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What I've Learned for 18 Years of Competing

  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:
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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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How Much Do You Really Know about Karate Weapons? 

  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.
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5 Martial Arts You Probably Didn't Know Existed

  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.
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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fact-ing!

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

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

  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?
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Want a Great Thanksgiving that Won't Weigh You Down?

  Thanksgiving food is, hands down, some of the best cuisine on earth. Unfortunately, while we’re caught up in the spirit of celebration we tend to let our eating go unchecked.
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Get Stellar Participation When You Ask Your Kids Class Questions!

Have you ever attended a seminar, workshop or class where the presenter/teacher asks a question, and nobody wants to answer? Maybe they don’t know the answer, or they’re afraid of being wrong.
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Your Guide to Giving the Perfect Gift

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to take a break from work and school, visit family, and curl up with a cup of hot cocoa that’s 50% marshmallows…but not so fast! You can’t really relax until you’ve finished your holiday shopping. If you’re a martial artist or are shopping for one, you’ve probably already considered getting a martial arts-themed present. No matter who’s on your list, this guide will help you find a gift that’s just right!
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