Events, Fitness, nutrition, personal training

Fitness Challenge

Fitness AssessmentDetails

When: Tuesday, January, 9th, 2018
When: 6:30-8pm
Where: Highland Public Elementary School – 125 Salisbury Ave, Cambridge
Click HERE to join our event.
 

What is a fitness assessment?

 
It is a collective group of physical activities to test your muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular health (heart and lungs), your flexibility, and finally your weight and other additional measurements.
 

Why are we hosting this?

 
To really push our members to be the best they can be! In addition, it’s a great way for us to set milestones for ourselves as a club. We will be hosting assessments every couple of months and hopefully in a few different locations to vary our assessments.
 

How do you register?

 
Contact James at info@kazokumartialartscentre.com to let him know you are interested in partaking in this challenge. Each participant is required to fill out a consent form, a PAR-Q (annually), and contribute to our fundraiser:
 
  • Kids (10-13): $5 (no tax)
  • Club Members – $10 (no tax)
  • Non-members – $15 (no tax)
ALL proceeds will go towards purchasing new fitness equipment for our club. Our goal, a full set of dumbbells!
 

Age restrictions for this assessment are:

  • Youngest: 10 years
  • Oldest: 65+

Required equipment:

  • Indoor running shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Water
  • Registration fee
  • Fitness mat (some will be provided)
  • A wickedly positive attitude!!
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Client's Pick, nutrition, personal training, Recipes, Uncategorized

Shalini’s Pick

Shalini .GHere’s another delicious pick from our lovely lady Shalini. She’s always excited to share healthy yet delicious finds. And don’t forget if you have a recipe you would like to share, be sure to send it our way to feature it on our blog!

Please note: the recipes we share are referred to us by our clients and club members. All recipes are referenced accordingly at the bottom of the page with a link to their website.

 


Spicy Thai Chicken Zoodle Salad

Serves 1

Ingredients

Dressing:

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Salad:

  • 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup leftover cooked chicken, shredded
  • ¼ avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Visit Nom Nom Paleo’s website for full cooking directions.

Client's Pick, Fitness, nutrition, personal training, Recipes

Shalini’s Pick

Cinnamon Cheesecake Pumpkin Spice Bites

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Shalini is one of our parents here at Kazoku Martial Arts Centre. Her son and daughter as well as her husband participate in our martial arts classes 2-4x per week. She’s always recommending Keto Friendly recipes and even her traditional Guyanese style dishes (which are SUPER delicious by the way!). Check out her latest pick below!

Please note: the recipes we share are referred to us by our clients and club members. All recipes are referenced accordingly at the bottom of the page with a link to their website.

 

 


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Protein Bite Ingredients:

(This is a no-bake recipe)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  •  cup canned pumpkin purée, like this one
  • 4 tbsp  to 6 tbsp sweetener of choice (to taste) Baker’s Blend Stevia works well
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2  ½ tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla whey

Coating Recipe

  • ⅓  cup minced walnuts or almonds
  • 2 tbsp sweetener
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix
  2. Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes or until firm enough to roll
  3. In a medium bowl combine all the coating ingredients and stir together. Set aside
  4. Roll your mixture into golf-ball sized balls
  5. Dip in mixture
  6. Enjoy

MAKES 7 SERVING

Macros (2 per serving):

Protein: 10 grams
Fats: 15 grams
Carbs: 3 grams

Reference:

 

community, karate, Student Highlight

Student Highlight

EthanThis month I (Sensei James) would like to nominate Ethan as the Student of the Month for his generosity and humble sportsmanship during his first tournament with the Ontario Karate Federation. For those of you who could not attend October’s recreational tournament or had to leave early before Ethan’s division was up, him and I were watching while another young student was competing. Within this division it is required to be equipped with protective gear and something to distinguish which colour you are (blue – ao or red – aka in karate).

This young boy did not have blue gear or a chest protector. About to be disqualified because of this, I stood up and asked Ethan if we could use his gear and without hesitation he took it off to lend to the other athlete. Because of this, the young boy was able to finish his match without being disqualified.

This is a great example of a true athlete and it is why we do what we do. Great job Ethan!

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Events, karate, Sponsorship, Tournaments

Ontario Karate Federation Recreational Division

AJThe day starts with the sun barely up and you begin to make your long drive to the venue. When you arrive you walk through the doors to hear nothing but commotion as each competitor makes their way to compete. And even though you are tired and you know it’s going to be a long day, it is always exciting to be there.

October 22, 2017 marked the first time any of our students would compete on the mats themselves in the recreational division with the Ontario Karate Federation. A longer day for some, but exciting all the same!

