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The Centurion

5 Ways to Speed Recovery After a Training Injury

Over the course of our lives, most of us will experience some form of physical injury. And while participation in martial arts and other sports is great for our health in many ways, unfortunately, it also increases our risk of certain injuries.
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Get Stellar Participation When You Ask Your Kids Class Questions!

Have you ever attended a seminar, workshop or class where the presenter/teacher asks a question, and nobody wants to answer? Maybe they don’t know the answer, or they’re afraid of being wrong.
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Your Guide to Giving the Perfect Gift

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to take a break from work and school, visit family, and curl up with a cup of hot cocoa that’s 50% marshmallows…but not so fast! You can’t really relax until you’ve finished your holiday shopping. If you’re a martial artist or are shopping for one, you’ve probably already considered getting a martial arts-themed present. No matter who’s on your list, this guide will help you find a gift that’s just right!
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Road to Competition with Samery Moras

I was losing my final match by 10 points. It was the second round out of three, and I couldn’t even understand what was happening around me. I was losing my chance to be part of the US Collegiate National Team. I’d been training for this the whole year, for this moment where I’d be able to compete and start my way on the road to the World University Games in Korea. And I was losing. Time! We had one last break before the final round. I walked over to my coach- who is also my sister- and sat down on the chair. I was exhausted, both mentally and physically. But, this is the exact moment that you train for as an athlete. For these moments, when the stress level is almost unbearable, when your lungs are burning and you don’t think you can last one more kick. This the moment when you decide whether you’re going to be a champion.
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Have A Martial Art’s Valentine’s Day with Nigel!

The hearts you see on Valentine’s Day don’t have to have to be limited to representing romantic love! Valentine’s Day is also the perfect occasion to remind friends and family that they are loved and appreciated, or do something kind for your own heart. Nigel loves all things related to holidays and celebrations, so he’s the perfect friend for Valentine’s Day! Here are some ways to have some kid-friendly fun on Valentine’s Day with Nigel:
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Book Review of “Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart" by Doug Merlino

Doug Merlino delivers a knockout punch of a book with “Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts.” Part history, part biography, and part adventure novel, “Beast” revolves around four high-level fighters training at one of the nation’s top gyms, American Top Team in Florida. The four men come from very different backgrounds, and although they fight with the same goal of winning in mind, their motivations are worlds apart.
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The Basics of Mouthguard Care

Would you lick the inside of your gym bag? What about the mats at your gym? No! Of course you wouldn’t, because you’re a sensible person and you know that that’s just gross. But you might already be doing something just as bad. That’s right, I’m talking about mouthguards. They’re easy to forget about. You probably pop yours into your mouth before you roll or spar, spit it out at the end of class, toss it into your bag, and then – what? Leave it there overnight? Stash your bag in your closet or car?
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Celebrate Black History Month with this Martial Arts Trivia Game!

February is Black History Month. This month is a time to celebrate the cultural contributions and achievements made by black people in history, art, science, sports, and more. This is a great opportunity for your kids or students learn about some amazing black martial artists! Try making this fun trivia game for your kids, and let them match the names and faces with inspiring facts. 
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Top Fitness Equipment of 2017

You’ve probably heard about the five fitness trends gaining traction in 2017. Many of them share a theme: decreased reliance on traditional gyms. There’s nothing wrong with heading to the gym to get your fit on. However, many people are looking for a new place to work out and finding it at home. Having your “gym” in your living room is convenient for a few reasons. For one, you never need to worry about crowded spaces. Transportation is a cinch, and the commute can be measured in seconds and footsteps.
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Basic Knife Handling Techniques

People have been using edged weapons since the beginning of time. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in edged weapons, and how they can be used for personal protection. A large number of martial arts incorporate some type of edged weapon training into their curriculum. The training ranges from blade work incorporated into katas, to demonstrations and combat applications. Spears, swords, knives and more are all used.
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