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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

    The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

    Here’s a picture of Theo with the recent addition to the family Joëlle, born on September 24th, 2017. My son Theo is at the age now where he wants to do everything mommy and daddy do. He wants to eat with a fork, not just a grown up fork but the fork daddy has in his hands. He wants to breastfeed his little sister just like his mommy. He emulates everything we do and say. He wakes up every morning kicking and punching (me). I wonder where he got that from? He’ll spontaneously pop a squat or drop down into his version of a push up followed by a ninja roll because he sees me walking in the house and assumes I just came back from the dojo. He can’t wait to be on the ....

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  • The Art of Tying the Gi Pants

    One of our core values at 100% Martial Arts & Fitness is Excellence. We give our 100% in everything we do, and that includes tying our pants properly so they don't fall down on the mat. That being said, below you'll find a short video on how to tie your drawstring gi pants. Parents do us all a favour and watch this one :).   The Art of Tying the Gi Pants from 100% Martial Arts & Fitness (E) on Vimeo . Learn More at:
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  • How to Tie Your Belt - Video Tutorial

    “How do I tie my belt?”

    This is by far the most common question we get from beginners. I could spend an entire class on how to tie your belt, going through all the variations, but at the end: does it really matter? In Jiu Jitsu, your aim is to learn about your body, to learn how to move, to learn to throw, submit and defend yourself from your opponent, to have better break falls, become a better partner and so much more. In a practical sense, the belt is only there to hold your gi in place and show your rank - it doesn't do much else. Except that in other ways, it can. The way you look and feel in your gi can say a lot about how you approach your training and everything else ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Back to School with Integrity

    Back to School with Integrity

    Whether at home or in the battlefield, a samurai is expected to act according to a set of rules called the Bushido code. Of all the precepts of Bushido, integrity, or being true to your core values, has the most influence on a samurai’s behaviour. Nothing can be more shameful to him than to have acted with lack of integrity. One interpretation of integrity is: “The power of deciding upon a certain course of actions in accordance with reason, without wavering”. In other words, always make decisions based on your core values, or on what you know within you is the right thing to do. Once your decision is made, then you can be confident and go for it! No need to look ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - FIVE WAYS TO EAT HEALTHIER


    On March 4th, 2014, Kinesiology & Health Science student Luke Durward gave a TedTalk at York University in Toronto, Canada. Now 24-years-old, Durward’s message was directed at people who are interested in losing weight, but who were having a hard time doing so. The advice he revealed in his talk was too obvious to be labelled a secret, but, even so, it’s something that’s often overlooked by perennial dieters. Durward tells the audience about his 11-year-old brother, who was quite overweight for his age. Being a good older brother Durward is obviously concerned about his brother’s weight gain and wants to help him out any way he can. So when Durward slips on ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - HOLIDAY FLEXIBILITY


    The holidays bring so much cheer, joy and good times. However, it can also bring back-to-back plans filled with stress and an overwhelming sense of rushing through. Sometimes plans change. Sometimes things fall through. That holiday party you were looking forward to going to was cancelled. Your family dinner was interrupted. Being willing to adapt as situations arise can make not only this holiday more enjoyable, but the future times to come. Versatility is your ability to adapt. It is your willingness to be flexible and versatile. Of course, our level can depend on what is going on around us. For example, we might be more flexible to change plans for something we really had no desire to ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Confidence is Key

    Confidence is Key

    Practicing martial arts gives you a full mind and body workout, but can also help improve confidence. Both adults and children who take classes typically experience a boost in self-esteem, which can transfer into everyday activities and relationships. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are building your confidence each time you step onto the mat. You are taking a leap of faith and courage that you will be able to achieve what is asked of you on that given day. You are learning to expose yourself to the challenging situations and striving to perform at the highest level possible. You are building your confidence level and making it stronger with every obstacle you overcome. You are ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - 5 Reasons to Become a Blackbelt

    5 Reasons to Become a Blackbelt

    Martial arts is a physically, mental and spiritual exercise that requires concentration and motivation. However, there are rewards that are achieved through this hard work. One of which is passing the black belt test. The highest color belt awarded in many martial arts grading systems, earning your black belt will be transformative and rewarding 1.You Call the Shots
    Sure, you have an instructor to teach you the moves and techniques of how to become a martial artist, but no one can act upon them but yourself. You, yourself, make the decision to show up and attend the classes. You, yourself, have the power to put forth the effort. You make the practice something to work for yourself. The ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Boosting Focus Through Martial Arts

    Boosting Focus Through Martial Arts

    The practice of martial arts has always been considered a good and fun form of exercise, but have you ever thought of it as a great way to improve your concentration and focus? Many studies have been done proving that the curriculum of a martial arts class can help behavioural habits in many aspects. Some many think that yelling out “kiai” or throwing a punch here and there is considered to be simple and maybe even easy. However, the movements have to be controlled in a way to strike the exact spot that needs to be hit, requiring a lot of focus and precision. Kicks, punches and other motions through the martial arts practice involves the right positioning, the right amount of ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - What Would YOU Do?

