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October Health Tips: 7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

October Health Tips: 7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

7 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu really helps kids deal with bullying

 Original article courtesy of GracieMag

Bullying is a real problem in our society today. Left unaddressed, it can lead to serious consequences and sometimes, unfortunately, tragedies. It’s well known that Jiu-Jitsu can be a tool to help kids stand up to bullies, but how? Here are 7 reasons why the gentle art actually helps kids to deal with abusive colleagues.

 1) Self-confidence repels cowards

A bully is a coward. He or she identifies those who lack self-confidence and prey on it. Jiu-Jitsu gives kids the self-confidence to stand up for themselves at the moment of the first approach, usually a verbal one. Once you know that you can defend yourself, you will let the bully know right away and they will usually back off.

2) An antidote to fear and insecurity

There are two main ingredients to bullying: fear and insecurity. The fearful is usually the victim and the insecure is usually the aggressor that seeks confrontation to hide their own feeling of weakness. The gentle art will teach kids to defend themselves when necessary and help them deal with fear. At the same time, it will address insecurity and help that aggressive kid to be more confident, polite and respectful.

3) Respect for differences  

There’s no room for prejudice on the mat. As you have to actually prove yourself against all sorts of people, you quickly realize that we are all equal in our shortcomings and potentials. The difference lies on how much work we put in to neutralize one and boost the other. This notion will most likely accompany the child outside the academy as well.

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4) The bonds of friendship

Bullies go after kids who have trouble making connections, feel different and don’t relate well o the group. Jiu-Jitsu will work as a mediator and help the child make friends. Being a contact sport, the gentle art is a channel to make everyone fit into the group. If you don’t fear the group, being part of it becomes much easier.

5) Self-esteem balance

Having low self-esteem is the gateway to an isolated, fearful and unhappy life. On the other hand, too much of it can turn you into a cocky obnoxious person, child or adult. Jiu-Jitsu will quickly give that issue the balance it needs so much. As kids win and lose, as we all do on the mats, they learn that it’s your actions that prove your value, instead of what you or others think of yourself.

6) Help for the parents 

Nothing can replace a good upbringing by the kids parents. If a child receives the right values, he or she is on the right track to be a good person. Jiu-Jitsu will help with that, as it teaches the value of hard work, respect for others and the right way to deal with victory and defeat, pleasure and pain, reward and punishment.

7) Pressure release

Life is full of stressful moments for kids and adults alike. We all have to deal with little unpleasantness on a daily basis. Once again, Jiu-Jitsu will teach you how to deal with those less than peaceful moments of life. On the mat, the number one lesson you learn is how to deal with discomfort.

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July Health Tips: 5 Tips for BJJ Nutrition Basics

July Health Tips: 5 Tips for BJJ Nutrition Basics

No fads or extreme diets here…just sound nutrition principles that help our athletes stay healthy, make weight and perform at their best.

By: Corey Beasley

“Coach, I need to make weight…what should I eat?”

This seems to be a common question among wrestlers, jiu jitsu players and mma fighters these days.  People scrambling last minute to make weight and hoping that their plan pays off.

I’ve heard it all…low carb, no carb, high protein, low fat, fasting, starving, paleo and more.

With all of the options and opinions, its no wonder why so many coaches and athletes are confused.

When our athletes are preparing for competition, we prefer to keep things simple. 

No fads or extreme diets here…just sound nutrition principles that help our athletes stay healthy, make weight and perform at their best.

Need to make weight? Here are 5 Basic Principles to Follow:

1.  Drink Water

Our bodies are roughly 70% water.  These days, things like coffee, energy drinks, juice, alcohol, soda, etc is the majority of what we consume.  Not only is this adding tons of sugar and chemicals into our body, but it is also leaving us dehydrated.  Dehydrations can affect our energy levels, performance and leave us vulnerable to injury. 

Bottom line:  Drink more water.  Carry a gallon jug or keep it available, so you can sip a little water all day long.

2.  Eat MORE Vegetables

Grandma was right!  We need to eat our vegetables.  They provide valuable antioxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, fiber and other things that help our body recover, fight off disease, get rid of waste, digest our foods and more. 

Bottomline:  Veggies fill us up, help us recover and don’t add a lot of calories.  They are the perfect filler food when you a cutting weight.  Add a bag of spinach to your day and I bet you’ll be happy with the results.

3. Quality Protein at Every Meal

When we train, our bodies get broken down. Eating quality proteins like organic/free range eggs, chicken, grass fed beef, wild fish and other wild game, gives our body the building blocks it needs to repair damaged muscle fibers and recover between workouts. 

Bottom line:  Eat a bit of protein at every meal.

4. Don’t Forget the FAT

For years, FAT was the enemy.  Food companies fooled us all and the whole “No Fat” plan led us down the wrong path.  The truth is, that naturally naturally occurring fats are actually really good for us.  Avocado, nuts, seeds, olives, coconuts and the oils from these plants help our bodies in many ways.  They can help hormone production, keep us feeling full and provide a natural anti-inflammatory response in our bodies.

