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Youth Hockey In The Modern Age

However, with new technology skating can easily be accomplished year round an…The popularity of youth hockey is exploding, especially in the U.S. and international countries. Today, more than ever before, youth hockey is being played by more kids than anyone would have imagined a few decades ago. One of the reasons for this is the availability, year round, of local ice rinks. In the past, if the weather outside did not cooperate, you didn’t skate. It was as simple as that.However, with new technology skating can easily be accomplished year round and that leads to more youth hockey leagues and teams. In addition to the technology that makes this sport more accessible to more people is the sheer fun of the game. That, too, has something to do with its increased popularity.This is a game that requires physical as well as mental skills. On the physical side the player must be able to skate well and for long periods of time. He or she must be able to make hair pin turns and reverse direction at will. They must also know how to handle a stick and puck and get it down the ice without losing it to their opponents. And there’s more. Each player must know his or her job well and be able to perform his task for any given play. They must be able to make snap decisions and execute those decisions in the blink of an eye. And they must do all of this while the opponent is trying to do the same to them!The fast pace, the quick reflexes, and the immediate need for good decision making are all attractive features for young players. When they are combined with team spirit and the socialization with other like-minded kids, it is no wonder that youth hockey is growing as it is.Unlike many other sports like baseball and basketball, this sport requires more specialized gear in order to protect the player and to assist him or her in play. Some of this equipment is governed by the rules and some is not. In addition to equipment, there are certain rules that all players must abide by. There are special plays they will need to learn in order to be the best they can be and there are many other aspects of this game that are unique to this game. Which leads to the question, where can parents learn more about the sport and the requirements?The Hockey Source has developed a free informational site that answers most (if not all) of the common questions that parents may have. It is a free site and the information available is well written and easy to understand. Some of the information was written by professionals in the field and the topics they cover are wide ranging in nature. The site is easy to navigate and is laid

in such a way that no one should have any trouble finding what they need.

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You Won’t Be Seeing These Tiger Claws In Any Nature Show.

Originally called Hark Fu Moon or Black Tiger System, Tiger Claw Kung Fu or Fu Jaw Pai was renamed by First Generation Grand Master, Wong Bil Hong in honour of his master, believed to be a Shaolin monk. At the time, there was Manchurian persecution of the Shaolin order so the name of his master was never revealed. Wong Bil Hong was not eager to share the knowledge he had learned and during his lifetime only ever took on two students. One of which was his nephew Wong Moon Toy who began his training in 1927. After the death of Wong Bil Hong in 1934, Wong Moon Toy moved to the US and taught Tiger Claw King Fu and then in 1957 he opened his school called the Chinese Youth Athletic Club. He passed away in 1960 after having named his successor, Grand Master Wai Hong. Wai Hong has expanded to teaching of Tiger Claw Kung Fu (Fu-Jow Pai Kung Fu) to become one of the most popular forms of Kung Fu in the world today.There are five animals of the Southern Chinese martial arts and the tiger is the one on which this system is based. Developing the very yang qualities of aggression and fearlessness is an important aspect of the training and learning to attack like the tiger that attacks in a straight line and hardly ever retreats is a principal of Tiger Claw Kung Fu. Combined with fitness and agility which are always important, the speed and power of the blows make this an explosive system but, the main emphasis is on the hands and the rotating of the wrist. The Tiger Claw is when the wrist is drawn back, fingers spread with the tips locked and pointing forward to strike a blow while grabbing and twisting with the strength of a tiger. Apart from the rigorous physical training and the obvious health benefits, the spiritual discipline is vital and helps develop self confidence and a better more adjusted personality.In 1974, a movie was made called Tiger’s Claw and starred martial arts stars Cliff Lok and Sek Kin. The fight scenes in the movie show the use of Tiger Claw Kung Fu and interestingly Sek Kin can be best remembered for his role as Mr Han in Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. Tiger Claw was also featured in a TV series called “Vanishing Son” starring Russell Wong who was a student of Master Tak Wah Eng who often appeared on the show and has written several books on Tiger Claw Kung Fu.Over the last few years martial arts has gained popularity in the west as never before and people of all ages are learning Tiger Claw Kung Fu as self defence and or fitness.

