Come try 1 FREE WEEK with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy!
www.brkka.com  561-926-1846

There are lots of karate schools and other martial arts offered in Boca Raton.  The Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy sets itself apart by giving customers/students EVERYTHING they pay for —

No wasted money on enrollment fees, testing fees, inflexible contracts or class limitations.

The Martial Arts is a life commitment and passion for those who own schools and teach as a full time profession.  And those are the best instructors –  they’ve made it their livelihood  and are excited about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.  But for students, especially kids, it is oftentimes new, a hobby or maybe a curiosity or way to get into shape.  It’s an activity — not a life direction.  And that is where the problems can occur – when life passion gets in the way of customer service, need and satisfaction.

How to get everything you pay for….

One of the many things the Martial Arts promotes is flexibility…. but most schools are incredibly inflexible when it comes to training programs.  There is a price, usually a contract of up to 3 years and a number of classes per week limitation.  You fit into their program or you don’t join.  And if you do join and can’t make specific classes offered, you pay for something you don’t use.

At BRKKA, we have several training options.  We feel that everyone should be able to get healthy and learn self defense and the martial arts if they have the desire.  We accommodate the one-time per week students, the adult who has a heavy travel schedule or a schedule that is frequently changed.  We don’t ask you to pay for something you are not participating in.  AND NO CONTRACTS.  Pay as you train, month to month.  No cancellation fees, no enrollment or reactivation fees  and no testing fees.  The more you train, the better the deal, but we offer reasonable training packages for unlimited monthly  training, private classes mixed with group classes, pay as you train options and per class options.  There is literally something for everyone.

NEW LOCATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2016:
9144 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Boca Lyons Plaza – SW corner of Lyons and Glades Road.  COME SEE US!

Come try 1 FREE WEEK with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy!
www.brkka.com  561-926-1846

 

Come try 1 FREE WEEK with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.
www.brkka.com  561-926-1846

What is Quality Martial Arts?  We are referring to learning effective self defense and getting a good workout.  Anyone at any age can learn self defense, regardless of size, shape or fitness level.

More and more we see locations opening up that offer cardio workouts for boxing and kickboxing.  They are cardio based and very limited in instruction.  They are mainly independent “circuit workouts”, and while you can get a heart-pumping 30 to 45 minute workout, you are not learning proper form and self defense – the basis of most martial arts practices.  The training required to own/teach one of these locations is usually no longer than 6 weeks total. You’ll get exercise but your skills will not be developed and your form may cause more damage to your body than good.

On the other side there are a lot of experienced martial artists out there teaching.  They have spent their entire life learning and honing their craft and skills.  They continue to train so they can learn more and pass that knowledge along to their students.  It is a life passion for them, they made it their livelihood, and that’s what students are there for – their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Come try 1 FREE WEEK with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.
www.brkka.com  561-926-1846

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL RATE of 10 weeks of unlimited kids fitness for $199! Limited time offer….. offer ends July 2016!  Get moving today!  561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

KARATE & KICKBOXING PLUS FITNESS PROGRAMS JUST FOR KIDS – ages 8 to 14!

Our Karate & Kickboxing and Fitness Programs are for those looking for something to keep the kids active and burning energy this summer!  We have over 11 weekly classes for kids that want to stay fit over the summer and have a great time doing the martial arts, running, jumping, playing and exercising with friends.

That’s 11 opportunities each week to come and enjoy a fun workout, learn about self-defense and get strong and energized!!!!!

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL RATE of 10 weeks of unlimited kids martial arts and fitness for $199! Limited time offer….. offer ends July 2016!  Get moving today!
561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

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In the martial arts and fitness worlds, we constantly encourage students to drink water.  Water is essential for healthy living and survival.  Come try a free week of classes and get sweating!  And…. bring water!  BRKKA.COM   561-926-1846

WHY IS IT SO ESSENTIAL TO DRINK WATER?

  1. Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
  2. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
  3. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
  4. Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
  5. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
  6. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
  7. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
  8. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
  9. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
  10. Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.

20 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WATER:

  1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  2. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.
  3. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
  4. Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
  5. Water intoxication is most likely to occur during periods of intense athletic performance.
  6. While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.
  7. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
  8. Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
  9. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.
  10. Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
  11. Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
  12. The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
  13. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
  14. Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
  15. The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
  16. The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.
  17. The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
  18. Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.
  19. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
  20. The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.

By RANDOM FACTS

New beginnings…. they occur intentionally, accidently and at random.  They can happen on January 1 or any day of the year.   They can be of our choosing or not, happy or tragic.  For example, a birth and a death are very different events with expected opposite emotions.  But they both represent an end to one thing and a new beginning to another.

Any time there is change and a new beginning there is discomfort of some sort… even with intentional, happy changes we sometimes feel a loss…. emotionally/physically “missing” something or someone or some place.

