A Quick Guide to Martial Arts Training at Home


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Looking for ways to keep your kids engaged during the pandemic? Encourage them to try martial arts! Even if your local martial arts studio is closed right now, you can still help your kids learn the fundamentals of their chosen martial art form and prepare them for when classes start back up again. Create an at-home training space and get your kids started with some basic drills. There are plenty of resources online to help you out!

Why Kids Should Learn Martial Arts

The martial arts have several fantastic benefits for kids. Besides being a great source of exercise, training in the martial arts will also teach your kids good morals and valuable skills.

  • Studies show that martial arts training can promote good behavior in kids.
  • Practicing martial arts is an excellent form of exercise and can even help kids relieve stress and anxiety.
  • If your kids have trouble focusing in school, martial arts training can help them learn to concentrate and exhibit patience.
  • Despite common belief, the martial arts don’t encourage violence. In fact, the practice teaches respect and peaceful conflict resolution!

Building a Home Studio

If you don’t have room in your house for your kids to practice martial arts, consider converting your basement or garage into a personal dojo. Your home improvement updates might even boost your home value!

  • Install rubber flooring in your martial arts studio to keep your kids safe and comfortable when they’re sparring or running through drills.
  • Make sure your home martial arts studio is properly insulated and ventilated.
  • If you plan on selling your home in the future, try to design your studio as a multi-purpose room that future buyers can use for something else. A rec room or home gym could be considered a valuable home feature!

How to Practice Martial Arts at Home

Until your kids can attend a regular martial arts class, encourage them to try some basic drills at home. You can find all kinds of great training resources online!

  • To avoid injury, make sure your kids stretch and warm up before each practice session.
  • Karate is a popular form of martial arts for kids. Get started with some basic moves like the straight punch and front kick.
  • You can help your kids run through balance exercises that will improve their form and technique in various martial art styles.
  • Keep your kids entertained and engaged by trying out some martial arts games.

Setting up an in-home martial arts studio and running through drills with your kids are great ways to spend your time while sheltering in place. You might even develop a passion for martial arts yourself! Whether you decide to build a home studio in your basement or practice in your backyard, you’re bound to make some wonderful new memories with your kids.

Need more ideas for enhancing your child’s martial arts training? You can find DVDs, belts, books, and other great products at the Martial-Fitness Minimart!


Keep pushing forward,

Eric

Meatful Monday #5: Carnivore Week Four, the Final Review


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So, it looks like my month-long Carnivore Diet experiment is coming to an end. Like many experiments, the results were…interesting. In short, it did not go as expected. You may ask, “Why experiment when you know it won’t go as planned?” Well…

Even though I did not achieve the amazing results that I’d read about and hoped for, I believe my Carnivore experiment was and will be worth it based on what I’ve learned. Maybe that’s the point of such experiments, the research, the learning, the new understanding that comes from trying something new.

Not as Expected…

Imagine starting your day feeling great. You grab your favorite coffee, or hot chocolate, and continue working on an important assignment or vital project. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, it’s the Friday before a long weekend or a vacation, and it’s payday; it doesn’t get much better than that. But, in one moment, you’re optimistic, happy, and in the next, you spill said non-removable beverage all over said million dollar project. The day started of with so much promise, but now, you’re just all pissed off.

That was me after Week 1. I was feeling pretty good, and then came Week 2.

  • Week 1 went so well probably because of the removal of food items that my body dislikes, even though they are considered “healthy”. That, and the (re)introduction of foods rich in nutrients that I was apparently missing made for a good week all around, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
  • But by the middle of Week 2, the addition of such high quantities of animal fat and protein became a problem because before my Carnivore Diet experiment, I ate comparatively little of either. I ate an adequate amount of meat, some animal fat in the form of occasional cheese, and of course the fat included in the meat, but that was nothing even close to this. As a result, my body was not able to properly process the higher intake and adapt as quickly as it has to leaner animal protein, and fats such as organic avocado oil and organic olive oil.
  • Also, it took me until the end of Week 2 to realize I needed much more electrolytes than I’d been getting. I’ve been salting my water for years and though I increased the amount of sea salt and other minerals, I needed more.

Admittedly, I was (am) a bit disappointed Carnivore Diet didn’t work out all that great for me. I followed the plan at a 95% to 99% level, but alas, no joy. Even so, I did learn several important lessons through the disappointment.