Bottom line:  Naturally occurring fats are good for us, but processed fats that occur is most packaged foods are the enemy.  Add a little healthy fat to each meal and you will thank me later.

5. Carbs are NOT Always the Enemy

No carb diets are the enemy of most athletes.  Carbohydrates allow our brains and muscles to function.  Without carbs, our thoughts can get foggy, reaction time reduces and our muscles do not have the fuel to perform.  The mistake most people make is that they ingest WAY too many carbohydrates, from poor sources, at the wrong times.

Fruits, grains and root vegetables are nature’s way of providing us with carbohydrates.  Cookies, pastries, breads, juices, crackers, chips and other carb filled treats are the enemy. 

Bottom line:  Eat the majority of your ‘good’ carbohydrates after your workouts and avoid carbohydrates from low quality sources.

For the majority of athletes that have implemented to principles above, they leaned out, felt great and performed at their best. Sure, people are individual and might need to tweak certain aspects of their nutrition, but these basics are a great foundation.

Ideally, these would become daily habits and you would walk around, within a few lbs of your competition weight. The big problem is that most guys bloat up, binge and gain too much weight after a fight or competition. 

A Few More Helpful Tips:

  • If it’s in the house, you will eat it – Throw away the distractions. 
  • Shop and Prepare foods ahead of time
  • Carry a cooler, so you have healthy options with you
  • Keep a simple log of what you eat and when
  • Track your progress – weigh in once per week and/or get your body fat checked regularly.

We’ve all heard of guys starving themselves, cutting water weight and making themselves miserable.  Worse yet, some miss weight and even end up in the hospital. This can be avoided by implementing some basic nutritional principles, sticking to them and giving your body the fuel it needs to perform. 

While, it’s not always easy, improving your eating habits will have a dramatic affect on your body composition, energy levels and performance on the mat or in the cage.  If it’s important to you, you will get started and slowly improve over time. 

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June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

June Health Tips : The Correct Time to Drink Water

The June health tips keep you hydrated and more!

Here are the June Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

You know drinking enough water to stay hydrated is vital for good health. But did you know that there is a correct time to drink water to maximize its effectiveness on the human body? Here are some tips to help maximize your health by drinking water:

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May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

May Health Tips : Health Benefits of a Cold Shower

The May health tips are truly invigorating!

Here are the May Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

Living in Canada, where we get more than our fair share of cold, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would take a cold shower on purpose. But there are many health benefits to taking cold showers – not including the invigorating jump-start to your day!

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April Health Tips

April Health Tips

April Health Tips

Feeling Yucky? There’s a Tea for That

Here are the April Health Tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

Tea has a myriad of health benefits so you really don’t need an excuse to drink it. But what if you aren’t feeling your best? Have a cold? Or maybe your stressed? Different teas can bring relief to what ails you:

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March Health Tips

March Health Tips

March Health Tips:

8 Stretches to Energize Your Morning

Here are a few tips you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. Every small positive change makes a difference!

With the arrival of March we can see a few signs of spring – including the March Health Tips! Longer days and maybe (cross your fingers) warmer temperatures. Still, you may need inspiration to help get you out of bed in the morning.

Stretching is a fantastic way to get the blood flowing and begin your day. Try these 9 stretches from SparkPeople:

 

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February Health Tips

February Health Tips:

9 Green Monster Ways to Detox

So it’s suddenly February and maybe you are sticking to your healthy resolutions – or maybe not. If you need a kick in the butt to get going, why not try our February Health Tips, 9 Green Monster Ways to Detox. You’ll feel better and jump start your healthy lifestyle:

 

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January Health Tips

January Health Tips:

Happy New Year! Rev Up Your Metabolism

Well ‘Hello’ 2016! Whew…did you stay on track with your healthy eating over the last month? What about getting out to get some regular exercise? Yeah…me neither. The parties, spirits, and food have all come to an end so now it’s time to get back on track.

Boost your metabolism and give yourself a kick start to a healthy 2016 by making these foods part of your healthy diet:

January 2016 Health Tips

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December Health Tips

December Health Tips

December Health Tips:

No More Boring Water! Hydrate With Flavour

It’s the holiday time again and with the fun and festivities comes the heavy food and drinks that are delicious but not necessarily the most healthy. While treating yourself over the holidays, try to remember our December Health Tips and incorporate as many healthy habits as you can. Staying hydrated is an easy, healthy habit. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Click the button to see how to jazz up your water with 10 Healthy Tips:

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November Health Tips

Here is the November Health Tips from Legends Training Centre.

Without a healthy diet, it is difficult to concentrate, pay attention, remember and learn. This is especially critical to a child’s success in school, and the back-to-school season is the perfect time to make some healthy changes to your entire family’s diet and be sure that everyone is getting enough brain food! Eating foods with folate, omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan are some of the best ways to get the nutrients you need to your brain.

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