October 2014 Newsletter

Wise Words from Sifu Rick!

Goals give life substance -To strive actively to achieve some goal gives life meaning and substance.
Don’t fear failure –Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.


  • Next Belt Test for those eligible Friday October 10th at 6:30pm
  • Next Black Belt exam for those eligible Saturday October 11th, from 9:00am till 3:30pm
  • Next MOM’s Pink Belt Class Friday 10/24/14 at 6:15PM, please rsvp your spot
  • Next Kenpo Revival Signature class for all Current and Former Brown and Black Belt Students, Saturday 10/25/14 at 11:00am

Black Belt Pride

October 2014 Student of the Month

Farhaan Syeed

Farhaan, along with his brother Siraaj, started with AASD in November of 2010. Farhaan enjoys many aspects of martial arts, but is especially good at kicking. His technique is one of the finest at the school. As a Black Belt Club Member, Farhaan is well on his way to Black Belt. Sifu Rick & Staff would also like to salute Farhaan’s parents Rashid & Fehmida for all their support of not only Farhaan, but of our Black Belt school as well. Job well done Farhaan.

Cardio Health Not The Only Focus

With today’s obesity epidemic and all the news about heart health, more people are forgetting the importance of strength training. Cardiovascular training and strength training can work together to help you achieve optimal overall health, although it is often difficult to find one activity that pairs the two together. Martial arts training is one of those activities that gives your heart a workout while keeping you lean and strong.

As we age, our body naturally loses muscle mass. If we don’t replace the lean muscle, we increase the percentage of fat in our bodies. This is one of the many reasons it is important to participate in a fun and enjoyable activity that provides both an aerobic and an anaerobic workout.
The exercises, like kicking, squatting, lunging and punching, that are practiced in martial arts classes are all great ways to increase strength. Push-ups, sit-ups, and leg lifts are also great strength training exercises common to a martial arts class. We have moved past the stigma that building muscles is just for body builders.

Below are some great benefits of strength training.

  • Bone Strength — Strength training increases bone density and strength by stressing your bones. As we age, this can help prevent osteoporosis or hunching.
  • Toning — Toning your muscles helps burn calories more efficiently. Muscles burn calories automatically, so the more lean muscle you build the more calories your body will burn.
  • Endurance — Greater endurance is key to any sport and life in general. When you have more lean muscle, you won’t get fatigued as fast.
  • Focus — Some research suggests strength training can also help maintain focus in older adults.

So remember: When you exercise, focus on cardiovascular health and building lean muscle. There are many options out there to build lean muscle; start with weight machines, free weights, and resistant bands or participate in martial arts and get a plethora of great benefits with just one activity.

Halloween Fun Facts

Around the world, Halloween is celebrated on October 31. Traditional celebrations usually include costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating.

Here are some fun facts about Halloween:

  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24 percent who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10 percent who preferred gum.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128).
  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.
  • Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
  • Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature nuts and apples (such as bobbing for apples) date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night.
  • Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

Halloween Food Safety Tips

As per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, take these simple steps to help your
children have a fun and safe Halloween.

  • Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”
  • To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out — don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Tell children not to accept — and especially not to eat — anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Enjoy the holiday and have fun with the kids!

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