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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 Alan!

  • Alan is 10 years old, is in 5th grade and was recently promoted to blue belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in October 2017.
  • Alan says:  “My favorite thing about  Bushido Karate is doing kicks and white belt form”
  • Alan’s mom says: “I chose Bushido Karate  because we wanted Alan to change some of his skills, and a friend recommended The Bushido School of Karate.”
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Student spotlight on Alan!    November 14, 2018

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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 Brandon!

  • Brandon is 14 years old, is in 9th grade and is a green belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in November 2015.
  • Brandon says:  “My favorite part of training at  Bushido Karate are the workouts and the intensity that follows it, and to me personally, I enjoy it.”
  • Brandon’s dad say: “I chose Bushido Karate for Brandon because I had heard that it is a good school that will teach my kid discipline, respect and confidence that will lead him to create a commitment for a better life.”
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Student spotlight on Brandon! October 31, 2018

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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 Jeffrey!

  • Jeffrey is 10 years old, is in 6th grade and is a brown belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in March 2015.
  • Jeffrey says:  “My favorite thing (about training) at  Bushido Karate is doing my kicks and getting stronger so I can defend myself.:”.
  • Jeffrey’s mother say: “I chose Bushido Karate for my children – Change Your Mind, Change Your Body(TM)- teaches them to defend themselves.”.     
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Student spotlight on Jeffrey!   October 17, 2018

 

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The buzz on honey, sweetie

natural glucose gel

From buckwheat and clover to Manuka and orange blossom, there are dozens and dozens of honey varieties. Each one has its own unique flavor and compounds of nectar, making some better at others to heal what ails you. Or, as proven by scientific study, “honey delivers a significant performance boost to athletes during strenuous exercise.”

Benefits for Martial Arts Training

Martial artists need “staying power”, and extra carbohydrates are the norm for sustaining energy during tough training. Raw honey – unpasteurized – contains the perfect combination of natural carbohydrates.

“Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.” 

Glycogen gives us energy

Performance athletes, including martial artists training at an intense level, need endurance as well as skill. You can be technically fantastic, but if you “hit the wall”, ( i.e. no energy left at all, cooked, baked, finito, put a fork in you) you’re done. And in the martial arts that could mean the difference between walking away and being carried.

The body can store around 2,000 calories of glucose as glycogen. This can become an impediment for endurance athletes, who can burn that many calories in a couple of hours. When they run out of glycogen, they will almost immediately be unable to perform, a state commonly described as “hitting the wall.”

Honey is the all-natural glucose gel

Some endurance athletes supplement before and during exercise with glucose gel. Typically glucose gel is used by those with diabetes and hypoglycemia to raise their blood sugar levels. For martial artists, this gives the body the carbohydrates (glucose) it needs to replenish and keep going.

Raw, unfiltered honey gives the perfect combination of natural carbohydrates and it wasn’t created in a lab.  I suggest purchasing locally – it’s cool to know that maybe that honey bee you saw pollinating last Spring in your backyard contributed to that harvest!

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This week’s Student Spotlight

karate girl hidden by question mark

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“.     
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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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