Health & Fitness

9 Ways to Live Longer

We can learn a lot from Okinawan elders. Not just awesome karate, but we can all adopt their ways to live longer. Okinawa is known for having the highest population of adults over 100 years old, and more importantly, the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world, meaning they tend to live longer, higher quality…

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Health through Balance

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We can focus on all the germs that are going around in the world.  Or we can take positive actions to improve our overall health.  With support, our immune systems can combat things we may not be able to avoid. When I think of healthy, I think of the Okinawan elders.  These…

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You Create Your Attitude

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We create our lives.  Each day is tuned to our attitudes and wills. Each moment is a product of our thoughts, words and actions.  We are all artists, creators of our own day, living it how we choose.  We may not get to choose many of the details of our day.  Sometimes…

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DEALING WITH BULLIES

In our classes at East Valley Martial Arts Kenshin Kan, the subject of bullying often comes up.  We talk about how to deal with bullies in schools as well as other places.  We promote using confidence and respect to prevent bully situations.  We talk about stepping in (in a smart manner) and helping victims if…

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Karate? Ha HA HAA!

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Shihan, 4th Dan Once, a friend of mine tried our week-long Karate Intro Program.  We’ll call her Mary.  At a young 60 years old she did fine. I never know what to expect when a student steps on the mat for the first time at East Valley Martial Arts – Kenshin Kan. …

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IS KARATE A BOOT TO THE HEAD?

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Also called “Boot to the Head,” “Ti Kwan Leep” is a skit by the Canadian Comedy troupe, The Frantics, (1987). In it, an Eastern martial arts master starts class by explaining the basic philosophy of a fictional martial art called “Ti Kwan Leep.” An impatient new student, Ed Gruberman, continually interrupts the master,…

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JOHN the SAMURAI

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger John the Samurai had a hard life as a kid, but he had a mentor who taught him right and wrong.  He made mistakes like we all do, but John was either smart enough or lucky enough to do the right thing in the end. When John was a teenager he saw…

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SERENITY

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Shihan, 4th Dan Serenity is the state of being serene, calm, tranquil or peaceful.  As the 12-step quote says: it is accepting the things you cannot change.  One of our instructors requested  serenity for our focus of the month.  As a yogi, I associate serenity with Yoga, but is this really a…

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