How to Choose a Martial Arts School – Considerations For Making the Right Decision

Martial Arts Houston: How To Choose A Martial Arts School – Considerations for Making the Right Decision

Whether you are a parent wanting to sign your child up in martial arts classes, or you are interested in training yourself, the basic principles in choosing a martial arts school are the same. You first have to decide what you want to gain by taking martial arts, and then you have to find the best school and instructor that best matches that need. Let’s take each step one at a time.


This is a crucial step that is sometimes overlooked. People have different but very good reasons for wanting to take up martial arts training. There are quite a lot of benefits that martial arts training has to offer – here are just a few:

  • Self defense
  • Develop an overall sense of well being and self confidence
  • Lose weight
  • Gain flexibility and coordination
  • Acquire more discipline
  • And more…

Why do you want to train in martial arts? Maybe your reasons include all of the above, and that’s fine, but try to find the one or two reasons that are most important to you. For example, are you looking for just a little light recreation? Then a community center program may suffice. However if you want all of the benefits martial arts has to offer, like self-defense or personal development, then you are going to need a full-time professional school. Deciding what you really want is a very important step in choosing the best school for you.


After you have decided what you want from your training, the next step is to find the right place. There are several factors you should consider in choosing a school. You will want to consider things like; finding the right instructor, the cleanliness and distance of the school, the price for classes, finding a suitable style of martial art, and safety considerations. Let’s look at each of these factors a little more closely.

What is your impression of the instructor?

You should realize that a big factor in choosing the right school is really choosing the right instructor. Here we are talking about the instructor’s personality and teaching style. It’s tough making an informed judgment about a person in a brief meeting, but usually you are going to have to trust your gut here. Intuition and first impressions, while not always correct, often turn out to be true. Be sure to visit the school, meet the instructor and have a look around.

How does the instructor greet visitors and how do they treat the students?

A professional school will have a friendly atmosphere, lots of smiles and be well kept. You’ll feel comfortable with the personnel and the facility. While this may not end up being the closest school to your house, when it comes to your …

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Vintage Westinghouse Electric Golf Carts

The predecessor to Westinghouse is the Marketeer Company. A brief history is in order to properly account the history of Westinghouse and their electric golf cart.

Merle Williams started the Marketeer Company in the midst of WWII, when gas rationing wan in effect. He designed and developed a compact electric vehicle for his wife. As other saw his marvelous creation they called for more and so the company was born. It was not until 1951 that he developed the first electric vehicle designed specifically for playing golf. Peggy and Merle sold Marketeer to Westinghouse in 1965.

Westinghouse continued to build electric golf carts and other electric vehicles till the they sold the business to Nordskog Industries in 1978. The most popular Westinghouse electric golf cart is probably the four wheel 436 series

Today’s current economic situation is not that different that the times of William Merle, we are in the middle of fighting a war, gas may not be rationed but it is getting so expensive that the average man can’t afford it. And the current hot phrase, is to “go green”. And everyone is singing the praise of going electric. You would think it was a new concept .The truth is that there is nothing really “new” about electric vehicles at all. They have gone by the wayside with the advent of gas powered machinery, lost like the Stanley Steamer, electric carts where discarded from a very long time, but they are making a come back. And in fact in small, but growing circle, they never really left.

Many vintage Westinghouse golf carts are still available and there are quite a few collectors, enthusiasts and admirers, still today. Following is a comprehensive list of a few supplier of vintage electric golf carts and their parts and service.

Fairway Golf Carts in Palm Harbor, Florida USA.

Jerico Enterprises in Montrose Minnesota.USA

Kenfield Golf Cars Austin Texas USA

Vintage Golf Cart Parts Port Townsend Washington USA

New England Golf Cars Seekonk Massachusetts USA

Fairway Golf Car Corp Medford New York USA

Kenfield Golf Cars Austin Texas USA

Golf Carts Of Texas Kemah Texas USA

Vintage Golf Cart Parts Port Townsend Washington USA

Carts Plus (division of AutoPlace) Kelowna British Columbia Canada

There are also a good many classified available on line and the prices found range $600.00 to $1,200.00 and up depending on year and condition.

