Martinez, Magdaleno battle in Macau

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Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez makes the second defence of his WBO super featherweight title on Saturday, entering the Venetian Hotel and Casino to defend his crown on foreign soil against Las Vegas native Diego Magdaleno.

Of course the Puerto Rican would be on foreign soil you might say and what’s the big deal about him fighting in the world’s boxing capital? But Magdaleno won’t enjoy home advantage either on the night, as the fight will not be taking place in Sin City.

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The 130-pounders have travelled across the globe to Macau, China, where they will meet in the ring at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. Martinez-Magdaleno will be part of a stacked card in Top Rank’s first promotion in China, which they hope to be the first of many after signing Chinese junior flyweight Zou Shiming, a triple Olympic medallist who makes his pro debut in a four-rounder.

The card also…

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A week in Xi’an (3) Morning in the park

Celia's blog

The park is busy with morning activities; groups practise tai chi and martial arts
tai chi
Martial arts
A path sweeper takes a rest and listens to the music coming at him from all sides
path sweeper

Fishing is a popular pastime; there are plenty of fish in this special fishing area
We sit by the lake and watch the world go by
Duck boat

Coming out of the park by another gate we find a market where people buy food for lunch
meat stall
Vegetable stall
Vegetable sellers
We stand back to let the Amazon delivery through
Amazon delivery
As we walk through the park later it’s peaceful and all the exercisers have gone

Outside the park students eat tasty looking snacks at a stall, but with our Western digestive systems we daren’t risk it
Food stall

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Family martial arts classes boost confidence, improve fitness and cement family bonds

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When Pam Tucker of Leon, West Virginia, signed up for her first karate class at the age of 18, she never dreamed that her passion for martial arts would be so infectious.  Today, Pam, her husband, Frank, and their children, Mason, 13, Jake, 10, and Zaiah, 8, spend 3 days a week at the martial arts training hall (dojan) and center their vacations around national karate championships at which they volunteer. “It’s a fun activity that helps all of us stay in shape and feel connected to one another,” says Pam.

Martial arts have become a family affair – for moms, dads, and children of all ages. Today, almost half of the sport’s 6 million participants are kids between the ages of 6 and 17, and women comprise one-third of the student body, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.

Martial arts are booming because they offer something for all…

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Kids Martial Arts, Submission to the Process of Learning Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ Submission

Submission to the Process of Learning Jiu-Jitsu

“But, when will I get good?” How often have I asked that over the last two years of training at Gracie Barra? When will I be good enough? When will I reach a level of competence? Why do I feel like people think I’m horrible? Why am I horrible? When will I be able to submit someone with no problem?


To submit someone on the mat is the highest form of victory in Jiu-Jitsu, right? There are no points to be counted, no referees to decide a winner, and no disputed outcome. For many training at Gracie Barra, across the world, the goal is to become so good that submissions come easily.

This is a laudable goal and one for which we should all strive if we want to improve our technical skill, but I would propose that we, as practitioners of…

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Top 10 Benefits of Running


Top 10 Benefits of Running

In this article I lay out  some of the top 10 Benefits of Running.

But before you read any further or dust off those brand new trainers lying in the back of your closet, maybe you should also consider if these benefits are worth sharing with those closest to home.

“With the top benefits of running including; Improved Health, Disease Prevention, Confidence, Stress Relief, as well as Mind  Development and Co-ordination development don’t you think they are worth sharing with your children?”

Today both parents and children are living fast passed busy lifestyles. Muchof the family budget is spent on gyms or fitness classes such as pilates, yoga, aerobics and more for the parents or clubs and extra sporting activities for the kids. When running together as a family could be an easy affordable way to both save some money, hang out and share the undoubted healthy fun that running can provide.

So when you get ready for your next run and are preparing your favorite energizing and feel good tunes on your ipod. Why not allow your son or daughter to do the same? So you can head out together and run!

Set a date, do it together help motivate each other, reward each other. Maybe you could make this a fun part of your weekly routine. Be healthy as a family and share the following benefits with your children.

