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Happy Holidays from Century

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Watch video
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Nigel Bakes Holiday Cookies

It’s almost Christmas, which means you’re going to need to set some cookies out for Santa! Nigel is ready to help put a ninja spin on this year’s holiday baking, by decorating some Ninja Sugar Cookies! Here’s how you can, too: First, you’ll need to make a batch of sugar cookie dough! You can use pre-made dough or a store-bought mix, or find Nigel’s favorite recipe at the bottom of the page. You will also need cookie cutters – Nigel used ninja-shaped cookie cutters, but plain gingerbread men would work too – as well as toothpicks, blue icing, red edible decorating gel and black edible decorating gel.   Make sure your sugar cookie dough is nice and cold when you roll it out! Hint: sprinkling powdered sugar or flour on your countertop before you roll the dough out helps it to not stick.
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Retention 101: 4 Easy Tips To Maximize Your Retention

Retention Tip 1: Acknowledge The Awkward “Welcome to our martial arts school.  Now, bow at the wall and listen to me speak in another language”… Okay, so we don’t actually say these things out loud, but you get the gist.  If you take a BIG step back, and look at how your classes are run from the new student’s prospective, you may find a few things that would seem confusing or maybe even down right weird…  Don’t worry! That doesn't mean that your program needs an overhaul.  It simply means that you need to identify what may look or sound weird to new members and take the time to explain those items to them.  However… There may also be things in our programs that we do, simply because we have always done them and, perhaps, they are stumbling blocks for potential clients, especially adults… 
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A Review of C-Gear

When I received Century’s C-Gear line for review, I was excited to try out some brand new sparring gear that was a pretty significant departure from what I was used to. Having only really worked with their P2 gear in the past, I was excited to see what else Century had to offer. And, I have to say, I was pretty impressed. Overall, the gear felt light, but had a good sense of spring and protection when sparring. It afforded easy movement, and made contact fine for both myself, and my partners.  
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Survival Uses for Paracord Bracelet

Bracelet fashion seems to shift strangely every five or so years. From friendship bracelets, to snap bracelets, then gel wristbands, and the variously shaped Silly Bandz, we’ve seen fads pop up only to fade within the year, leaving behind a faint trail of glitter and nostalgia. Don’t be misled by the fact that only one has “silly” in the name – these are all pretty goofy (no offense to anyone’s 13-year-old self, or any current 13-year-olds). So it’s nice to see that the latest form of wrist adornment is not just practical, but has potential life-saving uses.
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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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