Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Children’s Exercise

Written by Oliver. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Karate Black Belt Grading Essay. by Oliver Andrews

It’s important for children and Teenagers to exercise because otherwise the world would be overly obese and that would be bad, because the people who are obese would consume a lot more food and the world would be on a food shortage. But even more importantly if you’re healthy it would give you more you less of a chance to have heart attacks and diabetes.

If you don’t keep exercising you will gradually become more and more anti-social because you’re probably just going to spend all day looking at a computer screen. The Times newspaper has even quoted that it is extremely important for children to exercise because if they don’t all of them will grow up to be anti-social and they’ll grow less and less popular, even if you want to be a gamer when you’re older it is still very important to exercise.

Usually schools do Two P.E lessons a week for an hour which is good but if you can, try to write a diary and set yourself a goal to keep losing more and more weight until you are below your goal, after you’ve achieved your goal start again and aim higher this time and so on till you think you are fit.

It is also important for children to exercise because otherwise they will not be good team workers and will grow up to do everything on their own. Martial arts offers protection against bullies and other things, it will also give you a better chance if you ever get into a fight to block and other things to defend yourself. It offers the skill of making yourself a good team worker because you have to work with other people in your class and it helps you to learn new sequences of moves such as katas and forms which is good to develop your brain.

Martial arts is very good because(like we discussed earlier) it keeps you very fit unlike some sports like chess(which is recognized as a sport by the international Olympic committee in 1999) Karate and other martial arts keep you fit by making sure your arms and legs are being used a lot to block, attack, lock, throw and hold down. Martial arts use your tummy muscles a lot too because you need to know how to tense if a punch or a kick is thrown at you which karate also trains you for by doing sparring which is essentially safe fighting.   You also become more flexible from the different stretching exercises and stronger from doing certain things like holding a deep stance.


Learning a martial art is said to be character building

Written by bryan. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

JUDO, martial arts, bja, Judo club,The project I have to do for my Black Belt grading is “Learning a martial art is said to be character building” and I have three questions that I will have to answer. They are:

1 – How would martial arts help someone who is-
2 – Shy
3 – Aggressive
4 – Unconfident
5 – Over confident
6 – Bullied
7 – Bully
8 – Quiet
9 – Noisy
10 – What changes have you seen in you friends their time training in martial arts
11 – What do you think the biggest changes that martial arts have brought to me


To be able to answer this question I will find what character building means. To do this I will look through the internet and when I find an answer I will then cross reference it with other pages that explain what it means.


I have found that character building means that you have to build yourself with your own self beliefs, as well finding a role model that is the character you want to be like. For example; someone who pays attention, knows better ways of completing goals, finding a role model with the certain types of aspects you want can change you as a person either in a good way or a bad way.

In my opinion I think martial arts can be character building, but only to some extent. One way someone could change their character through martial arts, for an example they could become more fit and as a consequence of that they could feel more confident about themselves because they can play other sports in a better way because they are more fit. A person can also make friend by doing a martial art and this can make them less shy and unconfident because they know someone will stick up for them, especially if that person is at their school. I further think that if someone is too noisy then doing a martial art can make them more disciplined and teaching them to control themselves by not being so noisy, I think this because a martial art can be dangerous and if someone keeps calling out then firstly it will interrupt the lessen and therefore slow it down , secondly it is important that everyone can hear what the instructor is saying so no one gets hurt. They will learn this overtime because hopefully the instructor will talk to them about it and tell them what is bad about being as noisy as they are. These are only some examples of ways people can change and of course there are more. However I don’t think that it will help someone who is a bully, because although they will learn things that can keep them from being a bully like, being a bit more disciplined with themselves. They can also learn things that will make them a worse bully and person, because instead of calling someone names they may actually physically damage them as well, this is because of some of the moves they learn from a martial art.


I am going to research this topic in more then one way. One of the ways I am going to research this topic is by having a look on the internet and seeing what people have to say about character building through martial arts. Next I will have a look at people myself and how they have changed trough martial arts. This is by having a look at people who have joined very recently and also having a look at people who have been doing martial arts for a period either the same length as me or an even a longer period. This may take me a while as I will have to see the newer people change throughout a few weeks/months because people don’t change instantly.


What I hope to get out of this work is finding out how people have changed and what has affected people to change. Through this I can also see how I have changed throughout my time doing martial arts. I hope to see what states people are in when they join a martial arts club and by seeing how they change I can hopefully learn how to make someone’s life a bit more pleasant, by maybe influencing them in small ways to become more confident or even become less over confident. I would like to persuade people to join a martial arts club because it is a great way to try something  new and also another great way to learn helpful new skills, like listening intently and cooperating with other people even if you usually wouldn’t. Martial arts gives you the opportunity to learn how to be able to teach people new things that you have learnt, which can help you throughout your life. Those are the biggest things I would like to get out of this topic.