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10 Tips To Shopping For The Perfect Athletic Shoes

If you are active in exercising, hiking, sports or any other type of physical activity that requires you to be on your feet often, athletic shoes are a must. These shoes are designed for comfort and support, durability and promise to withstand plenty of use. With a few simple tips, you will be ready to shop for athletic shoes and will soon be stepping out with confidence. Comfort. The first thing to consider with any footwear, including athletic shoes, is comfort. If a shoe isn’t comfortable, there is no use in wearing it. Blisters, balance problems and overall discomfort are the result of poorly fitting shoes. Affordability. Just because you are looking for a new pair of athletic shoes, there’s no reason to empty the bank account in doing so. Quality athletic shoes can be comfortable and affordable at the same time. By shopping around and comparing prices, you will find the perfect athletic shoes at the perfect price. Durability. A good pair of shoes must be durable and able to withstand various weather conditions, including rain. The worst thing to have in a rain storm is leaky shoes, which is why durability is part of a quality pair of athletic shoes. Design. Everyone wants a shoe that looks good, which is why design is very important. In selecting a color scheme that suits your taste and lifestyle, you will not only feel good in your new athletic shoes, but you will look good too. Versatility. One of the most important factors of shoe selection is versatility. Will the shoes work with your daily exercise regimen and look equally snazzy with your favorite pair of jeans? Athletic shoes are a terrific compliment to blue jeans for a classic look. Support. Every good athletic shoe has support. It should cradle the foot and make it feel as if every step is one of leisure. Support is very important, especially if you are involved in a lot of walking or running. In either of these instances, your feet really take a pounding on the pavement. Athletic shoes that feature support are noticeable immediately during wear. Know what you are buying. Always purchase from a reputable, authorized athletic shoe retailer. There are a lot of imitation products out there, including clothing and footwear. Buying from an authorized retailer will eliminate the chances of buying fake merchandise. Try before you buy. If you are purchasing locally, go in and sample several pairs of athletic shoes. Try them on, take a few steps and move your foot around inside the shoe. In making sure that you have ease of movement and a proper fit, you will be much happier with your purchase. Layaway. Certain brands of athletic shoes can be expensive, which is why layaway is often a popular option for anyone who doesn’t have quite enough cash to pay upfront. Even if it’s just to secure a purchase until payday, layaway programs offer customers with the opportunity to own the perfect pair of athletic shoes. Make sure the shoe fits with your lifestyle. Avoid purchasing anything that doesn’t really fit your schedule. Athletic shoes are designed to work with you and your level of activity.

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Your Sport Is Pool

Pocket Billiards tables, sometimes simply called pool tables, are part of a great alternative sport, the Pool or Billiards. For those who wish to spend an evening out with friends and play an exciting new game, pool is also a great start for amateurs. If you have long been searching for your next sophisticated sports game and chess is not anymore one of your options, perhaps it is time for you should to consider playing a game of pool and see how strategy, creativity and determination can be combined. Owning or renting one for a few hours, the pool table can indeed be one of those addictions nobody will advise you ever to drop.If your basement or living room is spacious enough to accommodate a 7-feet, 8-feet, or 9-feet pool you will soon be able to admire how ingenious such an investment can be. Since it can be easily hidden under flat hardwood table-top surfaces, a pool table can become a multidimensional, exciting dinner table, which you can first use to entertain people by displaying some of your best cooking recipes and later enhance their evening by inviting them to a friendly straight pool competition. If the cost of a pool table exceeds your current financial budget, or if space is not an option either, then initiating a pool game night out with friends, once a month, can be your fun and creative get-together experience. For what its worth, holding a cue, using a chalk to sharpen its end, and most importantly, strike a ball, can certainly get you into a much better mood than sitting around the house watching television or surfing the Net boring yourself to death.Your selection of a pool table depends on your choice of billiard game. If you prefer the carom instead from the pocket type of game, then your table will not have the six holes found in a pocket type of pool. But if you are an 8-ball, 9-ball, one-pocket, bank pool, or snooker fun, then the pocket pool table seems like an obvious choice. Whichever the table you will purchase or rent, the fact still remains that pool or billiard, is a totally unique experience you have to try at least once in your life.If, and when, you will select to go with the privately owned pool table option, be sure to get the longest possible service guarantee from your prospective pool table’s manufacturer and do not forget to buy pool cues (sticks). Offered in a great selection, for beginners to professional players, cues are one of those necessary accessories you will need to “pull it off” with a pool game. In addition, pool balls, a rack to organize the billiard balls on the table’s surface, some specially designed rectangular-shaped blue chalks, a mechanical bridge -used to extend a player’s reach on a shot where the cue ball is too far away for normal hand bridging- are some of the things you will need to experience a pool game in full extent.

