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  • Expert Tips on How to Strengthen Your Determination

    On the road to achieving your ultimate goal, black belt, you may have times when elf-doubt or outside pressures weaken your resolve. Especially during the colder weather, and when there are fewer daylight hours, it takes more psychological energy to stay focused on your goals. The following tips to strengthen your determination are from experts in the field. 1. Surround yourself with people who believe in you.
    These people can be classmates, teachers, coaches, and friends. They will supply you with feedback, emotional support ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Martial Arts Philosophy and Proper Training

    Martial Arts Philosophy and Proper Training


    Martial arts are systems of offensive and defensive combat movements which includes proper punching, kicking, blocking, and other combative skills. Many people often associate martial arts to violence and brutality. Even though this form of art was developed for self defense, this craft is just about throwing punches or performing high kicks. Martial arts are seen as expressions of valor, chivalry, and self-sacrifice. It is a philosophy which stresses that people should live in peace and harmony. Martial arts philosophy emphasises on the essence of self-control, respect for others, and positive perspective to strive for the best in life. Martial arts are part of an Eastern tradition that ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - It's All About The Basics

    It's All About The Basics

    Ask any professional how they became good at their martial arts skills and they will tell you practice. Ask them what they practiced and you will most likely hear "the fundamentals" or "the basics." I have had the pleasure over my years to meet and learn from some great martial artists. The thing that struck me was that every one of them talked about how their earliest instructor was a traditionalist and had them study the basics. In other words, what made them great was the fact that they spent time on the fundamentals. Now the sad part of this was that half of them were not teaching the knowledge they claimed made them good. They were into the flash and the short cuts. While this is ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Why Martial Arts?

    Why Martial Arts?

    Everyone faces a time when he or she looks in the mirror, unhappy with what looks back, or feels age creeping into the bones and decides that it is time to do something about it. There is no magic age when this might occur. It can happen in our twenties or sixties, but it happens to most of us. Next, we start researching diet and exercise programs. Some people have very little problems with the diet part of the plan; it's the exercise that confuses or scares people. In today's fast-paced society where multi-tasking is the norm, why not combine a total body workout with one the will increase your self-discipline and confidence while also teaching you to protect yourself. Why not try a ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - How To Get Past The Fear Of Taking Your First Karate Belt Test

    How To Get Past The Fear Of Taking Your First Karate Belt Test

    OK, so you’ve stuck with your karate training for a couple of months already. You enjoy learning all of the punches, kicks and blocks, you’ve learned your first kata and you also know some basic partner work drills. It’s time to try for your next belt and for some reason it feels like a wave of fear has suddenly come over you that is threatening your future in the martial arts. You know you have to take a belt test (also called promotion test or grading) to get the next belt and you want to be successful, but suddenly your previous fear of public speaking seems insignificant compared to the prospect of demonstrating your karate prowess in front of your instructor and fellow club members. ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Is Karate Practice A Viable Option For Your Family?

    Is Karate Practice A Viable Option For Your Family?

    If you're like any good parent you no doubt enjoy spending time with your kids and sharing some quality activities with them. This may include kicking a soccer ball around the back yard, going to the local park for some pitching practice, or putting some cool music on in your front room and trying out your new hip-hop groove. However, how many actual opportunities are there for families to participate together in the same class doing something that is beneficial to all involved? The martial arts offer one such opportunity. There is a phrase used in the martial arts industry and it says that, "A family that kicks together, sticks together". This saying may sound a little cheesy, but more ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - History And Fundamentals Of Karate

    History And Fundamentals Of Karate

    Though Karate is often associated with Japanese martial arts, its true origin dwells in Okinawan combat techniques and Southern Chinese martial arts. It is basically a fusion of both arts and was introduced to Japan only in 1921. During this period, Karate was simply known as "Te", or hand, as called by the Okinawa's. Chinese influence is evident in the original symbol for Karate - the "Tang Hand" or "Chinese Hand". There were no specified or concrete Karate styles in the early days and simply generalised as Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te, named after the three cities in which they were formed. Each city had its own methods, principles, system and traditions of Karate. The introduction, ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Time For A Break

    Time For A Break

    All sessions will commence 27th of January
    It's time for a break
    , Firstly thank you for believing in us to help you along your journey of health, fitness, and Personal Protection. We really appropriate your support and belief in us. We believe that rest, recovery, reflection is a huge part of being a greater person, a winner in life. They say that if you are too busy to rest then you are too busy to be a winner. That statement might be true if you win and don't get a chance to enjoy what you have and how far you have come. All sessions will commence 27th of January, until then enjoy your chance to enjoy all the things you have been working hard for. Happy holiday stay safe ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Financial Fitness is Easy Once You Know How

    Financial Fitness is Easy Once You Know How

    Though it's the busy time of the year, it's the perfect time to pay attention to your finances. Why now? Recent reports have highlighted that many Australians are overpaying for home loans and spending more on interest than they should. We have established a partnership with Ross Group Finance
    to assist you to review your home loan interest rates and fees, should you require it. It's not in the banks best interest to save you money, but it is in the interest of Ross Group Finance. They can compare your home loan interest and fees for you with other lenders, to make sure you are on the right path. Contact Yvonne Sweeny
    if you would like some help, as money saved (and in your pocket) gives ....

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  •  in Oakleigh - Challenge Martial Arts & Fitness Centre  - Benifits of Cardio Kickboxing

    Benifits of Cardio Kickboxing

    Sports scientists agree that cardio-boxing is one of the best forms of exercise, because it conditions the total body and provides a complete workout for your cardiovascular and endurance systems. The major benefits of cardio-boxing include:
    Increased Stamina
    Increased Strength
    Increased Speed
    Increased Coordination Cardio-boxing also promotes a person's well being by strengthening their self-discipline and combined with strength training it's well and truly the total package for self-defence and fitness and usually consists of:
    Adjusted heart rate work
    Actual boxing techniques The usual workout consists of the age-adjusted heart rate work starting with 10 minutes for beginners ....

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