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All About UFC Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts

All About UFC Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts
By Aaron Landry

UFC (Ultimate Fighting Challenge) is a very fast growing sport
in the United States and has been growing in popularity only
recently in the sports long history. In many respects, Ultimate
Fighting has surpassed in popularity over any other type of
fighting or wrestling sport, as it is a combination of both.
Less then ten years ago the sport was in danger of becoming
bankrupt. A few people kept the sport alive by continuing to
fund the event and sport and it made a stunning comeback. Now
the sport, full of international fighters, has national events
that are held on pay per view and can be seen world wide. There
are many opportunities arising in the UFC and the sport is yet
to meet its full potential as the fan base and popularity of the
sport itself is concerned.

UFC is by most means, an anything goes sport that requires a
great amount of strength, balance, quickness, and endurance. The
UFC holds fights in different weight classes that depend on
whether or not they are title fights. Title fights are
classified under five weight classes. Lightweight: 146 to 155 lb
(66 to 70 kg) Welterweight: 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
Middleweight: 171 to 185 lb (78 to 84 kg) Light Heavyweight: 186
to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg) Heavyweight: 206 to 265 lb (93 to 120

Non-title fights have a one pound leniency. In addition, there
are four other weight classes specified in the Unified Rules
which the UFC does not currently use: Flyweight: under 126 lb
(57 kg) Bantamweight: 126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg) Featherweight:
136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg) Super Heavyweight: above 265 lb
(120 kg). This is to ensure that the fight is fair as when two
people enter a ring that know what they are doing. Typically the
bigger person would win because of sheer mass and power to
overcome the smaller opponent. Fights vary in number of rounds
based on whether or not the fight is a title fight but last five
minutes each. Typically, there is about a one minute break
between each round for fighters to rest up before they get back
in the ring again.

The way a winner is crowned is by four different means. A
fighter can win by submission (where a fighter clearly taps
out), knock out (where a fighter is in a state of
unconsciousness), Technical Knock Out (TKO: where a fighter is
hurt to a point where they cannot continue the fight), and by
judges decision (where both fighters go the distance and one is
crowned by a points system that is tallied by qualified judges).
Judging occurs after each round is over with out a knock out or
submission. The winner of the match (according to the judges at
least) receive ten points and the loser receives nine or fewer.
If the round is to be seen as a tie, then both fighters receive
ten points.

UFC is a very challenging sport to one's body. Workouts include
intense physical training and muscle building as well as
endurance training. Learning how to deal with attacks and pain
is also apart of the process as this is what the sport entails.
Learning how to fight, both on and off your feet, in this
growing sport, will allow you to become in shape physically as
well as boost your confidence and self esteem. This sport is as
street as you can get, as it prepares you for any kind of
fighting an attacker may be throwing at you. You will learn how
to defend kicks, punches, grabs, and locks as well as countering
attacks with your own.

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Benefits Of Martial Arts Training For Kids

Benefits Of Martial Arts Training For Kids
By LloydIrvin Jiu

Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we’ve all plopped
the kids in front of the television and breathed a sigh of
relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email
or sort that massive pile of laundry.

But when your five-year old yells at you “Mom, Kids Rule!” or
your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a
sailor blush, you realize there must be something amiss with
what these “family programs” really teach our kids. And sadly,
its happening all over the media today, from sports to cartoons,
and our children are learning things that we, as parents, vowed
we would never teach them. Old fashioned values like respect and
self-discipline, seems to have been forgotten, replaced by the
dreaded “bling bling” pop culture of today.

Just the thought of your angelic three-year old morphing into a
designer-clad, smart-mouthed, money-worshipping, me-obsessed,
lay-about is enough to make any parent consider that threatening
military school brochure, but there is a solution out there to

Martial Arts Training

From Ninja Turtles to The Karate Kid

You and your kids have all seen the flying kicks, battle cries
and mighty chops of their favorite TV characters, as they beat
the bad guys to submission – but, you may ask, how on earth can
these acts of violence teach my child anything worthwhile?

