Thank you, ah mah!

Written by Marsha Maung

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If I had a daughter like me, I would have done things to her (and/or myself) that I will live to regret!Thankfully, I don’t. I don’t have a daughter, period!! (Someone up there loves me, after all)

I spoke very briefly onrepparttar phone with my aging and lonely grandmother today – and this blog is a result of that conversation.

To say I have regretted my actions and decisions when I was younger is an understatement. We all don’t know how long she has to live on this planet anymore – but one thing is for sure, it won’t be for long. Oh, she’s not really ill or anything. She’s happy (in a very lonely kind of way) and healthy (in an old kind of way) but she certainly has her own regrets as well. I guess a lot ofrepparttar 150779 things that I did inrepparttar 150780 past were uncalled for and when she did things out ofrepparttar 150781 goodness of her heart, I wasn’t appreciative because I was too self-centered and obnoxious. I ruledrepparttar 150782 world, didn’t I?

I don’t know how long morerepparttar 150783 tenure of her stay here on earth has before it expires, but I hope she will take good memories with her down or up to wherever she’s going afterrepparttar 150784 expiration of her stay here.

Thank you, ah mah.

Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at and and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at

Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

Written by Laura Saunders

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• Uses defensive and aggressive moves

• Centers on building strength and endurance

• Involves chops, punches, kicks, strikes, blocking and sparring

• May use weapons


• Uses defensive and aggressive moves

• Involves lots of sparring

• Teaches a fair amount of weapons training


• Uses a more “spiritual” and harmonious style in redirectingrepparttar aggression ofrepparttar 150724 attacker asrepparttar 150725 form of defense, using throws, pins, rolls etc.

• Taught onrepparttar 150726 premise of disabling an aggressor without attacking, through your individual inner energy

• Does not involve sparring or competitions


• Uses gentle, “wrestling-like” movements

• Considered one ofrepparttar 150727 safest methods of martial arts

• Emphasizes physical control as well as mental development

• Engages in competitions

Martial Arts From China


• The generic term referring to Chinese martial arts with a variety of styles

• Involves attack movements as well as defensive techniques

• Teaches kicks, punches, chops, throws, falls, grappling, katas, leg sweeps and blows among others.

• Engages in sparring competitions

Martial Arts From Korea


• Competitive in nature, involves techniques using elaborate footwork and unique high kicks.

• Emphasizes strength, force and attack methods.

• Engages in lots of sparring and competitions.

Choosing The Right Instruction

If you have an idea ofrepparttar 150728 type of martial arts class you’d like your child to participate in,repparttar 150729 next step would be to findrepparttar 150730 right school. Findingrepparttar 150731 right class that not only matches your child’s and your needs, in terms of teachers you feel comfortable with,repparttar 150732 price, facilities and so on, are all important factors.

Say you’ve found a local place that specializes in Karate for Kids. What arerepparttar 150733 things you should look for?

1. Good Instructors

Check out their qualifications, teaching methods and watch carefully how they interact withrepparttar 150734 other children. It should be a fun learning experience!

2. Space and Safety

Obviously you would want to entrust your child in as establishment that is safe, well-maintained, and clean with ample space as well as decent facilities and equipment.

3. School Values

Different martial arts schools inevitably go by different values, for instance, one kid’s karate class may handle aggression in one way, while a judo class would have a different approach. Take some time to observe which school’s ideals match your family’s principles.

4. Prices and Schedules

Prices for martial arts training can vary according to school and location, so make sure yourepparttar 150735 instruction you choose represents fair value. Findingrepparttar 150736 most effective way to fit martial arts training into your family’s lifestyle is also essential, knowing what works best with your schedule and other activities.

Baby Blackbelts

Starting your child young in karate training is ideal (children as young asrepparttar 150737 age of four are usually accepted, as it is also a good way to hone fine motor skills), and lots of parents have found that in as little as a year, their children who were involved in martial arts had noticeably gained positive traits such as increased self-esteem, respect and overall physical fitness.

Many parents also opt to join a martial arts training program themselves, making it a great bonding experience forrepparttar 150738 entire family.

Laura Saunders is a writer, mother of two and a martial arts practitioner who has written articles for, your online guide to karate uniforms and karate training equipment

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