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Martial Arts Talk: Grand Master Fred Weeks

  One of the interesting things about my generation (millennials, or 90s kids, if you will—) is that we grew up with martial arts, even if we didn’t train. I never set foot in a martial arts gym until I was in my 20s, but I could have rattled off the names of a half-dozen or so styles, and I knew of multiple gyms/dojos around town. I never even thought about it, but now I realize that I the prevalence of martial arts in the US isn’t something to be taken for granted. I – and all young martial artists – get to enjoy the benefits of the work done by previous generations, including men like Grand Master Fred Weeks.
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6 Ways to Bring Halloween Fun to your School

  We’re rapidly approaching one of the best holidays (in my opinion): Halloween! As a kid, I loved this day. It was, after all, the one time of the year middle-school-age-Sarah could dress up like a bat and no one could say anything about it. Halloween is universally adored by all kids – including those in your dojo!
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Century Customs Customer: Twila Schuler

  Twila Schuler of Rising Son Karate has been training in martial arts for more than 30 years, and has been an instructor for 25 of them. She specializes in Shotokan karate, but is also an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, regularly training under the tutelage of John Geyston and working through Royce Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu 360 Self Defense Program. She’s also been an instructor for over 25 years.
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An Open Letter to Century Customs: Master Copeland Lanzillotti

  Our experience with Century and their Customs Department has been amazing! From day one, the help we received was incredible. We changed the name of our school last summer, and during that process I reached out to Leon Rogers for some guidance in making a smooth transition between uniforms and other custom gear. Needless to say, he and Jimmie Edwards rolled up their sleeves and jumped right in. Within a very short time they had rolled out five different, new uniforms and had them in my students’ hands.
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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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How to Hold Thai Pads for 4 Basic Fitness Moves

  Working with Thai pads was always one of my favorite parts of martial arts training. At the start of every kickboxing class, the woman I normally partnered with and I would ask our coach, “Thai pads or focus mitts?” hoping for the former (sometimes we’d just grab Thai pads without asking, hoping to subliminally sway Coach).
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What's the Big Thai-dea? Why Thai Pads are So Popular

  Recently, I went over the benefits of Thai pads vs. focus mitts in partner training. Now, I’m a huge fan of partner training with any equipment. However, if that choice were refined to partner training with Thai pads vs. partner training with focus mitts, I’m Team Thai Pad all the way. And I’m not alone.
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Thai Pads or Focus Mitts: What Should I Use?

  Partner training is one of the best – and most fun!—components of martial arts or martial arts fitness training. It gives both parties an opportunity to work on distance and timing. It’s also a great way for trainers to work one-on-one with their clients, for a workout session that’s much more personalized.
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Mike Seeklander of "The Best Defense" Shares his Thoughts on Tactical Training, BOB, and the Self-Defense Skills Everyone Needs

  We all have at least one role model martial artist that we’d love to get to train with. For some, this dream training is strictly hypothetical (sorry, Bruce Lee fans), but other people get the chance to train with their icons at seminars, tournaments, or events like the Martial Arts SuperShow. Recently, I got the chance to train with someone I greatly admire: Mike Seeklander.
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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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