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  • The Importance of Training the Core for Adults and Teens

    One of the most important muscle groups or areas of the body to train is the core or as Bodybuilding.com describes it, “your midsection and it involves all your muscles in that area including the front, back and sides. The core includes the traverse abdominis (TVA), erector spinae, obliques and your lower lats.” Essentially mean, the center and “core” of your body. Onnit describes the need for a strong core in martial arts as, “Understand [the core’s] importance in increasing explosive power, improving overall strength, maximizing mobility, reducing stress on the body, and minimizing your injuries.” Having a strong and stable core ....

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  • Why is Martial Arts the Best Workout For Kids?

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  • Personal Hygiene and Cleanliness in Martial Arts Training

    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 12.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Cleanliness and personal hygiene are an often overlooked aspect in martial arts. Not only is proper hygiene a reflection of your dedication to training and the respect of your school but, it is also important for your personal health and the health of your training partners. These tips are important for both pre and post workout! Having proper personal hygiene is crucial because it not only teaches discipline, it also affects your health and those ....

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  • On-The-Go Pre-Workout Snacks to Make in Advance of Martial Arts Class

    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 12.0px} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 12.0px Helvetica} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} Between martial arts classes, school, work, family time and more you and your kids are constantly on the go. It can be hard to fuel up before class if you don’t have the time to stop at home and cook up something nutritious! With these healthy hacks you can pre-prepare snacks so that they are ....

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  • Fall Superfoods for Optimal Kickboxing Results

    Our kickboxing classes are for hard-core workout enthusiasts! In just one hour you can burn up to 800 calories, but what does one eat in order to prepare for the intense workouts that you will receive at Bushi Ban International? With our Fall inspired superfood list you can be sure to have a high intake of vitamins and nutrients as well as substantial protein and carbohydrates. These foods will power you through your kickboxing classes while also complimenting your fat burning cardio workouts! Pumpkin:
    Pumpkin is everywhere this time of year! Pumpkin spice lattes, muffins, bagels and more. These pumpkin treats aren’t very helpful for shedding pounds and achieving the washboard abs ....

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  • Ten Ways to Maintain Supplemental Workout Motivation!

    Summer is over but your supplemental workouts shouldn’t be! Don’t let new hectic schedules, later sunrises and life in general get you down. Sure, martial arts classes are your go-to workouts, but your supplemental workouts should be fun too. We have ten sure-fire ways to get you up and moving when you need that extra push! 1. Update Your iPod Queue:
    This tip is pretty self-explanatory and one that you may have already tried, but it can really work! Explore Spotify or the iTunes store for some upbeat tracks to add to your workout playlist. Give yourself a short preview to make sure you like the song, but try to resist listening to it in its entirety so that you can save that ....

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  • Helpful Hints to Improve Your Kicks

    Having an arsenal of different kicks is a powerful way to create distance and timing, keep an opponent or attacker at bay, wear them down and even set up for different combinations of attacks! The options opened up by having strong, powerful and effective kicks are endless and can be the most important tool that any martial artist can possess! However, having the ability to kick well at this level of control and technique takes time, dedication, practice and flexibility.This skill is often neglected for control of the upper body and arms, while the ability to kick lags or falls off completely. Tips For Improvement:
    Create FLEXIBILITY in your limbs and joints!
    One of the first steps ....

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  • Eat Like a Martial Arts Champion

    Diet can play an important role in a martial artist’s performance. In order to gain strength, you must eat a well balanced diet. For martial artists, what you consume provides your body the stamina and speed to perform at your very best. Some of the most important areas to watch what you consume are: Carbohydrates
    Carbohydrates are the basic energy source for the body. This means that carbs keep your body working as you exercise, however, it’s important to watch how much energy you’re using compared to the carbs you’re consuming. Eating more carbs than you’re using will result in increased body fat, which is generally not the goal when exercising. Try to ....

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  • Staying Hydrated for the Summer!

    The hottest time of summer is coming up and staying properly hydrated is becoming not only important but, vital our overall health and wellness! Why is hydration so important?
    Well, without water, life as we know it simply would not exist. We need water to survive and we need to stay hydrated in order for our bodies to function properly and efficiently. Without the proper amount of fluid in our bodies, we can never physically be at our best! Hydration affects everything from our moods to our energies levels, weight loss and much more! The America Heart Association says, “Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the ....

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  • Top 10 Post Training Tips

    As a follow up to our Pre-Training post, it’s time to talk about what you should do AFTER your training session. Just like prior to working out or training, there are essential steps you should be taking afterwards to ensure the most efficient recovery and growth through your training. So let’s get started: 1. The First Step is to COOL DOWN
    One of the most important things to do post training, is to begin a cool down phase. This is done in order to bring your heart rate and breathing back to a calm, resting state, through dynamic stretching and slower moments. Sudden stops in physically activity affect your blood pressure and heart rate, causing dizziness and in some, even ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pasadena - Bushi Ban Martial Arts - Bushi Ban Summer Camps!

