Hello everyone! I hope you all had a safe, wonderful Halloween. We’re rolling into the heart of the holidays. You’re probably already looking forwards to Thanksgiving, which is the next big event on the schedule… …or is it?
Did you know? October is National Depression Awareness Month, as well as the month that hosts Mental Illness Awareness Week. Although October is almost over, this important issue should be kept on the forefront. Exercise, especially exercise that also includes mental strengthening components (like martial arts!), can help, and many martial artists are already helping fight against mental illnesses like PTSD and depression.
It's no secret that people perform certain tasks better in groups. Sociologists have studied group vs. individual performance, and, more often than not, people in certain groups outperform those who participate individually. Group fitness vs. individual exercise is one example of this.
If you’re a fan of sport martial arts, you’re definitely already a Danny Etkin fan. A member of Team Paul Mitchell Karate, Etkin is a regular presence in sport karate’s competitive circuits. He’s best known for his insanely creative nunchaku forms and tricks – so much so, in fact, that he recently teamed up with Century to create a Signature Series line of the weapon (more on that later)!
It happens to everyone. You hit the gym with the best intentions, but 10 minutes into your treadmill run – yawn! – you’re already bored enough to leave. Props to you for getting in to the gym at all, but if you’re not engaged in your workout, you’re not going to see the best results! It’s not your fault, though – in a world filled with chores, work, traffic, bills and (ugh) DMV lines, is it any wonder you don’t want to work out if it feels like just one more ho-hum obligation?
If you’re the parent of a child enrolled in martial arts lessons, you definitely want your child to succeed on their training journey. However, some parents don’t realize just how important their encouragement is to a child’s success. They may also not know how they can show support in ways that will be genuinely helpful. Encouragement can come in the form of simply watching your child’s training, or even participating in parent-and-child martial arts classes.
We’re rapidly approaching one of the best holidays (in my opinion): Halloween! As a kid, I loved this day. It was, after all, the one time of the year middle-school-age-Sarah could dress up like a bat and no one could say anything about it. Halloween is universally adored by all kids – including those in your dojo!
We spend so much time focusing on the active aspects of our health – what we put into our bodies (or what we don’t), and the exercise we get – that we sometimes forget one of the most important pieces of our health: taking a break. Specifically, to sleep.