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The Centurion

Raising Empowered Daughters with Martial Arts

  It is a sad reality that at some point, all young children will experience challenging obstacles, whether those take the form of cyberbullying, divorcing parents, or illness in themselves or family. However, young girls in particular face a unique set of difficulties stemming simply from growing up in a world that sometimes views them differently than their male peers.
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Staph: The Nasty Little Bacteria Hiding in Your Gym

  Go to a gym long enough, and you’re bound to overhear someone talking about staph infections. No, it doesn’t mean all the employees are sick (staph infection/staff infection; get it?) – ‘staph’ is a shortened term for staphylococcus, a common bacteria that causes infections in the body. There are many strains, but staphylococcus aureus is most commonly the cause of problems. The infections this form of staph causes can range from mild (you’ll have to skip training for a while, mostly out of politeness to avoid smearing your diseased skin on other people/the equipment) to severe (requiring hospitalization).  
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Martial Arts and a Positive Body Image

  As many people know, fitness plays a large role in overall mental and physical health. However, there is an unfortunately widespread misconception that in order to be healthy or to have a positive body image, one has to look a certain way. The fact is, we all wear health a little differently.
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Belt Basics: What a Martial Arts Belt Means

I  Wearing Your Rank: The Importance of Martial Arts Belts Students around the world study martial arts, many from early childhood through late adulthood. Practicing a martial arts lifestyle is often a demonstration of perseverance, determination and grit that requires both physical and psychological commitment. Your level of achievement is most often referred to as your rank.
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Cardio Kickboxing vs. Kickboxing: What's the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

  Wait—Kickboxing and Cardio Kickboxing Aren't the Same Thing? When it comes to cardio kickboxing, misconceptions are still common. You may be familiar with these scenarios: you’re hanging out with a friend for coffee and she mentions she’s trying a cardio kickboxing class. You laugh. “Why?” you ask. “Are you trying to fight or something?” Or maybe you’ve been eyeing that sign at your gym – “New Class Open! Come try Cardio Kickboxing today!” – with trepidation, wondering how long it’s going to be until you start seeing black eyes and bruises on your fellow gym-goers.
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Do Martial Arts Work in Street Fights? 5 Common Myths Examined

  One of the most common questions about martial arts training is whether the techniques work in real situations such as street fights. The answer isn't simple, and it depends on several factors.
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What Do You Know about Jeet Kune Do?

  What is jeet kune do? Broken down word by word, “jeet” means “to intercept;” “kune” means “fist;” and “do” means “the way.” Therefore, a rough translation of jeet kune do (often shortened to simply JKD) is “the way of the intercepting fist. However, the creator of JKD, the late Bruce Lee, placed little importance in the name. Rather, Lee emphasized the importance of how JKD taught students to learn about themselves.  
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Can I Go Two Months Without Sugar?

  Hi. My name is Sarah, and I am addicted to sugar. I adore the sweet stuff in any form it takes: cookies, candy, lattes swirled with caramel syrup and cupcakes swirled with icing. I have eaten Oreos for breakfast – no, not Oreo O’s. Those are gross. I mean one of those check-out lane cups of mini-Oreos, with milk poured over it, eaten with a spoon like cereal. Yum.
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5 Reasons to Love Cardio Kickboxing

  Looking for a way to mix up your fitness routine, but worried you’ll be too bored with “normal” exercises? Let’s face it, not everyone wants to spend hours picking heavy things up and setting them down, and the view from the treadmill can get monotonous. Martial arts are fun, but they’re also not everyone’s cup of tea. Why not try cardio kickboxing? It’s a fun, exciting workout you won’t get tired of, with all the fun but none of the fighting of martial arts.  Not only is cardio kickboxing fun, it offers a host of health benefits. Here are a few of the reasons to try it out:  
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4 Factors to Consider for Getting Your Perfect Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi

  Physical fitness, health and personal discipline are among the many benefits you can gain when you practice martial arts. As the martial arts have gained popularity, so has the market for the appropriate clothing to wear when practicing them. This can be a boon for customers: on one hand, there are so many options that there’s bound to be a product perfect for you! On the other, finding that perfect uniform in the sea of choices can be a struggle.
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