This week’s Student Spotlight

Bushido Karate student spotlight

Student Spotlight

The Bushido School of Karate is so appreciative of the students and families that are a part of our Bushido Karate family. We’ve had the pleasure of teaching for over 2 decades and in that time have been privileged to teach thousands of students. Everyone started at the beginning with no shortcuts, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.  Our weekly Student Spotlight will feature randomly chosen students that are on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Nyasia!

  • Nyasia is 25 years old, is a medical secretary and is a black belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in November 2013.
  • Quote from Nyasia:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate is the ability to walk through the door and leave whatever may have happened at work or school at the door. As soon as I am on the mat whatever I may have been stressing about is no longer a factor. I leave Bushido Karate stress free, relieved and sweaty.”
Bushido Karate student spotlight

Student Spotlight on Nyasia! March 28, 2018

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Inspiration: Don’t look too far

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Last Saturday we had the first of our biannual Black Belt Tests.  Testing for first degree black belt is a day the student will remember for the rest of his or life. Through all the belts I’ve earned in my 26 years of training, earning my first black belt was the most memorable. Every time I  witness a student earn black belt, I am inspired by them.

Find inspiration right in front of you

One student in particular has been training since 2007 when he was just 5 years old. You wouldn’t know it by watching his board breaking or sparring, but Daniel was born with cystic fibrosis. 

Recently Daniel also received news that he has CFRD, or cystic fibrosis related diabetes. He has spent many, many days and nights in the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., but not last Saturday. Last Saturday Daniel earned his first degree black belt at The Bushido School of Karate.

Inspiration for today’s post was right there in front of me! All of our students whom make it to test day are inspiring, no doubt about that.  You can imagine though that Daniel’s story is over-the-top motivating! His parents always had hard decisions to make about his medical care, and his lifestyle.   Their never-ending support of his reaching his goal of black belt proved to be a power of example for Daniel.  When he was feeling disillusioned by poor health it would have been so easy to quit. His parents could have placated him and let him give-up. After all, karate classes were a lot tougher for him than healthier kids his age! But they remained encouraging, even when they were feeling just as discouraged as Daniel.

Daniel earned his first degree black belt last weekend but has always been a warrior at heart.  Let his story inspire you to move, start and finish a goal. Encourage your kids to stick with it when they want to quit, and be a power of example for them. Especially when it’s easier to give in!

 

Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 4

proper technique episode

Welcome to our fourth episode of our CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY® Martial Arts Fitness by BUSHIDO KARATE .  This episode provides instruction on proper technique from head to toe; front and back punch combinations, front kick, and a review of defensive stance.

In a front kick, using a very specific part of the foot will produce the most power  and muscle definition.  Our excerpt in our Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 2 post explains why having stronger legs actually helps in weight loss.

Defensive stance protects vulnerable body parts

In last week’s Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 3 post we explained what parts of the body you’re meant to protect while in defensive stance. That’s important to remember.  After a set of techniques you’ll usually want to go back to a defensive stance. You won’t have to defend yourself in Martial Arts Fitness but it’s in that type of training where you begin to change your body.

Stretching for flexibility and ROM

I’ll say it again and again and again and again…if you want to reach farther or higher with your kicks you need to stretch after training! Along with the cardiovascular and resistance components , stretching has to be a part of the plan. In addition to added flexibility, stretching will improve your ROM, or range of motion, which can improve functionality.

During a workout, muscles contract and small tears occur in muscle fibers. During the resting phase between workouts, muscles rebuild themselves stronger. Without stretching, muscles could shorten over time. – Livewell/Jillian Michaels

Click here for Martial Arts Fitness Series 1, Episode 4

 

Review of a home TENS Unit

TENS 7000 2nd Edition Digital TENS Unit with accessories

What exactly is a TENS unit?

I definitely had to go elsewhere to get an explanation for how a TENS unit works on calming pain –  I still call any TENS unit the zap-zap machine.  This is the best explanation I could find:

TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a means of treating chronic or acute pain through the use of carefully-controlled, low-voltage electrical impulses which stimulate the nerves and block pain messages to the brain. At the same time, these pulses encourage the body to produce more endorphins, or pleasure hormones, to reduce and relieve pain. Finally, they encourage improved blood flow, which encourages healing and better mobility. –  excerpt from Dr. Ho’s blog

Do TENS units work to relieve pain?

We give TENS two thumbs up. Shihan Mehrkar has used this unit on his knee since 2016 and always receives relief for the arthritis pain after intensive training.

As for me, I was introduced to TENS during physical therapy after rotator cuff repair surgery. TENS combined with ice packs provided the most relief after 30-minute PT treatments.

How much to spend on a home TENS unit

The prices vary tremendously and may not necessarily mean a better overall experience. I was prepared to spend over $100.00 for a good home TENS unit but I was happily surprised when the cost was well under that.

You can purchase the same TENS 7000 2nd Edition Digital TENS Unit for under $30.00! . This is the unit we use, and here is the link to purchase it on Amazon.

Disclaimer:  We were not paid or compensated in any way from any one for this review. The links we provide are for your education and information only. We do not receive any compensation in any way from any one when you click on any links or purchase any product.

 

This week’s Student Spotlight

student spotlight

Student Spotlight

The Bushido School of Karate is so appreciative of the students and families that are a part of our Bushido Karate family. We’ve had the pleasure of teaching for over 2 decades and in that time have been privileged to teach thousands of students. Everyone started at the beginning with no shortcuts, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.  Our weekly Student Spotlight will feature randomly chosen students that are on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is shared by Erin and Georgia!

  • Erin is 9 years old, is in 4th grade and is a green belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in August 2014.
  • Quote from Erin:  My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate?  “I like wood breaking because it’s fun and I get excited. It makes me feel strong!””
  • Georgia is 10 years old, is in 5th grade and is a red belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in August 2014.
  • Quote from Georgia:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate is learning how to do things I didn’t know I could do.”
  • Georgia and Erin’s mom says: “Training with Shihan Mehrkar is a family tradition! Georgia and Erin’s father earned a black belt while studying under Shihan years ago. We knew the girls’ would be in the best hands right from the start. It has been amazing to see both girls work hard to achieve their goals.”

 

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Student Spotlight on Erin and Georgia!                       March 21, 2018

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