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X-treme Scooters – Are You Ready To Play?

Your gas scooter that your dad used to mount on an old bike frame has made leaps and bounds over the ages. The gas sc…No one wants plain electric scooters anymore. They are not looking for your gas scooter of old. What everyone is talking about are the X-Treme Scooters. Scooters don’t look like you’re grandpas anymore. Today electric scooters are standing up and taking notice. Some scooters, like the X-Treme x-560 are designed to look more like their high-end street bikes.Your gas scooter that your dad used to mount on an old bike frame has made leaps and bounds over the ages. The gas scooter of today is one of the hottest transportation vehicles out there. The X-Treme XG-550 is a good example. With a 50cc motor, dual front shock system, and the ability to fold down with ease, make this a commuters choice.Every where you look, you see young and old riding their gas scooter or electric scooters. X-Treme Scooters are versatile, quick and can go the distance.With growing popularity, X-Treme Scooters is filling that need.1. X-Treme scooters are versatile: Being versatile means being able to take your scooter just about anywhere. Electric scooters now-a-days have the option to fold down for easy transport or storage. Your granddads couldn’t do that. A foldable gas scooter or foldable electric scooters are popular among college students, mariners and campers to name a few.2. Today’s X-Treme Scooters are quick: All X-Treme Scooters are quick for their assigned task. X-Treme Scooters are used for racing, doing tricks, and every day transportation. It is important to note that the speed you get with your x-treme scooter is dependant on such variables asa. Maintenance: The condition and charge if electric, of the scooter – always check tire pressure, oil/grease chain. If gas scooter, clean air filter, wipe plug and make sure gas tank has no debris buildup.Other Important factors Include:b. The weight that the scooter is carrying.c. The terrain that the scooter is going over.3. How far can X-Treme Scooters Go? That really depends on the output and type. But that is not all. For electric scooters, you need to go a little deeper than just the description.a. Watts does not always equal power: When you see an electric scooter and it says 250,350,500 and some boast 750 up 1000 watt motors, how can you really be sure you’re getting what you paid for? Every electric scooter motor has a plate on it for identification. On the plate is the actual output rating for that motor. I have seen 500 watt scooters listed as 750 and 1000 watt. Be careful.b. Voltage does not always equal power: If you have the wattage, you need the batteries to support the wattage. In the old days, everything was either an 8 volt or a single 12 volt system. Over the years, x-treme scooters have evolved into 24, 36 and 48 volt systems. Traditional electric scooters these days will have either 12 or 24 volt systems. When you see a 36 volt system that will give you a minute increase in power, but the real advantage is distance and torque. The more voltage, the longer your scooter will run and the more weight your scooter will be able to carry.Whether you want to do tricks, race, be in the X-Games or are looking for a less expensive way to work, today’s X-Treme Scooters will get you farther, faster, higher than ever before. Don’t be stuck in the past, move forward and enjoy life to the fullest. Get your X-Treme Scooter and start living. Times are changing and the next thing on the horizon is the “WAVE”. Will you be left behind?

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Zen And The Art Of Playing Golf

While to the onlookers, this may seem effortless, but there is so much going on in the mind of a golfer. This reminds of a scene in The Legend of Baggera Vance, where Bobby Jones steps up to the ball, to tee off. Will Smith tells Matt Demon to look at Jone’s eyes, and tells him to observe how he looks at the field. He concentrates, takes his position, takes his practice swings, his mind and…Good golfers are always ‘in’ the game, especially before each and every shot. While to the onlookers, this may seem effortless, but there is so much going on in the mind of a golfer. This reminds of a scene in The Legend of Baggera Vance, where Bobby Jones steps up to the ball, to tee off. Will Smith tells Matt Demon to look at Jone’s eyes, and tells him to observe how he looks at the field. He concentrates, takes his position, takes his practice swings, his mind and body in rhythm. The result is nearly perfect as a drive should be. This point of view may be far fetched and some may even object to it, but many will find some truth in the statement – Golf is a Zen experience. This is true for all golfers who are good at it, no matter how much they joke around and be goofing off.Zen is exactly this – being present physically and mentally in each and every moment at all times. As some people call this living life to its fullest, but this feeling is different. Zen is experiencing energy in every moment of life. It’s a feeling of living life to the fullest and appreciating every moment for what is given.So can we then call Golf, a Zen Experience? Let’s see…Zen coincides with Golf in all aspects of the game. When the heart and soul is in the moment, a golfer takes notice of everything around themselves. The player feels the breeze, recognizing its force and direction, but effortlessly. Then they notice the feel of the grass as they walk down the fairway, but they are still not under pressure to be thinking about their shot. The player will then note the distance to the green, the weather conditions and select appropriate club. The player will focus on only one thing that the next shot and nothing else, but again without the pressure of thinking about it. The pressure to perform makes the player tense and this spoils the shot. On the other hand a Zen golfer would be calm and would trust his or her body. Once the mind and body are in sync, and then make the shot. He is aware that his shot may not be perfect always, as the golfer would have intended. The difference would be in the attitude. For a Zen golfer, a bad or imperfect shot will not affect him at all and he would get ready for the next. But this will definitely adversely affect others, who stress over every shot. Non-Zen golfer would get bogged down and keep thinking and cursing. These negative thoughts would affect his entire body language and will feel defeated even before the result. Since the body and mind are not in harmony, the entire game after the bad shot will get affected; this would be followed by another bad shot. Any good shot will be looked upon as an accident, luck or a fluke.

