Healthy Holidays with CMAA

Happy holiday season from CMAA! Having just hosted our weekend mini-tournament, we’re in the final week of training for 2015. Keep in mind that we’re closed to martial arts students from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 (although Fitness and Kickboxing classes will continue).

Plus, there’s the ever-popular New Year’s Eve lock-in. That’s right, students can join us for an overnight on the mats starting at 6 p.m. Pick-up is at 9 a.m. January 1. The individual rate is $79, with families charged $158.

Students will enjoy supervised fun, movies, and counting down the midnight descent of a stuffed animal. Anyone there last year will remember the fun of the disco badger. Plus, you can keep an eye on everything with our webcam — in case Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper are too dull.

Students of the Month

Hearty congratulations to the most recent winners of the Student of the Month award (now with a paper certificate as proof!):

Little Dragon — Ava Murphy

Junior — Charlie Sellers

Adult — Charlotte Gay

Black Belt/Nidan Club — Ainsley Lauder

SWAT — Mason Shores

Elite SWAT — Matthew Johnson

STORM — Alex Kendrick

Fitness Kickboxing — Joe Glenn

Park Road Montessori — Ardie Haselton

If any of these students has an elf on the shelf, you can bet their Santa surveillance elves made positive reports about their efforts on the mats last month!

Did you know?

For many, the holiday season is a time for stuffing stockings as well as, regrettably, stuffing their faces.

Yet there are some simple ways to cut calories this time of year. Here are some suggestions from a dietitian on Hello Healthy and some other swap ideas from Men’s Fitness. For instance:

  • Pick prosciutto wrapped asparagus over pigs in a blanket.
  • Make your own cranberry sauce instead of cracking open a can.
  • Dr. Oz suggests homemade wine spritzers instead of champagne.
  • Next year (since it just ended) you might make Hanukkah latkes with sweet potatoes instead.
  • Or add some of these healthy Kwanzaa recipes to your year-end table.

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Photo credit: a.funk via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

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