Health & Fitness

Holidays are Here

It is fitting that we have cheerful, bright, loud holidays to finish out December. And even more suitable that they encourage us to be together with friends and family. The longest, darkest weeks of the year are upon us, with the longest night of winter equinox, being around December 21st. We need the holidays as…

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Self-Improvement in One Minute

I once used the “one minute principle” for self-improvement with my five-year-old, without even knowing it. My son had developed the habit of sleeping in bed with me, and I felt he was old enough to sleep in his own bed. So, when I tucked him in I said, “Just stay in your bed for one minute.…

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Kids Karate: 3 Reasons to Enroll Now

At East Valley Martial Arts, our Kids Karate Program for ages six through twelve is our most popular program. Parents appreciate that our instructors reinforce traditional values for children. I cannot speak to what other schools do, as my specialty is teaching here. However, with a little research, parents from other areas can determine if…

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Why Martial Arts for your Preschooler?

Many parents of young children recognize the value of martial arts in teaching important skills. But some wait until their child is older before they look into classes. If your preschooler is interested, now is a good time to start their training. These are a few of ways the martial arts benefit young children. FITNESS &…

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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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