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Your Guide To The Ultimate 3-step Free Dive Training Program

First, expect to stick with this plan for 14 weeks. It’s rigorous but well worth the time spent and you could very well find yourself improving on your time and stamina in No Limits, Constant Weight or Static and Dynamic Apnea events.Bear in mind that in each phase of training you’ll work out for six days…There’s a good reason Tanya Streeter holds multiple world records for free diving. It’s all in the training. Here are a few tips from Streeter’s own training regimen:First, expect to stick with this plan for 14 weeks. It’s rigorous but well worth the time spent and you could very well find yourself improving on your time and stamina in No Limits, Constant Weight or Static and Dynamic Apnea events.Bear in mind that in each phase of training you’ll work out for six days and rest on the seventh!Part I – Strength BuildingDuring Week 1 you’ll alternate days between 1 hour of cardio and 1 hour of weight lifting. The cardio training should consist of at least 45 minutes of your heart rate between 65%-85% of maximum. When weight training, lift between 60%-75% of your ability. The first and last thing to do each day is stretching and be sure to stretch the muscles you’ll work on that day.For weeks 3-6, you’ll alternate between cardio and the treadmill or elliptical machine. Do 2 hours of cardio using interval training on Day 1 of that week, peaking your heart rate at 65%-92%. Follow that with 1 hour of cardio endurance with your heart rate between 75-85%.Day 3 should consist of 2 hours of intensification training at around 80% heart rate with high intensity and followed by 1 hour of cardio endurance. Start Day 5 with 2 hours of endurance training with your heart rate between 75%-85%. Don’t forget to stretch before and after.On Days 2, 4, and 6, start with a 30-minute warm up on the treadmill or elliptical machine then lift 70-85% of your ability on weight training.Part II – ConditioningOn weeks 7-10, you’ll alternate each day between a 2 hour pool session and 2 hours of apnea weight training following some light stretching.On day when you do your apnea training you’ll want to start with a minute of breath-up preparation lifting 30% of your ability. Do as many repetitions as you can handle in apnea, then perform 1 hour of endurance training at a heart rate of 75%-85%.Pool sessions should consist of underwater laps. Vary your exercises to include restricted breathe-up preparation with increasing underwater distance, decreasing breath-up preparation utilizing the same underwater distance, and limited breathing during an extended swim involving hypoxia endurance training. Don’t forget to stretch before and after and include a warm down swim before your final stretching.If you can fit it in and it doesn’t overtire you then include some static apnea training as well.Part III – DivingOver the next four weeks you’ll want to do some actual diving. Remember, though, every time you dive you should take a buddy to keep an eye on safety precautions. Each time you dive increase your depth a little more, but don’t overexert yourself. The goal is to improve your free diving skills, not to kill yourself.Plan some rest days in your regimen. They should fall every 2-4 days. On those days you can maintain your strength and cardiovascular skills by reverting back to the workouts in Parts I and II of this plan. You want to be sure not to tire key muscles.Also, when training for free dive competitions you want to pay special attention to your diet and sleep habits. Eat right and get plenty of sleep. Above all, be safe and stretch, stretch, stretch those key muscle groups!

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Why Elliptical Trainers are Growing in Popularity!