There are also a few clubs and newsletters that allow vintage Westinghouse electric golf cart enthusiasts to connect and share stories, ideas, trade parts and more. Most electric batteries contain 8 volts and last about eight hours on a full charge. A great economical way to get around and a wonderful collector’s item as well.…

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Starting Your Own Aerobic Boxing Class

I began teaching aerobic boxing in 1988 at the local Y.M.C.A. Aerobic dancing was the rage those days and instructors were more often than not former dancers. Being a physical education major with a masters in exercise physiology I always chuckled when someone told me they were an aerobic instructor. The definition of aerobic means the catabolism of energy substrates with oxygen so that could mean that particular individual was a “walking” instructor. Fortunately for me I had a background in boxing and taught physical education before becoming a firefighter and fitness instructor.

Since dance wasn’t my forte I decided to incorporate boxing into a group class. Fabulous footwork and the strong upper body movement that develops from punching in combinations catapulted my 60 minute sweat box to the top of the charts. My class was featured on “The Today Show”, “Good Day N.Y.” and “Fox Five News”. Your class will always be evolving to keep up with the competition but I’m going to lay out the basics for a starter class, and if I can do this anybody can.

Provide each class with a five minute orientation for proper stance, footwork and punching. Warm your class up to music of about 135-150 beats per minute. You don’t have to stay with an 8 count because boxing is too fast but it is wise to punch to the beat or use double time. Shake them out to get loose and warm by moving around, throwing punches and stretching the entire body. The key is to incorporate as many functional boxing moves as possible in your warm-up. The music you use for the class body should be recent and upbeat at about 150-175 beats per minute. Begin with footwork and lead by example. All rooms are fully mirrored so you are able to keep an eye on the participants. Move them in and out, lateral and as if circling an opponent. After five minutes (one song) begin with basic punches. Have the students throw the punches from both sides for muscle balance sake. Remember, most are there for a workout and not to become boxers. Taking a gander at my face might derail those thinking of a fight career but I do teach defensive maneuver’s (slipping, weaving, parrying and rolling with a punch) to prevent anyone from looking like me.

The beauty of this class is to learn a skill you will be able to use the rest of your life (self-defense) while receiving top-notch exercise. All students hands are wrapped before the class because each will have an opportunity to spar with me while I operate the focus mitts. (wear mitts on my hands they can punch at my direction. I will put the class in a working mode e.g. left right hook and duck) while I personally spar with a student. I keep changing the boxing modes until I have sparred with every student and we have covered at least six combinations. We do have a sprint session where …

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Soccer Fitness – Leg Extensions and Hamstring Curls Are Poor Choices For Building Leg Strength

In any type of strength training for soccer players, building a solid foundation from the ground up is imperative. Exercises that have a player sitting on a seat and extending their leg or lying on their stomach and curling their hamstrings are with out both functional and preventative value.

Unfortunately there are still misinformed coaches giving the wrong information about soccer fitness and building leg strength. In particular the leg extension exercise is given to improve kicking strength.

Here are three reasons why leg extensions and hamstring curls are poor choices for building leg strength.

1) The game of soccer is mostly played on one leg while either foot is in contact with the ground. Neither the leg extension or hamstring exercise provides this opportunity. When in a game does a soccer player lie on the ground and bring his/ her buttocks to the ground or sit on the turf and straighten his /her leg? These exercises isolate either the quadriceps muscle group or the hamstring muscle group and places unwanted tension at the hip.

2) Sitting or lying on either of these machines minimizes avoids the integration of the deep abdominal core muscles as well as the buttock muscles. As you know a strong “core” and strong buttocks leads to strength and power in the lower body.

3) The ligaments that support the knee either get stressed inappropriately (too much stress on the ACL) or not at all. Remember these exercises were designed for body builders to isolate these muscles. These guys and girls do a lot of posing and do not have to stop, start and change direction.

Here are three exercises to build leg strength to run faster and kick harder:

1) Any form of the single leg squat. This exercise may be done several different ways. You may squat with the air borne leg either in front or behind you.

2) Moving kicking action with resistance. Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place a band above or below the knee of the kicking leg. Make sure the band is anchored behind you. Now take one step forward with the plant leg then follow through with the in a kicking motion with the other leg. This exercise stresses both the kicking leg for resistance and the plant leg for single leg strength and balance.

This type of exercise closely relates to the kicking action in a soccer game.

3) Stability Ball Curl. Lie on your back and place your heels on the stability ball. Raise your hip in the air then curl the ball towards you and away from you. Keep your buttocks tight. This combines the stomach core muscles and the buttocks muscles along with your hamstring muscles.

