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From elementary school plays to birthday parties to concerts……are we too focused on capturing our world on video and photos to really be able to enjoy the moment?
I am as guilty as the next person, but everywhere I go I see parents letting kids play while they stare either at the screen of their phones while they post on social media or staring at the screens trying to capture the “special moment” on camera. I am curious about how many times those videos and pics are viewed after the event is over. I can remember taking lots of photos of my first born son. Back in the days before digital pics were popular. His baby book is full of special pictures. We have a family scrap book that is full of amazing pictures that chronicle our travels, adventures, first steps, and birthday parties.
Now A screen has become such a normal thing to look at to pass the time, and more often it seems to be an addiction that is both legal and socially acceptable.
The last party that I was at, there were more eyes starring at phones than were making eye contact with other people.
Please share and comment. What are your thoughts about the subject? Has it become socially acceptable to be rude and ignore people around us while we entertain ourselves through social media and time wasting games? Is it causing us to be less aware of our surroundings and more susceptible to being targets of criminal activity and sometimes personal injury?
ALL DRESSED UP:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
CARVING A NICHE:
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
HOME SAFE HOME:
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.
* American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Yours in the martial arts,
Inferno Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts
What makes an instructor excited and proud of their students? Seeing a student that I have taught that can expertly perform a group of techniques is a great start! A testing cycle lasts approximately three months. At the beginning of a testing cycle, classes are very technical and sometimes slower passed because of all of the new moves that the students must learn. As the testing cycle progresses, we allow the students to practice the new techniques with a partner in either free-rolling (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) or free sparring (kickboxing).
At Inferno Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts, we have quarterly belt testing. For a student to be eligible to test for their next color belt, there are 3 stripe testings. Stripe testings take place in a students regular class. In the first stripe testing, the students show us grappling techniques. Typically there is a position, a submission, and a submission defense. If the student performs the techniques correctly, they will earn their white stripe. That puts them one step closer to being eligible for the next belt testing.
The second stripe testing is usually for kickboxing. The students will perform a boxing and kickboxing combination. To earn their stripe, they need to have mastered the movements. As the student moves to higher belt levels, we expect a higher level of technical ability from them.
It’s just kicking and punching! What could possibly be difficult about that?
There are many things that make the students look sharp. Are their hands up? Are they in a good stance? Are their knees bent? Are they using speed, power, and accuracy? Are they breathing correctly? Do they have the ability to hold pads and be a good training partner for other classmates? Are they goofing off? Are they asking questions if they need help?
So you can see that there are many variables in striking. If all of these questions are answered “yes”, they will earn their blue stripe. And that is one more step towards being ready for their next belt testing!
Usually the week prior to the actually belt testing and graduation is a busy week! The students must earn the red stripe. This is the stripe that is awarded when the coaching staff has approved the student for belt testing. This is an important stripe! Does having the red, white, and blue stripe guarantee that a student will pass their belt exam? Absolutely not! We keep our standards high and grade all students with integrity.
1. Students stay motivated because they achieve small goals that build up to a big goal
The ultimate goal for many of our students is to earn their black belt. But considering that it will take anywhere from 4 to 5 years of martial arts training to achieve this goal, how can they stay motivated along the way?
As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In other words, if you want to achieve a big goal, you must break it into smaller goals.
By achieving these smaller goals that build up to a bigger goal, our students stay motivated and excited about their martial arts training.
2. Students understand the specific qualities they must master in their martial arts training
What happens if you kick hard, but your kick lands in the wrong place? You won’t do any damage. That’s why you need both power and accuracy.
What happens if you punch toward the correct target, but you were too slow? Your opponent will move out of the way. That’s why you need both focus and speed.
What happens you perform all the moves of a form correctly at a tournament, but without any energy or zest? You’ll likely receive a low score from the judges. That’s why you can’t achieve excellence without intensity.
Simply being able to memorize and execute self-defense moves, submissions, and sparring combinations does not make you black belt material.
Why not? Because in martial arts, it’s not just about what you do, it’s how you do it.