    What Would YOU Do?

    Have you ever sat down and asked yourself “what do I really enjoy doing?”
    Reflecting on the things that bring us joy and happiness can be extremely beneficial in our every day lives. It defines the essence of your life’s work. Finding the answer of what you really love to do can be a tough question at times, but take a second and write down the first five things that come to your mind. What did you like doing as a kid? What would you love getting paid to do? If you could spend your day doing anything, what would it be? Doing what you love to do brings you incredible happiness and joy into your day. It might sound cheesy, but it’s true. It transforms your ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - A Hidden Benefit

    A Hidden Benefit

    Martial arts training at the highest performance level can be the best way to lower stress levels, get in shape, but also stimulate positive changes in the body’s healing systems, acting as a preventative disease. The current way we live our lives is full of inactivity, not challenging us to move. We sit in chairs all day, just to get home and sit on a couch for the remainder of the night, eventually moving to a bed to sleep. However, our bodies long for physical movement! Martial arts training is one way to influence the human body, the organ systems, and even part of our brains to function correctly. Just in a short period of about three weeks, many changes many occur ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Fall Into Fitness

    Fall Into Fitness

    This season, it’s time to turn a new leaf. Fall is a great time to harvest a new routine and re-energize your workouts. Check out these few tips to get yourself motivated! Enjoy the Foliage. Exercising outside can give you a feeling that you’re doing something that you enjoy, not something that you have to do. Enjoy the cooler weather and take advantage of the nearby trails or try taking a bike ride with the family. Follow After Your Kids You always tell the kids to try new things… right? Well, take your own advice and use this new season as a time to do something different. Try a new type of workout class or eating routine. It’s worth a shot! You should ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Balancing Our Busy Lives

    Balancing Our Busy Lives

    “Mom, can we go play at the park today?” “Dad, can we go out to dinner tonight?” Those might seem like simple questions throughout our busy lives, but really there is so much more to them. They’re things that take up our time. There are only 24 hours in a day. What we make of it is up to us. We constantly go full speed, trying to be productive at work, spend quality time with our family at home and somehow make it into the gym, but something has to give. As hard as we may try sometimes, we can only push ourselves to the limit so many times. But learning how to modify our tasks at hand, we can actually achieve more than we thought we could. The first thing ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Active Parent = Active Children

    Active Parent = Active Children

    As summer officially comes to a close, we catch ourselves taking a step back and reflecting on ourselves. We all know the saying “lead by example”, but as parents, are we doing this to fullest? Most times, we assume that children are going to naturally be active. They will run around or play with their friends… we must not need to encourage this behavior. False
    . As a parent, you have a HUGE impact on how active or not active your child is. Parents who skip their own exercise routine may actually be unintentionally raising a less active child. Crazy right? According to research, most parents don’t exercise enough. Only about half are exercising the amount they ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Martial Arts for Every Stage of Life

    Martial Arts for Every Stage of Life

    Despite popular belief, martial arts is not just for the young and able. Rather, this ancient practice can serve as a powerful tool to enhance your physical, energetic and emotional well-being at various stages of life. Here at 100% Martial Arts, we see students from all ages, backgrounds and experiences benefiting from a regular martial arts practice. Whether you are new to the practice, a seasoned veteran who has fallen off the bandwagon or new mom looking to regain confidence and tone, martial arts just might be the solution for you. Here are our top five stages of life where martial arts can transform and inspire you. CHILDHOOD
    You are never to young to reap the benefits of a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Martial Arts as Medicine

