Best hand sanitizers

Take a note of the benefits of hand sanitizers and find the best one for you.

I know we’ve been hearing this a lot lately. “Wash your hands!” You’ve probably seen all the news coverage about how important it is to wash your hands for “20 seconds”, and other ways to protect yourself against germs and viruses.  Of course, hand hygiene has always been important, but especially now in the wake of the current coronavirus, or covid-19 pandemic of 2020.

I’m going to be discussing the benefits of hand sanitizer and handwashing and when it’s best to use either option. They both have the benefit of keeping us, and others, healthy by preventing the spread of viruses and harmful bacteria. We all know this by now. But what are the benefits of hand sanitizer and hand soap specifically?

Hand sanitizer, like soap and water, does kill viruses and bacteria. It can also be used without water, so it does have the benefit of being portable, so you don’t need to find a bathroom in public. Hand sanitizer is also more convenient because it only takes a few seconds and you don’t need to use a towel to dry your hands. Of course, it also saves water because you don’t need to rinse it off.

Soap and water does help your hands feel cleanerIt rinses off. Even though it takes longer than using hand sanitizer, you’re likely to be more thorough with hand soap and water. To cut down on water use: wet your hands, turn off your tap, use your soap and lather, then turn your tap back on to rinse.

Soap and water is your better option if you’re at home because, of course, you have easy access to a bathroom and it washes the bacteria and viruses off of your hands.

* Bacteria and viruses are killed with hand sanitizer, but they still aren’t washed off. This isn’t to say don’t use hand sanitizer, if you need to. Just wash with soap and water when you can (you probably would anyways).*

Just a little head’s up about washing your hands in a public bathroom. Try to avoid using an air dryer if you can because, and this may sound counterintuitive, but they actually trap and blow viruses and bacteria out. You’d be better off using a paper towel (you could also use it to open the door) or using hand sanitizer.

Both can be very drying on your hands, so try to find a moisturizing hand soap or sanitizer and remember to not only wash your hands, but remember to keep them moisturized.

Social distancing and staying home are best right now, but if you need to go out for groceries or work, hand hygiene will be especially important. We all need to do our part to keep each other safe and healthy.

On a personal note I always kept my hands clean anyways, but I’m especially careful now. I wouldn’t have used the cart handle wipes or hand sanitizer available at the front of the grocery stores before, but I do now. Not only to protect myself, but everybody else too. Especially the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Of course I do stay home unless I really need to go out.

There is a list available pointing out the best hand sanitizers of 2020, and you should always strive to find a regular source of hand sanitizer in these trying times.  You never know which types of bacteria you will be protecting against, but it is nice to know you’re being diligent in your efforts to stay protected.  Stay safe and healthy!

With Spring in the air, it’s almost time to wear your faja (aka as “shapewear”).  Whether you’re a woman or a man, body shapewear garments are great at helping you keep a lean, thin-forming figure.  In this post, we’ll highlight some things to keep in mind and consider as you look for your new shapewear.

Men's girdle

Shapewear is for women and men

Some people don’t realize that fajas can be worn by men, too.  For example, the men’s girdle on Amazon shows how a man fits in a faja girdle.  There’s multiple reasons for why a man might wear this type of shapewear, including: body shaping, post surgery recovery and sometimes, fashion.

After surgery faja shapewear

Recovering from cosmetic surgery can be very involved, but throughout the process, you want to look and feel great.  With fajas colombianas post surgery shapewear,  you can choose which body shapers suit your needs.  Whether you’re recovering from some type of plastic surgery or maybe you just had a baby, just know that there is shapewear to suit your needs!

Avoid Walmart for shapewear purchases

It doesn’t matter which Walmart I go, each one seems to have systemic issues (with goods, human resources and bad attitudes).  Additionally, Walmart has never been revered for their choice in sourcing quality materials nor will they ever.

Just look online, and you’ll find reviews like the one above.  You need to be careful because fajas are supposed to be designed to last you years — not months.  Spring is approximately 3 months.  Which faja will you be wearing this year?  Look out for more posts to help you this year by checking out our blog.

