Olsons Martial Arts - April 2020

DO YOU HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN MARTIAL ARTS COMPETITIONS?

THE CHOICE IS UP TO YOU!

TIME MANAGEMENT A calendar can go a long way in helping our children learn about how to most wisely use their time. There are so many options, from apps to whiteboards and more. If the child gets to pick the time management tool that appeals to them, they are most likely to really use it. Look online for options together and talk about the benefits of each one and how it might help them keep track of their activities, school work, and social time. Good time management skills can also aid in decreasing stress for the whole family.

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Nearly every day, someone calls our school because they’re interested in martial arts. Many of the calls we receive are from people who want to take classes but not compete, so they wonder if they’re required to compete when joining one of our classes. The simple answer is no, but our teachers at Olson’s Martial Arts Academy do encourage it. You gain so many benefits just from joining and participating in a martial arts class. Not only does it improve your physical health and strength, but it also benefits your mental health. Martial arts can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, and you’re able to connect with other individuals who share the same interests. So we understand if that’s all you want, but even those who initially join our academy with no intention of competing can’t help but feel a little curious. In our experience, nearly 80% of all students who start training are not interested in competing. In fact, only a small segment of our students join and actually want to compete. Some change their minds even before they sign up for a competition, while others realize just how much they like it after participating in their first. It makes us happy to see how many of our students find themselves in at least one tournament during their martial arts training — only to discover that they genuinely enjoy it! Masters Greg and Amanda Olson encourage every student to try competing. We believe that it’s good to get out there and test yourself at least once against an opponent in a safe, competitive environment. Many of our students thrive on it, but we also understand that others don’t. It depends entirely on the student, their goals, and their comfort level. If you ever want to test yourself or learn more about competing on behalf of our academy, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

SESAME ZUCCHINI NOODLES INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp pure sesame oil

4 medium zucchini

3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated

Salt, to taste

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3 medjool dates, pitted and softened in warm water for 5 minutes 3 1/2 tbsp creamy, unsweetened almond butter

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped almonds

3 tbsp coconut aminos

DIRECTIONS

1. If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut zucchini into noodles. Otherwise, use a peeler. Salt zucchini. Allow zucchini to “sweat” out water for 1 hour, wrap in a paper towel, and squeeze the water out. 2. In a food processor, blend dates with almond butter and aminos until smooth. 3. Add sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and vinegar and pulse until sauce is smooth. 4. In a pan, sauté zucchini noodles until heated and slightly softened. 5. Toss zucchini noodles with prepared sauce and top with scallions and almonds.

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