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The Centurion

It's Time for BOBoween!

  Happy (almost) Halloween! I’m here with a very important announcement – Century’s BOBoween contest is coming up!
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How to Encourage Your Child’s Success in Martial Arts

  If you’re the parent of a child enrolled in martial arts lessons, you definitely want your child to succeed on their training journey. However, some parents don’t realize just how important their encouragement is to a child’s success. They may also not know how they can show support in ways that will be genuinely helpful. Encouragement can come in the form of simply watching your child’s training, or even participating in parent-and-child martial arts classes.
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Two Months Without Sugar: Part 3

  Stop!   Before you go any further, read part one of this blog here, and part two here.   All caught up? Okay!  
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Why Better Sleep = Better Mental Health

  We spend so much time focusing on the active aspects of our health – what we put into our bodies (or what we don’t), and the exercise we get – that we sometimes forget one of the most important pieces of our health: taking a break. Specifically, to sleep.  
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Martial Arts Talk: Perry William Kelly

  Ever wonder, “Will I still be training and competing ten years from now?” If you’re worried about your fifties or sixties putting an end to your martial arts journey – a concern felt especially among those who train in striking-based martial arts – you need to read this interview with Perry William Kelly.
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5 Meaningful Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

  As a gym owner, there are a lot of things to manage and be on top of. If your gym, like so many others, offers a group fitness curriculum, there can be additional frustrations. Maybe you’re offering a ton of great group classes… but no one is showing up. Perhaps you aren’t sure how to promote your group fitness classes. Education is power, so to help increase participation, make sure your members know about the following benefits of a group fitness class!  
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Why There’s No Such Thing as “Too Old” for Martial Arts

  In one of last week’s blog posts, we discussed some of the common myths surrounding martial arts. However, there was one BIG one we didn’t get to. It deserves special attention because it dissuades an entire demographic, who could potentially reap huge benefits from training, from joining martial arts. This is the myth that there is an age that’s “too old” for martial arts training.  
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Fight the Funk: The Importance of Cleaning Your Martial Arts Gear

  Training in martial arts is one of the best decisions you can make to improve yourself. Not only are martial arts a great way to get in better shape, learn new skills and improve your self-defense abilities, they’re also a ton of fun. Unfortunately, with a great workout comes an inevitable side effect – sweating.
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Two Months Without Sugar: Part 2

  Well, folks. I’m going to give you something you don’t normally see in these “I did such-and-such diet for a week/month/insert-time-period-here” blogs: failure.   Normally you’d get to read about how hard it was at first, but ultimately how rewarding, how I feel like I’ve improved myself as a person, etc. The truth is, I crashed and burned. I failed myself; I failed this blog; I failed you, the readers. But it’s time to wipe the tears (and Oreo crumbs) off my face – I learned a few lessons, and I still have one month left of the challenge I set for myself to try and get this right.  
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Raising Empowered Daughters with Martial Arts

  It is a sad reality that at some point, all young children will experience challenging obstacles, whether those take the form of cyberbullying, divorcing parents, or illness in themselves or family. However, young girls in particular face a unique set of difficulties stemming simply from growing up in a world that sometimes views them differently than their male peers.
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