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  • Thought Exercises For the Modern Martial Artist

    A training method that is often neglected by modern martial artists is meditation or thought exercises. As modern day martial artists
    , we often focus solely on the physical aspects of our training and neglect the training for our mind. It is just as important for us to sharpen our minds as it is to work on our physical training. "Inner mental technique is more important than the physical one: - Gichin Funakoshi Sensei Training only the body over the mind
    can be detrimental and ultimately hold you back from reaching your true potential in your martial arts journey. Most, if not all, high-level instructors of any style within the martial arts preach mind, body and soul, and there ....

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  • Pre Martial Arts Energy Via Toast!

    Are you on the run between work, picking up the kids and getting to your martial arts class? It can be hard to fit in an energy packed meal when you’re constantly traveling between activities, especially if you don’t have time to stop at the grocery store to pick up ingredients for fresh meals! Did you know that you can get all of the energy and protein you need for that quick boost before class from quick and unique toast recipes that uses ingredients that you can prepare ahead and keep on hand? We’ll list a few options below so that you can start digging into these delicious and nutritious snack ideas! Quick Tip:
    If your family doesn’t go through bread quickly ....

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  • Keeping a Martial Arts Training Book

    We all have different methods of learning. Some of us learn by repeating a new skill over and over, by listening to the instructor explain a technique, and some by watching it actually being applied. Yet, how can you actively strive to do better, if you aren’t keeping track of your progress or goals? One of the best ways to keep track of techniques, retain knowledge and work on improvement in your martial arts journey is by keeping a journal. A training journal allows you to:

    Set and track goals and achievements
    Create a personal resource guide
    Have a written and physical copy of training methods and techniques
    Retain what you are taught Tracking Technique
    Using a journal ....

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  • Sample Diet For The Martial Artist

    Putting together a solid diet to keep you lean and strong, without losing essential calories for energy can be tough. You don’t want to skip important meals that will keep your body properly fueled. Yet, you also don’t want to overeat to the point where you feel sluggish or put on unnecessary pounds that will only slow you down physically. As a martial artist, you need to find the perfect balance of food that will speed up your metabolism, build muscle and help you feel energized. With the sample diet we’ve provided, you should be able to meet all these goals and be physically at your best! When following this sample diet, you want to think about these rules: ....

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  • Sample Training Regime for Martial Artists

    In unison with the sample diet we have provided for martial artists, we’d also like to provide a workout plan that can work along with it. Since everyone’s physical abilities, time, energy and access to equipment is different, you can repurpose these plans in any way you need, in order to meet your goals and fit within your personal limits. However, following the format and routines we have provided below will provide you with the best results. Below is a daily schedule that you can utilize as your workout routine. The steps are is broken into columns: one for the type of training and another for your dietary needs for the day. Training Diet ....

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  • Martial Arts for Kids Who Don’t Thrive Among Team Sports

    Has your child tried team sports but never found one that truly fit their needs? Martial arts may be the answer to what your child has been seeking all along. The martial arts combine individualized instruction among a close knit community of supportive peers. This provides the perfect balance of team oriented socialization for a child who prefers to set and achieve goals at their own pace, without the pressure of letting teammates down. Self-Paced Achievements
    Martial arts students will be taught in a group setting, allowing students to make new friends and practice with partners. However, after class is over it will be up to the student’s personal motivation to practice at ....

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  • Importance of Live Training

    The reality of combat is chaos and unpredictability, whether it’s in a sport setting or in self-defense. Everything from the environment, physical conditions, emotions and even clothing changes the dynamic of a situation. Gaining the building blocks of technique through controlled training while important, will never refine the skills needed for actual combat and application. Sports vs. Self-Defense:
    In sport based combat, everything varies from style, system, focus and sport. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ground based technique is broken into gi and no-gi and even subsections of submission only and timed rounds. While something like Judo, focuses mainly on throws from the stand up. The ....

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  • Tips on Pre Martial Arts Hydration For Kids

    Do you find it difficult to keep your children hydrated during the day? You’re not alone! Hydration is a topic that most parents struggle with because our children prefer to drink juices and soft drinks. We have a list below that is sure to help with educating and persuading your children to drink more water, especially before their martial arts classes! Education -
    One of the first steps to helping your children to stay hydrated is to educate them about the importance of water to our health. Tell your children that water is needed by every part of their bodies to help them maintain their energy, regulate body temperature, absorption of nutrients, cushion joints, remove waste, ....

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  • Seven Benefits of Your Kids Practicing Martial Arts

    There are many undeniable benefits of practicing martial arts for people of all ages. However, starting your children out young with martial arts begins the beneficial results to work there way into your child's everyday life in a more formative way which can shape their lives from the start. Our children are being molded from all influences in their daily routines, so why not start them on a path that will instill morals, self worth, and wellness long past their childhoods? Self Discipline:
    Your child will learn that with hard work, you will see results. Whether they are working on a new sequence or practicing a single kick your child will become accustomed to the fact that not ....

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  • Connect Mentally to Martial Arts

    When practicing martial arts, physical wellness is very important. However, it is equally, if not even more important to be certain that while training your body, you also train your mind. Ronny Yu is a well renowned film director, writer and producer who once said, “Martial arts are a spiritual challenge, not a physical one.” By this, Yu means that martial artists must challenge their minds in order to overcome the physical challenges that they meet both in practice and in combat. Moral Codes:
    Martial Arts includes moral values for their students to keep in mind at all times. These values may differ between individuals and schools but they all refer back to the same ideas. ....

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  • Post Workout Dinner Ideas for Martial Arts Athletes

    Being able to workout each day often means squeezing it in at night, after the kids are settled at home from all of their schooling and activities and you’ve finished your many tasks for the day. How can you possibly muster up the energy for both a workout and a nutritious meal?! With these ten post workout dinner ideas you will be able to eat a delicious dinner with many pre-fixed ingredients that you can customize to your favorite tastes! 1. Burrito-Less Bowl:
    For this yummy meal you can skip the Chipotle line (and calories!) Use pre-cooked chicken breast from your fridge, or a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket (hint: if you keep a rotisserie chicken in the fridge ....

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  • Check Out Degerberg Academy on the Channel 2 News

    Click on each link below to view the video clips of Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts on the Channel 2 News!

    Meet the karate kids at Degerberg Academy
    Vince Learns Finer Points Of MMA At Degerberg Academy
    Martial Arts Studio Teaches Kids Value Of Discipline ....

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    Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts has TWO convenient locations to serve you! To find out about more about our Lincoln Square location, click on the address below: Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts 4717 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625 ....

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