CBD Oil

The cannabis plant is surrounded by controversy. People, especially fighters and athletes, are raving about it yet it’s been trapped behind a stigma of the couch potato “pothead” for years. But research is showing some seriously positive effects. Rising out of the stigma are its health benefits.

Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is a pain-relieving and non-psychoactive structure that derives from cannabis. It exists without THC so it does not have the “high” mental effects of marijuana. CBD oil’s medical capabilities are gaining more credibility every year. Enthusiasts are fighting for that to be known.

CBD oil is especially making its rounds in the Mixed Martial Arts and Jiu jitsu communities. Primarily for pain relief, CBD also reduces inflammation, carries anti-cancer properties, and has neuro-protective benefits for those prone to traumatic brain injury. Products are available in multiple forms. Most common for athletes are topical pain relief creams which directly aid muscle pain, soreness, and inflammation. If the entire body is sore or fatigued, a daily supplement (such as an oral tincture or vaping) can provide a full-body effect.

Before the CBD ban, the use has been widespread amongst athletes. With evolving research and credibility, the fighter community is making a big push to incorporate it seriously. Recently, Bellator and the UFC, two of the biggest MMA fight leagues in the world, have established partnerships with CBD companies. Fighters want better options than the destructive painkillers they’ve had up until now.

Pain killers, such as opioids, have long-term effects. They can negatively interfere with career decisions, relationships, and family life. A growing number of fighters push that CBD offers a non-habit-forming alternative that can help reduce dependency on such medications. Not to mention they provide healthier physical and mental effects.

Not only does CBD relax physical stressors but mental ones as well. Anxiety, depression, and instable mental health can get in the way of performance. Relationships with coaches, managers, and team members can be stressors. Self-doubt and high emotions can interfere with the goal at hand. CBD has effects on the mind that dissipate this unease. Otherwise, it’s a bonus side effect for increased focus and motivation.

It’s no surprise that CBD is so attractive to the MMA and Jiu Jitsu communities. Past cultural misunderstandings have restricted the use of this incredibly beneficial pain management. For those whose bodies get banged up in training and competition, it’s a no-brainer.

Over the years of learning to become the best version of myself with martial artists training, sometimes its important to take a step back and reflect on new ways to grow.  Of course, specializing in a skill can be extremely useful.  For me, the skill was martial arts.  Though, we only grow when we try something new.

For this post, I’d like to note a few new skills I’ve been working on to help you understand that training, in general, is meant to help you grow in many aspects of life.

Learning to Give Great Massages

As many of you know, my training can be rigorous as I’m in the gym nearly everyday training.  Though, sometimes it’s important to completely relax.  Over the years, I’ve frequently enjoyed sports massages as its a way to help recover from a workout.  It was only recently that I learned to give massages by learning massage therapy.

Believe me, my wife appreciates this new skill more than I do, sometimes.  After we visited a Kansas City Massage Parlor while we were in town for vacation, I was sold on the notion to learn the skill to learn how to give a great massage myself.  After reading up on the ancient techniques of massage therapy, it was time to enroll in some local classes to become certified.  As of last month, I am now a certified massage therapist myself– and it only took about a month to receive this certification!

Learning to Cook Scientifically

My wife and I love cooking, and after experimenting with many food subscription boxes, we decided that we really wanted to up our skills with cooking.  Soon, we discovered the fun science of Molecular Gastronomy.  Within weeks, we were buying new kitchen tools so that we could experiment with some of the cool meals that only this type of cooking can provide.

Now, we are cooking yogurt ravioli, and other fun foods using our droplets.  Our kitchen has turned into a science lab! 🙂 It’s fun to mix it up, and provide some more excitement around the household.

Learning to Become Financially Literate

We’ve always saved and invested since a young age, but it wasn’t until recently that we decided to truly become financially literate– our own right!  For years, we had relied on the advice of our financial advisor.  But with new fintech apps, like, Robinhood, we decided to start trading on our own.  We still use the help of a professional to manage things such as mutual funds, but now we feel more empowered by taking control of our own financial destiny.

