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Fight or Flight: Self-Defense Basics

Self-Defense Basics It is an unfortunate truth that many people, regardless of age, gender, race, size or appearance, will one day need to protect themselves from attack. In those instances, there is no substitute for defensive training or the study of a martial art. Trained or not, everyone should know the first basic tenet of self-defense: the best way to keep yourself safe in a fight is to avoid getting into one in the first place. Below are tips on how to avoid an altercation before it becomes dangerous. With a cool head, alertness, and a willingness to walk away, you can typically prevail in many situations.  
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Introducing BOB® Jacket by Century

Since Century introduced the original BOB® Body Opponent Bag back in in 1998, and, later, the BOB XL®, we’ve gotten several requests for a BOB® with arms.  We decided to test out the old saying “the customer is always right” and gave our Research and Development team the task of creating a product that would give BOB® arms. They came up with this jacket, which fits on all BOB® and BOB LX® training dummies. So, besides giving your BOB® a hip new look, what benefits does the Jacket provide?
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Top 5 Essential Martial Arts Strikes

There are many martial art styles available for students to study, each with their own specific strong points. They all promote good heath, confidence, discipline, respect and self-defense. Beginning students start by learning basic techniques and forms. Through the guidance of an experienced instructor they learn to refine their techniques, develop muscle memory, gain confidence and improve their overall skills. Here, we will take a look at five essential strikes every martial artist should continually be perfecting.  
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Century Convertible Shin Guard

There are two things that pretty much anyone learning martial arts can agree on: one, that sparring is great. Two, that shin guards and boots are also great, because getting your kick checked by an elbow hurts quite a bit. It’s almost inevitable that at some point during sparring, usually after a series of kicks, one person will abruptly pause, hold up a hand, and say “Wait, sorry, one second…” Then they struggle, with their gloves on, to readjust a shin guard that’s trying to slip around to the side, or slide their boot back into place.
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Why Choose a Century Belt?

Where - Proudly Made in the U.S.A. Did you know that most of Century’s belts are made in America? Our staff is proud to craft the highest quality martial arts belts, right at our company headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK. Our hands and our machines cut, assemble, measure and sew lengths of fabric into belts. Every day, hard-working Americans make belts you can proudly wear. Some of these employee-artisans have been with Century for over 25 years – and our belt supervisor has been with Century since 1984!
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Innovating Change: The Versys Collection

Today, martial artists and fight-fitness athletes have more choices than ever when it comes to getting the perfect bag for their desired workouts. Freestanding bags are a popular choice for individuals and for gyms. They require no hardware, can be easily moved for storage or space-clearing, and don’t damage walls or ceilings when installed.   Century introduced the world’s first freestanding training bag, the Wavemaster®, in 1995. This game-changing product revolutionized how people practiced martial arts. Since then, we’ve invented many other great freestanding bags, like the Wavemaster® 2XL Pro, BOB® the Body Opponent Bag, and, with the greatest variety of bags, the Versys™ collection.
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BJJ, Meet Your New Buddy

Getting kids into martial arts at a young age can be a wonderful thing for them. Not only do the arts provide great exercise, but martial art classes have been shown to have a positive mental effect on children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a popular martial art with all age groups, and kids are no exception. Teaching BJJ to kids comes with a particular set of challenges, though. Specifically, challenges related to rolling. It’s important that students get the chance to test out the techniques they learn in class. But sometimes, their own energy can get the best of them. Rolling turns into horsing around with a friend. Or an uneven number of students make it to class, leaving one kid the odd man out when it comes time to partner up.
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Choosing the Right Bo Staff

Are you one of the thousands of people in the US and throughout the world who trains in using the rokushakubo, or bo staff? It’s a popular weapon for karate practitioners, and for good reason. Training with a bo staff is great conditioning for the upper body, and there are an almost infinite number of bo techniques and tricks that beginning and skilled practitioners can learn. Or maybe you don’t train with a bo staff but you want to learn. Stop thinking and go for it! There’s no better time to start learning a new martial art form than the present. Here are some tips to start your bo staff journey off right:
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Which Training Bag Is Right for You?

The rising popularity of mixed martial arts and other fitness programs incorporating training equipment has increased the demand for a wide variety of bags. It can be difficult for anyone contemplating a change in workout regimens to tell which type of training bag will be right for their needs. There are five key factors to consider before you make your ultimate purchasing decision of a training bag. These are the weight, filling, bag cover, use for and desired mobility of the bag. Read on for our quick guide to understanding these five factors.
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2016 Martial Art SuperShow

It’s back! The biggest martial arts trade show and education event, the Martial Arts SuperShow, is returning for its 15th year. Every year, the MASuperShow team works to build a schedule full of seminars, training sessions and learning opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in our industry. The 2016 Show will be back at the newly renovated MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and will feature celebrities, industry icons and martial arts legends.
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