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The Centurion

How Martial Arts Reduces Chances of Being Bullied

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, making it the perfect time to talk to your kids about bullying. Encourage them to speak up if they ever see anyone being bullied, and let them know that it is never okay to be a bully. According to a 2015 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 20% of high school students reported that they had been a victim of bullying within the past year.
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40 Years in the Making

Have you ever wondered where your martial arts gear comes from? You probably already know that Century Martial Arts is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Maybe you’ve even visited our showroom and seen our facility. But do you know how Century got there in the first place? Century started in 1976, with a true underdog story. Our founder, Mike Dillard, used to sell uniforms and belts out of the back of his van when he’d go to compete in karate tournaments. His main office was his parents’ garage. But Mike knew he could make a difference, and he was determined to succeed.
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Creative Obstacle Course Ideas for Parents

When I was a kid, my sister and a few of our friends and I would often walk to the local elementary school on weekends. It had a small playground – nothing fancy, but it was close to all our houses. One of our favorite games was to take turns inventing obstacle courses and seeing who could make it through the fastest. We probably looked crazy to anyone who happened to drive by, but it was fun. The competitive element was only part of it. What we enjoyed most was the challenge of pushing ourselves, regardless of how everyone did, and the fun of creating new courses each time.
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The Evolution of Sport Karate

As you read in the last blog post, many martial arts weapons evolved from farming tools. We gave you a little quiz to see if you could guess which weapon came from what tool. Here are the answers – how well did you do?   1) Tonfa were used for grinding rice or beans 2) Eku were used for paddling a boat 3) Cutting grass was done with tools similar to a kama 4) A nunchaku was great for threshing grain 5) You could carry two water buckets with a bo staff, one on each end 6) The shape of the sai makes it obvious it was a small pitchfork  
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5 Easy Halloween Costumes To Make for Nigel

Hi, I’m Sarah, and I love Halloween. I still dress up (I firmly believe there is no such thing as “too old”) and I’ve even been known to hand-make a few of my costumes. But you know who loves Halloween even more than me? Every single kid, ever. That is a scientifically proven* fact. Nigel the Ninja is also, technically, a kid (if you don’t know Nigel’s backstory, check out the short version here). He’s happy to get costumed up to celebrate Halloween!
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The History of Weapons in Martial Arts Part I

Just about any martial arts school you go into today will offer some form of weapons training. This is especially true if the school teaches karate, the art responsible for developing the use of many of these weapons. Given how ubiquitous this training is today, would it surprise you to learn that there was a time when weapons training was carried out in utmost secrecy?
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Meet Team Paul Mitchell

What do an internationally acclaimed sport karate team and a high-end hair care line have in common? You might think it’s next to nothing, but the answer might surprise you! You’re probably familiar with the name Paul Mitchell in one of two ways. Maybe you’ve seen Paul Mitchell brand shampoo at the store or in a salon. Or (more likely for readers of The Centurion) you’ve heard of Team Paul Mitchell Karate, the best-known team in sport karate today.
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Century named official Gi sponsor for 2016 U.S. Grappling World Team

Century Martial Arts has been named the official gi sponsor for the US Grappling World Team. The Midwest City, Oklahoma-based company is the world leader in the martial arts industry and a longtime supporter of martial arts athletes. Their latest sponsorship coincides with the US team’s upcoming competition in the United World Wrestling’s Grappling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 29 - Oct 2. Century is providing two gis for every USA team member competing in the Gi Grappling division. This will ensure they go into the competition outfitted with the proper apparel for this grappling style. Additionally, Century is providing the team’s coach and official with competition gis. 
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Why Buy Century Training Bags?

40 Years of Innovation
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Gracie Family Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

GRACIE FAMILY HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Three members of the Gracie family, Carlos Gracie, Helio Gracie, and Carlson Gracie, were posthumously honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in martial arts for their contributions to the creation of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The award was presented as part of the opening ceremonies at the 2016 Martial Arts SuperShow, a yearly martial arts convention presented by Century Martial Arts and the Martial Arts Industry Association.
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