Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume)
  • avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.

Parents

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they’re going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

Homeowners

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o´lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal´ packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later and Tae Kwon Do Kick Or Treat Passes.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins and Karate Kick or Treat passes

Become the Lean, Fearless, Stress-Free Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be

 

Dear Future Student,

You know the feeling…

It’s the one you get deep down inside when…

  • You wonder what you would do if you were ever attacked
  • You think about how much you want to lose weight and get in shape
  • You wish you had something in your life that you did “just for you”

You should know, a properly instructed martial arts program will help you get in shape, lose weight and relieve stress – all while learning valuable self-defense skills so you can be secure in your ability to protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you’ve ever considered taking martial arts classes, then you must read this letter to find out how our martial arts programs will help you achieve your goals. As you continue reading, you’ll learn what other people just like you have already discovered – how our properly instructed martial arts programs help everyday people lead safer, healthier, happier lives.

Martial Arts Training Has The Power To Change Your Life

Through the power of martial arts training, you will learn how to overcome your fears, smash through the barriers that are holding you back, and take charge of your life.

Finally, you have an opportunity to become…

  • Fit
  • Lean
  • Fearless
  • Confident
  • Stress-free

 

Quality Martial Arts Training In A Safe, Friendly Atmosphere

In our programs, your safety and satisfaction are our greatest concerns. That’s why we strive to maintain a family-like atmosphere in our martial arts school. When you participate in our classes, you’ll feel right at home from the start.

As a professional full-service martial arts school, we take our job very seriously. That’s why we spend individual time in each class working with every student. From the time you take your first class to earning your first belt and beyond, our friendly and encouraging staff will be right there beside you, helping you all the way.

When you visit our school, you’ll find we hold ourselves to the highest standards of safety and excellence, as we have made a strong commitment to providing you with the best possible martial arts instruction you could ever hope to find.

Learn How to Defend Yourself – And Never Be Afraid Again

It’s no secret that when people want to learn self-defense skills, they turn to the martial arts. And for good reason – the martial arts were created as a way for the average person to protect themselves and their loved ones against attack.

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But here’s something you may not know – some of the world’s most elite military and police units practice martial arts for self-protection. The U.S. Army Rangers do jiu-jitsu; Navy Seals learn everything from kickboxing to Filipino weapons; the Korean ROK Marines practice tae kwon do; the Tokyo riot police train in aikido and karate; the Israeli defense forces train in krav maga, and the Chinese military does kung fu.

Of course, our programs aren’t nearly as tough and rugged as the training that these elite units go through (and we promise that we won’t make you do push-ups in the mud). But in our martial arts programs, you’ll still be learning the same techniques they do.

Now, if martial arts training is good enough for police and soldiers who have to put their lives on the line every day – just think about what it will do for the safety and well-being of you and your family.

The Tremendous Health Benefits of the Martial Arts

While often over-looked as a great aerobic and strength-training workout, many thousands of adults have already discovered that martial arts training provides a fun and exciting way to burn calories and improve muscle strength.

And, recent studies have proven martial arts training to be an incredibly effective workout. In one recent study, health researchers from the New York Institute of Technology discovered that martial arts practitioners are much more fit than the average person.

Their findings showed:

  • Martial arts practitioners in the study had an average of 12% less body fat, which shows that martial arts classes are a great way to burn fat and lose weight…
  • The martial artists in the study had more leg strength, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, and balance – proof that martial arts training provides excellent overall fitness benefits…
  • The martial artists in the study could do nearly twice as many sit-ups as non-martial artists, revealing the fact that martial arts is a great workout for your abs!

(Source: HealthDay.com)

Just think about it – some of the fittest movie, television, and music industry stars regularly practice martial arts. Stars like Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, Demi Moore, Joe Rogan, and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few. And rumor has it, martial arts training has become one of the most popular ways for Hollywood stars to stay in shape these days…

Also, many professional athletes have turned to the martial arts to improve their sports performance. For example, top athletes such as American baseball great Barry Bonds, Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, ice skating champion Elvis Stojko, and the entire Cleveland Browns football team, who integrate martial arts into their training camps.

All in all, you won’t find a workout that is as comprehensive and effective as our martial arts classes. Our programs are fun and never boring. We’ll get you in shape fast, and we have programs to fit beginners and fitness buffs alike. Try it and see why martial arts has become the hottest Hollywood workout!

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Relieving Stress Is Easy When You Have A Punching Bag To Hit…

After a long hard day at work, there’s nothing better than getting to beat-up on our punching bags and pads, and sweat out all that stress during an hour-long martial arts class. It’s like getting a “mini-vacation” several times each week. Once you put on that uniform and step out on the training floor, all your troubles will just seem to vanish.