3. Students learn that in martial arts training, they must balance the mental with the physical
After all, a martial artist isn’t just someone who kicks and punches well. A martial artist is someone who embodies the qualities of confidence, self-discipline, respect, and courtesy.
You can see that are several qualities that we are looking for in a martial arts student. Students are presented with obstacles along the journey to black belt. It is our belief that a student will be a better martial artist AND person if they are allowed to overcome that obstacle.
Dedicated to your success,
Inferno Fitness & MMA
THE NON-DIET APPROACH TO HEALTHY EATING
In the United States, bookstores are packed with best-selling diet books, and magazine racks overflow with diet plans and promises. Yet more than 90 percent of dieters regain their lost weight, and then some. With such a profusion of creative diets, why does the obesity rate continue to grow?
It turns out diets themselves may be the problem. Some experts believe people become so accustomed to dieting as a way of life that they lose touch with their natural relationship with food. Caught in a vicious circle of weight cycling, they punish themselves with dieting, rebel by overeating and shamefully return to dieting. Some research has shown that in addition to causing negative psychological effects, weight cycling can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Controversy is also growing over the true health consequences of obesity. Various studies now indicate that being heavy, fit and healthy may indeed be possible. Accepting your body size, staying active and learning to eat in a natural, unrestrained way may be a healthier route than a lifetime of dieting.
Getting Out of Diet Jail
So how can you break free of dieting Aprison and learn to eat in a healthy, natural way? Karen Carrier, MEd, director of the Houston Center for Overcoming Overeating, suggests taking these steps, adapted from the Overcoming Overeating approach developed by psychotherapists Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter more than 30 years ago:
1. Look at Food as the Solution, Not the Problem. Instead of restricting and controlling your food intake, practice demand feeding, an unrestrained style of eating that involves eating consciously in response to internal cues. Try to ignore all the societal pressures to diet (such as media images of super thin models), and begin to listen to your body.
2. Eat in Response to Physical Hunger. You may currently be following family or cultural eating habits, or old dieting and overeating patterns. Instead, try to identify when you are truly hungry. (You can rate your hunger on a scale of one to 10.) Your goal is not to judge or control your hunger, only to recognize and respond to it.
3. Recognize and Respond to Emotional Hunger. Don’t judge yourself when you eat to fulfill emotional needs. Find the kind of food you want and eat it without hiding it.
Remind yourself that the closer you come to ending the cycle of depriving and judging yourself, the less need you will have to eat out of emotional hunger.
4. Eat Exactly What You’re Hungry For. Check in with yourself and determine what you really want. Something cold, hot or room temperature? Crunchy, chewy, soft or liquid? Sweet, salty, bitter or spicy? Permit yourself precisely what you want.
5. Learn to Know When You’re Full.This often takes time. You will initially eat way past fullness but will gradually learn to stop eating closer and closer to fullness.
6. Practice Size Acceptance. It isn’t easy to tune out messages that encourage the relentless pursuit of unattainable physical goals. Learning to recognize when you are negatively judging your body and when you are accepting and nurturing it is an important start. The more you practice self-acceptance, the more comfortable it will feel. Publications such asRadiance: The Magazine for Large Women (510-482-0680) and organizations like the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (916-558-6880) and the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination (914-679-1209) can help.
7. Explore Movement as a Way to Nurture Yourself . Don’t exercise to punish yourself or compensate for overeating. Instead, find movement you enjoy, and commit to an active lifestyle.
8. Get Help. You can’t change your relationship with food and your body overnight. Remember that assistance is available. Fitness professionals, dietitians, psychotherapists, nurses and physicians are beginning to use nondiet and size acceptance approaches with clients. Books that can help include Overcoming Overeating: Living Free in a World ofFood (Fawcett/Columbine, 1989) andWhen Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself From a Food and Weight Obsession (Ballantine, 1995) by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter. You can also call the Centers for Overcoming Overeating (212-875-0442).
Learning to eat in response to your hunger–instead of endlessly trying to sort out what you should and should not eat–will free you to move on to more satisfying endeavors and a healthier, happier life.
I found this article at kickboxing.com
Its a good read!
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