Urban Martial Arts Rocked the House at the 2013 Long Island Open!

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the Long Island Open 2013 in Islip Terrace, NY last weekend!

For a few of our students, this was only their first or second tournament and as you’ll see in the video, they showed a lot of heart!

Great job, everybody! We look forward to seeing how you’ll do in the next tournament!

Just $179 for 6 Weeks of Classes!

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DETAILED TOURNAMENT RANKINGS

1ST PLACE
Jose Bernejo (10-11 Beginner Boys Sparring)
Angel Bernejo (8-9 Beginner Boys Sparring)
Josiah Brillant (7 & Under Beginner Boys Sparring)
Jared Halman (18-29 Advanced Mens Sparring)
Donald Claireville (30-39 Advanced Mens Sparring)
Christopher Djama (14-15 Advanced Boys Weapons and Sparring)
Abbosbek Adxamov (14-15 Advanced Boys Forms)

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Board-Breaking Parents Night Out – Fri, Apr 19 2013 from 7-10 pm

Board Breaking Parents Night OutWe think that hard-working parents like you deserve a night out on the town, kid-free!

So why not drop your child with us on Friday, April 19th from 7 pm to 10 pm for a night of board-breaking and pizza?

It’s just $25 per child. Each additional sibling can come for just $20.

The event is open to all kids aged 4 to 13 — and you don’t have to be enrolled at Urban Martial Arts to participate, so tell your friends to register too!

Click here to instantly pay and register.

Students: If you prefer, we can charge the fee to the card we have on file for you – just call us at 718-287-5500. Or if you’d like to pay by cash or check, you can do that at the front desk.

Remember – space in the event is limited, so call us today at 718-287-5500 to find out if we have any spots open for your child!

Video from Dodgeball Parents Night Out March 2013

Our students had an absolute blast last Friday, when we held our Dodgeball Parents Night Out.

Here’s video from the event:

Just $179 for 6 Weeks of Classes!

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How Many Burpees Does It Take to Burn Off 1 Large Fries?

How many burpees does it take to burn off 1 large fries?Tempted by some delicious-looking french fries?

Next time you find yourself craving junk food, think in terms of how many reps of exercise it would take to burn off that meal.

Check out this article from Spartan, which outlines how many burpees it takes to burn off everything from french fries to beer.

So remember this…

Large French Fries in Burpee Equivalents

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Spoiled Kids? 13 Ways to Make Sure Your Kids Aren’t Entitled

Spoiled Kids? 13 Ways to Make Sure Your Kids Aren't Entitled

Many parents worry about their children having a sense of entitlement.

If you want to make sure you don’t spoil your children, check out this post from the blog Aha! Parenting, which outlines 13 ways to raise a child who’s not entitled.

4. Recognize that buying is an addiction, since our brains give us a hit of dopamine every time we chase, conquer, acquire. It isn’t wanting that gets us into trouble, it’s WHAT we want. Material things don’t satisfy our hunting urge for more than a day or so before we crave more. Instead, help kids discover the emotional rewards of other kinds of chases besides shopping, such as practicing and getting good at playing basketball, cooking, writing, music, or some other passion. (Reminder: This needs to be the child’s passion for it to be rewarding.)

5. Don’t feed your child’s emotional hunger with possessions. Often when we feel guilty that we aren’t spending enough time with our kids, we buy them things. That’s a red flag to stop, drop your busy-ness, and get clear about your priorities. What can you do with your child today to simply enjoy her? How can you set up rituals in your week to spend more time together? As the old saying goes, children come out best when you give them half as many presents and twice as much of your presence.

You can find the other 11 ways here.

Just $179 for 6 Weeks of Classes!

KarateKidsKickingGet 6 weeks of karate classes, plus a free karate uniform and T-shirt ($60 value) for just $179! Enter your email address below to see schedule and details.

How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?

How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?Are you really supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Or is that advice already outdated?

Check out this article from Lifehacker, which outlines how much water you actually should drink each day.

While no specific measurement will fit all people, I consulted Dr. Pamila Brar to get some basic guidelines. She suggested the following, presuming a temperate climate:

Men should drink about 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total fluids a day

Women should drink about 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total fluids a day

This is just a baseline, of course. If you exercise, spend time in hot or dry weather, you consume a significant amount of diuretics (e.g. caffeinated drinks like soda), or your medications require additional water consumption, you may need more water. The easiest way to handle your water consumption is to stick with the baseline above and add more water whenever you feel thirsty.

You can find the rest of the article here.

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Dodgeball Parents Night Out – Fri, Mar 15 2013 from 7-10 pm

DodgeballWe think that hard-working parents like you deserve a night out on the town, kid-free!

So why not drop your child with us on Friday, March 15th from 7 pm to 10 pm for a night of dodgeball and pizza?

It’s just $25 per child. Each additional sibling can come for just $20.

The event is open to all kids aged 4 to 13 — and you don’t have to be enrolled at Urban Martial Arts to participate, so tell your friends to register too!

Click here to instantly pay and register.

Students: If you prefer, we can charge the fee to the card we have on file for you – just call us at 718-287-5500. Or if you’d like to pay by cash or check, you can do that at the front desk.

Remember – space in the event is limited, so call us today at 718-287-5500 to find out if we have any spots open for your child!

10 Incredibly Simple Ways to Cure Your Child’s TV Addiction

10 Incredibly Simple Ways to Cure Your Child's TV AddictionThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting your child’s TV time to one or two hours a day.

Why?

Because too much screen time has been linked to everything from obesity to irregular sleep among kids.

But if your child is already addicted to the TV, how can you help break the habit?

Check out this post from parenting blog Awesomely Awake, which recommends 10 creative ways to curb your family’s TV time.

Set the Stage:
Cathy from the Nurture Store suggests setting up an “Invitation to Play” by having enticing materials to spark play all ready for when a child comes home from school. Maybe teddy bears waiting for a tea party or some art materials.

Change up their Routine:
Do not say a word but leave a surprise for them like Zina from Let’s Lasso the Moon has done by putting art supplies on the kitchen table when they wake up in the morning.

You can find the other 8 ways here.

Just $179 for 6 Weeks of Classes!

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5-Year Anniversary Happy Hour – Friday, Mar 8th

2013-02-22 Happy HourDid you know that Urban Martial Arts first opened its doors in March 2008?

Come celebrate our 5-year anniversary at a special happy hour.

Please RSVP to info@urbandojo.com.

This one’s a grown-up only affair, so leave the kids at home!

We’ll be at Sycamore on 1118 Cortelyou Rd, between Westminster and Stratford from 7-9 pm.

First round’s on us!

22 Surprising Weight Loss Motivation Tricks That Really Work

Weight Loss Motivation TricksHaving an “off” day when it comes to your weight loss regimen?

That’s totally normal!

Check out these 22 expert tips from Shape Magazine on staying motivated to lose weight.

Stop Trying So Hard
If you notice that your motivation is waning, give yourself a break from your diet or exercise plan for one to three days, Klapow says. “The problem with motivation is that the more people try to ‘catch’ it, the more elusive it becomes; by allowing it to run its natural course and at the same time having a set of habit-changing skills (such as a meal plan for the week), you’ll stay on track and your motivation levels will run their natural course.”

You can find the other 21 tips here.

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