In Conclusion

All these skills build on each other.  There are aspects of massage therapy that help us become better fighters.  There are aspects of finance, that help us with our business.  And, well, molecular gastronomy is just fun!

What types of skills are you learning outside of the gym?  Contact us and let us know– we want to hear it!

Self-defense weapons are devices that are used by individuals to protect themselves against unintended threats. There are varieties of self-defense gadgets acquired depending on the safety assurance a person requires. This article will discuss the types of self-defense weapons and how to manage them.

1. Tasers

Tasers are non-lethal weapons formerly constructed for use by police to apprehend suspected criminals. Civilians have now embraced the use of tasers for self defense. They are convenient due to their small size, allowing them to be fit into pockets. Tasers are powerful weapons and one type works by shocking a person at who it is directed upon immediate contact. The act renders an attacker immobile giving a chance for escape. Another type of taser uses a gas canister to fire from a pistol and thus does not necessarily need the victim to be too close for it to work. The pistol taser is also effective as it acts faster than the direct-contact taser.

2. Pepper Spray

Pepper sprays are cheap self defense weapons that are easy to apply. They are made for inducing pain through chemical burn when applied on the skin of assailants. If the attacker is a male figure, spraying onto the face or exposed genitalia would be the best areas to cause intensive pain. When they are left in excruciating pain, the victim is free to run. Pepper spray does not require prior advanced studies in order to learn how to apply it. The only practice that may require progressed attention is the speed of withdrawing the can when facing a threat.

3. Brass Knuckles

Brass knuckles are specially designed equipment to be worn on fingers for defense punching. Striking an opponent with a pair of brass knuckles has the same effect as hitting them with a medieval flail. These are quite intensive when put to good use and thus if you would never wish to see someone bleed by your hands perhaps other defensive gadgets can be applied.

4. Tactical Pens

Tactical pens are the most unpredictable and less expected form of defense weapons making them work even better and easily retrievable. They resemble a regular pen and thus are the best day to day carry weapons since they also work as a pen. How they work for dense is that they are used for jabbing, stabbing, and battering.

5. Vigilant Personal Alarm

A recommendation of most self defense classes is carrying a personal alarm or a whistle. The vigilant personal alarm can be incorporated in keys, for easy access and activated by a single push of a button. They are very loud, therefore, attracting the attention of anyone nearby, notifying them you’re in trouble. Additionally, vigilant are issued with a backup whistle if it happened that the alarm batteries fail.

Conclusion

When choosing a self defense weapon, it is fundamental that you decide on a weapon that makes you feel comfortable to have it in your possession. Worrying about where to store it and nearness to your approach is a factor to try to overcome. What is your favorite weapon of choice? Would you recommend your weapon to others? Sign up for our newsletter today!

 

Martial art is the training of your mind, body, and soul either for personal security, military combat, day to day police work or for your own personal entertainment. Studies show that it is more effective than your regular workout at the gym. With so much information about martial arts already out there, it’s almost impossible to choose/know the type of martial arts most suitable for you. Well, let’s see which of the following is the most effective.

Wrestling

This is the oldest form of martial arts most of us know. I’m sure as a kid you used to watch and mimic everything you saw on WWE wrestling on TV. Wrestling can be described as the art of using your body weight to gain control of and completely subdue an opponent. It is so common worldwide even other martial art techniques have included it in their routines. It is for those who prefer ground fighting to any other form. You need to practice how to position yourself in a way you can get the upper hand, bridge the gap between you and the opponent and take him down. This technique needs all your strength and will help in muscle development and weight loss by burning all that unwanted body fat.