The brave are the ones that tackle new beginnings proactively.  And often, proactive, positive change can prevent negative or accidental change such as taking better care of ourselves physically can prevent disease and illness.  Recognizing the natural discomfort that will accompany a new beginning is key.  Once recognized and acknowledged, it can be addressed and overcome. You must live your truth and not be overwhelmed or afraid of the negative or the positive.  Both can be intimidating.  Without a foundation of truth, rationalization and excuses will come easily and new beginnings are prone to end quickly, fail, and keep us just that much further away from where we want to be in life.

Be prepared, stay strong and enlist support of those who want to support you.  Encouragement, understanding, compassion and friendship all make the path easier to travel when it gets bumpy.

Keep your eye on the prize and stay vigilant to your goals.  One step leads to another.  Just keep moving.

Come try a free week of unlimited classes with Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Make 2016 a new beginning for your health, fitness and stress levels.  All ages and levels of fitness welcome.  You have to start in order to improve.  Come in today!  561-926-1846  www.brkka.com

For the month of January, set some health goals and try kickboxing, karate & fitness with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  10 weeks for $200!  Unlimited classes for all ages.  Call for details.  561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

SMART:goal setting 2016

Specific
Measurable
Accountable
Realistic
Timeframe

Here’s how I used SMART goal setting that helped me lose some weight.  A goal needs to be as specific as possible so you can work toward it and achieve it. “Lose weight” as a goal was vague and easily ignored without details.. I needed to answer specifics – why lose the weight, how much, when and how soon.

With extra weight I was tired, unhappy and nothing fit! I wanted to feel good again and wear some of my favorite clothes! Now this is getting specific….

I tracked my daily intake and exercise by using MyFitnessPal.com – an online food and exercise journal that kept me accountable and watching my progress as I continued. It was measurable and gave me easy access to calorie counts, etc.   I also made sure my goal was realistic.  Too much or too soon only would lead to failure and disappointment.  Progress had to keep being made, but it had to happen slow enough to make it lasting.  I get discouraged easily  and losing weight has become increasingly harder over the years.  This is also why I enlisted a friend with a similar goal.  He kept me accountable and is an encouraging force to keep me moving in the right direction.
I gave myself a time frame to hit specific milestones as well as a final number date.
Once I got going on losing the weight and making some mini-goal dates, it got easier to keep going to my ultimate goal weight.

The changes were in diet and lifestyle.  They became a way of life and not just a diet.  That’s the real goal – to be happy, healthy and wear all my favorite clothing again!  Be SMART for 2016!

For the month of January, set some health goals and try kickboxing, karate & fitness with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  10 weeks for $200!  Unlimited classes for all ages.  Call for details.  561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

This is a great article I found regarding Thanksgiving and healthy eating suggestions….enjoy!

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By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, 

WebMD Feature Archive

Enjoy the holiday feast without the guilt — or the weight gain.

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays — and keep the extra weight permanently.

But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight, experts say. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast. After all, being stuffed is a good idea only if you are a turkey!

1 Get Active

Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods, suggests Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, former president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

“‘Eat less and exercise more’ is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays,” Diekman says. “Increase your steps or lengthen your fitness routine the weeks ahead and especially the day of the feast.”

Make fitness a family adventure, recommends Susan Finn, PhD, RD, chair of the American Council on Fitness and Nutrition: “Take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. It is a wonderful way for families to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together.”

(Side note from BRKKA:  Kickboxing is a great family activity that can be enjoyed over the holidays.  Check out our schedule and try a free week:  www.brkka.com )

2 Eat Breakfast

While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast  — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.

“Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive takes the edge off your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices,” says Diekman.

3 Lighten Up

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories.

“There is more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed, and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients,” says Diekman.

Her suggestions:

  • Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
  • Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
  • Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.
  • Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

4 Police Your Portions

  • Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without.

“Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long,” suggests Diekman. “Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods.”

  • Skip the Seconds.

Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings.

“Leftovers are much better the next day, and if you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and have more room for a delectable dessert,” Diekman says.

  • Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet.

While each of us has our own favorites, keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.

“White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories,” says Diekman. But she adds that, “if you keep your portions small, you can enjoy whatever you like.”

5 Slowly Savor

Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food, experts say. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness.

Spread out the food and fun all day long. At the Finn family Thanksgiving gathering, they schedule dessert after a walk, while watching a movie together.

“We eat midday, and instead of another meal at dinnertime, we continue the feast with dessert a few hours after the main meal,” Finn explains.

6 Go Easy on the Alcohol

Don’t forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.

“Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks, (or) enjoy sparkling water,” says Diekman. “this way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.”

7 Be Realistic

The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss.

“Shift from a mindset of weight loss to weight maintenance,” says Finn. “You will be ahead of the game if you can avoid gaining any weight over the holidays.”

8 Focus on Family and Friends

Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships  with family and friends.

“The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet,” says Finn.