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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Muay Thai Kickboxing

By Sarah Lobban
5/22/2018 1:00:00 PM
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Hello! We're back with another installment of our "What to Expect on Your First Day of Martial Arts" series! These videos are mine. I started muay thai (Thai kickboxing) in college, and, for context, I had no idea what it was and had only heard of it in a science fiction book. So if you’re worried that you don’t know enough about martial arts to start training…don’t be.

Read more Sarah Lobban of Century Martial Arts talks about muay thai kickboxing.

9 Reasons Why Your Students Need to be Sparring

By Century Martial Arts
5/21/2018 8:10:00 AM
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"Should I let my students spar?”

It’s a common question among martial arts school owners. Some balk at the idea. After all, sparring is – and is supposed to be – as close to a real fight as students get, without actually getting into one.  Instructors worry that students will have one bad experience in sparring and quit, or will simply be too intimidated at the idea of sparring to participate.

Read more Students in karate gloves fist bump as they prepare to spar.

How to Hold Thai Pads: Round Two

By Sarah Lobban
5/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
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Hi! It’s Sarah Lobban and Sarah Alpar, back with some more Thai pad holding tips (if you missed the first blog post, showing you hold to hold Thai pads for basic moves, go check it out).

Read more Thai pad partner training is fun, and an amazing cardio workout!

How to Hold Thai Pads for 4 Basic Fitness Moves

By Sarah Lobban
5/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
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Working with Thai pads was always one of my favorite parts of martial arts training. At the start of every kickboxing class, the woman I normally partnered with and I would ask our coach, “Thai pads or focus mitts?” hoping for the former (sometimes we’d just grab Thai pads without asking, hoping to subliminally sway Coach).

Read more Partner training with Thai pads is great cardio fitness exercise!

9 Reasons to Work Out (That Have Nothing to do with Weight)

By Century Martial Arts
5/11/2018 4:40:00 PM
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It’s common knowledge that working out and having good cardio fitness can be beneficial to your health. However, too often people see “health” and “weight loss” as interchangeable concepts – and confusing the two can be catastrophic.

Read more Flexibility is one benefit of routine exercise!

7 Lessons Kids Learn from Martial Arts

By Century Martial Arts
5/11/2018 8:16:00 AM
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In film and TV, martial arts are too often depicted as gory, violent, and inherently aggressive – something that is simply not true. Unfortunately, this perceived image leads some parents to shy away from enrolling their children in martial arts. Although martial arts do contain a physical component, they also emphasize values more than many other sports and activities.

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7 Essential Pieces of Karate Sparring Gear

By Century Martial Arts
5/11/2018 8:11:00 AM
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Read more Karate sparring gear is important for fun and effective training!

What's the Big Thai-dea? Why Thai Pads are So Popular

By Sarah Lobban
5/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
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Recently, I went over the benefits of Thai pads vs. focus mitts in partner training. Now, I’m a huge fan of partner training with any equipment. However, if that choice were refined to partner training with Thai pads vs. partner training with focus mitts, I’m Team Thai Pad all the way. And I’m not alone.

Read more Fitness training on Thai pads is a fun, exciting workout!

Things to Know Before Your First Day of Taekwondo

By Sarah Lobban
5/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
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Part of the First Day of Martial Arts Class series.

Read more Amber Coble of Century Martial Arts is taekwondo black belt!

Thai Pads or Focus Mitts: What Should I Use?

By Sarah Lobban
5/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
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Partner training is one of the best – and most fun!—components of martial arts or martial arts fitness training. It gives both parties an opportunity to work on distance and timing. It’s also a great way for trainers to work one-on-one with their clients, for a workout session that’s much more personalized.

Read more Thai pads are an amazing fitness tool for cardio partner training!

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