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The Centurion

What to Get Your Martial Artist for Valentine's Day

  If you train in martial arts, and have gotten to experience the benefits (physical and mental) that come with involvement, and get to be a part of the community (a colorful assortment of people who use the phrase, “Hey, check out my bruises,” far more than any other segment of the population), you probably consider yourself pretty lucky (I know I do). If your S.O. trains with you – or in any art, for that matter – and you get to share that part of your life with them, you’re doubly lucky!
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Thinking About Adding Supplements to Your Healthcare Routine? Read This First!

 
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These Cool African Martial Arts are Often Overlooked - Do You Know Them?

When you hear the words “martial arts,” what comes to mind? From what we’ve learned from the movies, it may seem obvious that Asia has a stronghold on the market, most notably disciplines like karate, ninjutsu, aikido, taekwondo and kung fu. Perhaps you’ve heard of other styles such as fencing, krav maga or bare-knuckle boxing of Europe; or Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Capoeira made popular in South America. Continents around the globe have styles with their own popular followings, but one continent may not initially come to mind when thinking about popular martial art forms – Africa! While African martial arts such as dambe, laamb, Zulu stick fighting and other styles are quite popular within the continent, they are just now gaining recognition on a global scale.
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Want to get Fit? Here’s Why You Need to Cut Down on Salt

  If you read The Centurion, you’ve definitely seen one or two posts about sugar: why it’s bad (but so delicious!), why you should probably quit eating it so much and what happens when you do. However, as awful as excessive sugar is for you, it’s not the only hazard hiding in your snacks. Today, we’re looking at another dietary disaster: salt.  
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Martial Arts Talk: Grand Master Fred Weeks

  One of the interesting things about my generation (millennials, or 90s kids, if you will—) is that we grew up with martial arts, even if we didn’t train. I never set foot in a martial arts gym until I was in my 20s, but I could have rattled off the names of a half-dozen or so styles, and I knew of multiple gyms/dojos around town. I never even thought about it, but now I realize that I the prevalence of martial arts in the US isn’t something to be taken for granted. I – and all young martial artists – get to enjoy the benefits of the work done by previous generations, including men like Grand Master Fred Weeks.
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Martial Arts in the Olympics

 
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Sugar: How Much is Too Much?

  Editor’s note: If you read the Centurion, you probably remember the whole month-without-sugar challenge, and the absolute failure that was the first month and the success that was the second. The people who participated in the challenge noticed some positive results; however, we never really touched on just want makes sugar so bad in the first place. Well, we’re exploring that now!  
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Happy New Year 2019! - Letter from the Editor

  Hello everybody! Happy New Year’s! I hope everyone had a wonderful time the other night, and that you’ve all recovered from any…excessive celebrations by now (hey, sleep deprivation is no joke!). I hope you stayed safe and, if you live anywhere even as cold as Oklahoma, which is hardly devastating in terms of winter conditions but still, I hope you stayed warm.
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Why You Need Martial Arts in 2019

  Time for some fun facts about New Year’s!
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The Secret to Succeeding in ANY New Year's Resolution

  WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR – well, almost. We’re at the point where we’re counting down by minutes and seconds, rather than days and weeks. We’ve got the fizzy drinks and those little confetti-spewing gun-smoke-smelling party poppers stocked. We’re all anticipating misdating everything we write for the next few weeks (or months…in my case, it’ll be months). And. If you’re like most of us, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution.
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