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  • Treating Minor Martial Arts Injury: Don't let Small Injuries Become Chronic Issues

    Treating Minor Martial Arts Injury: Don't let Small Injuries Become Chronic Issues

    Diagnosis Code Y93.75, If you don't know it, you should. It's doctor code for a martial arts injury. Minor aches and pains are a part of life, and as martial artists, we are prone to more than our usual share. In my practice as a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, I am often called upon to treat people who have let minor bumps and bruises, sprains or strains go untreated until they become chronic, nagging problems. Timely treatment of minor bruises, strains, sprains, and muscle pulls can mean the difference between rapid recovery and worsening or permanent injury. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a wealth of knowledge and treatments for the minor damage of sports injury. ....

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  • Martial Arts Cross Training The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    Martial Arts Cross Training The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes

    An athlete is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Athletes in specific sports train to be at the top of their game, but how much better of an athlete would they be if they had a well-rounded cross-training program? For years, martial arts has been viewed more as an “art” than a “sport.” And while there is much beauty in it, there is also a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the training. However, that is the part that the general population does not see. Training in any form of martial arts is rigorous and is, by far, one of ....

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  • What To Expect From Your New Ninja

    What To Expect From Your New Ninja

    Martial arts has a well-known benefit of helping children develop physical skills and improve in discipline. For this reason, parents often enroll their children in some type of martial arts in order to achieve goals such as these. And while attaining these goals is possible, parents often have unrealistic expectations of the time it actually takes for children to get there. Of course, age, stage of development, as well as a myriad of other things go into exactly how quickly a specific child will accomplish a certain goal. But there is one thing is the same across the board. When children start martial arts, it is important for parents to remember that their child is starting a new ....

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  • Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Supplementing Sports with Martial Arts

    Imagine your child on the field running quicker than ever before, outmaneuvering all opponents, and having the confidence to overcome every obstacle! Today I’d like to talk about the benefits of supplementing youth sports with martial arts training! Before we can, we must overcome the first challenge standing between your child and the achievements listed above. Martial Arts instructors from around the nation often notice a trend revolving around youth sports. Children and Parents often jump the gun and switch from one sport to another, sometimes putting a hold or quitting martial arts training altogether. It is easy to see why: “Transportation is hard”, ....

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  • Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World In today’s world competition is everywhere and it often starts at a very young age. It begins as a fun, skill-developing event but can quickly become time-consuming and competitive. While some parents want their children pushed to help them learn the hard lessons of life, others want to protect their children from the disappointment that can come with competition. Both sides have pros and cons, but a balanced approach is what will truly help a child develop a competitive nature in a healthy way. Competition can be fun and exhilarating, especially if you are on the winning side. This drive to compete and win is very strong in ....

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  • Childhood Brain Training

    Childhood Brain Training

    The learning process is vital to the healthy development of a child’s brain and their experiences and interactions largely influence how this happens. This process doesn’t just take place in the classroom but in all areas of the child’s life. Because of this, learning is better approached when it is an active process that triggers the appropriate areas of the brain. By utilizing this method, learning becomes more exciting and therefore, more beneficial to brain development and ultimately increasing intelligence. The brain is the command center for the body. When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a ....

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  • Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal Setting - Unleash Your Child's Potential

    Goal setting is one of the most highly linked characteristics to the success that individuals have. Top athletes and successful people all use goal setting. And while it is a trait that is most often associated with adolescents and adults, younger children can also benefit greatly from beginning this life skill at an early age. Learning how to set reasonable and attainable goals is a valuable lesson for children of all ages. Studies show that goal setting helps children improve their self-discipline and self-awareness. It also increases their internal drive so that they stay motivated to complete the goals they set for themselves. By accomplishing their goals, children’s ....

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  • The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 5-6 year olds

    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 5-6 year olds

    When people generally think of “play” they think of fun and games…something simply for amusement and nothing more. However, there is a bigger, and more important, piece that is often overlooked…learning. As Kay Redfield Jamison said, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” The same is true for game-based learning. When parents hear this term, they think that their children will only be “playing games” and that no learning will be involved. What a lot do not understand is that game-based learning helps children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, all at the same ....

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  • How to Choose a Karate School

    How to Choose a Karate School

    Have you ever stepped into one of those McDojos? You get a tour of the school, a free uniform and “Introductory lesson” (which is really a sales pitch) Then the contract comes out. Suddenly you can’t tell if you’re in a Martial Arts School, used car lot or timeshare presentation. On top of the contract, there are those “Other Fees” Specialized Equipment (only available through the school) Testing fees “Required’ seminars By the time you’re done you could be committed to paying up to $2,500 in contracts and other fees before you or your child has taken a single class! Moreover, Read the fine print! Often, The Contract you signed ....

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  • The Billerica Dojo Mission

    The Billerica Dojo Mission

    This was a tough one – so much to say and consider. We have always seen the martial arts as a vehicle for greatness, not just a physical pursuit. There is something about the way it helps a person grow, whether you are young or old, just starting out or massively accomplished. So here it is – from our heart.
    Our Mission
    We are here to build martial artist of a type that are rare, valuable, authentic, powerful, and absolutely extraordinary; We aim to build world-class leaders, teachers, activists, and thinker-doers who are legendary –who innovate, stand for the best-of-the-best, who literally CHANGE THE WORLD as we know it. We seek to cultivate ....

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