When you join our school, for several times a week you won’t have a care in the world. All that you’ll have to think about is kicking, punching, blocking, and sweating – and you’ll be having the time of your life all the while.

As one student put it, “My martial arts class is like my own ‘private island’ where I can get away from all my concerns with work and home. For two hours each week, I get to spend time doing something that is just for me. And the benefits I’ve received from having that time to myself each week have just been tremendous.”

Get Started Today With Our No-Risk Introductory Course

Now that you know you how our martial arts programs will help you get in shape, teach you valuable and life-saving self-defense skills, and eliminate your stress, we’d like to invite you to try our programs with absolutely No-Risk or Commitment through our special Introductory Course.

Our Introductory Course is a short-term trial membership that will allow you to see for yourself the positive, life-changing benefits that our properly instructed martial arts programs provide.

To get started now, simply fill out your contact information below so that one of our staff can contact you to set up the time and date for your first lesson.

Please note that we only have a limited number of time slots available to accept new students each week, so be sure to reserve a spot now for your Introductory Course.

We look forward to meeting you soon – Call us today!

Best regards,

Master Sonny and Kelly Pabuaya

Iron Fist Martial Arts
675 Archibald St.
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R2J-0Y1
(204) 231-3633

P.S. – Still not sure if our martial arts program is right for your child? We understand – To visit our school by appointment, just give us a call to set up a time to come by and visit with our staff. Our friendly staff members will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you have at that time.

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume)
  • avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.

Parents

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they’re going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

Homeowners

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o´lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal´ packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later and Tae Kwon Do Kick Or Treat Passes.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins and Karate Kick or Treat passes

Back to School for Good Grades

Organizing schoolwork would be a breeze for many students if they only follow a few simple tasks on a routine basis. Very often it’s the small details of daily life that slow you down.

The following are some suggestions to maintain good school grades and to be a successful student:

First impressions are often the only impressions you get to make. Make your teacher’s first impression of you one that will help you get good grades and all the help you can use.

Remember that your first few classes are your most important classes. This is where you get off on the right foot and to a good start. Concentrate and be alert so you can do your best.

Your room is your castle and your office. Be sure to make it orderly and functional. Keep it clean.

Prepare for tomorrow the night before. Set out your clothes for the next day. Pack your backpack with your completed assignments and books you used. Put it an accessible place so it is ready to go in the morning. Get a good night’s rest.

Start the day in a relaxed and purposeful manner. Set your wake up clock with enough time to do what you have to do in the morning. Thirty minutes is never enough to get ready for school, and it is not fair to you, your grades, or your teacher.

Be on time for school and your classes. Late is never good, while early is almost always the way of the winner.

The best seat is right up front. Sitting up front will allow you to understand your teacher better, and will allow your teacher to understand you better. The body language or gestures that your teacher uses are often the best guides to what you need to learn.

The best time to do your homework is right after you get home.
You will have a better chance of remembering that day’s classes then, and no chance if you chose other distractions first. Do it NOW! The best time is NOW!

Rule your own life. If you let the television, video games, or your friends rule your life, then you will not be the winner you should be. You have a life of your own. It is worthwhile and meaningful. Rule it yourself.

Learn how to hang up the phone. Use respect, but hang up anyway. Your teachers will not accept a 2-hour phone call as a reason for poor or incomplete homework. Learn to say, “Can you please call back in 30 minutes?”

Walk away from situations or people that will destroy your mental or physical growth. Rule your own life.

Make good use of small blocks of time. There is no rule that says you have to lay comatose while listening to music or watching TV. Do some of the easy stuff at those times.

Have a POSITIVE relationship with your parents and your teachers, and always maintain respect. Show respect at all times, and you will do much better.

BE SELECTIVE IN CHOOSING YOUR FRIENDS. You do not have to be friends with the whole school. Pick out a few people who are headed in the same direction in life that you are. If you hang out with the respectful, intelligent, and safe people, then you will be respectful, intelligent, and safe. Think about it. You tell your best friend that you can only talk to him/her for a few minutes because you have homework. Do they get upset? If your friends cause you to skip the important things then they are not your friends. If they understand because they are doing the same thing, then you will never be under pressure to do the wrong thing. PICK YOUR FRIENDS WITH CARE. YOU ARE WORTH THE TIME.

Have the phone number of one person in each class minimum. Swap phone numbers so you can exchange notes or other class information, or even get homework assignments if you are sick or absent.

