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Century Product Review: Cloth Elbow Pads

By Kevin Nevels   Today I’m reviewing the Cloth Elbow Pads from Century Martial Arts. This particular elbow pad is machine washable and made with knitted elastic and flexible foam padding. It’s not designed to go all-out in sparring, but is great for adding an extra layer of coverage during light training, which is just as critical!
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Protect Your Heart with Martial Arts

  All martial arts involve physical activity that increases both your mental and physical endurance. But did you know that practicing martial arts also helps to maintain healthy heart function and a strong cardiovascular system?
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The Journey of Joshua Loya

Joshua Loya grew up in the 1980s, watching “Karate Kid”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and dreaming of one day becoming a black belt. But Joshua was born with a high risk of retinal detachment and eye injury, making martial arts training out of the question. At age three he had already lost the sight in his right eye, and despite countless surgeries, Joshua went completely blind shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
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Fighting Childhood Obesity with Martial Arts

Did you know that over 30% of children and adolescents in the US are overweight or obese? Fewer than a quarter of children get the recommended amount of physical activity a day: 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise. A child who is regularly physically active will be more likely to carry that habits into adulthood. On the flip side, a sedentary child will likely grow into a sedentary adult.
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The Journey of Quinton Hooper

It was the mid-1990s and Quinton Hooper was neck-deep in the customs and culture of Japan. As a college student teaching English in the tiny village of Nagato, Hooper had arrived expecting to simply instruct teenagers. What the native-Texan found, however, was a chance to learn right alongside them.
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The Journey of Dana Hee

 
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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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Martial Arts in the Olympics

 
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12 Tips for Being the Perfect Training Partner

  I’ve trained in several martial arts (krav maga, muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jeet kune do, kali) over a time period of eight or so years. For all their differences, they – and all martial arts – have one thing in common: partner training. There is no martial art where partner training doesn’t play a crucial role. So like it or not, you are going to have a major impact on the quality of training your partners get.   
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Beating the White Belt Blues: A Beginner's Guide to Staying Motivated and Getting Better

  Being a white belt can be hard. You see your higher-ranked teammates trying cool moves you’ve never learned, and you face off during live rounds against those teammates and find yourself in over your head. It’s easy to get frustrated when the moves you practice daily seem harder for you than they do for your teammates. However, having the right attitude can vastly improve your experience on the mats to ensure you get the most out of every class -- and turn yourself into the person the newer students are looking up to as quickly as possible.
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