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Apple Bok Choy Salad

Monthly Recipe

Apple Bok Choy Salad

  • 6 cups of finely chopped bok choy
  • 1 large apple shredded
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews or 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Combine bok choy, apple, carrot, and chopping red onion in a bowl.Apple Bok Choy Salad.jpg

Blend soy milk, cashews, vinegar, raisins, and mustard in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add desired amount to chopped vegetables.

Nutrition Facts: CALORIES 202, PROTEIN 7 g, CARBOHYDRATES 26g, TOTAL FAT 8.9g, SATURATED FAT  1.7g, SODIUM 89mg, FIBRE 4g, BETA-CAROTENE 1,383ug, VITAMIN C 20mg, CALCIUM 90mg, IRON 2.3mg, FOLATE 55ug, MAGNESIUM 74mg, ZINC 1.4mg, SELENIUM 4.2ug


Recipe can be found in “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. on page 116


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Club’s Sweater Weather Gear is Here!

With the Fall fast approaching, we thought it would be better to prepare ahead of time before it gets too cold. That said, we’ve finally prepared our club’s sweater weather gear! Available in men’s, women’s, and youth.

You can browse through all of our Club’s swag below.

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Gym bags and custom orders are available upon request, contact Us for details.

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Time to Celebrate!

At Kazoku Martial Arts Centre we take birthdays pretty seriously. In fact, we take them so seriously we want to give you a little something something when you turn another year older.tiny cakes 2

Thanks to our friends at Tiny Cakes you will receive a special birthday voucher in your e-mail.

All you need to do is go on over to their shop at 65 Dickson St. Cambridge and tell them the secret password in your e-mail. Passwords are only good for a week however, so be sure to get their quick!

And don’t forget to take a photo of you with your delicious treat and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to see which flavour you choose; it may even be one of our favourites.

Note* This offer is only valid to club members. Personal training clients, group fitness members, or karate students.

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Good Karma Summer Yoga

Hello and thank-you once again for taking the time to read our club’s blog! Today I would like to share with you the immense impact we have been making with our Good Karma Summer Yoga program.

Yoga 3Each week we have been picking a different charity to raise money for. All together we have raised over $200.00 in just a couple of weeks, and with another month of Summer ahead of us we should be able to double – if not triple that number!

So far we have raised money for:

  • Worldvision – providing text books and emergency water supplies
  • National Service Dogs
  • The Rainbow Railroad
  • Medical Service Dogs for Autism

In the weeks to come, we hope to help:

  • Cambridge Food Bank
  • Little Friends Rescue
  • The Women’s Crisis Services
  • And more

You can join us every Tuesday evening from 6-7pm and Saturday morning from 10-11am and help make a bigger impact for these local charities!

Contact James at: info@kazokumartialartscentre.com

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Summer Yoga Program 2016

13523857_10153835696852568_493650106_o (2)Starting Saturday, July 10th to August 28th

Due to high demand, we will be offering a 60 minute yoga class every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am throughout the Summer months (not including long weekends).

Each class will be based on donations toward our sponsor child through World Vision. Any amount can help change the life of our little girl Scarlett.

If you would be interested in joining us, please contact us by phone or by e-mail.

Phone: 519.267.8882
E-mail: info@kazokumartialartscentre.com

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Dojo Etiquette

Here are just some simple rules to remember when entering the dojo; whether it’s your own or when you are visiting somebody else’s.

  1. Entering/leaving the dojo area: whether you’re entering or leaving the dojo you should always make sure you bow. It shows that you respect the space you are about to train in.
  2. To the instructor or anybody else: you should always greet the instructor, coach, or fellow student with a bow. Like the dojo itself, it shows that you want to give them your respect.
  3. Hygiene: a clean uniform, clipped toe/fingernails, and a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. Clipped nails is also a safety thing! Nobody wants to get scratched.
  4. Talking: the best time to have a conversation is at the end of class. Having a conversation while your instructor’s trying to teach… not the best time.
  5. Equipment: remember that the equipment in the room is for everybody to use. Studio 1Throwing it around may damage the equipment, the space, or actually hurt somebody. So it’s probably best if it doesn’t go airborne.
  6. Jewellery: watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings (especially diamond rings) should be removed before class. Keeping them in a safe place at home will prevent them from either being damaged or worse… stolen! Jewellery or any other accessory can also cause injury.
  7. Sick: if you’re sick, it’s probably best to rest.
  8. Profanity/Insults: sometimes it’s best left unsaid. Avoid swearing or saying something mean about another student. We’re all here to become better martial artists and saying inappropriate things is definitely not allowed.
  9. Blaming Others: take responsibility for your actions. If it’s something you sincerely didn’t do, bring the situation to your instructor. They can help mediate the situation and help avoid any further conflict. (i.e. who tagged who in the warm-up game!).
  10. Last but not least… Ego: leave the ego off the mats. nobody likes a know-it-all. We’re all leaders in the dojo and must lead by example.