1. Win the battle of the bulge.

Many people start running in order to win the battle of the bulge. Whether they are obese or just want to lose that last ten pounds, or even if they just want to stay at the weight they are at, approximately 60 percent of runners start running to manage their weight. Running is one of the top activities for burning fat. In fact, with the exception of cross country skiing, running burns more calories per minute than any other form of cardiovascular exercise.

2. Prevent muscle and bone loss.

Our bones are made to accommodate the demands placed upon them. By sitting in front of the monitor all day many of us allow our bones to grow weaker, but by running regularly our skeleton gets the demand it needs to stay healthy. In addition to keeping our insides from aging quickly, regular, high-intensity exercise, like running, has also been proven to promote the human growth hormone, which celebrities have taken injections of for years to keep them looking young.

3. Fight disease.

Running reduces the risk of stroke and breast cancer. Regular running has become a treatment option for doctors to prescribe to patients who are at a high risk, or early stages, of osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension. It reduces the risk of heart attacks, by strengthening the heart and lowering blood pressure. Running maintains the elasticity of arteries incredibly well because as you run your arteries expand and contract nearly three times as much as usual.

4. Maintain and improve general health.

Running is one of the best activities most people can do to improve their health. It raises HDL (or “good”) cholesterol, reduces the risk of blood clots, and encourages use of the 50 percent of your lungs that usually go unused. Running also boost the immune system by creating a higher concentration of lymphocytes (white blood cells that attack disease).

5. Get confident.

Jogging builds confidence and self-esteem like few other individual sports can. It allows the runner to defeat trial after trial, growing stronger and more sure of themselves with each footstrike. It allows you to truly climb hills and clear obstacles. It provides a feeling of empowerment and freedom that comes with knowing that your legs and body are strong and capable. Confidence is even more a product of running for those who lose weight and gain a better self-image through running.

6. Stress relief.

This is another huge benefit of jogging. Whether by allowing you the time to think about life’s problems or time to escape them for awhile, tension easily flies by the wayside as you fly over the miles. Distance runs are great for solving headaches and problems that are nagging at you. What could be better than a three hour run all by yourself to clear your mind and allow you to pin down an answer? Speed runs are great for tearing through aggression and anger. Focus all that emotion into a few sprints and you’ll feel better in no time.

7. The famous “Runner’s high.”

Aside from just the stress relief, jogging has also been proven to improve attitude. Running, especially outside and on trails, creates a release of endorphins that can cause euphoria (runner’s high) or just a general sense of happiness. Running has been used for years to treat clinical depression and addictions of all kinds. Less tension, less depression, less fatigue, and less confusion are just a few of the changes that patients have seen after beginning a regular running program. Running gives something for them to focus on, allowing them to see something besides their depressed state or addiction.

8. Train your mind.

Along that line, running can help train the mind as much as it trains the body. By making yourself overcome the obstacles that running brings, you learn focus and determination. The will and strength that gets your body through long runs or those runs you’d much rather skip is what in turn strengthens your mind and gives you focus and determination in other areas of your life.

9. Improve coordination.

Another worthwhile benefit which may be gained from running. This may seem surprising to many who assume it is not possible to gain these types of benefits from running simply because it is such a simple sport. However, there is some coordination involved in running. Trail running which involves running on unpaved trails especially requires a great deal of coordination. The uneven surface combined with obstacles such as rocks and tree roots can make trail running quite difficult. However, runners who regularly run on these types of services, quickly learn to maintain better control over their bodies to prevent tripping and stumbling while running.

10. Versatility.

Not many sports can be done almost anywhere with almost no gear. I’m sure the ancient Greeks would argue that even shoes and clothes aren’t required, as their Olympians were quite the minimalists. Today, we just need a good pair of running shoes and off we go. From urban sidewalks to rural trails and all the real estate in between, the world is loaded with places for runners to explore. Travel a lot? There’s always room in your suitcase for a pair of sneakers. The world is your gym, go re-discover it.


Yue Jia Quan training in Yantai Shandong

Yue Jia Quan
 is the Yue family fist directly attributed to General Fei of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

Yue Jia Quan is a short boxing combat system based primarily upon the principles of combining inner and outer bodies in theory and application. Emphasis is on low stances centreline and body strikes that over power opponents and the efficient use of kicks. This combat style comes from the principal philosophy of the positive and negative and combines the five elements of the heart, liver,lung, spleen and kidney in the human body.

