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Diet Tips for an Athlete

Posted: April 10, 2019

Assess yourself: where am I now as an athlete? Understanding your starting point is important in measuring forward progress. Some common measurements are waist size, weight and body composition. Pick a couple of the measurements that make the most sense to you and check in with yourself every week. By simply keeping your eye on those numbers that matter to you, you are more likely to make positive progress.

Start Eating Early It’s not just what you eat; it’s also when you eat it. Two people eating the same diet with one front-loading their calorie consumption to the earlier part of the day will have a better result than someone who eats late at night. Make an effort to limit, if not eliminate, food consumption after 7 p.m.


Anti-Bullying: 3 Ways CKD Can Stop Bullies

Posted: April 10, 2019

Going back to school in the fall should be an exciting time of change for students with new teachers, clothes, school supplies and friends. For children who are bullied, a new school year is filled more with anxiety than excitement.

 

Choi Kwang Do and other forms of martial arts are the keys to instilling confidence within students to protect themselves against bullies. Three key lessons taken from the art can be applied to various bullying scenarios.


Meditation

Posted: April 10, 2019

Choi Kwang Do is a Holistic Martial Art. This means, it focuses on the development of the full individual: mentally, physically and spiritually. To reach the full potential of a CKD athlete, you must begin by training your mind. The most common way to do this is through meditation.

Meditation can bring key factors that are vital to successfully practicing CKD: awareness, calm and focus. Awareness is needed when in battle to avoid being hit. Without focus, you may not catch the right opportunity to strike. Finally, without calmness you will not be able to relax to have a clear mind to assess your situations.

Understanding meditation requires time, practice and patience. First, practice embryonic breathing to calm your emotions and mind. This can be done by focusing your breathing and relaxing your body. At first, you may be easily distracted. Refocus your energy back to your breathing if this occurs. Over time, it will become simpler to focus inward and push external thoughts out of mind.


Physical Activity and Academic Success

Posted: April 10, 2019

 Every classroom has at least one – an impulsive, disruptive student who is constantly getting in trouble for their behavior. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: physical activity

 A new study found that a simple solution for impulsiveness in children is physical activity. Researchers found that the brain controls inhibitory control, which regulates impulsive    behavior. Also found was a link between neurocognitive functions relating to exercise. In short, physical activity in schools has a proven, positive influence on impulsive actions.

Think of exercise as medication. It’s known that executive functions such as sequencing, memory and prioritizing are necessary skills to not only be successful in school, but life. Put simply, physical activity can prime the brain for learning in school.


Alzheimer’s and Exercise

Posted: April 10, 2019

As mentioned in previous articles we have written here, exercise, such as practicing Choi Kwang Do, can reduce the effects on aging on the brain.

When exercising, both the left and right side of the brain are used, enabling them to coordinate and sharpen. When exercising your brain, age is not a concern, according to neuroanatomist Dr. Marian Diamond, professor of biology at the University of California-Berkeley.

Diamond said that the process of learning, at any stage of life, stimulates nerve cells to form dendrites, linking knowledge and experience and forming what she calls the “hardware” of intelligence.


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