How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This Year

December 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This Year

Worried about gaining weight this holiday season?

Turns out, you have reason to be concerned.

A recent study found that we gain an average of 1.5 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, even if we exercise during that time.

But there are things you can do to avoid this holiday weight gain.

Here are some ideas from Web MD:

2. Divert Your Attention
Many people forget that there’s more to a holiday party than food, Goldberg tells WebMD. “Don’t look at the party as just a food event,” she says. “Enjoy your friends’ company or dancing. Focus on something other than food.” Finn agrees. She says chatting is a great diversion, whether you’re at a small family dinner or a large party. “Take your mind off of food and focus on the conversation.”

3. Pace Yourself
Have you ever tried telling yourself you’ll only eat during the first half hour of a party? Goldberg says this strategy is a mistake. “If you cram in as much as you can in half an hour, you chew faster. Chewing more slowly will fill you up with less food.”

Find 8 more great ways to avoid holiday weight gain in the article here.

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Finding the Best After School Programs in Brooklyn

November 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Finding the Best After School Programs in Brooklyn

Do you need help finding the best after-school programs in Brooklyn?

Then check out this video, full of useful tips on finding the right after-school program for your child:

Try our karate after-school program!

After School Programs in BrooklynThe Urban Martial Arts Transported Karate After-School Program includes free school pick-up, a free karate uniform, a free T-shirt, karate classes 5 days a week, and plenty of time for homework and snacks.

Just enter your email address below to view prices and details, and to request a free school tour.

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Video from Our 2013 Halloween Party

November 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Halloween Party!

Joe the Magic Man put on an amazing performance as always, and our kids got to show off their dance moves.

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Urban Martial Arts at NY State Martial Arts Championships 2013

November 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Congratulations to everyone who competed at the recent New York State Martial Arts Championship 2013!

For a few of our students, this was only their first or second tournament and as you’ll see in the video, they showed a lot of heart!

Great job, everybody! We look forward to seeing how you’ll do in the next tournament!

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DETAILED TOURNAMENT RANKINGS

2ND PLACE
Donald Claireville (30-39 Advanced Mens Sparring)
Andrew Blake (30-39 Black Belt Mens Sparring)

3RD PLACE
Ma-Nya Scott (10-11 Black Belt Girls Sparring)
Esti Fruchter (10-11 Advanced Girls Sparring)

FINALISTS
Samuel Rodriguez (8-9 Beginner Boys Forms and Sparring)

You can view a full history of Urban Martial Arts’ tournament rankings here.

Veterans Day Karate Activity Camp on Monday, Nov 11, 2013

November 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Veterans Day Karate Activity Camp

Looking for a way to keep your child active, engaged, and having fun while school is out on Monday, November 11th?

Then sign them up for our Veterans Day Karate Activity Camp!

It’s just $75 per child if you register by 12 pm on Saturday, November 9th.

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Veterans Day Camp

What are the hours of the camp?
The main activities take place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. But you can drop off as early as 8 am and pick as late as 6 pm.

What will my child do at the camp?
Campers will do cardio workouts and a 30-minute karate class. Throughout the day we do a lot of other exercise disguised as games to keep the kids active. Character development is a very important part of our camps. During this camp, we’ll focus on the theme of accountability. We’ll have discussions about accountability, do activities related to accountability, and complete written and arts projects related to accountability.

Is this an intensive sports training camp?
No, it’s not an intensive training camp. It’s an activity camp that incorporates elements of karate and fitness. So kids stay active, but they’re not literally working out every hour of the day.

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Veterans Day Camp

Is this camp only open to existing Urban Martial Arts students?
No, this camp is open to all children – not just those already enrolled in our other programs. No previous karate experience is necessary.

Is lunch included in the camp?
No, all campers must pack their own lunch, snacks, and a water bottle.

What age students are eligible to participate in the camp?
The camp is open to students aged 4 and up.

What’s the tuition for the camp?
It’s $75 per child if you register by 12 pm on Saturday, November 9th. Campers who register on the day of will pay the full rate of $100.

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Veterans Day Camp

Members: If you prefer, we can charge the fee to the card we have on file for you – just call us at 718-287-5500.

Or if you’d like to pay by cash or check, you can do that at the front desk.

Election Day Karate Activity Camp on Tuesday Nov 5, 2013

October 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Election Day Karate Activity Camp

Looking for a way to keep your child active, engaged, and having fun while school is out on Tuesday, November 5th?

Then sign them up for our Election Day Karate Activity Camp!

It’s just $75 per child if you register by Monday, November 4th.

Interested in our Veterans Day Camp too on Monday, November 11th?

