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The Perfect Time for Martial Arts?

The Perfect Time for Martial Arts is Now!

A recently publishes article by world renowned Master Instructor Dave Kovar discussed why now is the perfect time to get involved in Martial Arts training. Below are some of the main reasons he provided as to why the average person needs Martial Arts training now more than ever.

Stress: With everything that’s happening in this country and around the world, the stress level of the average person is dramatically higher than in the past. Unmanaged stress can be extremely detrimental to our health, our relationships, and even our job productivity. There aren’t many things that can reduce stress better than an intense Martial Arts class. Many times our students come to class stressed from the activities of daily life, then leave with a completely different mindset at the end of class.

Stay-cations: Many families who are curbing their travel plans this year and who consider their training as a mini, twice-a-week getaways without leaving town.

Obesity: Martial Arts is fitness with a purpose. There are few activities that offer the fitness benefits of a good Martial Arts class. Fitness has three components: strength, flexibility, and endurance. Martial arts training demands a balance between the three. Therefore, a person who trains in Martial Arts will find his/her weakest areas greatly improved. And, because they develop greater balance of strength, flexibility and endurance, children will be less likely to injure themselves while participating in other athletic activities.

Athletic Enhancement: There’s a reason ever professional sports team in every major sport supplements its training with Martial Arts. Martial Arts training offers several advantages. It is amazingly effective at enhancing general coordination because it uses every part of the body in a balanced way. Upper body, lower body, right side, left side, forward movement, lateral movement and rotational movement are all included in Martial Arts training.

Relationships: Human interaction counterbalances technology. In these days of working at home, 500 cable channels, Twitter and Facebook, many modern Americans need more live social interaction. At the Martial Arts Academy, students find themselves surrounded by positive, high quality, encouraging people (instructors and co-students alike) who help bring out their best and keep them focused on the prize.

Some very insightful observations from a true leader in our industry. Master K. also has an amazing book on parenting now available from Amazon.com called, “A Dad’s Toolbox for Better Parenting.”

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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June 7, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diet, Exercise, or Both?

Most adults decide at some point in their life (or are told by a physician) that it is time to lose weight. This weight loss varies from dropping a few “vanity” pounds to drastically changing one’s physique. One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “What is more effective for weight loss: changing my diet or exercising regularly?”

When it comes to the diet versus exercise debate, diet will always trump exercise. Simply put, someone who does not exercise and adjusts their caloric intake will lose weight. The simple fact is that diets result in weight loss.

The Diet Solution?: Diets get a bad rap because of the fad diets that have become so popular in recent years (Atkins, Low Carb, Grapefruit Diet, etc.). These diet plans tend to work on a very short term basis. There are two reasons for this: Number one, many times there are adverse health effects if these diets are followed for an extended period of time. Number two, most people do not have the self-discipline to follow a diet regiment that requires them to eat things they find distasteful or deny themselves foods they enjoy on a long term basis. Furthermore, diet alone does nothing to sculpt muscles or provide the lean, toned physique most people desire.

The Exercise Solution?: Although exercise has many well-documented health benefits, some individuals that exercise do not lose weight or struggle to lose any significant body fat. This is because many people fail to participate in a well-structured exercise program that includes both cardiovascular and resistance training at a high enough intensity to get results. Furthermore, many people exercise and then use that as license to eat a poor diet.

The Balanced Approach: In our experience, a combination of regular cardiovascular exercise and resistance training along with a balanced nutritional plan works well for most people. A proper exercise program revs up metabolism, strengthens, tones and burns fat. When consistent physical training is combined with a sensible, nutritious diet amazing results can occur.

We encourage individuals to find a workout program they find both stimulating and challenging. This physical training should be combined with what we call the 70/30 nutritional plan. This plan means that 70% of your meals are healthy and nourishing and 30% are things that you will enjoy in moderation, but provide little benefit to your health. Most people find this ratio very achievable with a little self-discipline.

This article was written by Rich Brugger. He holds a Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Certification from ISMA and is Black Belt Master Instructor. He co-owns and operates Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, NJ with his wife Michelle (a certified personal fitness trainer, a certified nutritional consultant and Black Belt Instructor).

If you’d like to learn more about making a healthy transformation check out our Thai Kickboxing program which includes physical training and nutritional consulting to help you reach your goals and be your best!

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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May 7, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interested vs. Committed

Have you noticed the abundance of weight loss & fitness advertisements that continue to bombard the general public?

These are advertisements for products that include pills, diets, meal plans, workout DVDs, books, gym memberships, and fitness gadgets. The question most people ask is, “Does any of that stuff actually work?” The answer is, NONE of it works and ALL of it works. Yes, you read that right. The simple fact is absolutely nothing works unless you are COMMITTED to getting a result and most people are merely INTERESTED. Let’s take a look at the difference…

This is actually really simple. People who are INTERESTED in achieving a goal will do whatever is CONVENIENT to achieve that goal. What that means is folks who are interested in losing weight, getting back in shape, etc. will go to the gym or take a fitness class if they have time and it fits nicely into their schedule. If they are tired or have an opportunity to do something that is more fun or exciting they will choose that over exercise. “Interested” men and women will eat healthy as long as it’s easy and convenient for them (and how often is that?). This type of approach to diet and exercise is why 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. is overweight (34% according to the Center for Disease Control’s most recent statistics).

The other side of the coin is folks who are COMMITTED. Men and women who are committed to their health, fitness and weight loss goals will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve these goals whether it is convenient or not. You will not hear committed people complain about not having the time or energy to work out. They will get up an hour earlier to go for a jog or give up an hour of leisure time to workout. Committed people will discipline themselves to eat healthy a vast majority of the time and enjoy unhealthy food and beverages in moderation. Now, what type of results would you expect committed people to get in terms of their health, fitness, finances, relationships, etc?

When it comes to your health and fitness don’t be INTERESTED, be COMMITTED!

This article was written by Rich Brugger. He holds a Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Certification from ISMA and is Black Belt Master Instructor. He co-owns and operates Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, NJ with his wife Michelle (a certified personal fitness trainer, a certified nutritional consultant and Black Belt Instructor).

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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Basic Grappling with Robert Drysdale

This is a great example of one of the basic grappling techniques we cover when training grappling at our Academy.


Above: Martial Arts For Life Chief Instructor Master Rich Brugger with BJJ phenom Robert Drysdale after his training workshop in Las Vegas.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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The Martial Arts Shoerack Theory

“THE SHOERACK THEORY”

It has long been a custom in the Martial Arts, that upon entering the training area, you remove your shoes and place them in the shoerack. Part of this custom is for hygiene and cleanliness. A clean and well kept Academy is certainly better than a dirty and dingy one.

An even better philosophy is the Shoerack Theory.

Simply meaning that students remove their shoes and place them in the shoerack, at the same time, they are also placing all of their challenges and stressful thoughts or negative issues in their shoes before entering the mat.

The belief being that this allows you to give yourself fully to your training and after a great class, you will be able to better deal with the challenges you placed in your shoes.

Sometimes, you may find that they have disappeared all together. Meaning that after a great workout and practice session, you have relieved yourself of all the stress you had before your class.

Martial Arts training is proven to be an outstanding way to relieve stress and cleanse your mind, body and spirit of any and all negativity.

If you practice this philosophy everytime you enter our Academy,  you will find yourself in a better mood and you will also enjoy greater benefit from each class.

This is a philosophy that can even be applied to walking into your own home. Mentally, leaving all stress and challenges in your shoes so you can enjoy quality time with your family and loved ones.

One way you can maximize the benefits of your Martial Arts training is to practice the philosophies you learn in your everyday life outside the Academy.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Springfield NJ, Madison NJ, Warren NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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March 6, 2011 Posted by | Martial Arts & Fitness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Healthy and Fit in 2011!

8 Ways to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

1.) Exercise Regularly. There have been thousands upon thousands of studies confirming the positive benefits (both mental and physical) of getting regular exercise. The medical community has concluded that regular cardiovascular exercise is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise) for heart health. Exercise is proven to help keep body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure, within normal ranges. Further, I believe it was the former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop who stated that being physically inactive was as detrimental to one’s health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day.