Keep in mind a couple of things about these exercises;

A) They include the both the abdominal and buttock muscles.

B) The actions closely relate to the movements in a soccer game.

C) They protect the knee joint.

So there you have it. Be well informed before …

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Top 10 Freestyler Snowboard Tricks

If you are looking for a few nice snowboard tricks to achieve during this season, here is my favorite list.

– The Rodeo 540

Travis Rice reviewed this trick, but the explanation can vary a little from different Freestyler such as in the amateur video (see the link below).

Basically you should get high enough from the ramp and flip your crunched body, head backward looking in the direction you wish to take and spinning your legs and board in the mean time to finally reach the ground with a 540 rotation. I personally love this trick as it drives a real boost of adrenaline and having the head leading the whole body while down is a great feeling.


Two Full Spins which are easier to maneuver in half Pipes (according to me). The tip is to point your chest starting with the Head, arms then the whole body, the board will turn once and do the same the second time before you hit the snow. See the link at the bottom for the video.

– McTwist

This trick combine a backside 540 with a front flip while grabbing Mute. It's not as hard as it seems but you need to be comfortable with front flips landing the 540. The link for the video is at the bottom of the article.

– Stalefish

Once you are in the air, grab your deck with your rear hand onto the heel edge of the snowboard behind your back binding, make sure to bone your deck to add a little touch to your style and also take care of your front arm.

– Melon

A simple grab every beginner wishes to make and they can do it easily. It consists on putting the front hand behind the front leg, grabbing the heel side between the bindings and to take it to the next level, bone the front leg and rotate the wrist inwards.

– Method

Once you master the melon and have confidence in air then put your front hand on the heel edge of your deck while bending knees and extending the back leg to lead the base facing the direction of the jump. When you do it right your body should make a nice arch and keep the position as long as possible for the photographers.

– Slob Air

The next level grab trick as you better go for a long trip to get a good feeling while bending on your deck, grabbing mute and extending the rear leg.

– Buttering

Doing butters is also known as tail or nose press. It consists on putting the whole weight on the nose or the tail of the board and make it bend considerably such as a wheeling in bicycle.

– BS Truck Driver

This trick is a good one which involves grabbing with the two hands while turning in the air smoothly backside. The grabs are respectively Mute and StaleFish.

– Flying squirrel

If you are not scared of going …

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Used Golf Cart For Sale – How To Find The Top One Without Spending A Fortune

Finding a used golf cart for sale is really not a very difficult. There are many websites on the Internet today that sell these carts, as well as golf cart accessories, and these are really not very hard to find at all.

However, finding a good and reliable used one can be rather difficult task. Hopefully these tips will help to find the best used golf cart court as quickly as possible.

Here are some important things to consider before going out shopping for used golf cart. First of all, you can purchase these golf carts from either a retailer, a golf facility, or private individuals. Of course, unless you have a specialty use golf cart retailer, which most cities do not, you’ll probably need to focus on a golf facility or private individuals for which a purchase your used golf cart.

Probably the best way to do this is to simply go to a golf facility such as a public golf course. Of course, these facilities might not be interested at all and selling you a golf cart, but if they are you will surely get a very well maintained and well running golf cart. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to ask, as if you purchase it from the private individual, you don’t know what kind of shape the golf cart will be in.

Of course, the Internet can also be greatly to find a used golf cart for sale as well. Simply, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of websites that sell these nowadays, and finding them online really is not very difficult. You can probably find a lot on eBay alone.

Another great part about the Internet is that since you can access all these websites virtually at once, there is a lot of competition; competition drives the prices down for you. Therefore, when you search on the Internet, you can generally expect to pay a lower price than you would ordinarily pay by keeping your focus local.

Keep in mind, some places actually allow a golf cart to drive in the street; if this is the case, then you can outfit you use golf cart with a lot of safety features, such as turn signals, brake lights, windshield, seatbelts, and even headlights.

So which carts are better: gas or electric? Of course, each has their own proponents, but ultimately you have to make the decision yourself. While electric golf carts are certainly much quieter and cause a lot less pollution, gas can be very convenient, especially if something happens to the golf cart while you’re out and about.

