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Gift Ideas (for Cheapskates) from the Century 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2

  Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your martial arts-oriented friends and loved ones? Our friend Jackie Bradbury, AKA the Stick Chick, was kind enough to do the legwork for you, combing through Century’s Holiday Gift Guide to pick out her recommendations for gifts that won’t break the bank! Tuesday’s installment covered gifts for kids; but, since most of us know and like at least one adult well enough to get them a gift, too, here are her suggestions for them!  
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Gift Ideas (for Cheapskates) from the Century 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1

  You’re a martial artist, or maybe you’re the friend or spouse or parent of a martial artist. If you’re like me, you’re all of those. And if you’re like me, you’re a bit of... a penny-pincher. A tightwad. A skinflint.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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12 Tips for Being the Perfect Training Partner

  I’ve trained in several martial arts (krav maga, muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jeet kune do, kali) over a time period of eight or so years. For all their differences, they – and all martial arts – have one thing in common: partner training. There is no martial art where partner training doesn’t play a crucial role. So like it or not, you are going to have a major impact on the quality of training all your partners get.   
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Martial Arts Talk: Jackson Rudolph

 
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Do You Know These Four History-Making Martial Artists?

When you ask someone to think of a history-making martial artist, they may think of classic martial arts film icons, like Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris, or modern MMA newsmakers like Conor McGregor or Daniel Cormier.
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What Martial Arts Classes Offer Kids (That Team Sports Don’t!)

  Whether it’s part of structured in-school activities, during recess, or part of an after-school extracurricular, children have many opportunities to stay active and play with friends. Frequently, this is accomplished through joining a sport, the most common of which are football, basketball, hockey and soccer. However, if you’re looking for the best activity for your child, there are some compelling reasons to skip the team sports route and opt for martial arts instead.
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Beating the White Belt Blues: A Beginner's Guide to Staying Motivated and Getting Better

  Being a white belt can be hard. You see your higher-ranked teammates trying cool moves you’ve never learned, and you face off during live rounds against those teammates and find yourself in over your head. It’s easy to get frustrated when the moves you practice daily seem harder for you than they do for your teammates. However, having the right attitude can vastly improve your experience on the mats to ensure you get the most out of every class -- and turn yourself into the person the newer students are looking up to as quickly as possible.
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Get Ready for Century's Black Belt Friday!

  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?
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Improving Your Mental Health

  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.
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