2.Don’t abuse your body. This one sounds simple, doesn’t it? This refers to things like smoking cigarettes, over indulging in alcohol consumption, eating a poor diet, failing to get the proper amount of sleep on a regular basis and even recreational drug use. Chances are if you bought a $5,000 thoroughbred horse, you wouldn’t feed it a garbage diet and let it drink booze and smoke cigarettes. A healthy body is priceless, make sure you treat it as such.

3. Get regular check-ups. One of the keys to staying healthy is to get regular check-ups from a qualified physician. A thorough annual physical including blood work and whatever screenings are appropriate based on your age and family medical history are crucial to maintaining optimum health. If you are over 30 years old make your annual check-up a priority. Many medical issues can be successfully treated if they are discovered early – do yourself a favor and get an annual check-up.

4. Eat a balanced, healthy diet. A healthy diet must include generous servings of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains and minimize fast food and processed foods. Take a multi-vitamin to make sure all your bases are covered, avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, cut back on sodas and caffeinated beverages and avoid any sort of binge eating or drinking. We often talk about the 70 / 30 rule. This rule means that 70% of your meals are healthy and nourishing and 30% are things that you will enjoy in moderation, but provide little benefit to your health. Naturally, one can modify this ratio to 80/20 or 90/10 but the fact is most people do the opposite and eat garbage 70% of the time and healthy foods about 30% of the time.

5.Drink Water : Most people do not drink enough water and this results in chronic dehydration. Symptoms of chronic dehydration include: fatigue, constipation, abnormal blood pressure, digestive disorders, obesity, and even premature aging! The old rule of “drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day” is a good guideline – however recent studies indicate men need closer to 12 glasses of water and women need about 9 glasses of water for optimal hydration. Most people fall WAY short of this. Remember, this is plain water – soda, coffee, tea, Vitamin Water do not count towards this total.

6. Take time to relax and de-stress: Stress-influenced medical conditions include: depression, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, ulcers and much more. Take time out to do things you enjoy. Spend time with your family, go for a walk in the park, take a Yoga class, participate in a hobby you enjoy, meditate, take a day off from work – whatever it takes to maintain homeostasis and avoid chronic or extreme stress.

7. Get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, there is no magic number here – but most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. A 2005 Harvard University study noted that adults who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more likely to be obese , had an increased risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Turn off the television and get some sleep!

8. Maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity has been linked to a virtual laundry-list of serious health conditions including, but not limited to: heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, and gout. According to an article on WebMd, “Doctors generally agree that the more obese a person is the more likely he or she is to have health problems. People who are 20% or more overweight can gain significant health benefits from losing weight. Many obesity experts believe that people who are less than 20% above their healthy weight should still try to lose weight if they have any of the following risk factors.” A good guideline for the average man or woman is BMI, or Body Mass Index. There are many websites that have BMI calculators.

One more quick word on the subject of living a healthy lifestyle…

Many people are quick to point out that they simply “Don’t have the time” to exercise. According to A.C. Nielsen and a Harris Interactive pole, the average American watches 4 hours of TV each day and spends 13 hours on the internet each week. That means that most people have more than the equivalent of a full time job (41 hours a week!) wasting their time watching “Dancing With The Stars” and playing on Facebook and YouTube. If the average person disciplined themselves to cut their TV and internet usage by 10% they would have 4 free hours to get some much needed exercise– think about it.

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition & Personal Protection Strategies to residents of New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs

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Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season!

Enjoy the Holiday Season, Skip the Weight Gain!

It is well known that the average person gains weight during the Holiday Season. Estimates on exactly how much the average person gains vary widely. What most experts agree on is: 1.) Men and women who are obese tend to gain more weight than those who regularly maintain a healthy body weight  2.) The average man or woman does NOT tend to lose the weight that is gained over the holidays. In fact, recent studies have indicated that the holiday season may be a key contributor to long-term weight gain in adults. This is a concern since weight gain during adulthood may contribute to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns.

So the goal during the holidays has to be to enjoy the season without packing on pounds that you’re probably going to struggle to lose. Here are some ways you can make that happen:

1.) Decide In Advance (D.I.A.): One of the best strategies when attending holiday parties and gatherings is to use the “Decide In Advance” strategy. This means that you decide in advance how many drinks you will allow yourself to have, what time you will stay until, etc. Basically, you formulate a plan and discipline yourself to stick to it.

