May 2016 – Quitting My Training…

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Quit – /kwit/verbgerund or present participle: quitting
1. leave (a place), usually permanently.
“he was ordered to quit the cabin immediately”
synonyms: leave, vacate, exit, depart from, withdraw from;

To quote a saying on the wall of Mr. Bob White’s studio:

“I have never met an adult that was happy they were allowed to quit as a child.”

From Men’s Magazine 2015:

Just as a good training program builds you up, falling off the workout wagon can have the opposite effect—sometimes almost immediately. Experts call this phenomenon “detraining,” and its consequences can weigh even heavier than the gut you see in the mirror. Fortunately, the condition is fully reversible, as long as you get your butt back to the gym. Here’s what happens when you swap your regular sweat sessions for never-ending Netflix nights—and how long it takes to re-flip the fitness switch.

1-Your Blood Pressure Soars

This effect is near-instant: Your blood pressure is higher on the days you don’t exercise than the days you do. Your blood vessels adapt to the slower flow of a sedentary lifestyle after just 2 weeks, which clicks your readings up another couple of notches, according to a recent study in the journal PLoS.

2-Your Blood Sugar Spikes

Normally, your blood glucose rises after you eat, then drops as your muscles and other tissues suck up the sugar they need for energy. But after 5 days of slothfulness, your post-meal blood sugar levels remain elevated instead.

3- You Get Winded Fast

gasping for breath after just a few stairs? Within 2 weeks of avoiding the gym, your VO2 max—a measure of fitness that assesses how much oxygen your working muscles can use—decreases by as much as 20 percent, says exercise physiologist Stacy Sims, Ph.D, M.Sc.

4- Your Muscles Wither You Plump Up

Strength lingers longer than endurance once you stop training. But depending on just how slothful you’ve become, your quads and biceps may start to shrink soon after you leave the weight room. Gram’s study also found significant declines in muscle mass after 2 weeks of complete rest. What’s more, some muscle fibers actually convert from fastest-twitch type IIa to more explosive but faster-fatiguing type IIx. This can hamper your ability to sustain high-intensity efforts, Sims says.

5-You Plump Up Your Brain Suffers

Within about a week, your muscles lose some of their fat-burning potential and your metabolism slows down, says Paul Arciero, D.P.E., an exercise science professor at Skidmore College. In findings he published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, a 5-week exercise break boosted collegiate swimmers’ fat mass by 12 percent.

6-Your Brain Suffers

Just 2 weeks on the sidelines turned regular exercisers tired and grumpy, found a recent study in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. And though human evidence is limited, rat studies presented at a recent Society for Neuroscience conference suggest animals that stop moving for just a week grow fewer new brain cells and do worse on maze tests than those who stick to a steady wheel-running routine.

Reverse it: Exercise Can Fight Depression—it produces a near-instant mood lift, even for people who struggle with the disorder, found recent research in the journal Abnormal Psychology.

Some pictures of people I know who didn’t quit.
I really don’t need to say much more….

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Professor Ed Downey, Master Bob White, and Professor Ken Kellogg

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The Watchman Seminar on March 8th 2016 at Kellogg's American Kenpo Karate

The Watchman Seminar on March 8th 2016 at Kellogg’s American Kenpo Karate

Karate blog April picking a school….

  1. Facilities

The school’s facilities should be clean and organized. If they don’t look professional, their services probably aren’t either. You should also ask to see the school’s first aid kit. If they don’t have one or all they have is a box of Band-aids you might want to look elsewhere for your own or your children’s safety.

  1. Instructors

A good instructor will take an interest in why you joined their school and will work to help you achieve those goals. Find the right teacher and you’ll love your martial arts training. If you learn from a bad teacher, it won’t matter what level they are or what style they’re teaching, you’ll miss out on the finer points that make the martial art great. The instructors and staff should be personable, courteous, and professional. During your trial lesson, they should give the attention you or your children need to feel comfortable learning their skills and learning them safely.Be sure to ask if the instructor is qualified in first aid/ CPR. Accidents do happen and you want to make sure that you or your loved ones will be taken care of when they occur.Be warned: Not all instructors are honest about their training backgrounds, experience and associations. Learn how to tell if a martial arts instructor is legit.

  1. Attitude

If you get a bad feeling off the instructors, staff or students, or they just rub you the wrong way, trust your instincts. If they demonstrate a good positive attitude that makes you feel comfortable and welcome, then the school is worth a second look.

  1. Style

Style considerations should be secondary to who is teaching and how the classes are taught. That being said, ask a few questions about the physical skills that are taught in an art you’re considering. If you have a heart condition, then a high-cardio might be too much for you. Or if self-defense is a high priority for you, make sure that the school’s curriculum reflects that. If you’re not too bothered about the style that is taught, shop for the best teacher.

  1. Students

Check to see if the school has a number of intermediate or advanced students. If it does, then the instructors know how to keep its students motivated. Some martial arts schools prefer to maintain smaller class sizes in order to provide more focused instruction. Talk to a few students or their parents about the school’s training – how long they’ve been there, what they like about it – to get a better sense of the school.

  1. Finances

Many martial arts schools will ask you to sign a contract for a certain period of time. As long as you feel comfortable with the studio, it’s really up to you whether or not you’re okay with their contractual requirements. Before requiring you to commit to any longer period of time a school should allow you adequate time to experience its atmosphere and classes. Most martial arts schools will offer trial lessons before requiring you to make a longer commitment. Be wary of ones that don’t offer something like this.


March 2016 — Gearing up for the Tournament

March 2016 - Kellogg's American Kenpo Karate

March is in full swing and as always, there is lots going on at Kellogg’s American Kenpo Karate!

The Bob & Barbara White Invitational is in just two weeks (Sunday, March 20th) and we have been running extra sparring classes on the weekends to get ready. Here is some advice for students preparing for tournaments:

• Train at least twice a week (as well as at home) to increase your skill level.
• For forms competition, focus on your stances, technique, kiai and balance.
• Make sure you have your full uniform and belt, all the sparring equipment required, and plenty of snacks and water before you leave home. Clearly label your duffel bag with a marker or luggage tag.
• Make sure you stretch properly and warm up before competing at all, to avoid injury.

This Tuesday, March 8th at 6pm will be ‘The Watchman’ seminar with Captain Ron Sanchez (Ret.). Learn how you can defend against violent predators and build safety awareness that will help protect you and your family! RSVP on our event page or call 714-863-1955 today!

The Watchman Seminar on March 8th 2016 at Kellogg's American Kenpo Karate

The Watchman Seminar on March 8th 2016 at Kellogg’s American Kenpo Karate

On March 15th will be a very special seminar with Professor Ed Downey from Ireland. Professor Downey is the President and founder of the European Kenpo Karate Association (EKKA) and in this role he travels extensively throughout Europe teaching and promoting the Ed Parker Kenpo System. He is a great friend of this school and we are honored to have him teach our students. Don’t miss out on this excellent seminar!

Professor Ed Downey, Master Bob White, and Professor Ken Kellogg

Mr. Ed Downey, Mr. Bob White, and Mr. Ken Kellogg

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February 2016 KAKK Student of the Month

KAKK Student of the Month for February 2016 - Amor Stadelmann

Our student of the month for February 2016 is Amor Stadelmann. Amor is a white belt who attends classes four days a week with her mother, Toni, and is working very hard at learning all of her basics.

Every month, we pick a new student to be our Student of the Month. At the end of the year, those students are eligible to win the annual Jeff Pfeiffer Award in honor of beloved black belt, Jeff Pfeiffer, whose inspiring story will be featured in the upcoming film, Fists of Faith.