Boxing

This is the most common self-defense techniques there is, it teaches you how to defend, attack and subdue any kind of physical assault. The most important thing in boxing is to have more punches than the opponent, meaning every punch counts. The technique mostly involves the upper side of the body, that is the arms and shoulders, but the footwork is also an important aspect of it as it helps in the quick movements back and forth as required in the ring. Boxing is also considered an aerobic and anaerobic as it increases lung capacity and trains the strength of the cardiovascular. Winning is either win through a decision made by the judges or a clear-cut knockout.

Kickboxing

It is more like boxing except you can also throw kicks, use your knees, elbows, and head for butting. Also allowed is takedowns or literally throwing an opponent to the ground. Its main goal is to use all the above-mentioned styles to overpower an opponent and just like boxing you can either win through a decision made by the judges or a clear-cut knockout.

Karate

This teaches you to maximize the punches you throw, the kicks, knees and any other strike you unleash to completely subdue your opponent. Apart from attacks it also teaches you to block your opponent’s strikes and control your breathing

The most important goal of this technique is self-defense, as it teaches you to block your opponent’s advances and disable them fast with tailored strikes. These techniques can be effectively learned via self defense classes in San Diego.

A similar martial art to karate is Taekwondo. This art focuses more on individual kicking techniques compared to karate that uses more hand striking techniques. There are many qualified taekwondo in San Diego trainers that have effective Taekwondo training techniques to learn from.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

This is for those who want to learn a little bit of everything, the Jacks of all trades and masters of none. Or for those that are spoiled for choice, they don’t know which technique to go for. MMA combines all techniques from punching in boxing to the throwing down of wrestling and other diverse techniques not discussed in this article.

This technique, however, seems to overwhelm others because as a trainee you will need to learn and at least get familiar with the other martial art techniques. It is said to be growing rapidly across the world and is being referred to as the ‘purest’ martial arts technique there is. It comprises the best in all of them, the rapid punches of boxing, the grappling art of wrestling. This training is the most efficient in all the disciplines. This is like the holy grail of martial arts.

An underutilized form of martial arts, Filipino Martial Arts, is very effective at subduing your opponent. The best Flipino martial arts in San Diego companies know how to teach you the history of the art as well as its most common techniques.

Conclusion

In light of all the information provided in the article, we can conclude that there is a martial arts technique for anyone and everyone, all you need is a little bit of dedication and you are good to go. Please tell us what technique interests you the most and send us a message.

 

I’d like to give everyone an update on the status of Frank while Training Center. It’s been awhile since I posted, but we have been busy. If you have trained with us in the past we are still at the same location, but wait until you see our newly renovated facility. You won’t believe your eyes. I believe it is the best looking training center in the city, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Newly Renovated Our Facility

Now it’s been many years since we last updated our facility and why this place has been good to us over the years it was looking a little bit worn and definitely in need of some TLC. This project has been in the works for awhile but over the last 6 months we have been totally renovating our building and adding more training rooms, brand new mats, mirrors, punching bags, and even a small snack area you can visit after your training.

Hired Two New Martial Arts Trainers

Now the building wasn’t the only thing getting a facelift. We were blessed to hire on two new martial arts trainers to help with the influx of new martial arts students. They will be a great addition to our team and we wish them the best. One of our new instructors was actually a student here when they were younger and we are so pleased that they decided to stay with us this long. Our other instructor is very skilled as well and has trained with many professional martial artists to gain his expertise. Please come by and introduce yourself when you have a free moment or attend one of our free training sessions to get introduced to our company.

We Are Offering New Times in the Afternoons and On The Weekends

After much demand we have added more training times in the late afternoon when folks get off work and also some morning and evening times on Saturdays and Sundays. This is so more students can fit their martial arts into their schedules and can train when it works best for them.

We Are Still Looking for New Clients

Even though we have seen a large influx of new students after the first of the year we are still able to take on some more clients. If you have an interest in martial arts or just want to talk to someone about your options, please give us a call or stop by and talk to one of our instructors. Our instructors are skilled in multiple martial arts disciplines and they can guide you into one that you’ll enjoy the most.

