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The Bo: From Covert Weapon to Sport Staple

By Century Martial Arts
4/20/2018 4:03:00 PM


The weapon called the bo, or bo staff*, has appeared in pop culture for decades, from the ancient Chinese epic Journey to the West and Robin Hood**, to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pacific Rim. It’s still a favorite in martial arts dojos today, and new forms are still being developed for it. The bo has a long and storied history that dates back to some of the earliest days of recorded history.


Read more A cool man does a karate kick with a bo staff.

Four Fun Facts about Krav Maga

By Sarah Lobban
4/17/2018 10:40:00 AM


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the art whose name means “contact combat” in Hebrew is consistently ranked as one of the best for self-defense. The Israeli art has practitioners around the world. Even if you’ve never trained in krav directly, if you’ve attended a self-defense class, chances are what you learned borrowed from krav fundamentals.

Read more Krav maga is a great art for self-defense. Take that!

Want to Know the Single Best Punch to Throw in a Fight?

By Guest Blogger: John Hackleman
3/19/2018 4:45:00 PM


As a skinny 14-year-old haole (non-native Hawaiian) kid with long blonde hair, I definitely didn’t look like the typical aspiring boxer from Honolulu, Hawaii. But there I was, being driven to my first (dubiously sanctioned) boxing match.

Read more Hackleman Blog 1 pic 1 -- that is Chuck Liddell.jpg

What I've Learned for 18 Years of Competing

By Guest Blogger: Samery Moras
3/12/2018 8:37:53 AM


Samery Moras is a 4th-dan black belt taekwondo competitor. She is a five-time member of the US Collegiate National Team and member of the 2014 US World Cup Team. Samery is still active in competition, and also owns and teaches at two taekwondo schools in Utah. Her mission is to push herself to a personal best and inspire others to do the same! So when Century reached out to her and asked her to write a blog helping other competitors prep for their first tournament, she was happy to help! Here’s what Samery had to say:

Read more Time to learn some tournament skills!

Preventing Dropouts before They Happen: Part 2

By Guest Blogger: Deb Cupples
2/9/2018 12:00:00 PM


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.

Read more Connect with your teen and pre-teen students.

How Much Do You Really Know about Karate Weapons? 

By Century Martial Arts
2/8/2018 4:00:00 PM


Many martial arts dojos offer weapon-based training. In sport karate especially, weapons forms is a popular category to enter in tournaments. Competitors are eager to show off their skills, and bright, flashy weapons help capture the audience’s attention.

However, the opposite used to be true! Weapons training was carried out in secrecy, never in the open, and the weapons themselves looked nothing like they do today.

Read more Like kama!

5 Martial Arts You Probably Didn't Know Existed

By Century Martial Arts
1/25/2018 4:00:00 PM


Ask anyone off the street what martial arts they know of, and you’ll probably hear a standard chorus of answers. Some, like kung fu and karate, are well-known thanks to popularization in movies and TV. Others, like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai, gained popularity thanks to the UFC.

Some martial arts, however, haven’t made it into mainstream media or use techniques too ~questionable~ to be viable in sanctioned MMA.

Read more Okay, so this pic is MMA. You've heard of that one.

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fact-ing!

By Century Martial Arts
1/8/2018 4:45:00 PM


Unless you’ve been living in the middle of nowhere, shunning all human contact and avoiding media for the last several decades, you’ve heard of kung fu. Chances are you’ve seen it portrayed in movies or on TV (like David Carradine’s Kung Fu series or the Kung Fu Panda cartoon franchise, depending on what generation you’re from). But how much do you really know about this ancient art?

Read more Eric Lee, a kung fu Master.

Last-Minute Gifts that Don’t Look Last-Minute (all for around $25!)

By Century Martial Arts
12/1/2017 11:00:00 AM


Oh no! It happened again – you started out the holiday season with all the best intentions, full of unbridled optimism and the thought that “I’ll finish shopping early this year.” But here we are.

Read more So shiny.

What Your "Classroom Barometer" is...and Why it's Essential You Know!

By Guest Blogger: Deb Cupples
11/29/2017 2:45:00 PM


Do you wish you could help kids focus better in class when they’re having trouble paying attention? Do you ever have a class get sidetracked, but can’t figure out where you went wrong?

Read more Kids are fun to teach, but can get easily distracted.

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