Yue Jia Fist training consisting of:

Forms practice, combat strength and conditioning drills, free sparing, breathing exercises, hard body conditioning as well as active and standing qigong.

If you would like to study Yue Jia Quan with a traditional master with years of actual combat experience as opposed to forms competition experience follow the link.

Master Sui Peng Fei is based in Yantai, Shandong. It is a very pretty and relatively small costal city on the east coast of China. At present we are offering serious students the chance to enrole in a 1 year Chinese course, (1 year visa included), plus 1 year training with Master Sui and accommodation in a new 2 bed apartment for 1 year – Short term options with or without a Chinese language course are available on request. Accommodation would either be at the University and a 3-6 month language course would have to be applied for or alternatively with an invitation letter organised through SMA we have the opportunity to set those interested in this up with a Home-stay Family. All this can be done through only through http://www.StudyMartialArts.Org

Master Sui Peng Fei

The case of the stuck Liver

The Wellness Ninja

You wake up, slowly, you’ve already pressed snooze twelve times and still aren’t ready to face the day despite getting a good eight hours sleep. But the day cannot be delayed any further and so after a coffee and a hot shower you’re beginning to lose the grumbles and may actually be able to hold a civil conversation with another human being.

At work, you can’t believe how everyone else is wrong and can’t see how right you are. And on top of that technology is failing and it’s all just so damn FRUSTRATING, you could cry or maybe tear someone’s head off, or maybe both at the same time.

You’ve partially lost your appetite, except for chocolate, coffee and chips which temporarily provide comfort after skipping meals. Trouble is, when you do eat you either get nausea, bloating or some sort of bowel irregularity. You’re also feeling stiff and…

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Interest in TCM growing globally

China Wholesale

In the balance: Traditional Chinese medicine is facing an awkward situation at home while gaining in popularity abroad.
While some Chinese scholars propose abolishing traditional Chinese medicine, foreign pharmaceutical institutions and industries are pursuing them.

More than 100 countries and regions around the world have set up TCM institutions, with the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea investing heavily in related research and medication development, industry, analyses show.

The UK-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC announced its first TCM medication research and development program, which targets not just the Chinese market, but the global one as well.

“TCM is a well-established medical science based on thousands of years of clinical practices. It shows great promise treating complicated conditions that the single-target Western medicine has failed to handle,” said Zang Jingwu, senior vice-president and head of GlaxoSmithKline’s R&D in China.

“Our priority is to transform TCM from an experience-based practice to…

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Benefits of Five Elements Acupuncture Calgary

The oldest healing practice that is continuously used all over the world is acupuncture because of its effectiveness in restoring and maintaining wellness. Chinese philosophy’s five elements: Fire, Wood, Metal, Water and Earth. These 5E symbolizes the fundamental features of the old energetic practice. The healing arts of acupuncture are actually based on the understanding of the vital energy’s recurring flow that is the Qi. The Qi energy is being symbolize distinctively by each of these five elements that goes through in cycles with natures together with our very own personal lives.

5E acupuncture Calgary works well with mental and emotional concerns and can also works well with the complete body rebalancing for its top shape. Treatment of the root cause of the health problem together with the five elements prognosis is very essential when the spirit is not completely integrated with our lives. We may suffer from some diseases…

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Kung Fu Grandpa: Surfer Stephen’s Viral Video Of The Day

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Bruce Lee was and still is one of the most influential martial artists of all time.

He was renowned for his physical fitness and vigorous, dedicated fitness regimen to become as strong as he possibly could. He was also a master when it came to handling nunchucks.

I have to post this video today because it already has over 5 million views in just a matter of days.

It seems a Virginia man’s wife had to run to the local Food Lion to pickup some supplies for Easter dinner. Taking a page from the great Bruce Lee, the man said, “No worries, honey. I got you. While you’re inside, I’ll work on my martial arts game in the parking lot because I’m dedicated and will take every opportunity I can to perfect my craft.”

Well, the Bruce Lee Grandpa didn’t realize he was being filmed with a bit of comical…

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