Choose to be a winner. Never accept anything but the best from yourself. If you find yourself in danger, or slipping, ask for help! No one can expect to succeed in school and in life with out help.

Have a safe successful and KICKIN school year.

Through a Rapist’s Eyes

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

  1. The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
  2. The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
  3. They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
  4. Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
  5. The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. Number two is office parking lots/garages. Number three is public restrooms.
  6. The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.
  7. Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
  8. If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.
  9. These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.
  10. Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: “I can’t believe it is so cold out here”, “we’re in for a bad winter.” Now you’ve seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.
  11. If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
  12. If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.
  13. If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it hurts.
  14. After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.
  15. When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
  16. Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

10 Ways to Raise a Street Smart Child

 

  1. GIVE YOUR CHILDREN POWER
    Give children permission to say “no” to adults. Let kids know this is okay.
  2. NO SHORTCUTS
    Let children know not to take shortcuts home where they could be abducted with no witness.
  3. IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Children should memorize their complete name, address, and phone number.
  4. WHEN LOST
    Let children know where to go if lost. If in a store, look for people who work there. If in other places, look for a uniform person, such as a policeman.
  5. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
    Let children know if they feel that they are being followed, to react by going to a safe crowded place.
  6. CHECK IT OUT
    You can never know enough about your child’s teachers, baby-sitters and coaches.
  7. CODE WORD
    Have a secret word that all people must know before your child talks to them or gets near their car.
  8. CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN
    Abductors look for loners and sad kids at school and in the playground. Treat your children with respect – love your children totally.
  9. NO PERSONALIZED CLOTHING
    Children who wear personalized clothing give the potential abductors an immediate way to start a conversation. Don’t buy or let them wear such clothing.
  10. GOOD TOUCH/BAD TOUCH
    Identify what good touch is vs. bad touch. Tell children what to do if it happens to them. Identify private areas (as where the bathing suit covers).

 

Are You A Better Person Because of Martial Arts?

By now, you can attest to the fact that Martial Arts helps a trainee to exercise both his/her mind and body. The repetitious exercise has undoubtedly helped you to strengthen your muscles and bones, and improves blood circulation.

Aside from physical benefits, Martial Arts has taught you important concepts that are helpful in turning you to become a better person.

In attempting to master the techniques of the Martial Arts, you have learned to be disciplined, courageous and polite. Let us examine why these characteristics have helped you to become a moral person.

Discipline

By its very nature, Martial Arts requires repetition. It would have been very difficult to learn the splits and the various cool body movements that you now can do had it not been for constant practice. As the saying goes: “Perfect practice makes perfect”. Do you remember how hard you had to work to master a technique? You had to be persistent, right?

Discipline is an important and desirable quality to possess. If you are disciplined, no stumbling block can keep you from achieving you goals. To successfully complete the first level of Martial Arts training, you had to work hard. You had to repeat the steps several times until you got it right. Believe it or not, the arts of discipline that you are learning from the rigorous practice of Martial Arts will help you to become very successful in life. Consider yourself lucky to have learned such an important lesson early on! As you advance in your Martial Arts training, expect to master the arts of discipline. Once you get there, “the sky is the limit”!

Courage

The Webster dictionary defines the work courage as “the ability to disregard fear”. Fear is a crippling factor. If people are afraid of facing challenges they might encounter on a personal or professional level, they can never move forward. Martial Arts, teaches you to become fearless in a positive way. Unlike the others who have not yet learned the benefit of Martial Arts, you understand that being “fearless” does not mean engaging in wild and dangerous activities.

Like most students of Martial Arts, you are taught several self-defense techniques. If the techniques are used recklessly, they can easily inflict bodily harm upon people.

Expect Extraordinary Benefits

Positive Self-Image and Pride

A positive self-image leads to victory. If you want to be a champion Black Belt, you must hold a positive image of yourself. One is not naturally born with a positive self-image; it must be learned and practiced. Studying the Martial Arts is an excellent way to enhance your pride. The motivating force of pride will drive you to accomplish your objectives.

Courage is a measure of your heart, your desire, your inner strength.

Courage to Overcome Fear

Courage is the maker of a champion Black Belt, and it is a characteristic that only winners possess. Courage will keep you from being intimidated by the prospect of failure. Fear is a natural part of life, but it can drive you to perform better if you have the courage to face it.

Self-Discipline and Respect

The Martial Arts Philosophy teaches the importance of respect for one’s self and others. All Black Belt students must follow the Student Creed. Students will learn to set goals and be self-motivating in achieving them. A positive mental attitude will evolve. Our younger students have self-confidence to resist peer pressures and the disastrous effects of drugs and gangs.