A quarterly newsletter for students and friends of Kicks Martial Arts for Women
|Inside this issue:
Feature Article: "We are Family"
by Molly Pavlechko
ITU News: Meet the Mascots
Cool Link of the Month:
The Ophelia Project
|Located at the Heiter
Community Center • 100 North Fifth Street • Lewisburg, PA 17837
|We Are Family
CardioKicks! Fitness Tip
by Molly Pavlechko,
Assistant Instructor Kicks Martial Arts for Girls
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Each New Year's Eve millions of women vow that this year will be the year they start a fitness program and stick to it.
According to a USA Today study, only about 22% of people who establish New Year's resolutions actually follow through with them. There are many reasons why so many people fail to keep their personal promises. One of those reasons is lack of planning, another is often a lack of commitment.
Each winter the fitness industry bombards the media with advertisements around the holidays. Miracle diets and magic machines are described as the new and easy way to get fit and stay fit. Consumers often end up bored and discouraged after spending hundreds of dollars. The problem rests in setting a goal of weight loss instead of a goal of fitness as a lifestyle.
In order to succeed with a fitness program, the goal itself must be to implement a plan and follow through with it. In other words the key to any weight loss program is consistency. There simply are no miracles or magic involved in getting fit and losing weight. Martial arts is a great choice to help achieve that goal. Those who practice martial arts learn to understand goals, make plans (resolutions) and develop the skills to achieve those plans. In addition, martial arts are a lot of fun. No one will stick with a fitness program that isn't enjoyable. It is much easier to commit to a fitness goal and achieve lasting results if you're having fun doing it. Because it's so much fun, martial arts is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape while learning self defense and valuable life skills in the process. Make martial arts part of your fitness lifestyle in 2005!
Cool Site of the Month
The Ophelia Project is...
dedicated to creating a culture that is emotionally, physically and socially safe. We serve youth, families, schools and communities with an expertise in covert peer aggression and issues unique to girls. We promote healthy character development and mentoring relationships through awareness, education and advocacy.
Promotions and Honors
Congratulations to Kicks Junior Students of the Month.
September - Maggie
October - Kyra
November - Joanna
December - Skeeter
Keep up the great work!
Kicks Martial Arts for Women offers Empower! courses both on and off site. Our instructors will custom tailor a course specifically for your group's needs. Whether you are are involved with girl scouts or seniors, college students or working women, Kicks has an Empower! course for your group. Contact us for more information
The next 12 hour course will be held on Saturdays, February 12th, 19th and 26th, from 12:00 PM through 4:00 PM at the Donald Heiter Community Center.
ITU News: Meet the Mascots Taek & Wrinkles
It's common knowledge that ITU president Tom Merritt is a phenomenal martial artist. But did you know that he is also a true animal lover? For example, when you walk into ITU headquarters one of the first things you might notice are the two rescued tarantulas that live there. But there are two ITU animals that every ITU member should know about. The Dojang Digest would like to introduce everyone to ITU mascots Taek and Wrinkles.
Taek is a vervet monkey
Wrinkles is a macaque monkey
Sabum Nim Kamienski had the opportunity to monkey around a bit at ITU headquarters. She is pictured below (left) with Taek and Mr. Hansen and with Gizmo, a rescued Marmoset (right). Gizmo has since passed away and will be greatly missed.