Also, if you either want to fix up your golf cart or simply fix a problem that went wrong with it, this really isn’t a difficult task. There are many sites on the internet today that retail golf cart accessories, and finding these is simply a matter of doing a quick internet search. Whether you want top of the line Yamaha golf cart parts, or simply cheap used …

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Boxing For Fitness? Incorporate This Boxing Circuit Into Your Workout

So you want to get fit and you have heard that boxing is a fun way of doing it. Well you are right! Boxing is a type of interval training allowing you to get your heart rate up really high with short bursts of activity. When you put together several short bursts of activity into an exercise regime of approximately 20 minutes you really see fitness benefits. You will see not only your strength improve but also your cardiovascular fitness. With the activities listed below you will also see an improvement in your abdominal strength, helping you get that elusive 6 pack!

Before you start you will need a superior set of boxing gloves and boxing mitts and a mat to do the sit ups on.

Try this circuit in your next boxing training!

Partners – 1 minute rounds and then swap

  1. Jab, Cross, Hook, Hook
  2. 10 straight punches, 10 high punches, 10 upper cuts
  3. 4 punches, duck, duck
  4. 10 punches, sprint to wall touch floor and back
  5. upper cuts
  6. sit ups – sit up, 2 punches, down, sit up, 4 punches, down, sit up 6 punches, down, sit up 8 punches, down and then work your way backwards.i.e. 8, 6, 4, 2
  7. 5 x left hand – jab, jab, cross: 5x right hand – jab, jab, cross
  8. 4 punches, 4 scissor steps
  9. boxer kneeling, partner standing behind with boxing mitts out in front and above head of boxer. Boxer punches continually upwards.
  10. medicine ball pass. With your partner sit facing each other and link ankles. Lie down at same time, when come up for a sit up pass medicine ball to partner, both lie down and sit up again at same time

You can repeat this boxing circuit as many times as you like.…

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New Soccer Coach’s Sample Letter to Parents

You are a young or inexperienced youth soccer coach, and you have a bunch of excited and excitable parents who are yelling at their kids or who are simoply eager to help. What do you say to them to get them on your side? How can we enlist them to be part of a great organization? If we don’t manage their expectations and focus their energy we are missing a great opportunity or worse, running th risk of drama. Drama is not good for the team!

Don’t worry! All will be well! Here is a technique I have used with great success: a Coach’s Letter To Parents” which establishes firmly the expectations of parents, players and coaches for the season. You can easily adapt this to suit your own needs. It has worked like a charm for me. It’s gratifying to see the parents using the right language of support and encouragement for their girls and it lets me focus on the job of coaching.

Here’s the letter:

Memo for: Parents of ___________Girls soccer team for _________ Subject: My coaching goals, perspectives and intent

1. I will coach the U10Gs as a volunteer. I have a lifelong love of soccer, played on a really good club team for a couple years in college and am competent in building skills and managing practices/games. I’ve coached many of the girls on the team already through 2 outdoor and 1 futsal (indoor) season, with excellent results as measured by our Big 5 (see below).

2. My focus for the girls are the Big 5, and it’s how we as a team will keep our focus and evaluate ourselves during and after every game:

1. Play hard

2. Have fun

3. Support your team

4. Love the game

5. Respect the other team and the referees

We are winners when we do that. I will keep asking them to express what these mean to them in their own words.

3. It’s very important for you to be the parents of your girls, and let me be their coach. They thrive on knowing they have your unconditional love, admiration and enthusiasm, and letting me challenge them on the technical aspects of the game. The Big 5 would be an excellent set of discussion points with your girls to reinforce what’s really important for them at this age.

4. My goals are to provide a supportive environment for the girls to grow strong character through healthy competition and to develop their individual and team skills in soccer. I want them to contribute to and value the strength of their team. We know that strong, positive, social groups are an important source of moral strength for our girls in the teen years.

5. My focus on the girls as players is to give them equal time to play, and to help each girl grow her skills each practice, game and week. We measure success by our effort, our attitude and how far we have come.

6. My …

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Taekwondo Marketing Ideas for New Instructors

Even after two decades of teaching Korean martial arts, I still remember what it was like to be hurting for good taekwondo marketing ideas. If you’re a new instructor reading this article, I suspect you found it searching Google for ideas because you’re in the same boat. And because I know what it’s like to be a new school owner with little or no idea of how to get new students, I’m sympathetic to your plight and happy to share a few tips with you.

