This week’s Student Spotlight

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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 features randomly chosen students on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Grace!

  • Grace is 7 years old, is in 2nd grade and is a green belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in January 2013.
  • Grace says:  “I like sparring with the friends I made at  Bushido Karate “.
  • Grace’s mother say: “We love the confidence the girls have gained while training at Bushido Karate“.     
Bushido Karate female student

Student spotlight on Grace! October 9, 2018

 

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Foods that can help, or hurt, inflammation

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This excerpt is from an article written by Judith Fertig in the July edition of  the free publication Natural Awakenings

10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Any time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns.

If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

Physician Support

“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.”

Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites.

“Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.”

That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived.

Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.”

His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic.

Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

Read the full article and their list of 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods plus foods that can cause inflammation, and should be avoided!

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Cold Therapy Unit review, pros and cons

Iceman clear ice therapy unit

Do you know why we use ice for injuries?

As professional martial artists we are bound to see many strains, sprains and bruises. These are just inherent in the martial arts. And the advice we usually give our students is the good old RICE recipe: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.  Of course, anything persistent needs to be looked at by a professional. For the most part, every sports coach, martial arts instructor  and ER will likely prescribe OTC painkillers and RICE.

Is ice just for pain, or can it promote healing?

I never thought of this until I started doing a little online research concerning a Cold Therapy unit prescribed by my surgeon.  No surprise – I found differing opinions on different blogs and websites.  Since I’m just here to provide a review on the cold therapy unit I used, I will give you the links and you can check it out if you choose.

How A Cold Therapy Machine Quickly Helps You Recover from Injury

Icing for Injuries, Tendinitis and Inflammation

Review of a DonJoy IceMan CLEAR3 Cold Therapy Unit

As part of my recovery the DonJoy IceMan cold therapy unit was prescribed by my surgeon for post-arthroscopic adhesive capsulitis release ( also known as frozen shoulder), with biceps tenodesis. I was instructed to wear it constantly – even sleeping if I could tolerate it!  I did not sleep with it on – the cold effect would have worn off long before morning. But I did wear it almost continuously for 4 to 5 days post surgery.

Pros

  1. Very easy to operate. Just fill it with water and ice and plug it in.
  2. You can purchase the shoulder attachment, knee attachment or a universal attachment. The unit can be used for a variety of injuries.
  3. The cold effect lasts longer than an ice pack. Especially if you take out some water and add more ice when it starts to melt. You can have cold therapy virtually 24/7 if you have someone helping to maintain the cold temperature..
  4. Easy to store for re-use if you keep the box and have the room!
  5. It forces you to rest! Seriously! You can still walk around with ice packs on, and may even be tempted to not use them at all. But when you are wrapped up and plugged into a machine you don’t have a choice. You have to stay put!

Cons

  1. Sizing needs more options. I am a 5’1″ , nearly 100 lb. female ( don’t get me started about seat belts, movie theater seats, the clutch on my motorcycle, blah blah blah). The shoulder attachment was very large on me, but fit my 5’10” husband well.
  2. This may be like a 1a., but because it was SO large, I had to develop some hacks to actually hold the attachment in place and where it was supposed to cover: biceps, lats, pecs. I was so full of Velcro I could have stuck to a Velcro wall!
  3. Again, the size thing. It was heavy, and trying to avoid it resting on my sutures was a bit of a challenge.
  4. My insurance didn’t cover the cost. The price for the unit, shoulder attachment and tax was in the $200.00 range. (Not complaining about price as it will most likely be used again. )

Summary

Worth it.  thumbs up

 

DISCLAIMER: We have not been paid nor 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

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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 features randomly chosen students on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Maia!

  • Maia is 13 years old, is in 8th grade and is a brown belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in January 2014.
  • Maia says:  “My favorite thing about  Bushido Karate is knowing that everyone there wants me to be at my full potential and be the best I can be.”
  • Maia’s mother say: “I believe karate offers the opportunity to develop self-confidence, discipline and respect. Bushido Karate has done all that while offering family centered activities.”     
teenage karate student

Student spotlight on Maia! September 12, 2018

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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 features randomly chosen students on their own journey at The Bushido School of Karate.

This week’s spotlight is on Mihika!

  • Mihika is 6 years old, is in 2nd grade and is a blue belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in September 2017.
  • Mihika says:  “My favorite thing (about training at Bushido Karate ) is games and self-defense and form.”
  • Mihika’s parents say: “Personal attention to every student and making it fun and enjoyable for kids makes Bushido Karate standout. I do appreciate the knowledge provided to my kids.”     
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Student spotlight on Mihika! August 22, 2018

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