First, know that what you see on television (save perhaps the
Karate Kid) is a far cry from what real martial arts are all
about. The fact is, martial arts training is based on

Originating in Asia (mainly Japan, China and Korea, although
Thailand and Vietnam have their own practices as well), martial
arts range from a variety of types and styles, all of which are
based on well-rounded, moral teachings. The beauty of learning
martial arts is that it encompasses not just the physical aspect
of the “sport”, but mental and emotional lessons as well.

Comparing that to other kid’s activities and sports, where
fierce competitiveness and “winning at all costs” seems to be
the order of the day, it’s not surprising that many children
grapple with issues of self-esteem and misplaced aggression.

Now imagine your child actually learning valuable life lessons,
skills that he will take throughout life, laying the foundation
for a happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled adult life. If only
karate for kids was popular in the 70’s, when I was growing up!

The Advantages

• Karate, and other martial arts for kids, builds confidence
and self-esteem as well as self-discipline, respect,
concentration and courtesy.

• Many martial arts schools also offer leadership courses for
kids, in conjunction with their karate for kids programs, or
similar lessons.

• Martial Arts is ideal for children who do not do well in team
sports, giving them the ability to flourish this activity, while
combining physical and mental practices.

• Many do not realize this, but it is a fact that martial arts
training are safer than most school sports.

• Children with special needs, such as ADD (Attention Deficit
Disorder), learning difficulties and hyperactivity are often
recommended to participate in martial arts for kids because of
the clear benefits in its structured training techniques.

Kung-Fu Master or Ninja Warrior?

Before you sign up Junior for the first martial arts class you
see, take some time to check out the different methods
available, and match it with what you know would suit your child
best. This is a good way to avoid any problems that may sprout
from a conflict of your child’s personality and the training

Is your little Zach a sensitive soul? Then maybe a class that
doesn’t center on sparring (full-on kicks and punches training)
but rather, slower, defensive maneuvers would fare better for
him. Kids with an aggressive streak, however, may prefer the
more forceful moves and thrive in competitive sparring.

Here’s a quick primer on the kid-friendly martial arts training
you’re likely to find:

Martial Arts From Japan


• Uses defensive and aggressive moves

• Centers on building strength and endurance

• Involves chops, punches, kicks, strikes, blocking and

• May use weapons


• Uses defensive and aggressive moves

• Involves lots of sparring

• Teaches a fair amount of weapons training


• Uses a more “spiritual” and harmonious style in redirecting
the aggression of the attacker as the form of defense, using
throws, pins, rolls etc.

• Taught on the premise of disabling an aggressor without
attacking, through your individual inner energy

• Does not involve sparring or competitions


• Uses gentle, “wrestling-like” movements

• Considered one of the safest methods of martial arts

• Emphasizes physical control as well as mental development

• Engages in competitions

Martial Arts From China


• The generic term referring to Chinese martial arts with a
variety of styles

• Involves attack movements as well as defensive techniques

• Teaches kicks, punches, chops, throws, falls, grappling,
katas, leg sweeps and blows among others.

• Engages in sparring competitions

Martial Arts From Korea


• Competitive in nature, involves techniques using elaborate
footwork and unique high kicks.

• Emphasizes strength, force and attack methods.

• Engages in lots of sparring and competitions.

Choosing The Right Instruction

If you have an idea of the type of martial arts class you’d
like your child to participate in, the next step would be to
find the right school. Finding the right class that not only
matches your child’s and your needs, in terms of teachers you
feel comfortable with, the price, facilities and so on, are all
important factors.

Say you’ve found a local place that specializes in Karate for
Kids. What are the things you should look for?

1. Good Instructors

Check out their qualifications, teaching methods and watch
carefully how they interact with the other children. It should
be a fun learning experience!

2. Space and Safety

Obviously you would want to entrust your child in as
establishment that is safe, well-maintained, and clean with
ample space as well as decent facilities and equipment.

3. School Values

Different martial arts schools inevitably go by different
values, for instance, one kid’s karate class may handle
aggression in one way, while a judo class would have a different
approach. Take some time to observe which school’s ideals match
your family’s principles.

