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We're Off to the SuperShow! -- An Open Letter from Century's Writer

  Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again – time for SuperShow! I hope that many of you are going, or are even there already. And, I’m going too! I’ll be working with our social media team to help tell the stories of the people and events there. In fact, as you read this blog, now, on Friday June 29th, 2018, I’m probably frantically packing my suitcase, confirming my flight time, and making sure that I actually bring shoes for this trip (I forgot them one time and my family has yet to let me live it down).
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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Judo

 
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6 Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

  Many people get into martial arts because a family member started training first. In this case, it’s usually a relative someone looks up to: an older sibling, a mother, or father. I know several people for whom the latter was the case.   No one in my (immediate) family ever had an interest in martial arts, unfortunately. But I found other hobbies to share with them. My dad, for example, is an avid tennis player. He signed me up for lessons when I was a kid, taught me the finer points of the serve, and spend hours practicing with me on weekends when I played for my high school. Tennis was our thing.    Every Father’s Day, I make a point to get my dad something tennis-related. Sometimes it’s just tennis balls; other times I get fancier with tennis books, racquet clips, or tennis clothing. This theme isn’t just important because Dad likes tennis – it’s a reminder of the connection we have through the sport.     I know that for many of our readers, martial arts is the connection they have with their dad. This year, skip the ties and tools and fishing gear for Father’s Day. Give your dad a gift that’s a thank-you: for introducing you to your art, and sharing rides to the dojo. For not letting you quit when you thought you wanted to. For not letting you win in sparring, because he knew you could be so much better if you pushed yourself. For attending tournaments on the weekends, and for showing you what you could accomplish through martial arts, because he’d paved the way as a role model.  
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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Muay Thai Kickboxing

  Part of the Century Answers: First Day of Martial Arts Class series.
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9 Reasons Why Your Students Need to be Sparring

  "Should I let my students spar?” It’s a common question among martial arts school owners. Some balk at the idea. After all, sparring is – and is supposed to be – as close to a real fight as students get, without actually getting into one.  Instructors worry that students will have one bad experience in sparring and quit, or will simply be too intimidated at the idea of sparring to participate.
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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Part of the First Day of Martial Arts Class series.
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Century Answers: Advice for Your First Day of Training

  Hi! If you’ve clicked your way over to this blog, it probably means you’re a new martial arts student or thinking about starting soon. That’s awesome! There are so many reasons to train: for exercise, to learn new skills, to start a lifelong hobby, and even to gain new self-respect and self-awareness.
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The Bo: From Covert Weapon to Sport Staple

  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.  
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Four Fun Facts about Krav Maga

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

  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.
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