The Takaways…

I experienced many “light bulb moments” over the past several weeks. What I learned and what I will do with what I learned are the reasons for such an experiment. Whether things had gone according to expectations or not, the knowledge gained would have been and is the most important thing. Now as the experiment ends, it’s time to put that knowledge into practice.

  1. I need to eat more meat and animal fat. No, not more than I’ve eaten over the past month ’cause that’s probably not even possible. I mean, more meat and animal fat than I ate pre-Carnivore. Going forward, I plan to keep one meal fully or at least 90% Carnivore. I will also continue to incorporate grass-fed butter and grass-fed beef tallow into my meals as well.
  2. While I already use a good digestive enzyme, I’m researching to add one specifically designed for those dense animal protein and higher animal fat, Carnivore meals.
  3. Digestive health is complex and of utmost importance to overall health and well-being. I realized more attention needs to be given not just to the health of the gut itself, but also to the health of the other organs involved in the digestion process.
  4. I will also make adjustments to increase my daily intake of electrolytes, especially after teaching / training workouts. This, including the two type of magnesium I currently use, ionic magnesium and magnesium glycinate, a chelated multi-mineral supplement, and the Redmond Real Salt, along with targeted use of SOS Electrolyte Drink Mix added to my water have already proven to be very helpful.
  5. Though I can still only make educated guesses as to why I can eat eggs now, they will remain on the menu.
  6. I have “rediscovered” bacon, real bacon, and real grass-fed butter!

The Path Ahead…

adventure beautiful boardwalk bridge

My dietary path is clearer than ever now. I guess I would call my new eating plan sort of a hybrid Paleo-Carnivore-Keto model with a dash of Intermittent Fasting. I’m also going to greatly reduce or cut out altogether even those “healthy foods that are high in anti-nutrients. Yes, I’m looking at you almond milk, and you too, almond butter…

What’s up for this Week?

Now that’s more like it!

My Carnivore experiment officially ends today, March 15th. On Tuesday the 16th, I will begin the process of reintroducing some of the foods or supplements that I cut out for the past month. I’m absolutely looking forward to flavor, texture, and even aromatic variety again. It may take a couple of weeks for my system to get back to optimum, but it will have been worth the journey. And I’m guessing it will take a few weeks for my house and clothes, and garage, not to smell like a diner any more. Yes, a diner, an albeit tasty, home-cookin’ diner where bacon grease flows like milk and honey, but a diner nonetheless!

Final Analysis…

photo of person deriving formula on white board

Would I recommend the Carnivore Diet to friends or family? Because everybody’s body (and mind) is different, I rarely recommend any specific dietary plan to anyone. I simply suggest they take a look, do the research and / or talk with their doc about any plan. This way, they can determine for themselves if the potential benefits are enough to justify the work and drastic changes.

Of the dietary experiments I’ve tried through the years, I’d say this one was probably the simplest. I mean, it doesn’t get much easier than answering the questions of what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with: meat and animal fat. At the same time, Carnivore was also probably the most challenging in terms of adaptation. Overall, on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 being “Not at all worth it,” and 5 being “Do it now and forever!”, I’d give my personal experience with Carnivore and the potential of what could be gained a solid 4. If I’d had more bacon, and if maple bacon was allowed on Carnivore, I would have given it a 7. Yes, 7 out of 5 all the way.


Here’s to failed experiments that lead us to better discoveries!

Eric







Meatful Monday #4: Carnivore Week Three in Review

raw meat on beige wooden surface

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I am now more than halfway through my Carnivore Diet experiment. This past week, Week 3, fits snugly between the highs of Week 1 and the lows of Week 2

The Highs…

young female blowing huge balloon in sky

A few mostly good things from Week 3 come immediately to mind. They were not by any means big ole explosions of great insight or positive breakthroughs, but they may lead me in that direction. At least, I’m hopeful that they will:

  • At the end of Week 2, I realized how big a deal electrolytes are in the Carnivore Diet, and really in any dietary plan and active lifestyle. I’ve been salting my water for years and though I increased the amount of sea salt, I needed more electrolytes. Thankfully, I had a couple boxes of SOS Electrolyte Drink Mix on hand and that has been a big help.
  • Even after eating eggs everyday since February 15th, I still haven’t experienced the egg allergy / issue that has bothered me for the past few years…
  • My physical training didn’t suffer as much this week. I’m going to start exiting my Winter Training Mode program as I do every March, but I’ll take it a bit slower and will save the 5 Tibetans for a couple of weeks down the road.
  • The bacon has been, and continues to be, delicious.
  • I cooked a roast in a slow-cooker for the first time, and it turned out nice and tender. Roast #2 was in the cooker as I wrote this; it was really tasty this morning and will be breakfast for the next couple of days.