4. Prices and Schedules

Prices for martial arts training can vary according to school
and location, so make sure you the instruction you choose
represents fair value. Finding the most effective way to fit
martial arts training into your family’s lifestyle is also
essential, knowing what works best with your schedule and other

Baby Blackbelts

Starting your child young in karate training is ideal (children
as young as the age of four are usually accepted, as it is also
a good way to hone fine motor skills), and lots of parents have
found that in as little as a year, their children who were
involved in martial arts had noticeably gained positive traits
such as increased self-esteem, respect and overall physical

Many parents also opt to join a martial arts training program
themselves, making it a great bonding experience for the entire

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Martial Arts - Judo

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Martial Arts - Judo

By Tian Xiangyu

Judo is a martial art that makes use of throws, strangles and
joint locks. It is one of the few sports accessible to almost
anyone, including children, adults, and senior citizens. Because
it emphasizes physical and mental development, its influence
extends to every area of a person's life.

More than a martial art, Judo is also a way of life, one that
stresses self-respect and respect for others. Physically, Judo
improves flexibility, coordination, balance and reflexes. It is
a means of self-defense that requires skill rather than just
size or strength. Mentally, it promotes concentration,
self-confidence and leadership. Because Judo requires a clear
and focused mind, it encourages participants to be fully present
in the moment. Judo participants benefit from practice, but just
as important, they learn respect for others. With its strict
moral and ethical principles, and its humanitarian approach to
life, Judo fosters a sense of respect and consideration.
Participants are taught to strive for physical, intellectual and
moral perfection, so they can not only improve their own life,
but also contribute to the greater good.

Judo is derived from the ancient martial art of jujitsu, the
hand-to-hand combat technique of ancient samurai warriors.
Unlike other techniques, Jujitsu emphasized skill over force:
the goal was to know how and when to strike an opponent in order
to throw him off balance. Samurai in Japan's feudal period
studied Jujitsu as part of their training, which also included
swordsmanship, horsemanship, archery and etiquette. During this
violent period, Jujitsu was used often on the battlefield, but
during the 300 years of peace following the Japanese civil wars,
heavy warfare was less frequent. Instead, Jujitsu found its
greatest use in unarmed combat among common citizens, and the
art was adapted for everyday life. In 1873 the Japanese
government banned the samurai from wearing their weapons in
public, and jujitsu became popular with the warrior class.
However, it soon began to lose popularity with the public, and
it was from here that the martial art of Judo - the gentle way -
was developed by Jigoro Kano. He developed judo at a time of
great modernization and industrialization when the Japanese
people were on guard against anything inefficient or antiquated.
In 1886 the Tokyo police department arranged a competition to
find out which was the best form of unarmed combat for its
officers. Fielding a team, judo defeated all other martial arts
without losing a single bout!

Judo has since spread rapidly around the world. As Judo spread
throughout the Western world it slowly gained the form of a
sport. Its eventual popularity in World and Regional Games and
in the 1964 Olympic Games led more and more to an emphasis on
the physical and competitive aspects of the art, sometimes at
the expense of its intellectual, moral and spiritual

Achievement in Judo is recognized by a series of ranks. When
Kano developed Judo's ranking system, there was no official
system in the martial arts; student achievements were usually
acknowledged by the presentation of certificates or scrolls.
Today, Kano's system has been adopted for needs. Originally, the
Judo ranking system consisted only of white and black belt
ranking, until the 1930s when Kano created a belt to acknowledge
the achievements of high-ranking black belts. The red belt and
brown belts were also added. The more extensive system used
today was developed after Judo spread outside Japan. Judo
instructor Mikonosuke Kawaishi introduced a more complex ranking
system, featuring several more colored belts, when he began
teaching in Paris in 1935. He felt Westerners would have more
incentive to practice if they had a system in which achievement
was regularly recognized. He included white, yellow, orange,
green, blue and purple belts, awarded before the traditional
black and brown belts.

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The Benefits Of Martial Arts Training

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The Benefits Of Martial Arts Training

By Clint Leung

As any martial arts practitioner will tell you, there are
multiple benefits in martial arts training. Of course, the most
obvious benefit is a knowledge of self defense which is one of
the major reasons why the martial arts were developed in the
first place. Knowing how to defend oneself and loved ones in a
potentially dangerous situation is an asset in today’s world
just as it was hundreds of years ago. Unlike often portrayed in
the movies, martial arts are not just about fighting. Many
people take up martial arts for the fitness benefits as well.
Training in martial arts such as karate, tae kwon do, kung fu
and other martial art styles will improve one’s cardiovascular
fitness as well as tone the muscular system. Strength will
increase from the calisthenics usually employed within martial
arts training but perhaps not to the same extent as working out
with weights. But overall power of one’s body will definitely
increase since martial arts techniques teach how to use strength

Most people will also improve their flexibility significantly
while training in martial arts since entire ranges of motion
from the body are exercised. This is especially true with
martial art styles such as tae kwon do, Thai kickboxing as well
as some schools of karate and kung fu where high kicks are used.
All martial art styles will result in an improvement of one’s
coordination as well.

Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also
have a mental and sometimes spiritual element which not only
improves the mind’s focus but also helps in self control.
Emotions such as anger and fear are better controlled through
martial arts. Many martial artists can find an inner peace
through their training. In today’s hectic world, these
particular benefits translate into one of the most effective
stress management tools available. When training in a martial
arts session or in a group class, all the day to day troubles of
the world seem to be forgotten. People come out refreshed,
energized and ready to tackle the big world out there.

Training in martial arts usually involves many little steps and
progressions. As one advances in a martial art, the feeling of
accomplishment comes with added confidence. This is especially
beneficial for children who were not very confident in the first
place. An increase in self confidence for kids (as well as
adults) will have a cross over effect in other areas of life
such as in other sports and general self esteem. Other
challenges in life, both physical and mental, will be met with
much less fear. 

An important benefit of martial arts training for parents to
note is that children will generally become more disciplined
from the unique formalities of martial arts classes. This is one
benefit that is often lacking in other sports. Former ‘problem’
kids with bad attitudes could become well behaved and respectful
as a result of taking martial arts a few times per week. Respect
is something that all martial arts instructors place great
importance in during their classes. Martial arts kids are often
very well behaved children no matter what social economic
backgrounds they come from.

Martial arts training has so many great benefits covering
physical, mental and emotional aspects that it’s no wonder why
it has become one of the most popular activities for both adults
and children. However, it is important to point out that not all
martial arts programs will produce the range of benefits
discussed. Programs that teach just combat fighting techniques
may not result in the desired mental and spiritual benefits so
it is important to search around for the right martial arts
school that will offer the benefits one wishes to achieve.

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over 32 years of training experience in kung fu, tae kwon do,
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Boxing For Fitness And Fun

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By Bruce Swedal

Boxing is a great sport to get involved in, no matter what your
age or level of fitness. Boxing is a discipline that stays with
you for a long time. It can help you to get out of situations
that you might not want to be in with self defence and it
teaches you a mindset other than that of a bar room brawler.

The misconception with boxing is that it is all about
aggression, it isn't. Boxing is more about self control and
being disciplined than anything else, but will need a certain
amount of aggression and motivation to partake in any level of
boxing, whether it is just the training or if you want to get to
a level where you can spar or fight.

If you would like to get into boxing don't be put off by what
you'd imagine boxing gyms to be like. Boxing clubs in general
are pretty friendly places, not many of them are like the spit
and saw dust gyms that are so stereo-typically portrayed in the
movies. On top of this boxers are pretty genuine people, what
you see is what you get on the whole. Some of the nicest and
most genuine people I've ever met have been club level boxers.

Club level boxers can't afford to be brash and offensive as
there is generally someone better and bigger than them willing
to knock them down a peg or two. All you will need to start
boxing is a basic level of fitness, nothing too excessive but if
you haven't taken part in any form of training for any long
period of time it's always advisable to consult a doctor first.

Don't worry about having to spend lots of money to get started
with boxing, all you will really need are some wraps to support
your wrists and protect your hands and preferably your own pair
of gloves. Some boxing clubs do hire out gloves but in the
interests of hygiene I'd always recommend buying your own. If
you've ever smelt an old pair of boxing gloves you'll understand
why! Most fitness boxers train in nothing more fancy than a
loose t-shirt, trainers and a pair of shorts, you should be more
than comfortable training like this.

I'd always suggest making sure that you have a ready supply of
water or sports drink with you, boxing is very thirsty work and
you can lose a lot of fluid very quickly, especially in summer.
You can usually turn up and train at your local boxing club
without too much fuss although in the evenings they may hold
sessions purely for the amateur boxers from the gym.

