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The Martial Arts – The Secret to achieving your New Years Resolutions.

 

Premier Martial Arts - The Secret to achieving your New Years Resolutions
Premier Martial Arts – The Secret to achieving your New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again – time to make New Year Resolutions that you won’t keep!

Ever thought about why they’re so difficult to stick to? Why do you run out of steam, and usually give up by the end of February? Follow this new version of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions, and be the picture of success by this time next year!

1. Last Year: You had unrealistic expectations.

This Year: Instead of choosing four or five resolutions, pick one or two that you can focus on. Make them something you really want to change, not something that you feel outside pressure (by loved ones or society) to change.

Don’t decide to start exercising because your sister-in-law commented on your flabby arms. If you don’t truly want it for yourself, you won’t be able to take the actions needed.

FYI -an effective little secret that many people are finding out about is that training in the martial arts develops in you more self-discipline, focus, and confidence – the tools necessary to achieve your goals. First thing, check out local Karate schools and begin classes. A good Academy will focus on goals and accomplishment.

2. Last Year: You were unprepared.

This Year: Understand the amount of time and effort that you have to put into changing. Know that there will be setbacks, so don’t be too hard on yourself when they happen. Forgive yourself and immediately take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. If you’re changing your eating habits, don’t keep cookies in the house! Prepare you life for success, not failure.

3. Last Year: You had a loosely defined or unrealistic goal.

This Year: Pick a goal. Write it down on a piece of paper, in great detail, but be realistic. Don’t write “to lose 20 lbs by Valentines Day”. Do write “to weigh _____lbs by 5pm on April 7th, 2009 to be achieved by eating more fruit and vegetables and joining a martial arts and kickboxing school so I can get a good workout three times a week”.

Then create a goal schedule. Decide what you want to have achieved by the midpoint, the quarter point, monthly and then weekly. Again, make it realistic for you. You want to challenge yourself, but not set goals so high that you get frustrated and give up when you don’t immediately see results. Once you have your goal schedule, write down the actions that you need to take to achieve each mini-goal and keep you on track.

You’ll only succeed once you have your main supporter (YOU!) behind you, so get rid of your negative thinking. And just do it! Follow your plan. Give it 100% of your effort and ability, 99% of the time, and you’ll succeed.

Trust your intuition, follow your dreams, and set your goals high!

Nice logo on Hermes shorts(!) * Premier Champion Trainers

Posted in Adult Classes by Katie on December 20, 2008
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There once was a time when boxing ruled the sports landscape. The heavyweight champion was the most feared and famous athlete on the planet. Boxers like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Mike Tyson were household names throughout the world.

MMA Action

MMA Action

 

 

 

However, over the last decade, a sport with history and honor has lost its popularity to upstart sports like mixed martial arts (MMA). The decline of elite fighters in the heavyweight division and the lack of knockouts have led many young men to look for action and excitement in sports like MMA.

Because of the decline of boxing, mixed martial arts has taken over and has become the sport of choice for the age 18-34 demographic and put the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on course to join the ranks of elite sports leagues like the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

“MMA resounds with 18-34 (year olds) because that age range has a shorter attention span than other age groups. They buy video games, fast cars, cool clothes, all on credit because they want it now. They want instant gratification. In the UFC, the normal bout consists of three five-minute rounds,” said long-time fan George Sorrell, 35, of Houston.

According to UFC.com, MMA is an intense and evolving combat sport in which competitors use interdisciplinary forms of fighting that include jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other techniques to their strategic and tactical advantage in a supervised match.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship began in 1993, but mixed martial arts dates back to the Olympic Games in Athens, according to UFC.com. “About 80 years ago, a Brazilian form of MMA known as Vale Tudo (anything goes) sparked local interest in the sport.”

Now that interest is felt throughout the world as the UFC now offers 12 to 14 live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers. Recently, a UFC event in Columbus, Ohio attracted more than 19,000 people—the largest audience in North America to witness a mixed martial arts event. More than 4.7 million viewers tuned in to see UFC 75, the first ever title bout on Spike TV. On a Saturday night, it outdrew college football among young men.

Viewers of UFC 75 saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeat Dan Henderson to unify the UFC and PRIDE titles in the 205-lb weight-class. Cheick Kong defeated Mirko Cro Cop and Houston Alexander knocked out Alessio Sakara in one minute of the first round.  In the title fight, Jackson became the first man to unify a major title with a five-round victory. Judges scored the bout 48-47 and 49-46 twice for Memphis, Tenn. native.

Fans attribute the success of the UFC to clever marketing such as the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” because fans can become acquainted with the athletes and begin to follow their careers.

The million-dollar question is why are violent sports so popular among young men?“

 

I suppose I like it for the same reason you rubber-neck at a traffic accident. You want to see how bad it can get. You want to see how bad the knockout will be or how slick a submission will be. You want to speculate what you might do in a similar circumstance,” said Sorrell.

 

To many fans, mixed martial arts have already surpassed boxing in popularity, and some feel it will not be long before it is on par with mainstays like football, baseball and basketball. Questionable decisions and a lack of star quality have led to the UFC regularly outperforming boxing in its pay-per-view intake. With such quick success, it seems as if the UFC will soon revival the three big sports leagues in popularity and profit.

 

And for those who have not yet caught the MMA bug, Sorrell asks “them to watch the reality show from the beginning. The UFC packages the fights amidst bad blood while living with each other and training with each other. Also going online and watching some of the signature fights helps. I would (also) ask them to … watch a pay-per-view event or a free night on Spike TV.”

 

After watching one fight, the UFC is certain that it will not be the last.

Premier’ Trainer Hermes Franca to Headline “UFC Fight Night Live”

Posted in Premier Fighters / UFC by Katie on December 20, 2008
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Teach the children . . .

Posted in Premier "KARATE KIDZ" by Katie on December 19, 2008
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Keep the Christmas Spirit!

Keep the Christmas Spirit!

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.

I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes.

“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked, “Why are you crying?”

“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.

“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.

“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children.”

“Teach them what?” I asked.

Santa’s kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. “Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent.”

Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. “Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”

Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. “The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”

“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.” “He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave his life and shed his blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful gift.”

Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep.”

Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. “The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ’s foot steps…to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkle lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God’s precious children, their light shining for all to see.”

Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. “The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy. White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane is in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.

“Teach these things to the children.”

Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children.”

I asked, “But where does that leave you, Santa?”

The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,” he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”

“I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult. If you don’t teach the children these things, then who will?”