For starters, you should understand that your market as a Korean martial arts instructor is going to be different from say, a mixed martial arts school. Even so, there is also going to be some definite overlap between your target market and the target market of the MMA school down the street. The reason? Your target market is families and kids, and savvy MMA school owners are quickly figuring out that’s where the stable income is to be found.

Your Marketing Advantage as a Taekwondo Instructor

However, don’t let this intimidate you, because you have a major advantage over many MMA gyms. That advantage is your image. Think about it – MMA has a very negative image and culture, whereas taekwondo and karate have a very positive image and culture in comparison. If you were a parent, where would you rather have your child training?

  • At a taekwondo school where the adults and instructors were all clean cut and respectful, where no cursing or undisciplined behavior was allowed, and where the value system is based on such values as honor, discipline, courtesy, and respect –
  • Or at an MMA gym, where many of the adults and instructors are tattooed and rough-looking, where the language can sometimes be loose, and where the environment is undisciplined and the value system is based on “only the strong survive –

It’s not even a question in most parents’ minds; that is, if they know the difference between traditional martial arts and mixed martial arts. So, my first bit of advice to you is that you emphasize that difference in all your advertisement and marketing. And, the best place to emphasize and contrast your programs with other schools is on your website, which brings me to my next tip…

Make Sure Your Martial Arts Website Is Professional and Designed to Get Leads

Although the type of marketing that we do as martial arts schools owners is direct marketing, most of our sales follow a two-step or even a three-step sales process. That is to say, we use offline or online marketing to get a lead (someone who calls or who leaves their contact information via our website so we can call them), at which point we follow-up with that lead to set an appointment for some sort of introductory lesson. Then, our goal is to enroll that student during or after the initial lesson.

Leads are the lifeblood of your taekwondo school. And, your website is the linchpin of …

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ArcLighter — Flameless Electronic Rechargeable Candle Lighter

With a a lot more substantial lighting surface, the PlazmaCoil DualArc Lighter can light up just about every little thing. As opposed to most lighters this new gadget does not rely upon chemical combustion to light your smoke of choice rather it uses an electric induction coil to heat the material to the point of burning. Unlike a regular open flame usb lighter that utilizes combustible fuel, the ArcLighter Candle Lighter and Impulse Pocket Lighters are powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries that can be recharged just like your phone. ArcLighter Technology signifies no flame or fuel and is powered by a higher intensity electric arc prepared at the touch of a button.

The cavemen discovered it, and throughout several centuries, men and women have worked around fire to make living much easier and worth it. These days, we see fire in just tiny amounts by way of lighters and matches, showing we could manage this element, and make smoking significantly less complicated and much more accessible. It really is the only electric lighter I know of at this time, that uses an arc instead of a coil. There’s also a cigar punch accessory and an automatic open safety cap accessory. This revolutionary lighter operates by producing an electric arc with one press of a button. Dangerous flare-ups are widespread with conventional lighters due to a buildup of flammable gas. If you have a USB extender (plug on one finish, socket on the other) that’s the greatest selection, as you will not ruin your dock connector. Laser Lighters: This type of lighter is identified as getting a non-fire-based lighter.

The lighter calls itself the most revolutionary, eco-friendly, USB rechargeable lighter in the world”. If you are unfamiliar with our innovative Flameless Lighter Design, here are some helpful suggestions on how to get started with your very own collection. Conveniently recharge with a USB cable and save the equivalent of 50 disposable lighters all through the life of one Plazmatic—plus with a lifetime warranty, you’ll be sure to milk it for every single light. The Tesla Coil Lighter is straightforward, safe, reliable, and with its sleek and elegant style, it makes a great gift for yourself or your close friends. Plazmatic is the only electric lighter organization lighter to offer a limited lifetime warranty, 30 day cash back assure, and committed customer assistance. This incredible durability has produced the Inferno Lighter one particular of the most strong lighters obtainable on the marketplace these days.

It is the perfect answer for places in which normal cigarette lighters may be banned, from manufacturing plants to correctional facilities and far more. Merely plug it in. Right after 60 minutes, your lighter is fully charged and prepared to go. Get over one hundred lights on a complete charge! Rather than betting on matches or a non-tried and true lighter, buy a exclusive a single nowadays to get a very considerably designed item that has highlighted in most primary ten greatest windproof lighters in 2017 surveys. Sponsored …

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