Usually throughout the day the gym will be pretty empty so you
can train at your own pace, sometimes there will be a coach on
hand to give you a few pointers, if not you may be fortunate
enough to get some help from another boxer who knows more about
the sport than you. There are basics to learn in the sport but
you'll find that you pick them up pretty quickly the more you
train, and you'll find the more you train the more you'll learn
and the more you'll want to train.
Boxing is like that, it gets under your skin.

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How Kids Can Use Martial Arts to Gain Self Confidence

How Kids Can Use Martial Arts to Gain Self Confidence
By Dustin Fennell

When attempting to explain how kids can use martial arts to
gain self confidence it is important to understand that the arts
are not what you view on television. Training in martial sports
is a non violence based art. There are many different forms of
martial arts all of which will teach children with moral
understandings and vastly improve their self esteem.

There are numerous advantages to enrolling a child in martial
arts such as it will provide leadership, build self esteem,
confidence, respect, courtesy, concentration and self
discipline. In reality the children involved with martial arts
are often times in a safer sport than some of the basic school
sports. It is a team sport that provides with both mental and
physical activities.

For children with special needs, for example those with a
learning difficult or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
learning the participation skills required in martial arts is a
great way to teach them structured techniques while allowing
them to participate in a well coordinated sport.

Choosing which form of to enroll your child in should reflect
who the child is and which would be best suited for their
personality. Some of the sports are geared with more of a
sparring center while others are geared toward a slower and more
defensive style.

Japanese style trainings include Karate, Jujitsu, Aikido and
Judo. Karate focuses on the building of endurance, strength and
uses aggressive and definitive moves. They may use weapons and
the sport features moves such as blocking, sparring, kicks,
strikes, chops and punches. Jujitsu also employs defensive and
aggressive moves as well as extensive weapons training and
sparring. Aikido is taught on the foundation of disabling the
aggressor without attacking, it does not use sparring or
competitions and has a style of harmonious or spiritual for
redirection. Judo is considered to be one of the safest methods
in training of defensive arts. They participate in competitions,
use wrestling style gentle movements and place an emphasis on
both mental development and physical control.

Martial arts from China are Kung Fu which a generic term
applied to the various styles of the Chinese defensive arts.
These teachings include movements of attack along with defensive
techniques such as chops, punches, kicks, falls, throws, leg
sweeps, blows, grappling and numerous others. They also
participate in many sparring competitions.

Taekwondo is the Korean form which has an emphasis on force,
attack methods, strength and is competitive with techniques
requiring unique high kicks and elaborate footwork. This
particular style also engages in many competitions and sparring.

The various styles are great ways to explain how kids can use
these trainings to gain self confidence as well as keep them in
a sports activity that promotes physical durability, self esteem
and excellent physical fitness. Children as young as four can be
enrolled in a martial arts program. Determine which style would
be the best for the child and research the various options in
your area which should include comparing prices, instructors and
number of other students.

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The Importance Of Weight Room Training When Preparing For A Mixed Martial Arts Fight.

The Importance Of Weight Room Training When Preparing For A
Mixed Martial Arts Fight.
By Yoshi Kundagawa

Contrary to what many believe, the importance of weight room
training when preparing for mixed martial arts fights cannot be
understated. Over the years, many people mistakenly believe that
weight training will cause loss of flexibility and a decrease in
speed and this is not so when weight training is tailored to
martial arts requirements.Weight room training is a very
important part of Mixed martial arts training for a very a
number of reasons.

A mixed martial artist needs not only the strength and power
for use as attack but must also have the muscle power and
stamina to absorb an attack from his opponent. Stretching is
very important as it helps create flexibility by increasing your
range of motion and the better your range of motion, the more
muscle fiber will be stimulated, the more muscle will be
produced. This not only increases your strength but also your
balance, speed and agility. It also helps provide protection
against injury of the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.

