Mr. Silverman (even the one he admits to forgetting sometimes!).   (Psst - the first post is here if you missed it!)  
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Happy Mother's Day - Also Did You Know How Cool Donnie Yen's Mom Is?

  We all know Donnie Yen – martial artist, director, producer and actor extraordinaire. He played the title role in three Ip Man movies, doing a spectacular job depicting the man who would become Bruce Lee’s mentor. His character Chirrut Ȋmwe was a fan favorite in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I could go on and on about how impeccably cool Yen is – but I won’t. Because this article isn’t about him. It’s about his mom.
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What You Should Know About Fats in Your Diet

  There are many misconceptions about fats. With so much misinformation and so many fad diets, it can be easy to become confused about fats, their purpose and the differences between types of fat. In addition to potentially affecting your fitness goals, fats can impact both your short-term and long-term health. Understanding the difference between good fat and bad fat can help you make the best decisions for your health and well-being.  
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The Journey of Shihan Dana Abbott

  This story could be the plot of a martial arts action movie: a young man from Arizona dreams of learning swordsmanship, sets off for Japan to follow the same path as the samurai warriors from centuries past, and studies under one of the world’s premier masters to emerge decades later as a master in his own right.
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Why You Should Never, Ever Learn Martial Arts

  Here at The Centurion, we usually try to put a positive spin on martial arts and training. Clearly, this one-sided approach is problematic, as it doesn’t cover the many downsides of martial arts training. So today, I’m going to play the devil’s advocate and let you know exactly why you and your loved ones should steer clear of the scourge that is martial arts:  
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Martial Arts Talk: Ted Sumner

  Have I mentioned recently how much I love working at Century Martial Arts? Every day brings something new – and some of the best days are those where we get visitors and guest instructors, like Grand Master Ted Sumner, 10th degree kenpo black belt and long-time instructor.
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Martial Arts and the Ancient Code of Honor

  In a society that increasingly is marked by contentiousness, bullying and insincerity, infusing young people with a strong moral compass has never been more important—or more of a challenge for parents. The overwhelming influence of social media, coupled with pop culture’s promotion of some less-than-stellar figures as role models, make growing up difficult in today’s world.
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The Value of Yoga for Martial Artists

A quiet yoga class full of students contorting and stretching themselves on mats may not be the first thing you think of when picturing effective supplementary training for martial arts. But think again! In addition to being an excellent workout for building flexibility (like you need for high kicks and squirming out of chokes), yoga is also an incredibly useful second hobby for martial artists.  
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