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Martial Arts Talk: Jennifer Allman

  I frequently find myself inspired by other martial artists. There are so many amazing individuals out there, who are using their talents to make the world a better place. At a Century video shoot, I had the chance to meet another incredible martial artist who is improving lives in our community in Oklahoma City. Sensei Jennifer Allman is a teacher at Harding Fine Arts Academy in OKC, out of which she runs her Firehawk Martial Arts program. She is using her karate background and teaching abilities to bring martial arts to kids who might not otherwise have had access – and it’s changing the entire school! During a break from shooting, I had the chance to interview Allman.
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Eight Things I Learned from Attending My First Seminar

 
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Happy Memorial Day!

  From all of us at Century Martial Arts and the Martial Arts Industry Association, thank you to the men and women who have served in the armed forces – both those who have died and those who continue to serve!
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The Journey of Pat Johnson

  Training Mr. Miyagi   In 1984, one of the most acclaimed martial arts movies, The Karate Kid, introduced the world to an equally iconic character. Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita, epitomizes the standard of wisdom, patience, and pure skill anyone should be so lucky to find in a teacher. The performance netted Morita an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. There is no doubt that he was a great actor, but, ironically, the man who would play a karate master had no martial arts training prior to taking his famous role.
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Don't Buy the Weapon; Be the Weapon!

  Many times over the years, I’ve heard many a new student’s perspective on self-defense. When it’s not an excuse like “I don’t have time to train” or “I just don’t have the money right now,” I hear the old phrase: “I’ll just grab my gun and shoot them if they try anything.” They’re always surprised then by my next question: “So how often do you train with it?”
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8 Ways Martial Arts Helps Children With Attention Difficulties

  Finding the right sport for your child can be difficult at the best of times, but ADHD in children makes it even more difficult. They may be left out of team sports because of their difficulties with coordination or following directions, and end up bullied or isolated as a result.  
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The Road to MASS19 Part 2: 5 Essential Items You NEED TO BRING

  Ready to head to the 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow? Not without reading this blog you’re not! Featuring advice from MAIA Executive Director Frank Silverman, this second of a three-part post series will cover what you need to bring to the Show – plus the five top essential items according to Mr. Silverman (even the one he admits to forgetting sometimes!).   (Psst - the first post is here if you missed it!)  
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Happy Mother's Day - Also Did You Know How Cool Donnie Yen's Mom Is?

  We all know Donnie Yen – martial artist, director, producer and actor extraordinaire. He played the title role in three Ip Man movies, doing a spectacular job depicting the man who would become Bruce Lee’s mentor. His character Chirrut Ȋmwe was a fan favorite in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I could go on and on about how impeccably cool Yen is – but I won’t. Because this article isn’t about him. It’s about his mom.
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What You Should Know About Fats in Your Diet

  There are many misconceptions about fats. With so much misinformation and so many fad diets, it can be easy to become confused about fats, their purpose and the differences between types of fat. In addition to potentially affecting your fitness goals, fats can impact both your short-term and long-term health. Understanding the difference between good fat and bad fat can help you make the best decisions for your health and well-being.  
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The Journey of Shihan Dana Abbott

  This story could be the plot of a martial arts action movie: a young man from Arizona dreams of learning swordsmanship, sets off for Japan to follow the same path as the samurai warriors from centuries past, and studies under one of the world’s premier masters to emerge decades later as a master in his own right.
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