The Lows…

I did not trip that kid.

They say that progress, even when slow, is still progress. Well, it’s been slow and I’m ready for some real progress.

  • My gut still in not happy. Not angry, but not humming along like it should be.
  • I decided to put the bone broth protein powder aside for the remainder of the experiment. While I love that stuff, it may, or may not, be slowing my progress. I will however continue to use Great Lakes Collagen and Bulletproof Collagen. Both are unflavored, high quality, and dissolve easily in water.

The Questions…

These questions are bouncing around in my head. I should probably answer them soon.

  • Should I continue on with another month of Carnivore just to give it a fair shake? I’ve entertained the idea of adding a second full month to the experiment, but that will really depend on how this next week goes.
  • If Carnivore doesn’t work for me as expected, what gives? What’s my plan? Do I ease back into Paleo / Keto, or try something else?

What’s up for Week 4?

Bacon cooked over a fire? Yes please!

At the end of Week 3, I did decide to go forward with the Beef Liver supplement, but because it’s such a powerful health aid, I’m taking it really slow. So this week, along with the the electrolytes, I’m also (re)introducing Betaine HCL with pepsin. I’ve used Betaine HCL with pepsin off and on for several years and now that my protein intake is so high, it should help my gut digest the tons of meat I’m enjoying.


That’s about it for Week 3. Oh, there was the funny little issue of blowin’ a small chunk of meat out of my nose during breakfast, but that’s another story for another day...!

Until next time…bac-on!

Eric







Meatful Monday #3: Carnivore Week Two in Review


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How would I summarize the second week of my Carnivore Diet experiment??

Yeah, that’s about right, it didn’t go over so well. It was not so good. Not horrible, thankfully, but it felt as if I took several steps backward compared to the week before. But, as the body makes such drastic adjustments, such setbacks, actual or simply perceived, should be expected.

I’ll keep this one short as I summarize Week #2’s results. If you missed the previous entries, take a quick look back at Meatful Monday #1 and Meaful Monday #2.

First, here’s the bad:

The Bad, but not so Horrible…

Meh…at best.

In the first week, I felt pretty good, mentally, and physically. The second week was pretty much the opposite due to the adjustment phase, and also due to the fact that I’m still not sure about the the whole “comfortably stuffed” thing. Most of the week went like this:

  • Tired. Missed / skipped three of four morning workouts.
  • Muscular endurance was noticeably low.
  • Crabbiness abounded and every single little thing seemed designed, and able, to tick me off…
  • Meal planning in terms of quantity was lackluster.
  • Getting enough fat is vital, and the Beef Tallow as mentioned below and last week helps a lot. Still, I’ve found it easier to obtain enough healthy fat when on Paleo.
  • Electrolytes are no joke. When on a low / ultra-low / no carb plan, sufficient quantities of proper and balanced electrolytes must be obtained each day, each hour.

The Good, but not so Great…

Yeah. Meh.

Thankfully, things were not all bad. There was some mostly good stuff too:

  • My mind seemed to remain clear despite the feeling of reverse progress.
  • Cravings for foods that I cannot have during this Carnivore Diet experiment have greatly decreased.
  • Bacon. No, seriously; it makes me happy!
  • I’ve been drinking plenty of water, so that’s…good.
  • I’m still in it. Despite the challenges, there is no reason to give up yet. I’m still hopeful, so I’m still in it.

New Questions…

Just a few new questions came up this week, and again, these are just ponderings, thoughts that I’m sure I’ll find the answers to over the next few days or weeks.

  • If things begin to turn around and go as well as I expect them, how long will I stay on the Carnivore Diet?
  • If Carnivore doesn’t work for me as expected, what gives?
  • I wonder what the Carnivore options are like when eating at a restaurant…

What’s Next?

photo of cooked bacon
Three pieces is never enough.

I did add two of these three powerful, healing foods to my plan, but I am delaying the Beef Liver supplement until I’m through the adjustment phase.

Bone Broth:

bowl of soup

The frozen bone broth was pretty good, but it seemed to lack the jelly-like consistency that I hoped for. So, I’m still collecting bones to make my own.

High-Quality Grass-Fed Beef Liver Supplement:

Though full of bio-available Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, CoQ10, choline, and Zinc among other vital nutrients, this one is on hold until I’m out of the adjustment phase. Hopefully, I will be able to begin using it this week.