There are plenty of other rules that can be added here but these are just the top 10. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Training with the Ultimate Karate Nerd

Karate By Jesse Seminar

Quebec City, Quebec & Kitchener, Ontario

Last weekend I had the opportunity to train with the biggest “Karate Nerd” out there, Jesse Enkamp. For those of you who may not know he is a self-proclaimed Karate Nerd, which means that everyday he is either reading, training, teaching, or even just thinking about karate.

What Did We Cover?

The first day Jeric and I travelled all the way to Old Quebec City; for those of you who don’t know, it’s about 9’ish hours away from Waterloo.  When we arrived I maneuvered my away around to find Sensei Rudy Daquet’s dojo where we spent six hours training two separate ideas – the old and the new.

The new consisted of ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder mobility & stability; making sure these particular joints are not only strong but flexible.

Rolling, jumping, turning and twisting in directions we didn’t think we could… we learned how these joints are meant to be used in order to make our karate stronger.

Note* these concepts can apply to anything; whether it’s fitness, basketball (or any sport), and even to increase your range of motion.
Session two consisted of the old, how to apply traditional concepts from Okinawa to make you a better fighter. Utilizing both hands to work together but also at the same time. With practice we all managed to grasp the idea and now it’s just a matter of doing our homework!

Of course, being the nerd that I am, I also bought my ticket to the seminar in Kitchener at Driftwood Martial Arts (it was definitely a shorter drive!).

Jesse went over the exact same principles, but I am glad I went because it helped me understand his concepts even more. Not only that but I had the privilege to be his Uke – “Receiver” – during his presentation; something I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to do when I first came across his website (Thank-you!!).

Now whether he knows this or not, Jesse is definitely the leader of a new generation of martial artists. His dedication to the art of karate can be seen in everything he does; it can be during one of his seminars or in one of his blog posts. But I look forward to attending his next seminar, perhaps even host one of our own.

Thank-you to Karate Charlesburg Dojo and Driftwood Martial Arts for hosting the event and once again thank-you Sensei Jesse for coming to Canada.
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7 Reasons to Sign Your Son or Daughter up for Karate

Karate, like any martial art, can help transform any man, woman, or child to become something they never thought they could be. Behind all the kicking, punching, and blocking hides a deeper meaning. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider the martial arts for your child (or even yourself!).

  1. It builds their self-esteem and self-efficacy: the martial art club you join should be a positive environment. It should encourage growth and building healthy relationships with everyone in class. Their should be a certain level of discipline but nobody should ever feel worthless.
  2. But it also teaches humility: it’s a hard truth to face but in the martial arts there will always be someone bigger and stronger than you, but that’s ok! We want to encourage the growth of confidence in every child but learning to be humble is just as important.
  3. 12980956_10153677216037568_594578123_oEncourages physical activity: it’s getting harder and harder these days to pry our children away from their television shows, video games, and other hand held devices. Enrolling your child in a proper martial arts school should educate and encourage physical activity insides and outside of class. Giving out homework or having a set of requirements for their next level will help promote more activity at home.
  4. Promotes proprioceptive development (i.e. speed, agility, balance, etc…): these skills may vary depending on the age of your child. For the smaller kids it’s about developing these skills; teaching them how to balance on one leg, showing them the difference between their lefts from their rights, and more. But as we get older these skills slowly diminish if we do not keep them in practice. So for the older kids it’s about keeping this up so it doesn’t disappear in adulthood.
  5. Teaches them to breathe: have you yourself ever focused on your breath, just your breath? It’s definitely harder than it looks since we do it without really thinking about it. Breathing can help anybody learn to focus and reduce their stress; it’s beneficial on so many levels.
  6. It will help develop the ability to focus: after learning how to breathe the martial arts will help develop your child’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Breaking things down and building them back up as well as focusing on a large target or even just a tiny one.
  7. 12970128_10153677216152568_1699922542_oThey will learn how to work with others: learning to work with others is a very important skill. In class it may be to develop a new technique in a sparring match or to have their friend critique their kata, but in real life it may be to finish a class project or fix their bicycle in the garage. Learning this skill can help teach your child to build healthy relationships throughout the rest of their life.

For more information on our karate programs click HERE!