June 2016 Newsletter

Wise Words from Sifu Rick!

LUCK: a loser’s excuse for a winner’s hard work and dedication!


  • Leadership Class Saturday, June 11 at 12:00pm, for all Black Belt Club Members, please rsvp asap!
  • Next Belt Test for those Little & Junior Dragons eligible Friday, June 10th at 6:30 pm
  • Next Belt Test for Adults eligible Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 am

Black Belt Pride

thousand oaks karateJune 2016 Student of the Month:

Jackson Moore

Jackson joined our Black belt school in August of 2011. As a 1st degree Brown Belt, Jackson is on his way to Black belt soon. Jackson’s sparring and forms, along with techniques, have improved tremendously over the years and he looks and acts much older and mature than his actual age.

Training along with his brother Cooper, Jackson usually can be counted on for intense forms and sparring during every class. It has been a true pleasure for Sifu Rick & Staff to watch Jackson mature into the fine young man he is today, and for years to come, and with upcoming Seminars and Tournaments we look forward to his participation to set an example for others to emulate!

Sifu Rick and staff wish to salute Jackson’s parents , Kay and Bill for all their support!!!

Competition — Noun —

The activity or condition of competing.

Competition is something that will always be part of your life and it can be the most fun and educational thing you do. You will have to go head-to-head with others and sometimes it will be healthy fun; other occasions may be hard or even painful. No matter what competition you face always perform with grace, good intent and good sportsmanship. Win or lose, keep this in mind and you will always be a winner!

Here are 3 things you can do to be a great competitor:

  1. Learn. Weather you are preparing to compete in an athletic or academic event make sure to pay attention and learn from your coaches and/or teachers.
  2. Practice. When not in class or at practice, make sure to set time aside to study and refine your abilities.
  3. Respect. Regardless of the outcome during your competition, always respect the process and your competitor.

The Benefits of Exercise

Why do you exercise? Is it to lose weight, to build muscle mass, or to increase your cardiovascular health? While these are all great incentives, there are many additional benefits. Too often, we focus on specific goals, and we overlook the gradual, positive changes that occur when exercise is part of our routines.

Improved mood — Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can help alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed.

Reduced stress — Exercise can increase norepinephrine, a chemical that helps manage the brain’s response to stress. Working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental and physical pressures.

Improved brain power — Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. This can help you with better decision making, higher thinking and learning.

Reduced physical effect of aging — Exercise may actually work on a cellular level to reverse our aging process according to a 2010 study from the University of California — San Francisco. Researchers found that stressed-out women who exercised for an average of 45 minutes a day over a three day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compared to women who were stressed and inactive.

Improved immune system —
Doctors have found that exercise can strengthen your immune system by boosting the cells in your body to help fight off diseases — even something as common as the cold or flu.

Finally, having a regular exercise routine can be contagious. Studies have shown that, when you exercise, your friends and family are more inclined to get in shape as well.

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