After School Activities: How to Choose

August 15th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton
Martial Arts Graduation

It’s that time of year again when you need to comb through after school activities to find one that works best for you and your family. There are so many options to choose from in just a short time. Time Management A large part of what goes into choosing an after school activity is time management. … Continue reading “After School Activities: How to Choose”

I Am Here – Black Belt Essay

August 4th, 2017 by Mary Murphy
Black Belt Candidates - June 2017

Owen, a 12 year old from the Upper East Side, fulfilled one of the mental components of his June 2017 black belt test in this reflective essay on what his martial arts journey so far has meant. Take a look for yourself: BLACK BELT ESSAY by Owen M. Wow. This is it. I am here. After … Continue reading “I Am Here – Black Belt Essay”

Journey to Black Belt – A Personal Essay

July 19th, 2017 by Mary Murphy
Black Belt Graduation June 2017

When students test for black belt, one of the requirements is to submit an essay on what being a martial artist personally means to them. We were so blown away by some of the kids’ essays from our June exam that we couldn’t not share them. Check out what Ben, a 12-year-old from the Upper East … Continue reading “Journey to Black Belt – A Personal Essay”

Learning Martial Arts Can Build Confidence

March 1st, 2017 by Crystal Carlton

The first time I took a Karate class I did not have a clue what I was doing. I was not alone though, there were plenty of beginners just like me that were trying it for the first time. Luckily I had an instructor that knew how to teach not just advanced students but beginners … Continue reading “Learning Martial Arts Can Build Confidence”

Camp: What to Consider When Choosing the Right One

January 24th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton

I remember signing up for summer activities as a kid. There were so many things to choose from and only a short time to decide before they all filled up. This was more stressful for my mother than it was for me. I was just excited to be thinking about the summer. No matter if … Continue reading “Camp: What to Consider When Choosing the Right One”

How to Have a Successful Workout in The New Year

January 10th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton
successful kickboxing workout

You may have started working out again recently, or maybe you are a long-time fitness enthusiast. No matter how long you have been working out it is important to remember that fitness is not only about getting in shape, its about working out the right way. This can mean different things for each of us. I … Continue reading “How to Have a Successful Workout in The New Year”

7 Tips for Achieving Your Fitness Resolutions

January 4th, 2017 by Mary Murphy
Hand Wraps for Fitness Resolutions

It’s a few days into the new year, but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably still fine-tuning your fitness resolutions. When I was in college, every January was NEW YEAR NEW ME, and it was obvious by the scope and quantity of my resolutions that I spent 95% of my effort writing them down and … Continue reading “7 Tips for Achieving Your Fitness Resolutions”

Keeping Your Workouts Fresh

December 28th, 2016 by Crystal Carlton
Young Family Practicing Yoga

With the New Year coming up you may be thinking of starting a new workout routine. Often people will start working out with a goal in mind; to lose weight, be healthier, or just to have a new activity. What many people don’t know is that after a time your body gets used to the … Continue reading “Keeping Your Workouts Fresh”

4 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying

December 21st, 2016 by Mary Murphy
Confident Child Feels Strong

While some kids may dream of their summer and winter breaks, I spent my childhood continuously looking forward to the next back-to-school season. Starting a new semester of classes each September and January was like shedding an old skin and starting over with brand new color-coded notebooks and matching pens. But not every kid is so … Continue reading “4 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying”

Stronger Mind, Happier You

June 18th, 2016 by Mary Murphy
Women Doing Pilates

A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs–but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, too.  Call me a sucker for brain power, but there’s definitely something to a healthier mind, a happier you.  And here’s the thing: it’s easy.  You don’t … Continue reading “Stronger Mind, Happier You”