10 Things to do When You’re Snowed in…

It’s January 30th and we are closed due to inclement weather.  However, there are plenty of fun (and productive) things to do!  Here’s a list of activities for the kids if you need to keep them busy:

(1)  Practice your FORMS!  Try practicing slow-mo style, regular speed, and fast.
Extra credit:  try blindfolded….just be careful not to hit something or someone!

(2)  Make a video of your combinations and email it to Mr. Griffey. (mgriffey@kicksunlimited.com)

(3)  Make a video of your favorite form and email it to Mr. Clary.  He loves forms! (sclary@kicksunlimited.com)

(4)  Break Mr. Huett’s pushup record of 63 pushups in a row.

(5)  Draw or paint a picture.

(6)  See how many kicks you can do in 5 minutes.  This sounds easy, but you’ll be tired after 2 minutes!

(7)  Get online and learn a few words in another language.

(8)  Call a friend.

(9)  Build a snowman–this is great snow for doing so!

(10)  Complete the Powerful Words project:  Go the the ‘Members’ section…
the password for this month is ’empathy’ (all lower case).


5 Safety and Self-Defense Tips

There has been a recent increase of muggings in downtown Madison. Many of these have occurred in parking garages due to the lack of lighting, and easy escape routes. Here are 5 safety and self-defense tips to keep in mind in order to keep safe in a parking lot environment:

(1) Stay off your cell phone and keep focused on getting to your car safely. Talking on your cell phone gives an assailant the ‘green light’ to take advantage of your lack of focus. Don’t give them that opportunity!

(2) Park as close to exits as possible! This will reduce the time a potential attacker has to intercept you. Always be aware of the vehicles around your vehicle and make your exit as quickly as possible. Have your keys in hand and if you have an auto-start function on your vehicle, use it in order to avoid long searches for your keys.

(3) Don’t hesitate to ask a security guard or police officer to escort you to your car. However, be aware of a security guard or police officer that approaches you–beware of imposters!

(4) If given the opportunity to exchange your purse or wallet for your safety, do so. Hollywood would love to make you think defending yourself against a weapon is possible….most times it’s not…even for someone that has studied the martial arts for years. There’s only 1 person more dangerous than a Blackbelt and that’s a White belt.

(5) Let a friend or family member know your general timeline for arriving to destinations (especially at night). If possible, travel with a friend–power in numbers!

Stay safe! Mr. Huett

5 Super Foods For Kids

We’re in a constant quest to help our students to build better self-esteem and confidence on and off of the Karate floor.  One of the most vital parts to good confidence is simply feeling good!  So, here are 5 POWER foods that dieticians agree will help your child feel great:

(1) Calcium: Helps build strong teeth and bones. Great sources include: Cheese, yogurt, milk, juice and soy milk. Believe it or not, about 1/3 of all kids ages 4 to 8 years old aren‘t getting enough calcium.

(2) Vitamin E:  An anti-oxidant that helps cells repair damage. A whopping 80% of kids under the age of 8 are missing this vital nutrient! Good sources include: Avocado, nuts, wheat germ, and spinach.

 (3) Fiber: It’s not even digested, but it keep kids regular and helps prevent disease later in life. The best sources include: beans, lentils, fruit (raspberries, blackberries, and apples), popcorn, green peas, and oatmeal.
(4)   Potassium:  Potassium play an important role in maintaining healthy fluid balance, blood pressure, and helps muscular contraction.  Great sources include:  Bananas, oranges, yogurt, milk, dried apricots, and tomatoes.

(5)  Iron:   Iron helps build red blood cells carry oxygen to  cells  throughout  the body and plays an important role in brain development.  Good sources include:  Chicken, beef, shrimp, raisins, soy nuts, and lentils. 

Remember, if you eat good, you feel good!