One of the things I would like other children to learn from my work on this topic is that the people reading my essay are maybe overconfident or a bully and that they should change that so that people can have a better experience of life, instead of one that the bullies and overconfident people are maybe ruining. I would also like the unconfident, shy, bullied and quiet people to realise that they are some of those people and that they should try and do things so that they might not be so quiet or shy. For the people who are bullied I don’t want them to get out of this topic that they have to do something themselves about the problem like physically harming the bully back. You/they could try to do something themselves by  talking to their bully about how he/she is making them feel. Or if they don’t want to do it themselves or the bullies don’t listen then they should go and tell an adult about the problem so that they can sort it out.


So to sum up what I would really like out of this essay and for anyone reading it, is to realise they are maybe to noisy or quiet or any other of the examples I have put in my essay and more things that they are and I would like them to change it and become a better or more improved person.






New Year’s Resolution – Get Fit. (Self Defence 101)

Written by bryan. Posted in Health and Fitness, Self Defence

Basingstoke, fitness training, how to get fit, PT, Group Exercise, How to lose weight, 4 Health, Group Exercise, Exercise to Music, Bootcamp, Return to exercise, Return to Sport, Moderate exercise, budget gym, Curves, Ladies only gym, Get fit and tone up, diet, get fit,Here we go again. It’s time for people to start their annual fitness regime with all the best intentions in the world.

You can just hear it can’t you……”Well it’s a new Year and I’m going to get fit and lose weight.”


So what will it be this year? Gyms, Bootcamps, Personal Trainers, Swimming, Jogging, Dancing or Martial Arts? The Government are doing a good job of telling us that a sedentary life style will kill you. So maybe you’ve decided to listen, at last.


Oh and lets not forget after the excesses of Christmas it’s time to lose some weight as well. If you go out and pick up any of the women’s health or men’s fitness magazines at this time of the year. You’ll find the typical headlines “Loose 7lb in a week,” “Lose weight fast” and the list goes on and on. It must be an important topic, Government Ministers are getting into the act now and suggesting to the magazines what they should be saying

Anyway enough about all that fitness mullarky and losing weight. Let’s get back into the Martial Arts and give you the biggest most important Self Defence tips of all time.


Are you ready to slay your demons? Well let’s start then at Self Defence 101.

  1. Eat moderately and sensibly
  2. Exercise
  3. Don’t eat more calories than you expend during the day

Surprised, Yes? Well Martial Arts is about self defence and self protection and practiced well is meant to be holistic as well. (Your know holistic derived from the Greek word holos, meaning that the bodies natural systems should be considered a whole entity rather than a collection of separate parts –


Eat Moderately and Sensibly

eat well, diet, food, healthy diet, good food, calories, calorie control, Do you know that as a rule of thumb, the guidelines indicate that following intake of calories is necessary to maintain a healthy body weight.  A man needs around 2,500 calories a day a  woman needs around 2,000 calories a day.

Any idea what you actually consume? There are plenty of Android and Apple phone applications that will help you to keep track of what you are eating.

Bottle of Cola and bar of Chocolate for breakfast? At 139 calories for a tin or 210 calories for a 500ml bottle and a bar of Chocolate being upto 255 calories, you really won’t do yourself any favours, if you carry on like that all day.

The NHS offer some good tips for healthy eating. If you really want to scare yourself, look at the calorie lables on the foods you buy, yes even the so called ‘low fat’ options



Do you know what the NHS’s guidelines are for adults aged 19-64?

To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:

At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and

             muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
week that work all major muscle groups (legs,
hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and

             muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
week that work all major muscle groups (legs,
hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week (for example 2 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of fast walking), and

muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).


weight loss, gyms, bootcamp, get fit, PT, trainer, new years resolution, weight watchers, fitness, diet, exercise to music, zumbaDon’t eat more calories than you expend in exercise

The ‘magic numbers’ seem to be that to lose 1lb of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. The recommended guideline is to aim to lose 2lb of fat per week, so you need to make sure that you are burning another 7000 calories in a week. You could eat 500 less calories a day and that will lose you 1lb. You can also add more exercise.  What does that equate to, have a look at the table to the left and work out how the figures impact you.

We often use a calories counting watch, one of our members holds the current record with 1046 calories burned off during one 1 hour class.  That kind of consistent result will see some good things happen, but it’s down to you to make it happen.



So the first and golden rule of Self Defence has to be to look after your health.


The second golden rule is to learn a Martial Art 😉 Details of our classes are here






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