If you work out at a health club you probably noticed that in the last few years there are fewer treadmills, because they are being replaced by elliptical trainers. And although treadmills still outsell ellipticals in total numbers, elliptical sales are growing at a faster rate. What is driving the popularity of elliptical trainers? There are two factors that make elliptical trainers so appealing:Low Impact WorkoutUpper and Lower Body Workout

Benefits of a Low Impact Workout Most types of exercise require some type of impact and/or reverse action. For example, when you walk each step is impacting force on your ankles, knees and lower back. That impact is minor in comparison to running, which can be as much as 2.5x your body weight. Over the years that constant pounding can result in long-term injuries and strains. 

Elliptical trainers reduce the hazards of impact through an elliptical motion.It feels like you are naturally walking or running without any real impact or reverse action, and yet it is a weight bearing exercise that contributes to building muscle and bone density. If you look at the side of an elliptical trainer you’ll notice the shape of the motion is like a flat circular pattern. Budget ellipticals tend to be more circular and bouncy, while quality machines have a flatter circular motion and more of an even stride. Regardless, the elliptical motion significantly reduces the impact to your joints, and that is why elliptical trainers are appealing to older individuals and people with injuries. It is becoming the exercise machine of choice for the “baby boomers.” 

Benefits of an Upper and Lower Body Workout The concept of exercising the upper and lower body simultaneously is revolutionary. An elliptical workout utilizes the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, chest, back, triceps and biceps. There is no other machine that offers this benefit. You are not only exercising more muscle group, you are also optimizing your energy expenditure. That means it is taking less time to achieve more results, like burning calories and increasing your cardio capacity. A number of elliptical trainers allow you to reverse the motion, thereby emphasizing resistance to even more parts of your muscles. By exercising more of your muscle mass you improve fat mobilization, which results in burning more calories and building muscle endurance more efficiently. Certain experts have suggested that this dual action process reduces the perceived rate of exertion. In other words, you are exercising harder without a noticeable difference from a less strenuous workout. The benefit of an upper and lower body workout, combined with low impact exercising, are the reasons why elliptical trainers are so popular. And there is one other feature that should be noted. In comparison to treadmills, elliptical trainers require considerably less maintenance. That is due to the fact there are fewer moving parts, and less wear from impact. If you haven’t tried an elliptical trainer, get to your local health club or a fitness equipment store and take one for an elliptical spin. Avoid the budget models and test the machines that are at least $1,000+. They have a more natural elliptical motion and are more stable and durable. You’ll find that an elliptical trainer can have a major impact on your health and fitness.

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Trampolines: The Super Fun Way To Exercise And Play

Trampolines are a great way to play and enjoy the outdoors while getting good exercise and burning away all those extra calories. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike, trampolines are recommended not just for play parks or recreational areas for kids, but for the home backyard as well. A great time can be spent together with family and friends in jumping away on a trampoline. Jump Away For Work And Play Trampolines give those of us not into exercise so much the chance to work and play. Jumping up and down on the trampoline is not only fun, but a good way to burn away calories and remain in great shape. A trampoline that has been set up outdoors in the lawn or play area can be great fun for the entire family or just for friends who drop in for a workout. Even adults find jumping on the trampoline great fun and some are quite nostalgic about the games one can have on the trampoline. Trampolines – What Are They Made Of? Most trampolines have steel frames for support and have synthetic fiber that can resist the heavy weight of a person jumping on them. Made up of triangular pieces of fiber, the trampoline material is made up of high quality, which is designed to withstand great pressure. The steel frame is also weatherproofed and is generally not known to warp or bend. Firm stitching in place ensures the material does not tear, even when kids use it in a rough manner. They can be easily installed for outdoor use and can withstand most rough weather conditions. Some trampolines are even known to have survived hurricanes when left outside the homes in bad weather. Health Benefits Of Using A Trampoline Some of the health benefits of using a trampoline include lower risk of illness and increased agility amongst children. Small children learn to coordinate faster and become better at balancing themselves as they learn to jump up and down on the trampoline. Growing children attain greater flexibility and even adults will find that trampoline jumping is a surefire way to burn away all those extra calories. Besides these benefits, the trampoline is a good excuse to take the kids away from the television and into the outdoors.

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Joe Doe in London, England purchased a

Ninja Silhouette

About 9 hours agoe
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Joe Doe in London, England purchased a

Joe Doe in London?

Joe Doe in London, England purchased a

Joe Doe in London?

Joe Doe in London, England purchased a