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  • Master the basics

  • by Kristina Scala

    The SOUL purpose of this blog is to inform you, as a parent, or as an individual who is interested in martial arts, on the different karate schools in Gloucester County, NJ.

    If you are not sure what you are looking for, you have come to the right place.

    I know what your thinking...

    'Why should I enroll my kid in karate? Isn't it dangerous?'
    or you also may be asking yourself 'What will karate do for me?'

    The answer to those questions are in this blog. I can tell you from personal experience that karate is a dangerous as football, soccer or even baseball. It is like every other sport except for the fact that your child is learning how to defend him or herself and having fun at the same time.

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How do you know a workout is “working”?


For me, sore muscles after an intense workout is the best feeling in the world(maybe it’s not the best physical feeling but it makes me feel like I accomplished something.) The one thing I enjoy about working out is the morning after. Any type of workout should make you feel good. It should make you … Continue reading

Self defense tip #3- Mental preparation


I tell my students almost ever week that mental preparation is one of the keys to self defense. The brain is a key to safety. A self defense student may be physically prepared for an attack. But, without mental preparation the physical preparedness is worth nothing. What I mean by mental preparation is training to … Continue reading

I am back for more


Hello my fellow followers and my soon to be followers, The last time I wrote something on this blog was in January. The reason for my prolonged absence is I had no faith in this blog. I categorized it as a dud. I thought that it was not worth my time to continue to write … Continue reading

UFC Fight Schedule


  For all the UFC fans out there, I decided to post the upcoming UFC fights. *All of the finally information is from UFC.com* Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 P.M. (Eastern) on Spike T.V. – Fight for the Troops 2 Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague Mark Hominick vs. George Roop Pat Barry … Continue reading

Self-defense tip #2


We now know that bursting is one of the most effective ways to take down your opponent. But, you can’t burst without knowing basic strikes. The simpler the strike the easier it is to perfect. Before I start getting into strikes, I will go over basic stances. There is one type of fighting stance but … Continue reading

Learning is a part of life


As a martial artist, I have seen and participated in many different styles. I have learned many useful tactics from each one. As I continue my study at the Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy, I am thirsty to learn more. I am working on preparation for my second degree. Although I have a while until the next test … Continue reading

Self-defense tip #1


For me, the most important aspect of self-defense is bursting. A burst is explosive movement that takes over your body when someone attacks you. For example, if someone were to grab me from behind now, I would drop my center of gravity so that I would have a bit more control of the situation. And from there…. … Continue reading

A bit about Ralph Gracie.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is famous for not only the style that started by challenging the techniques of judo, but the history behind its development. Ralph “Pitbull” Gracie is a one of many practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. As a part of the Gracie family he has made an effort to show his talent to the world through professional fighting and teaching at his own dojo. … Continue reading

4th degree black belt from Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy, Sensei Amanda Cosgrove,shares her karate experiences


  Martial arts is not all about physical fitness. It takes discipline, self-determination, focus and confidence to get through a day in the martial arts world. I am not saying that martial arts is not a sport for kids; it takes years to develop all aspects that martial arts teaches you. I wanted to share with my readers an example of … Continue reading

MMA Conditioning Class tonight at Okinawa Kenpo Karate in Pitman


Tonight is one of the many nights, throughout the week, where I go and get my workout on! Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy, in Pitman, offers martial arts classes and a variety of physical fitness classes; MMA conditioning is one of them. Every week, a different set of exercises make up the class. Later on tonight, I … Continue reading

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