Pre-register for both camps for just $150! That’s a savings of 25%!

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Election Day Camp Only

$150 Election and Veterans Day Camps

What are the hours of the camp?
The main activities take place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. But you can drop off as early as 8 am and pick as late as 6 pm.

What will my child do at the camp?
Campers will do cardio workouts and a 30-minute karate class. Throughout the day we do a lot of other exercise disguised as games to keep the kids active. Character development is a very important part of our camps. During this camp, we’ll focus on the theme of courtesy. We’ll have discussions about courtesy, do activities related to courtesy, and complete written and arts projects related to courtesy.

Is this an intensive sports training camp?
No, it’s not an intensive training camp. It’s an activity camp that incorporates elements of karate and fitness. So kids stay active, but they’re not literally working out every hour of the day.

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Election Day Camp Only

$150 Election and Veterans Day Camps

Is this camp only open to existing Urban Martial Arts students?
No, this camp is open to all children – not just those already enrolled in our other programs. No previous karate experience is necessary.

Is lunch included in the camp?
No, all campers must pack their own lunch, snacks, and a water bottle.

What age students are eligible to participate in the camp?
The camp is open to students aged 4 and up.

What’s the tuition for the camp?
It’s $75 per child if you register by Monday, November 4th. If you pre-register for both the Election Day and the Veterans Day camps, it’s just $150 – that’s a savings of 25%! Campers who register on the day of will pay the full rate of $100.

Click below to instantly pay and register:

$75 Election Day Camp Only

$150 Election and Veterans Day Camps

Members: If you prefer, we can charge the fee to the card we have on file for you – just call us at 718-287-5500.

Or if you’d like to pay by cash or check, you can do that at the front desk.

How to Find Time for Kickboxing Classes

October 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

How to Find Time for Kickboxing Class

Have you been meaning to try kickboxing classes but feel like you don’t have the time?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Lack of time is one of the top reasons people give to explain why they don’t exercise.

But there are lots of ways to carve out 15-minute blocks in your day.

Do that a few times, and you’ve got an extra 45 minutes to take a kickboxing class!

Here are some ideas from Men’s Health:

1. FLIP OFF FACEBOOK.
The average American spends at least 7 hours a month on Facebook, according to Neilsen. Let’s do the math: Seven hours a month works out to 105 minutes each week, or hmmm, guess what? Exactly 15 minutes every single day.

2. SAY “NO!”
We know. You think you can do it all and you hate to say the N word. But we think you’ll really like it once you try it. Next time someone asks you to do something you really don’t want or need to do, say, “I’m sorry. No. I just can’t” and feel the freedom—and all that free time—wash over you. (Say it to your boss and you may have a lot of free time on your hands!)

3. PLAN YOUR PEAKS.
We all have certain times of the day when we are most focused and productive. Schedule your biggest tasks for that time (for many people it’s in the morning, say 9 am). You’ll get it done more quickly and efficiently than if you wait to tackle it during a natural low point (like midafternoon).

Find 4 more great time-savers in the article here.

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The 7 Best Halloween Books for Kids

October 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The 7 Best Halloween Books for Kids

Are you looking for some good Halloween books to read with your child this month?

If so, check out this article from the blog Modern Parents Messy Kids:

I liked Halloween as a child (what’s not to like?) but as an adult, I find I enjoy it even more.

I’m off the hook for dressing up, since I can costume my children instead, it’s the beginning of the holiday season, and I can finally start pulling out my Halloween book collection.

If you’re looking to bulk up your own collection, here are seven great ones to buy or check out from the library:

1. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and S.D. Schindler
This off-beat book about a skeleton desperately trying to get rid of the hiccups is sure to hit your child’s funny bone (can you guess what finally does get rid of his hiccups?).

2. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This is the #1 Halloween book on Amazon, and for good reason. It’s just so sweet and fun. A witch, zipping along on her broom with her cat, loses various items and is helped by a few kind creatures who, in return, just want to take a spin on her broom. Is there room for all of them?

3. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi
This classic poem gets a decidedly spooky twist, thanks to Tony DiTerlizzi’s black-and-white illustrations. What better way to introduce your child to poetry?

You can find her other 4 picks here.

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Video from September 2013 Karate Belt Promotion

October 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Congratulations to everyone who earned their new belts! You’ve put in a lot of hard work, and we’re so proud of you.

Here’s a video with some highlights from the belt promotion:

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Our Halloween Party is Friday October 25th, 2013

October 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Halloween Party

We hope you can make it to our free Halloween party next Friday!

We’ll have a fun performance from a special guest.

Be sure to wear a costume (parents – you too!) and bring a bag for candy!

Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm