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The Centurion

The Female Fighters of Victorian England (And Beyond)

When many people, especially non-martial artists, think of martial arts, they imagine a predominantly male environment. Although it’s true that the gender split is closer to 60-40 rather than 50-50, women are well-represented in modern martial arts. What may come as a surprise to everyone, though, is how long women have been involved in martial arts in a sport capacity, rather than necessity-of-life/self-defense capacity.
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Krav Maga for Fitness and Self-Defense

Two great New Year’s resolutions many of you may have made: “I want to get in better shape,” and, “I want to learn self-defense.” You can kill two birds with one stone: Learning a martial art might be one of the best ways to stay in shape and to learn self-defense. Krav maga is an amazing martial art for both purposes.
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Century Product Review: The Double Target

This product review comes from Sifu Jimmy Manfredy! While I was looking for potential writers for these blogs, he happened to visit Century. I asked if he was familiar with any of the products I still needed reviews for. "Oh, sure," was the immediate response. "I use those targets all the time. I can even do videos, if you want!" I did. So now, you get not only a review blog, but some demo videos too! 
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Say “Bonjour” to the French Martial Art of Savate

When thinking of martial arts involving kicking or boxing, many people tend to think of Japanese karate or muay thai from Thailand. However, with the recent popularity of several new forms of mixed martial arts and different international spotlights on traditional forms of martial arts, the French foot-fighting art of savate is gaining attention. If you’re new to the art, this introduction to the martial art may shed some light on the practice.
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Meet Muay Thai's Cousin, Lerdrit

With the rising international interest in the martial art of Muay Thai over the past several decades, many fighters and athletes have sought global fame and heavy purses through competitions of the sport. While Muay Thai takes years to learn to practice correctly, an even tougher version of the martial art can take decades. This style, called Lerdrit or Muay Lert Rit, has origins in the practices of the warriors of Siam (the former name of Thailand, where both Lerdrit and Muay Thai were developed).
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Dear Martial Arts School Owners - You Are Allowed to Ask for my Money

This type of thing is usually left up to the Martial Arts Industry Association, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt anyone to hear it from another source. So to whoever needs to hear it: Martial arts school owners, you are allowed to charge a fair price for your services! You are allowed to make a profit! Heck, you’re even entitled to up your prices, as time and circumstances change!
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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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