September 2015 Newsletter

Wise Words from Sifu Rick!

What is Luck, a loser’s excuse for a winner’s hard work and dedication!


  • Next Belt Test for those eligible Friday October 9th at 6:30pm
  • Next Adult Belt Test for those eligible October 10th at 11:00am
  • Beach workout, Ventura Beach Saturday Sep 19th 9:00am
  • Kenpo Tournament Saturday Oct 3rd, Fillmore!

Black Belt Pride

thousand oaks karateSeptember 2015 Student of the Month

Cameron Scott

Cameron Started with AASD in March of 2012. Currently a brown belt, Cameron is well on his way to Black Belt excellence. Always giving 100% and then some, Cameron shows true Black Belt spirit in everything he does, and more importantly, he is always willing to help others in class.

Cameron has shown real leadership skills far beyond his age, along with technical ability, that has gotten the attention of Sifu Rick & Staff.

We would like to congratulate Cameron’s parents, Stuart & Anita, for all their support of not only Cameron, but of our Black Belt school as well!

Get Hydrated!

Did you know the human body is composed of between 55 and 78 percent water? Adequate and regular water consumption has numerous health benefits. Water also has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar. To maintain a healthy body, experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. Here are some excellent benefits of drinking your recommended daily water intake.

Helps with weight loss
Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss. Extra H2O helps us eat less by making us feel full, and it can also boost metabolism.
Maintains regularity
Drinking more water aids in digestion as water is essential to digesting food and preventing constipation.
Improves mood
Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed, it actually improves our state of mind. Even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact moods.
Prevents headaches
Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration. Upping your water intake can prevent or ease head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
Keeps kidneys working
Kidneys remove waste from our bodies, help control our blood pressure and balance fluids. They are crucial to keeping our systems running smoothly, and the more water you drink, the easier their job is.
Maintains energy
Next time you’re feeling sleepy, try drinking a couple glasses of water. Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration and filling back up on H2O could zap the sleepiness. Dehydration also causes shrinkage of brain tissue, so when we haven’t been drinking enough water, our brains have to work a lot harder to perform at the same level.
Protects joints and cartilage
Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by
aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
Saves you money
Water is free! Even if you choose bottled water, it’s still cheaper than high sugar and/or caffeine loaded beverages.

Healthy Eating Ideas for Kids

A road trip can be a fun vacation, but keeping everyone entertained on an extended drive can be a bit of a challenge. Below are a few fun, no-set-up-required games to play with your children during drive-time.
The Grocery Game
The grocery game provides a neat twist to classic memory games. To start, the first player names an item that can be purchased at the grocery store that begins with the letter A. The next player must repeat the A item and add an item starting with a B. The game moves forward from there, with each player beginning their turn by listing all previously named items, and then adding their own to the alphabetized list. If you forget an item, you’re out.
Variations of this game: Try playing this game with any category, from animals to people’s names.
Team Storytelling
Start this game by saying the first line of a story. Begin with something simple like “Once upon a time, there was a brave knight” or challenge the group’s creativity with a line like “Lisa always knew this day would come.” Each person in the car takes turns adding a line to the story.
Variations: Make a rule that lines must rhyme, you’re sure to have a memorable time!
The Name Game
This game begins with everyone in the car establishing a beat of two claps, followed by two snaps. Once everyone is on beat, start the game by saying your own name on the claps, and the name of another passenger on the snaps. Play then passes to the person named, who must say their own name on the claps, and pass to someone else on the snaps. Keep going until someone makes a mistake.
Variations: Once everyone understands how to play, speed up the rhythm to challenge their new skills.

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