We Look Forward to Hearing From You

Please stop by and take a look at our newly renovated facility and keep us in mind for your martial arts needs in the coming year. We look forward to serving the community for years to come. Please leave any questions here and we’ll respond to them shortly. Have a great day and keep up your training.

Introduction

Martial arts is one of the most sought after traditions in the world, especially for reasons of self-defense, military applications and mental and spiritual development. It is believed that it originated in Asia although it was practiced in Europe as early as the fifteenth century. Research has proven that the practice is very essential especially to growing children. It creates discipline and inspires determination in life. It also teaches children that instead of being on the offensive one ought to avoid unnecessary fights. Martial arts is a wide discipline that involves unique styles. The field of martial arts has evolved and here are some of the most uncommon ones which man has never heard of.

1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

This martial arts style was invented by the Gracie family. The style gained international recognition when Royce Gracie used its techniques to win in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). The style teaches how to combat a large-sized opponent and ways of using leverage to win against them. The style is considered dangerous to both genders. This martial art is a combination of judo and jiu fighting styles.

2. Krav Maga

This technique of martial art originated from Israel and is dubbed by the military as the art of staying alive. It is mainly based on instincts and that why it may appear complex. It is very essential especially during an attack and, therefore, anyone can practice it, regardless of their size, level of fitness and strength. It is highly referred for self-defense because it focuses on means to neutralize the attacker in the fastest means possible. Unlike other disciplines of martial arts, there are no set rules as one is expected to use both offensive and defensive techniques at the same lime.

3. Muay Thai

This is a martial art style that is considered ruthless and it is preferred for self-defense. It originated from Thailand and it is dubbed as the art of the limbs because it uses eight points of contact. One is allowed to use their feet, hands, knees and elbows. It teaches its practitioners how to attack an opponent in order to make room for a quick exit.

4. Aikido

This is a very unpopular martial art, however, it is very efficient for those people learning about self-defense and survival moves. It was created by Morihei Ueshiba, of Japanese descent. Instead of attacking the opponent, it focuses on means of using the aggressiveness and energy from the opponent to your advantage.

5. Western Boxing

Boxing teaches the practitioner the various ways to deliver a punch with precision and how to evade them. The practitioners are trained how to condition their body in readiness for combat. In this way, the boxer is trained to act fast, make quick decisions and make the right moves during a combat.

Conclusion

Martial arts is a discipline that is sought after because of its benefits in the realms of defense, spiritual and health. There are many styles of martial arts. Brazilian jiu jitsu teaches how to combat an opponent who seems to be more powerful than you, Krav Maga mainly deals with ways of neutralizing an opponent. Many people prefer Muay Thai in times when one wants to get rid of an opponent as fast as possible. The energy of an opponent can be used against them when one uses the Aikido technique. Western boxing helps one to condition their body in readiness for a fight.

We really hope you enjoyed this article, if you learned anything please contact us and tell us about it!

Why Karate Belt Color Is Important Karate is one of the most valued martial arts around the globe; most people are currently seeking the skills not only for sports but also as a weapon for self-defense. In fact, it’s not long since most of the social activists anticipated for women Karate so as to help them with self-defense from vices such as domestic violence and rape. There are another bunch of persons who just seek this Japanese art of striking, kicking and defensive blocking using legs and arms, not for defense but just for fun. At one point, Karate is considered the most sought mode of exercise that was imparted on a lot of people by the Japanese film industry.

History of Karate Belts

In the world of Karate, probably you have heard of some saying that they are ranked according to belts. Some will say that they hold the yellow; some have the red, brown, purple and even green belt. Just as the colors are meant to decorate and to pass a hidden meaning, so are the Karate belts. They show how one is decorated and the kind of experience he/she has in the field of Karate, from the armatures to the top skilled Karate athletes. Karate belt, best known as aDobi’ is considered one of the most decorated uniforms, that besides holding the rank, it is also for providing support to the garment at 1.1-.Haral, middle of the body. aElObi’ is believed to have originated from the Shaolin Su Temple, China that the temple monks used wore around sash. This tradition also is very that discouraged the washing of the Karate belt. The belts depending on the color had different storage places, yellow was stored in a cloth pouch which was hidden in the folded gi.