When thinking about weight training, it is vital to remember
that there are many forms of weight training and these forms are
used to suit the individual and what they are trying to achieve.
Sometimes, the word weight training conjures up the picture of a
huge muscle bound weight lifter or a massive footballer. These
people work at producing large muscles to lift heavy weights for
a short time. With mixed martial arts training, the artist wants
to increase muscle strength while producing greater speed and

It should be obvious that if one person has been training and
doing squats and bench presses, he is going to be stronger than
the guy who only does half the amount of weight training. Nobody
is suggesting that you go to the gym and begin to bulk up, far
from it. But with a program especially for the mixed martial
artist, with your body weight and shape in mind, you will be
able to notice a difference in no time. As an example, doing 3
sets of 15 reps of squats, the same with leg curls and leg
extensions, add to this walking lunges, standing or seated calf
raises, all while using dumbbells (not overly heavy) and
including some bench presses should see you building strength
fairly quickly.

At this stage, though, as with any new mixed martial arts
training regimes, you may notice some soreness as you will be
working muscles that have not been worked at this intensity
before. Any soreness will decrease as your body adjusts to this
new regimen and begins to strengthen. It is wise to consult a
trainer at your gym with regards to the exact type of weight
training that is right for you. Advise him that you do mixed
martial arts and as a precaution, be sure to advise him of any
injuries you have had in the past.

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Martial Arts Can Improve Your Health While You Have Fun

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Health While You Have Fun
By Janet Martin

You may think that martial art movements are only about kicking
the heart out of your opponents. Well, partly you are right. But
behind the fun and excitement of breaking your enemy's nasal
cartilage or poking out his eyes, martial arts training can well
be considered as an excellent workout.

This is why there are a lot of people nowadays who go on trying
to learn how to kick and punch not because they want to join a
brawl in a bar. Rather, many people want to increase their
body's metabolism, improve secretion of certain brain chemicals,
or simply enhance their overall well-being.

Martial arts can help you gain skills that are high above any
ordinary individual. But few people know the health benefits
that come with such deadly exercises. The positive effects of
these exercises in one's health can be best demonstrated by
comparing the physical condition of older martial arts
practitioners with their non-practicing contemporaries. You will
easily find that martial artists look years, if not decades,
younger than other members of their age bracket who believe in
sedentary lifestyle.

Truly, undergoing martial arts training allows you to enjoy a
unique program that combines exhilarating adrenaline rush with a
no nonsense workout. Here are a few advantages that martial arts
can bring to your overall health.

Weight Loss

Any martial art training, in essence, is an aerobic exercise.
When you do this kind of training, you are able to move most, if
not all of your muscles. As an important part of your fitness
program, martial arts can burn considerable amounts of calories
and help you lose unwanted weight.

Many practitioners have been observed to burn up to 5,000
calories daily, if they practice regularly. Some even claim that
all the kicking and screaming during sessions can decrease one's
appetite. No wonder it is hard to find traditional and sports
martial artists who weigh a ton, unless you talk about sumo
wrestling - but that's another story.

Enhanced Liver Functions

Everyone knows the important role that the liver plays in one's
life. Without it, one can not live. Liver is an important
component in metabolism, especially in regulating carbohydrates
in the bloodstream. You see, substances like fats, carbohydrates
and proteins from the food you ate are brought to the liver.

These nutrients are eventually turned into simple sugars and
are either released into the bloodstream or stored as glycogen
by the liver. Uncontrolled amounts of glycogen in your blood may
not be good for your health. But for most practitioners of
martial arts, the liver tends to have increased capacity to
store glycogen; thus, preventing more sugar to circulate in the

Enhanced Physiological Activity

Sign up for at least three weeks of serious martial arts
training in your nearby Karate or Taekwondo school and you will
see remarkable changes in your overall bodily functions. Masters
say that you will definitely attain healthier blood sugar and
blood pressure levels within a very short time if you practice
martial arts.

Other benefits include improved brain chemistry and blood
supply to your cells and tissues. All these changes can
positively improve the functioning of your brain and body. And
with that, you have a better chance of preventing diabetes,
heart ailments and certain cancers from happening to you.

These are but a few of the health benefits that you can gain
from doing martial arts exercises. Needless to say, any martial
art program requires that you have well-functioning muscles and
joints. Over time, part of the health benefits of martial arts
can help you deal with most pains and aches.

But for now, you will not be able to perform at your peak if
you can not move your joints due to arthritis or other joint
problems. To prevent stiffness in the joints from ruining your
martial art workout, you need products that improve and
lubricate your joints, just like Flexcerin.

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