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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 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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Small Group Training comes to Bushido Karate!

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First session begins September 10th

Certified Personal Trainer and Bushido Karate student Jair C. De Oliveira Jr. will hold his first session on Monday, September 10th at 9:30 a.m. The Bushido School of Karate is so pleased to add Small Group Training, or SGT, to our schedule of classes.

Jair DeOliveira

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Small Group Training              Monday & Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Register for your first Small Group Training session

Small Group Training means that the class size has to be limited;  Jair wants to be sure all clients are getting the attention each deserves. All levels are welcome in this conditioning-based circuit-training format. It’s helpful if you register for your first session in advance, and you can do that right here!
“YES! I want to be a part of SGT on Monday, September 10th at 9:30 a.m. I understand there is a charge of $15.00 which is payable in person before the session begins”.

If you have questions about SGT, or are interested in the other fitness services offered by Jair, you can contact him at (914) 803-5301 or at DEOLIVEIRAJA84@GMAIL.COM
  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • Functional Specialist

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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 Keven!

  • Keven is 15 years old, is in 10th grade and is a red belt at Bushido Karate. He started karate classes in January 2016.
  • Keven says:  “My favorite thing about training at Bushido Karate  is making friends and treating everyone like family, and training with everyone in the school. The thing I like the most is sparring, and playing games with everyone. That’s what I like about Bushido Karate.”
  • Keven’s mom  says: “We chose Bushido Karate for our children because Shihan, Senseis and Sempais train hard with the students.”
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This week’s student spotlight is on Keven!       August 8, 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 Ryan!

  • Ryan is 6 years old, is in kindergarten and was recently promoted to orange belt at Bushido Karate. He started in our Little Eagles® Martial Arts classes in January 2017. Ryan graduated into our Kid’s Karate program in December 2017.
  • Ryan says:  “My favorite thing (about Bushido Karate ) is woodbreaking week. I also like that I get to earn stripes on my belt.”
  • Ryan’s mom  says: “We chose Bushido Karate for our child because of the passion that the instructors have for training their students. Therefore, this passion inspires and encourages their students to do their best.”
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Student spotlight on Ryan! August 1, 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 Skylar!

  • Skylar is 12 years old, is in 7th grade and is a green belt at Bushido Karate. She started karate classes in January 2016.
  • Skylar says:  “I like that I get to work out and have fun at the same time. Also I like how you have to work for your stripes and belt.”
  • Skylar’s dad  says: “(We chose Bushido Karate for our child ) because we heard that Shihan Mehrkar was an excellent teacher and wanted our kids to learn self-defense. We are extremely happy with the results so far. Thank you.”
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Student spotlight on Skylar! July 25, 2018

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Martial arts has been shown to improve a person’s emotional wellbeing

“As well as increasing physical fitness and mental health, martial arts can boost brain cognition too”

This is a fantastic article recently published by Ashleigh Johnstone a PhD researcher in cognitive neuroscience at Bangor University. This article was originally published on The Conversation (theconversation.com). 

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy.

However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.

Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practising a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not others – using a brain training video game, for example.

​AST on the other hand is about getting into a specific state of mind that allows a stronger focus. This can be done by using exercise, meditation or yoga, among other things.

It has been suggested that martial arts is a form of AST, and supporting this, recent research has shown a link between practice and improved alertness. Backing this idea up further, another study showed that martial arts practice – specifically karate – is linked with better performance on a divided attention task.

This is an assignment in which the person has to keep two rules in mind and respond to signals based on whether they are auditory or visual.

In a US study, children aged between eight and 11 years old were tasked with traditional martial arts training that focused on respecting other people and defending themselves as part of an anti-bullying programme. The children were also taught how to maintain a level of self-control in heated situations.

The researchers found that the martial arts training reduced the level of aggressive behaviour in boys, and found that they were more likely to step in and help someone who was being bullied than before they took part in the training.

Significant changes were not found in the girls’ behaviour, potentially because they showed much lower levels of physical aggression before the training than the boys did.

Interestingly, this anti-aggression effect is not limited to young children. A different piece of research found reduced physical and verbal aggression, as well as hostility, in adolescents who practised martial arts too.

Some forms of martial arts, such as tai chi, place great emphasis on controlled breathing and meditation. These were strongly linked in one study with reduced feelings of stress, as well as being better able to manage stress when it is present in young to middle-aged adults.

This effect has also been found in older adults – the 330 participants in this research had a mean age of 73 – too. And the softer, flowing movements make it an ideal, low-impact exercise for older people.

As several scientists are now looking into the links between emotional wellbeing and physical health, it’s vital to note that martial arts has been show to improve a person’s emotional wellbeing too.

In the study linked above, 45 older adults (aged 67-93) were asked to take part in karate training, cognitive training, or non-martial arts physical training for three to six months.

The older adults in the karate training showed lower levels of depression after the training period than both other groups, perhaps due to its meditative aspect. It was also reported that these adults showed a greater level of self-esteem after the training too.

After comparing a sedentary control group with a group of people doing karate, Italian researchers found that taking part in karate can improve a person’s working memory. They used a test that involved recalling and repeating a series of numbers, both in the correct order and backwards, which increased in difficulty until the participant was unable to continue.

The karate group were much better at this task than the control group, meaning they could recall longer series of numbers. Another project found similar results while comparing tai chi practice with “Western exercise” – strength, endurance and resistance training.

Evidently, there is far more to martial arts than its traditional roles. Though they have been practised for self-defence and spiritual development for many hundreds of years, only relatively recently have researchers had the methods to assess the true extent of how this practice affects the brain.

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CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BODY®

The Bushido School of Karate offers karate classes for all ages, including Little Eagles Martial Arts for toddlers.   In addition to in-person training you can learn and benefit from the brain-boosting  techniques by learning online!
For our students, and those looking to learn Beginner Level Bushido Karate, our online tutorials  provide everything you need to be better.  If you prefer basic tutorials for more of a “kickboxing feel” with complete explanations of moves and simple brain-training combinations, check out our Martial Arts Fitness series on YouTube.
Osu, keep on keeping on