Meaning Attached to Karate Belt

Different Karate belts aside from graded based on the color; they also had hidden symbols attached to them. Yellow belt represented the first beam of sunlight, which is meant to give the seedling new growth and life, so it marked the first phase of the Karate beginners who were out seeking the basic skills. Orange belt symbolizes the growing strength that the sunlight provides. It was worn to the beginner after being skilled on the 10 self-defense Karate skills. Greenbelt signifies the growth stage of the Karate Student, at this stage, the student graduates from beginner to intermediate. Blue belt is a representation of the sky and the light that the sky provides for the growth. Purple belt is a representation of the dawning moment. The dawn is a passing stage from study to the advanced stage of learning Karate. Brown belt signifies the ripening of a seed, maturity to harvesting process of the Karate study life. Red belt being the second most rated represents the advanced light of the sun, at this stage, the sunlight is considered the red-hot glow and the growing plant being the student slowly grows towards the burn. Black belt is the greatest of all bests that fly the Karate student at the summit of all the skills; it represents the darkness that is only seen after passing past the sun.

Karate is only a beautiful martial art with the belts featured in them. The belts can be best summarized as pride ladder that allows for consistency in seeking out the skills depending on the belt color.

Stun guns, tasers, and pepper sprays have become an option for self defense. If you have ever experienced the fear of an attack or have been a victim of an attack then you definitely know what I am talking about. These self defense gadgets are very reliable and serve you the best way if you understand how to use them in the right way. While many of us know them, some may confuse the stun gun with the tasers, which are two completely different gadgets.

Tasers are used when a supposed assailant is a few meters away, but to use a stun gun the attacker must be within your reach.

Just how do you use a stun gun the right way? Any clues? I understand. Many of us who own a stun gun don’t know how to use it, nut no need to worry, here’s how:

Know the Type of Stun Gun in Your Possession

I know stun guns look the same, but their stopping power varies. Knowing the stopping power of your stun gun is a useful fact that will guide you on how to use it. Stun guns come in a variety of voltages. Some can be 30,000 volts. While some of us can ignore the volts, ensure to go for the highest amperage.

While the voltage gives the push to go through thicker clothing, amperage is the nipping force. Measured in milliamps, an amperage is a sure fire way to give you the effects desired.

Acquaint Yourself With Your Stun Gun

Don’t keep your stun gun laying in your purse or pocket for when danger arises. lt is wise to familiarize yourself with your defense gadget. Know how to use it, its weight, its feel and its attachments so when an attack does happen, you’ll be prepared.

Know How to Aim

For a stun gun to work, it must hit the intended target.The area mostly aimed at is the upper part from below the chin to the waist. The stun gun works effectively on these parts of the body. While it may not cause a permanent effect on the attacker, it will buy you time to escape or for the police to arrive.

Recharge or Replace your Batteries

Keeping your batteries fresh comes in handy for when emergency arrives. This is why its important to know the kind of stun gun you posses. Does it have a rechargeable or replaceable battery?

Switch on to Safety Mode

Every stun gun has a safety switch at hand. When you’re at home or when you are not using the stun gun or maybe you’re at home with kids, the safety switch can be used to prevent the gun from firing off accidentally. Switch it off once you feel that danger is not far.

How to Fire

A stun gun is meant to immobilize your assailant but not to kill him. Ensure the prongs are in contact with the assailant. Hold the target for as long as you can for a much longer effect. Don’t worry if the assailant holds on to you, the shock won’t affect you.

However, not everyone will be incapacitated by the shock regardless of the prolonged time. Like we see in movies there are many people who are simply immune to pain. Especially, those who are mentally perturbed.

Its always wise not to solely depend on these gadgets. Learn other ways to defend yourself as not every assailant is affected by them as I mentioned. You can also learn self defense techniques. Contact us today to find out your options.