    Martial Arts as Medicine

    Martial Arts offers incredible benefits for the mind, body and the spirit. While many people first visit the Dojo in search of intense physical training, ultimately, a continued practice gives martial artists far more than just a strong and lean body. An integrated martial arts practice can serve as a holistic medicine for ailments of the body, mind and spirit. Martial arts is a medicine in its own right – here is why. MARTIAL ARTS BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNITY.
    Exercise can mobilize your white blood cells that protect your body against infection. The practice can stimulate circulation, improve cardiac functionality and detoxify your body – all of which will boost your immunity. ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - 100% MARTIAL ARTS AT THE UFC FAN VILLAGE IN OTTAWA


    The team at 100% Martial Arts was honoured to be a part of the UFC Fan Village at Landsdowne Park – Civic Centre/Parc Lansdowne in Ottawa this past weekend. We had such an amazing time all weekend long working alongside some of the strongest and most inspirational athletes from UFC and Special Olympics Ontario. To gear up for the weekend UFC event, the team at 100% Martial Arts was beyond grateful to host some of our own athletic heroes including UFC Champs Chris Weidman, Steven Ray and Chad Laprise as part of the UFC Special Olympics training night at our dojo. We had a dojo packed full of champions and some awe-inspiring one-on-one training. Our motto for the night was: ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - Top 5 Reasons to Send Your Kids to Martial Arts Summer Camp

    Top 5 Reasons to Send Your Kids to Martial Arts Summer Camp

    After decades of practicing, teaching and coaching martial arts and self-defence to everyone from police officers, to youth, women and mens’ groups and ultimately to families, our team at 100% Martial Arts has put together a unique summer camps program as a tool to express emotions, increase confidence and develop discipline in the most safe, sustainable, fun and empowering manner possible for your kids. HERE ARE OUR TOP FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR MARTIAL ARTS SUMMER CAMP:
    Martial arts training is celebrated internationally as a full body workout for the body and the mind. You can expect increased strength and improved coordination ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - TEN TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY ALL SUMMER LONG


    Alongside the soft breeze and the sweet sunshine of summer time often comes an increased pressure to stay fit and more roadblocks to get there. Can you resist the temptation for yet another round of drinks on the patio and the aches for a siesta under the air conditioning unit on those record setting days for the sake of your health? This summer, the team of certified trainers and coaches at 100% Martial Arts want to help you stay on your best health behaviour. Here are our tried and true tips for staying strong, fit and healthy all summer long. 1-SCHEDULE YOUR FITNESS AND STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE:
    Sit down and set a plan. What days will you work out? Schedule them like you would a ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - A Better Way to Fight With Your Kids

    A Better Way to Fight With Your Kids

    With the increasing demands of two working parents, high-cost childcare and our generations incredible amount of isolation as parents, sometimes, a shouting match with your kid (or anyone for that matter) seems like the only solution to the heaviness of responsibility. We are all guilty of mimicking our toddlers with those dreaded grown up temper tantrums and paying the fine price of our actions with the guilt and shame with comes thereafter. Many emotional psychologists claim the importance of “releasing emotions” and “letting go”. Sometimes, this release can be achieved through an evening of weeping over a carton of Ben n’ ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - AUSTRIA TOUR 2015 DAYS 7 & 8: PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES


    We started off the day in Salzburg with a delicious breakfast amongst friends before heading off to Germany for a rejuvenating lunch & afternoon in a beautiful spa overlooking the majestic mountains of the Bavarian Alps. In the evening we headed out with the crew to PSV Salzburg Dojo for a fun seminar of throws, submissions & kicks. Thank you to Sensei Barbara (aka Babsi!) for being such a wonderful host & to Sensei George for welcoming us into his dojo. Today we played tourists and walked our way through the picturesque streets of Salzburg and up to the Festung Hohensalzburg Castle. We savoured some fresh home-made gelato as we climbed the short hike up to the fortress. We ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Ottawa - 100% Martial Arts & Fitness - 10 Reasons to Become a Kickboxing Trainer

    10 Reasons to Become a Kickboxing Trainer

    Get certified with our KICKFIT Fitness program by 100% Martial Arts and our certification is widely recognized. LEARN TO FIGHT:
    Immerse yourself in the practice and master kick and punch techniques, warm-ups, hand-wrapping, proper form and stance, footwork, boxing and kickboxing skills LEARN TO TEACH DIFFERENT LEVELS:
    The training provides insight on how to teach a beginner level class to an expert level class and how to manage the people in between. LEARN HOW TO MANAGE INJURIES:
    Truth is, injuries happen to the best of us. This training will educate you on the most injurious areas in kickboxing – your back, hips, knees, ankles and shoulders HELP OTHERS:

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