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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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Have A Martial Art’s Valentine’s Day with Nigel!

The hearts you see on Valentine’s Day don’t have to have to be limited to representing romantic love! Valentine’s Day is also the perfect occasion to remind friends and family that they are loved and appreciated, or do something kind for your own heart. Nigel loves all things related to holidays and celebrations, so he’s the perfect friend for Valentine’s Day! Here are some ways to have some kid-friendly fun on Valentine’s Day with Nigel:
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Century Product Review:“Beast" by Doug Merlino

Doug Merlino delivers a knockout punch of a book with “Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts.” Part history, part biography, and part adventure novel, “Beast” revolves around four high-level fighters training at one of the nation’s top gyms, American Top Team in Florida. The four men come from very different backgrounds, and although they fight with the same goal of winning in mind, their motivations are worlds apart.
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Celebrate Black History Month with this Martial Arts Trivia Game!

February is Black History Month. This month is a time to celebrate the cultural contributions and achievements made by black people in history, art, science, sports, and more. This is a great opportunity for your kids or students learn about some amazing black martial artists! Try making this fun trivia game for your kids, and let them match the names and faces with inspiring facts. 
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Happy Holidays from Century

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Watch video
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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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