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Make Nigel Part of the Holidays

We’re rapidly approaching that most wonderful time of the year again, folks – that’s right, it’s the holiday season! Regardless of what you celebrate or how you celebrate it, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, relax, and enjoy a pervasive sense of jolliness. It’s also the perfect time for martial arts! There are few bad times for martial arts, actually. If your kids are out of school for the holiday season, they probably have more energy that they (or you) know what to do with. They may still have martial arts lessons (or not – instructors need breaks too!), but without school to take the edge off, and with the excitement of impending holidays, they’re probably wired. If you’re looking for something to burn off their energy in a healthy way, and make sure their interest in martial arts lasts through the break, look no further! Nigel the Ninja is your perfect companion for holiday fun.
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Survival Uses for Paracord Bracelet

Bracelet fashion seems to shift strangely every five or so years. From friendship bracelets, to snap bracelets, then gel wristbands, and the variously shaped Silly Bandz, we’ve seen fads pop up only to fade within the year, leaving behind a faint trail of glitter and nostalgia. Don’t be misled by the fact that only one has “silly” in the name – these are all pretty goofy (no offense to anyone’s 13-year-old self, or any current 13-year-olds). So it’s nice to see that the latest form of wrist adornment is not just practical, but has potential life-saving uses.
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How Martial Arts Reduces Chances of Being Bullied

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, making it the perfect time to talk to your kids about bullying. Encourage them to speak up if they ever see anyone being bullied, and let them know that it is never okay to be a bully. According to a 2015 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 20% of high school students reported that they had been a victim of bullying within the past year.
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40 Years in the Making

Have you ever wondered where your martial arts gear comes from? You probably already know that Century Martial Arts is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Maybe you’ve even visited our showroom and seen our facility. But do you know how Century got there in the first place? Century started in 1976, with a true underdog story. Our founder, Mike Dillard, used to sell uniforms and belts out of the back of his van when he’d go to compete in karate tournaments. His main office was his parents’ garage. But Mike knew he could make a difference, and he was determined to succeed.
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The Evolution of Sport Karate

As you read in the last blog post, many martial arts weapons evolved from farming tools. We gave you a little quiz to see if you could guess which weapon came from what tool. Here are the answers – how well did you do?   1) Tonfa were used for grinding rice or beans 2) Eku were used for paddling a boat 3) Cutting grass was done with tools similar to a kama 4) A nunchaku was great for threshing grain 5) You could carry two water buckets with a bo staff, one on each end 6) The shape of the sai makes it obvious it was a small pitchfork  
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Meet Team Paul Mitchell

What do an internationally acclaimed sport karate team and a high-end hair care line have in common? You might think it’s next to nothing, but the answer might surprise you! You’re probably familiar with the name Paul Mitchell in one of two ways. Maybe you’ve seen Paul Mitchell brand shampoo at the store or in a salon. Or (more likely for readers of The Centurion) you’ve heard of Team Paul Mitchell Karate, the best-known team in sport karate today.
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