Grass-Fed Beef Tallow:

I highly recommend* adding beef tallow as one of your healthy fats. It contains a good amount of vitamins including D and E, as well as choline and useful fatty acids, and it adds a pleasant taste to just about anything you use it in.


Onward into Week #3 I go!

Eric






Meatful Monday #2: Carnivore Week One in Review

selective focus photography of meat on grill

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With week #1 behind me, I’d like to share a few quick insights into my Carnivore Diet experiment / adventure. If you missed the first entry, take a quick look back at Meatful Monday #1.

Pros, so far…

close up of human hand

While I believe I’m noticing several internal (mind and body) positive effects, I’m not going to share those just yet. Since it’s only been a week, I want to make sure I’m not experiencing a placebo effect when it comes to the internal pros. But, I can share these:

  • Meal planning is rather simple.
  • My grocery bill is noticeably lower.
  • Bacon…
  • Bacon fat
  • Somewhere along the way I developed an egg allergy and had to stop eating them a few years ago. And even just a couple months ago when I retried them, I experienced the same irritation. For whatever reason I’m not yet sure of, I’ve had very minor to no issues this time around and I’ve eaten eggs every day.
  • This one is weird, but for some reason, water seems to taste even better than usual!
  • For the most part, I’ve been eating two meals a day and haven’t had the need for much more than that.

I felt like this little guy when I tried bacon again for the first time in many years:

Cons, so far…

Without a doubt, I’ve noticed some cons or negatives. Some were expected like lower energy during the adaptation phase, but thankfully that lasted only a day or so. Other cons, well…

  • Cravings…lots of them. I’ve not really been much of a heavy craver, but now I want everything that I can’t have!
  • I really miss my MMS, or Massive Morning Smoothie. This thing is not only massive, it’s quite tasty, and nutritious, and on my long teaching days, it allows me to teach and train for a good six or seven hours before I feel the need to refuel. I think I’ll share the recipe with you very soon.
  • I’ve never been a fast eater, and I’ve found that eating during this experiment takes even more time.
  • While meal planning is easier, breakfast prep takes a lot more time than making my MMS.
  • Did I mention the cravings? Oh, and the grocery store where I shop decided to add several new organic products this week, this week of all weeks, and none are on my list ’cause they ain’t meat.

New Questions…

question mark illustration

A few new questons have come up since I started the Carnivore Diet, but these are just ponderings, things that I’m sure I’ll find the answers to over the next few days or weeks.

  • They say to eat until you are “comfortably stuffed”… What does that mean, like “first date stuffed”, or “Thanksgiving Day stuffed”? There’s a difference for sure!
  • Are bone broth and collagen protein powders allowed? Some say yes, some say no, so for now until know for sure, I’m saying yes, in moderation.
  • What the heck are the “meat sweats“? Asking for a friend.

What’s Next?

close up photo of cooked bacon
What’s next? More bacon, of course!

This week, I’m hoping to add three powerful, healing foods to my arsenal, items that are great for you even if you’re not on the Carnivore Diet. I could be wrong but for some reason I think these nutrient-dense foods will work even better during this experiment:

Item 1: Bone broth

bowl of soup

I purchased some good, frozen, real bone broth and will be drinking that this week. I’m also saving bones to make my own. Its been a few years since I made bone broth so I can hardly wait to get it started. Bone broth is one of those super-foods you pretty much need to add if you’ve experienced chronic gut and / or joint issues*.

Item 2: High-Quality Grass-Fed Beef Liver Supplement

Beef liver is known to be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It’s full of bio-available Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, CoQ10, choline, and Zinc among other vital nutrients. But, since the thought of liver makes most of our stomachs quiver, this supplement provides an easy, convenient way to still reap the benefits without having to deal with the taste, feel, and smell of the organ meat…

Item 3: Grass-Fed Beef Liver Tallow

Contrary to what most of us have been taught, fat, healthy fat, is good for you; in fact, most of us need more healthy fats in our diets. Beef tallow is one of those healthy fats that you might want to look into if you haven’t yet. It contains a good amount of vitamins including D and E, as well as choline and useful fatty acids. And it’s great for cooking due to its high smoke point. Beef tallow also adds a nice flavor to whatever you use it in.


Well, that’s it for now. This week promises to be interesting as I continue the Carnivore path. Questions? Just let me know.

Until next time, enjoy your bacon!

Eric


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