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The Centurion

The Journey of Natalie Sharp

Natalie Sharp isn’t your typical black belt candidate. Born with bilateral phocomelia, she explains that her “arms are extremely short and I only have three fingers on each hand.”
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12 of the Greatest Martial Artists Who Never Existed

Everyone loves a martial arts movie, show or game. Movie fans love the action; martial artists love the authenticity (or, in some cases, the idea that arts shown could be authentic*).
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What We're Thankful For in 2019

Well, we've almost reached the end of 2019! But in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to pause and reflect on the year. I asked around the office to see what people were grateful for. Here's what they said. 
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Remembering Bruce Lee

  Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, in the hour and year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac. November 27th, 2019, would have been his 79th birthday.
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The Journey of Joshua Loya

Joshua Loya grew up in the 1980s, watching “Karate Kid”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and dreaming of one day becoming a black belt. But Joshua was born with a high risk of retinal detachment and eye injury, making martial arts training out of the question. At age three he had already lost the sight in his right eye, and despite countless surgeries, Joshua went completely blind shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
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Century Product Review: Tegu Headgear

In October, I put out a call for blog ideas: Which Century Martial Arts items were people curious to know more about? One suggestion for a review came from Alvin Myers, who asked about the Tegu Headgear.
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The Inspiring History of Capoeira

This unconventional martial art is a combination of fighting techniques blended with acrobatic dance. The result is an art with complex movements that are as deadly as they are beautiful. Learning to perform capoeira can take some time. Those who practice this centuries-old martial art must master the art of constantly moving in a flowing style instead of the more common fixed positions found in many other styles of martial arts.
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Century Product Review: The Blastmaster Shield

This Century Product Review blog was requested by Mike Plachy, who wanted to learn more about Century’s Blast Master Shield. This shield is one of our most unique items, but, sad to say, I’ve never used it in training, let alone come up with drills and exercises for it – so I reached out to someone who has!
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How Martial Arts Teaches Children Self-Discipline

There are numerous benefits of martial arts for kids, including improved physical health and a boost in self-confidence. Martial arts can also teach children self-defense skills that can help them ward off bullies and protect themselves from violent attacks. More importantly than fighting off others, however, martial arts teaches kids how to become masters of themselves: how to control thoughts, emotions, actions and responses.
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Personal Protection: Choosing The Right Martial Arts Defense Training Against Sexual Assault

By Guest Blogger: William Tresten   It’s easy to find sobering statistics about the rate of sexual assault on women. Although men and boys can also be sexually assaulted, an overwhelming majority of victims are female. So it is no surprise that more women and parents of girls are looking into self-defense training in the form of martial arts.
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