Foods to help you lean out to improve your martial arts skills:

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Here at Venture Martial Arts, we know that To be at your best you must eat food that helps fuel your body! The better you eat, the better you will feel! This will improve all areas of your life! But it will especially help you in improving your martial arts skills! Here are some things you can add to or increase in your diet to improve your martial arts fitness:

Green Tea:  The Japanese have this one right, and it’s probably a huge reason for their longevity and health.  In Japan, “ocha” as it’s called is served everywhere, all the time.  Studies show green tea can reduce the size of your fat cells and make your muscle cells more active. Its many positive weight management attributes include the following: The ability to increase metabolism resulting in the burning of body fat.  The ability to suppress the absorption of fat.  High levels of an important polyphenol antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for much of green tea’s promise in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, cancer, periodontal disease and dental cavities.  Some studies say that consuming five cups of green tea a day can burn around 80 calories.  Consuming green tea also enhances your mood.

Eggs:  Eggs are the ultimate food and nature’s most powerful protein source.  In the not-too-distant past, however, eggs had a bad rap due to cholesterol claims.  Thankfully, however, the clout has been lifted and there are now several studies that show dietary cholesterol has a very little effect on blood cholesterol levels. Your body’s cholesterol levels are typically a result of high arterial inflammation caused by processed carbohydrates. Free-range eggs are packed with essential fatty acids and protein – definitely a great combination for a fat-burning food.  Loads of research has been done that supports the notion of those who start their day with eggs not only eat fewer calories throughout the day but also lose significantly more body fat.

Avocados & Fish:  The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel during exercise and actually encourage fat burning.  Avocados also contain a very interesting carb called mannoheptulose, a sugar that actually blunts insulin release and enhances calcium absorption, both of which are critical for encouraging fat loss. The fats in fish oil activate proteins in your body that increase fat-burning for energy. Eat fish like salmon and halibut.  Our bodies usually convert alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to DHA, at only about a 5% efficiency. This makes it difficult to get DHA from a plant-based diet. Fish is a great way to skip this conversion and get right to the end product – DHA.  Fish also, of course, contains plenty of lean protein for building fat-burning muscles.

Water:  Water is so key, so pivotal for many health triggers.  Proper hydration can elevate your metabolism by 3 percent, helping you burn more fat.  Contrary to popular belief, if someone is retaining “water weight,” their body probably needs more water in the first place!  Drink water to flush out bloat and eliminate fluid retention.

Broccoli:  This fibrous carb doesn’t provide many net carbs or calories, but it can make you feel full – one reason why it’s a great food for getting lean.  Not only is it packed full of fiber which aids your metabolism and gastrointestinal system, it’s insanely nutrient packed as well.  No other food has such a drastic nutrient-to-calorie ratio.  Broccoli contains phytochemicals that also help enhance fat loss.

Benefits of Taekwondo

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Here at Venture Martial Arts we know that the benefits of Taekwondo are great. What Are The Benefits Of Taekwondo For Children Today?

After all, taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art.

And what could the benefits of taekwondo for children possibly be in today’s world?

Well.

The potential benefits of taekwondo training are. Quite simply. Massive!

And we’ve seen them first hand.

Like physical fitness. And weight control. Increased concentration span. Learning respect for others.

And huge increases in childrens self confidence and self esteem.

All while the kids have fun.

Firstly. It’s great to see fit children. Who are a healthy weight.

Many of today’s children are overweight. Because they are inactive. And eat high energy foods.

We think that human bodies are built for exercise. And children are meant to exercise. To run. And jump. And get out of breath.

And one of the huge benefits of taekwondo for children. Is that the kids enjoy the physical exercise.

They exercise their whole body. From top to toe. And gain all round physical fitness.

And they want to keep coming back for more!

For young boys especially. The tough physical training allows them to let off steam.

They love kicking and punching under controlled conditions.

But they also learn about self-control.

And how taekwondo has to stay in the Dojang.

And they learn from great role models.

Fit, healthy, controlled taekwondo instructors and senior students.

And what about taekwondo for girls?

Being fit and healthy gives girls a positive body image.

And learning to face confrontation and fear and powering through wooden boards develops self esteem and self confidence.

And through this training. Children in taekwondo get physically and mentally stronger. Which helps them in daily life.

Which brings us to another of the huge benefits of taekwondo for children. Taekwondo isn’t just a physical training. It’s a mental training. taekwondo kids learn

complicated movements. Which help their concentration and memory. And they learn to coordinate their bodies.

Children in taekwondo learn discipline. They learn to do as they are asked. And they gain the self-discipline to keep going when training is tough.

Another of the benefits of taekwondo for children is that there is great emphasis on respect. And courtesy. Taekwondo kids learn to respect their instructors. Respect each other. And in time they learn to respect themselves.

They learn to be polite to everyone. Even people they may not like. Which we think is a great skill for them to take with them into adult life.

Kids in taekwondo also learn the power of perseverance.

They learn that if something is difficult. But worth achieving.

Then for them to achieve it. They have to keep trying.

They have to face failure.

And get over it.

And pick themselves up.

And try again

And again.

And eventually they get it!

And the sense of achievement and pride is fantastic to see on their smiling faces! It’s a great boost to their self confidence and self esteem.And that’s another of the great benefits of taekwondo for children.

Training in taekwondo boosts self confidence and self esteem.

We see children become more sure of themselves. And gain the confidence to speak in front of the class.

They develop the confidence to teach. And to nurture the younger kids. And in doing so they learn patience and kindness.

And over time. We’ve seen taekwondo kids develop into calm, self-assured young people. Quietly confident in themselves. With high self esteem.

And why’s that good?

Well. People with high self esteem are less likely to get involved in destructive behavior like drug taking or alcohol abuse.