First we had our 6-9 year olds compete in kata (a series of moves put into a pattern) and kumite (or sparring). And even though they were nervous, they pulled it off and showed the other competitors they meant business. Afterwards, our 10-12 year old students made it to the mats and managed to make it to the second round. They certainly moved like true athletes.

When Liam went up to compete in the 13-14 year kata, we fell silent. He didn’t just win his first round, or his second, but managed to attain a silver medal. A first for him and our club! Excited, we cheered and a proud mum and dad could be heard across the room.

And that was just a start.

Our second winner was Nick who brought home a bronze in kumite. Our girls Amie, Olivia, and Alyssa also managed to bring home a couple more bronze, silver, and even gold medals in kata and kumite! They were forces to be reckoned with.

But congratulations again to all of our competitors who came out to test their skills and who gave it their all. Thank-you to all of the parents who invested a whole Sunday to cheer on their little ones as well as Jeric and Jamie-lynn (plus Brad!) for coming out to assist Sensei James while we had multiple rings going on at once. To our fellow friends who provided us with the proper equipment when we needed it. It’s great to know everyone is there to support one another. And lastly, thank-you to the organizers/volunteers who managed to pull-off another wonderful competition.


Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for constant updates and some behind the scene action at Kazoku Martial Arts Centre.

community

Kids Can Play

Did you know about Kids Can Play Cambridge?

No?

Well here’s what you need to know!

BaseballBoySmallKids Can Play is a charity organization who aims to assist families with the enrolment fee for extra curricular activities so that kids who are living under the poverty line can experience art, music, sports, and more. They assist because 10% of children within the Waterloo region live under the poverty line, which translates to thousands of children who require assistance.

Just a few of the recreational activities Kids Can Play assists families with are:

  • Dance
  • Martial Arts
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Art Lessons

If you or somebody you know would like to know more about their services or what the guidelines are to qualify, click HERE to visit their website.

Help Make a Difference

You can make a donation, large or small, by contacting them directly.

Client's Pick, Fitness, nutrition, Recipes

Lori’s Pick

LoriHere’s another pick from our wonderful Lori .P. She’s highly recommending this recipe and says she makes it every night for her and her family because it’s to die for! So check it out and let us know what you think by commenting below and sharing on Facebook.

Skillet Chicken Pizza

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds bone-in chicken thighs (or other bone-in chicken pieces)
  • 2 strips thick-cut bacon (or pancetta), cut in pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained – these are dried flower buds – they give a nice salty taste!
  • ¼ teaspoon red chile flakes (use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 14 ounces canned whole plum tomatoes – I use a 28oz can
  • 2 pints fresh cherry tomatoes – I have used fresh field and roma tomatoes too!
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus 1 large sprig of basil
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

    Directions

  1. Chicken Skillet PizzaPreheat the oven to 425 degrees F. I use a heavy skillet and put it on the BBQ instead of the oven
  2. Add the chopped bacon (or pancetta) to a large oven-proof skillet (I used a 10″ for a two-person meal) and cook over medium-high heat until crisp and golden brown. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate.
  3. If the pan is a little dry, add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes — they should be well-browned on all sides but not cooked through. Transfer the chicken thighs to the plate with the bacon. (Don’t drain the pan at any point!)
  5. Add the garlic, capers, and chile flakes to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes, the large sprig of basil, and the oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the tomatoes break down and the sauce thickens a bit. It helps to smash the tomatoes a bit with the back of a spatula or spoon as they cook.
  7. Add the bacon and chicken thighs back to the pan, and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove the skillet from the oven. Turn the broiler on high. Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and sprinkle them over the top of the skillet. Place the skillet under the broiler for about 2 minutes — watch carefully! Take it out as soon as the cheese bubbles and browns.
  9. Sprinkle the chopped fresh basil over the skillet. Serve over baby spinach or other greens.

 

Client's Pick, Recipes

Mary’s Pick

me and mumPumpkin Pie Ice-cream Cake

My mum can find some pretty amazing recipes during the Holidays. This one was shared with us a week ago and it’s too delicious to wait until next Thanksgiving to share. So be sure to bookmark this page for 2018 or if you’re from the U.S., add it to your menu!

And by no means is this a healthy recipe!

Directions

Crust

  • 2 2/3 cups cookies
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 8 tablespoons of melted butter

Filling

  • 3/4 cup puree pumpkin
  • 1 can carnation evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger
  • 1/4 tsp clove and nutmeg
  • 1 cup cream

pumpkinicecreampie-8Directions

Crush pecans and cookies and blend with melted butter. Place into the bottom of the baking pan.

Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, condensed milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, gloves, ginger, nutmeg.

Set aside

Whip cream into stiff peaks, fold into pumpkin mixture and pour into shell. Freeze overnight.