2.) Don’t Arrive Hungry: When attending holiday festivities where food and cocktails will be served it is best to have a light nutritious snack and drink a glass of water prior to arriving. This will help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation and help you avoid over indulging.

3.) Limit Alcohol Consumption: Limiting alcohol consumption not only helps cut calories, but improves your chances of staying disciplined with your food choices as the night goes on.

4.) Don’t Over Indulge on Desserts: Discipline yourself to consume smaller portions of your favorite holiday dessert treats. Avoid the temptation to consume too many calorie-laden cookies and cakes.

5.) Limit Servings of These Fattening Foods: Scalloped potatoes, Cheesecake, Egg nog, Sweet potatoes with marshmallows & apple pie. These holiday favorites are all extremely high in calories and fat.

6.) Go For a Walk: Get some physical activity. Sadly, the average American lives a pretty sedentary lifestyle. If you eat more calories during the holidays (and most people do) you need to burn more calories or you will gain fat. Remember,  a little bit of physical activity is better than whole lot of no physical activity.

7.) Manage Stress: One of the main contributors to weight gain is stress. Manage stress levels by getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking time to decompress during a busy holiday season.

There you have it, 7 ways to avoid unhealthy weight gain this Holiday Season courtesy of Martial Arts for Life – The New Providence Area’s Community School.

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The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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The Health Risks of Diet Soda

This was originally featured on AOL Health and was written by Deborah R. Huso
Diet Cola

Diet Cola

If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by drinking diet soda instead of the real deal, think again. It’s true you may be protecting your waistline from empty calories, but new research suggests you may be beating up your kidneys instead.

Over the weekend, researchers from the Nurse’s Health Study  in Boston released findings that indicate women who drink two or more diet sodas a day experienced a 30 percent drop in kidney function over the course of a two decades long study. More than 3,000 women participated in the study, the median age being 67. Lead researcher Julie Lin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham Women’s Hospital says the outcomes were especially startling because the women surveyed all had health kidney function at the start of the research.

After critically analyzing the beverage intake of study participants, researchers found those who drank two or more diet sodas daily had a significant dip in the kidneys’ glomerular filtration rate, which measures kidney function. Natural aging generally results in a decreased filtration rate of about 1 mL per minute per year after age 40. In contrast, the rate of those who consumed diet soda significantly decreased by 3mL per minute per year. The study showed no link between decreased kidney function and other beverages or any decreased function in women who had less than two diet sodas a day.

This doesn’t mean your kidneys are safe, however, if you opt for regular sodas. A study published earlier this year in PLoS ONE, a journal of the Public Library of Science showed that women drinking two or more cans of regular soda a day are nearly twice as likely to suffer from early signs of kidney disease as non-soda drinkers. Researchers don’t understand the cause for certain but suspect it has to do with the intake of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup.

With some 26 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease, it’s obviously become a national health problem. While studies to date on the relationship between kidney function and soda (diet or regular) have been small, they add more fuel to the fire for cutting soda intake, even if you’re a diet drinker. When it comes to your health, water is always the best beverage.

Definitely some food for thought. Even drinking diet soda a few times a week seems to be a poor choice. If you’re serious about changing your diet and appearance consider becoming part of our team. Nutritional consulting is included (at no extra charge) with all our adult programs.

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P.S. Visit our website at http://www.BeginKarate.com to learn about our Academy and our programs.

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Bruce Lee vs. The Karate Kid

This is an amusing commercial from a few years back. If you’re old enough to know who Arnold from Happy Days is, you’ll get a kick out of it.

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Teen Fitness Network & Martial Arts

 

Heavy Weight Advice For Teens

Heavy Weight Advice For Teens

Below is a link to Mr. John Graden’s Article entitled, “HEAVY WEIGHT ADVICE FOR TEENS.”

Check out Mr. Graden’s article here:  http://www.teenfitnessconnection.org/tfn/mma.php#

Martial Arts for Life has been a proud charter member of Mr. Graden’s Martial Arts Teachers’ Association since 2005.

Please contact us with any questions or for a FREE Introductory Program. Call us at 908.464.2836.

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