Dance-a-thon/Karate Marathon

After a month of planning I’m excited to say that our event was a BIG success! But for those of you who may not know, here’s what we got up to!

A team of us will once again climb all 144 flights of stairs up the CN Tower. In doing so we have to fundraise for the World Wildlife Fund. So to collect those donations, Autumn from ONE Movement and myself (James), from Kazoku Martial Arts Centre, came up with our first ever Dance-a-thon and Karate Marathon. Two worlds collided over six hours giving our students the chance to experience something different.

With many of our own attending the event and draw prizes to be won, we were able to collect $300.00 for our fundraiser. After calculating everything that’s been collected so far, from our event and our other team members, we have raised over $1000.00! And now with just one month to go all we need to do is prepare for the hike up 144 flights of stairs in the CN Tower.

Thank-you again to all of the local businesses who donated items for our draw prizes; including Monigram Coffee Roasers, E.V.O Kitchen, Sunset Gourmet, Sugar Berries, Moksha Cambridge, and Nature’s Vibe. Also a BIG thank-you to Autumn for letting us use her space and another thank-you to all of those who participated.

Kazoku Martial Arts Centre.

Fuelling Young Athletes

jaiten-1Have you ever wondered what you should be feeding your young athlete before, during, and after games? Listed below are just a few tips recommended by “Conditioning Young Athletes” by Tudor O. Bompa,  and PhD Michael Carrera, Human Kinetics.


Purpose: to replenish the body and prevent injury

Pre-game meal: 2-3 hours before a game

  • High in carbohydrates
  • Just a regular meal that consists of carbs, proteins, and fats
  • Protein sources should come from both plants and meats
  • Avoid gassy foods like legumes, chickpeas, and kidney beans as they may cause distress on the body reducing your child’s performance
  • DON’T EAT ON THE RUN! (if you can)

Post-game meal:

  • 30 min after a game, have a snack that consists of a protein and a carbohydrate (i.e. banana and peanut butter, chocolate milk, or a bagel with peanut butter)
  • Avoid sugary snacks (i.e. cereal bar)

  • 60 min after a game, have a regular meal that consists of higher carbohydrates to replenish the energy used during the game

Tournament Days:

  • If the game’s early, eat light (i.e. egg on toast)
  • After first game, they can have a suitable meal
  • Protein and carb based snacks throughout the day; such as tuna wraps, veggies, etc…
  • Eat whether they feel hungry or not, that way they can avoid an energy crash during the game. Essentially they are keeping their fuel stores going
  • Water for games or tournaments that last only 60 minutes but if the tournament lasts longer than 60 minutes, drinks like gatorade can be consumed. This way their electrolytes will stay up throughout the day