    Bushi Ban Summer Camps!

    Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like your little one to spend all of their free time. As you know, children are no longer confined to their classrooms and the controlled schedule of school. This kind of new freedom for the summer months, generally leads to laziness and declining activity levels for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommends a maximum of 2 hours of television a day for children but unfortunately, the average American child will probably spend more than double that this summer. As a whole, it’s no mystery that our country is being presented with a epidemic of health related problems, due to unhealthy weight and ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Pasadena - Bushi Ban Martial Arts - Top Ten Pre-Training Tips

    Top Ten Pre-Training Tips

    Looking for some great pre-training tips before class? Follow these top ten tips to get the most out of your work out or training session! 1. Make sure to HYDRATE!
    Did you know that losing only 2% of your body fluid, can decrease performance by up to 25%? In a study done by Amanda Carlson, director of performance nutrition for Athletes’ Performance, she found 98% of college football players preparing for an NFL scouting event, underperformed because they were dehydrated. So how much water should you drink prior to a workout in order to perform at your best? WebMD suggests drinking 15 to 20 ounces of water an hour to two prior, 8 to 10 ounces fifteen minutes before and ....

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  • Are YOU physically fit


    Are YOU physically fit?

    1. How many times a week do you work out?
    Enough to work up a sweat for 20 minutes or more To keep a moderate level of fitness you need to work up a sweat for 20 minutes or more at least twice a week.
    2. Are you physically active at your job?
    If you spend most of your day walking, climbing stairs and lifting packages you may already be fit. If your job keeps you seated all day you would do well do have a regular fitness program, such as the one you're receiving here.
    3. Do you watch your weight?
    A slight bit of fat will not shorten your lifespan. But if you are obese, which is defined as being 20% heavier than the statistical average, you have a 20% shorter life ....

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  • Building Better Futures


    Bushi Ban: Building Better Futures
    We all remember a time in our childhood when we got lost and were terrified. And we have all seen children screaming or crying in stores or witnessed panicked parents trying to locate lost children. This is very simple to solve. If a child gets lost, teach them to go to the front of the store and tell someone at the register or a policeman to please call for their parents. Remaining calm is an important issue here. It gives kids confidence to know exactly what to do. So tell them to look for people in uniform such as policeman or a cashier at a store. If you are in a store and you've lost one of your children, do not leave the store- wait at the counter or ....

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  • STRESS AND YOUR BODY

    Stress can have such a HUGE impact on your body and can manifest in a variety of ways... If you are experiencing symptoms or seem to be "stuck" in your weight loss efforts, it may be time to take a look at your stress levels. Finding ways to reduce stress in your life WILL enhance your health and well being. The list below is just the tip of the iceberg...
    BRAIN:
    Causes the brain to send a message to the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones.Causes migraines and TMJ Causes anxiety, depression, insomnia, and anger.
    SKIN & HAIR:
    Causes acne & hair loss.Triggers eczema and psoriasis.
    HEART:
    Increases heart rate and muscle contractions.Can lead to inflammation of the ....

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  • 19th Annual Dungal Submission Grappling Competition

    Several hundred years ago, a form of wrestling was developed in the South East Asian Sub-Continent the area which is now known as India and Pakistan. This form of wrestling was called Kushti. It is a well known sport where athletes compete to show honor, skills,strength and prove who is the best in the region. Over time, Kushti, became the official sport of India and Pakistan. Back in the early days, the nobles would organize a competition where all the best wrestlers from each region competed in a tournament that we know of today as the Dungal. The fights would be sometimes bare knuckle, no time limit, and sometime even lead to ones death As time goes by, the brutal sport became more ....

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  • Fighters Elite Legacy Amateur Series 15 BUSHI BAN

    Once opponents standing in the opposite side of the cage and now team mates, Nico Daily and Angel Zamora battled it out this past weekend at the Houston Arena Theater on March 29th. Coming in on weight at 120 lbs, Daily faced a Gracie Barra fighter named Kevin Martinez. Zamora fought at flyweight against a very tough fighter named Elezar Escaremo out of Metro Fight Club. During the weigh ins on Friday March 28th, things got heated as Angel and Elezar almost threw down as they faced each other for the face off. Luckily, both fighters restrained each other from starting the event early by keeping it professional and leaving the flying fists and mean mugging in the cage and not in the middle ....

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  • Mindful Eating

    Today's tip comes from one of our favorite sites, Precision Nutrition. Why do we overeat? It's hard to "waste" food. You know, the "there are starving children!" don't leave food speech. Food keeps us occupied. If we are busy with food, we don't have to deal with other things. Food numbs us. It's a good painkiller for emotional and physical distress. We confuse emotions with hunger. We mix up anxiety or anger with hunger. Habits - We do things automatically, including popping a bite as we cook. We are worried about social consequences. We don't want to make a fuss at a social event. What are some strategies to deal with mindless overeating? 1. Sit with that discomfort for 10 ....

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