USA Karate Federation Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony - Saturday April 18, 2014
This Hall of Fame will recognize and perhaps re-recognize many of those who made USA Karate work in the time frame from 1981 to 1995. Recognition will go to coaches, athletes, referees, RSO Chairman and organizers, and National Staff.
As with the policy for all of our Hall of Fame inductions, only those who show will be inducted and those that do not will still stay eligible to be inducted at a later date. A number of inductees are deceased so if anyone has an email address for the deceased inductees survivors, please forward it to me at the earliest so I can notify their spouse/family. A few inductees may be unable to travel because of age or infirmity and exceptions may be made for those.
If you wish to make sure someone is included in the nominations, please forward as soon as possible, their name, category coach, athlete, referee, RSO Chairman or organizer, or National Staff and preferably an email address for that individual.
Once we know who will be inducted, formal notifications will be sent to everyone.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony are $72. There will be an optional trophy type award available for an extra cost if the inductee so desires. The details on this trophy type award will be announced to those who will be coming. As we get closer to the date and seats are sold, the cost for the event will rise.
The Hall of Fame is expected to be a sell out so you may wish to get your tickets early. You can register on line at REGISTER HERE or send your check to USA Karate Federation 1550 Ritchie Road Stow, Ohio 44224. Tickets to the induction ceremonies are on a first come, first served basis.
Hotel Information These two hotels are within a mile of the banquet hall.
Hampton Inn Stow 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive Stow, Ohio, 44224 1-330-945-4160 FAX: 1-330-945-4170 Rate $99. Reference USA Karate HOF Group for registration or the online reference is KHF www.stow.hamptoninn.com. Cut-off date for the room block is Friday March 23, 2015.
Staybridge Suites 4351 Steels Pointe Drive Stow, Ohio 44224 1 877 238 8889 Rate $114.99. This hotel has studio suites only. Reference USA Karate Hall of Fame. Cut-off date for the room block is Friday March 20, 2015.
Karate Federation to Take Team To 5th WUKF World Championships for Children, Cadets and Juniors
USA Karate is taking a team of athletes ages 6-20 to the 5th World Cadet and Junior Championships of the World Union of Karatedo Federations October 15-19, 2014 in Szczecin, Poland. For details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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USA Karate Guest Blog: Beneficial Exercises to Aid in Back Pain and Stiffness
Chronic back pain can be a discomforting and debilitating illness. Chiropractic care is a great way to help diagnose and treat most back problems but it is important to add exercise into everyday life to help aid in spinal health. There are many exercises that are targeted to different parts of the lower back, shoulders, and spine that are created to help with pain and stiffness. Below are a few exercises and activities that may aid in back stiffness and pain.
Yoga has been recognized as an alternative health care method that helps reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and contributes to overall total body and spiritual wellness. It is an ancient practice that focuses of unity of mind, body and spirit through meditation and physical movements.
Yoga brings focus and awareness to the body and breath centering the mind and body. It also increases flexibility and balance, helps create better posture, and strengthens the core muscles. Yoga massages and stimulates all organs of the body through movement and breath. Stretching muscles and joints act as a detoxification by ensuring optimum blood supply to body parts. Yoga utilizes muscles in the body that don’t normally get attention, strengthening muscles that might have previously been neglected. Two great starting poses are the Cat pose and the Cow pose. These poses can be done interchangeably and are great for stretching the back.
Cat Pose: provides gentle massage to the spine and belly organs through rounding of the back.
Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop position” with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. As you exhale, tuck the tailbone under and round your back as you bring your head to your chest. Stay in this position for about 5-10 seconds and then breath your body back to the neutral first position.
Cow Pose: stretches and warms up the spine through arching of the back.
Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. As you inhale, lift your chest and your sit-bone towards the ceiling and gaze forward. This should create a swag or dipping arch in your spine. Hold for a few seconds and exhale back to tabletop neutral position.
Other poses to look into are Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra, and Camel. There are numerous yoga poses that are specifically for back pain that can easily be found online or taught at local yoga studies. Not only is yoga great for back pain and stiffness, it also has numerous physical and mental benefits that make practicing yoga on a daily basis worthwhile.
Stay Active Throughout the Day
Most of us spend the majority of days sitting at desks or in front of a computer screen. Sitting for long periods of time, especially if we are sitting with improper spine alignment, can cause a great deal of all over back pain.
If your job consists of sitting for long periods of time, try to get up at least once every 30 minutes and stretch or go for a little stroll around the office. Also try working while standing for a while to limit the amount of time spent in a seated position. Make sure that when you are seated, you sit with good posture that includes a long straight spine and shoulders that aren’t hunched over.
Having strong core muscles is key to maintaining a healthy back. Try some light exercises like walking, yoga, or stretching regimens. Focus on exercises that target core muscles and shoulder muscles. It is always important to consult a physician if you suffer from serious back injuries before partaking in any exercise.
Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, spinal alignment issues, or minor back problems, it is important to stay active and introduce stretching into your daily regimen. Again, Consult an expert on back pain and stiffness before engaging in any physical activity to ensure proper execution and to eliminate the chances of worsening your condition.
Claire Taylor is a health advisor with Good Greens, a vegan protein bar.