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How to Hold Thai Pads for 4 Basic Fitness Moves

  Working with Thai pads was always one of my favorite parts of martial arts training. At the start of every kickboxing class, the woman I normally partnered with and I would ask our coach, “Thai pads or focus mitts?” hoping for the former (sometimes we’d just grab Thai pads without asking, hoping to subliminally sway Coach).
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What's the Big Thai-dea? Why Thai Pads are So Popular

  Recently, I went over the benefits of Thai pads vs. focus mitts in partner training. Now, I’m a huge fan of partner training with any equipment. However, if that choice were refined to partner training with Thai pads vs. partner training with focus mitts, I’m Team Thai Pad all the way. And I’m not alone.
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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Taekwondo

Part of the First Day of Martial Arts Class series.
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Thai Pads or Focus Mitts: What Should I Use?

  Partner training is one of the best – and most fun!—components of martial arts or martial arts fitness training. It gives both parties an opportunity to work on distance and timing. It’s also a great way for trainers to work one-on-one with their clients, for a workout session that’s much more personalized.
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The Food Side of Fitness

  Regular physical activity is essential for getting stronger, staying healthy, and living longer. Most doctors recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. While this is sound advice, you may not experience all the benefits if your exercise nutrition is poor. It’s important to understand how nutrition, both good and bad, plays a role in the effectiveness of your workouts. Your health and wellness and fitness nutrition have a cause and effect relationship.  
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Stuck in a Fitness Rut? Here's Why You Should Try Martial Arts!

  Have you ever considered participating in martial arts for fitness benefits? Unfortunately, most people haven’t because they wrongly believe that martial arts are only useful for combat and self-defense. It is undeniable that those are valuable tools. Everyone wants to be able to protect themselves or their loved ones in a time of need. However, when people unfamiliar with the arts focus on the fighting, they fail to recognize the attributes that make martial arts great for improving overall physical fitness.
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Preventing Dropouts before They Happen: Part 2

  In my last blog post, I showed how you how to prevent young children from dropping out of your martial arts school. This post is Part 2 of my three-part Preventing Dropouts before They Happen series. In it, we’ll dive into preventing pre-teen and young teen dropouts.
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Preventing Dropouts before They Happen: Part 1

  Here are some unfortunate statistics: less than 2/3 of all students who study at college will graduate with a degree. Between 40 and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. And, on a personal note, many of the students who come into our dojos for lessons, seemingly bright-eyed and eager to learn, will one day stop showing up.
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12 Days of Fitness Holiday Challenge!

  ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and with ice on the roads, There was no way to jog, and the gyms were all closed. The amount of consumption of sweet snacks and pies Had left everyone longing for some good exercise!  
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Which Bags are Best for My Program?

  The type of bag you need depends on what kind of fitness program you intend on offering. Some will work for multiple programs; others are best when used with one specific program.
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