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Mr. Fasmer stands for the first time in 5 years to receive his black belt

Posted: December 10, 2018

Humility, Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Unbreakable Spirit are the Principles of Choi Kwang Do. They inspire people all over the world to reach down into themselves and be the very best they can be. These principles are also the life principles of one Cristian Fasmer, the first physically challenged Choi Kwang Do Black belt in the world. On February 18th , 2006 , just six years after a debilitating accident claimed the use of his legs, with a dojang full of family and friends looking on, Cristian earned the right to wear the martial arts world's most coveted prize. Born in Colombia, S.A. in 1976, the only son of his mother Marina, Cristian grew up like any other South American youth. His mother tells of a normal, uneventful youth, with very little hint of the character waiting to emerge. At the age of 19 Cristian joined the Columbia Army (much to his mother's dismay and worry) and spent 3 ½ years protecting his country in savage fighting against anti-government Guerrillas. Shortly after his discharge from the Army on November 15, 2000, while hiking with friends Cristian missed his footing and fell from a 12 foot bridge. He fell straight down striking his head on a concrete beam, and then continued to fall to the ground striking his back. After 25 days in a severe coma Cristian was diagnosed as a paraplegic with brain damage. Upon awakening, his doctors told him he was paralyzed in the T6 & T7 Spine Region, from his waist down. Cristian's mother, Marina Wickham (CKD-Clearwater Asst. Instructor) quickly left her new home with her husband Christopher Wickham in the United States and went to her son's side, remaining with him for 3 months helping, encouraging and nurturing him through the ordeal. Shortly thereafter, Marina brought Cristian to live with her in the United States so she could better assist in his care and treatment. As Cristian attempted to make sense of his radically altered life, he would accompany his mother to CKD Clearwater while she trained and taught class. It wasn't long before Shelly Elrod (co-owner CKD Clearwater) asked Marina and Cristian if they had ever considered Choi Kwang Do training to help build his confidence, strength and agility. In June of 2002 After some coaxing from his mother and a bit of arm twisting from Miss Shelly, Cristian began private classes with Shelly's husband Chief Instructor, Steve Elrod, to help increase his equilibrium and self esteem. Both Cristian and Mr. Elrod remember the beginning as being very hard for them both. In addition to physical barriers they had cultural and language barriers to overcome as well. At one point Mr. Elrod had to develop special hand signals in order to direct Cristian's training. In fact, as Cristian confides, it was many years before he started to believe that he would really be able to earn his black belt. Even with all the encouragement he was getting from his family, friends and instructors it wasn't until he started to really believe that HE could do it that things began to fall into place. After just one year of private training Cristian had gained enough confidence to enter regular adult classes and was warmly received by the other students.The rest is Choi Kwang Do history! Not only has Cristian earned a black belt while strengthening his body, but he has gained back his independence. Employed by a local medical supply firm in Clearwater, Florida Cristian drives his own car (specially fitted for him) and can be seen tooling around town or pulling up in front of the dojang to train 2-3 time a week. He has even been known to take his chair and a pretty girl out for a whirl on the dance floor! He isn't sitting on his past accomplishments though, In addition to learning his next pattern he astounded those in attendance at his black belt ceremony by actually standing up on his own ,,, a major event that he had never attempted in public before. In short, Cristian Fasmer epitomizes the "Certain Victory" essence of Choi Kwang Do and defines what Grandmaster Choi intended when he created this powerful, multifaceted system of health and self defense. We salute you Cristian. Well done Sir, PIL SUNG! Andrew M. Rasmussen 

This Is the Best Reason Ever to Exercise

Posted: November 26, 2018

Fitness experts are fond of saying: Use it or lose it. Turns out, they're right. People who don't exercise are more likely to suffer serious physical and psychological setbacks, Science Daily reports of a new study from The Ohio State University. But the good news is that the opposite is also true: People who exercise get a cognitive, psychological, and physical boost.

The study: A group of 28 older adults who had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that kills some 120,000 people every year in the United States, completed a 10-week, monitored exercise rehabilitation program. The first five weeks of the 10-week training session consisted of daily aerobic workouts, strength training, and stretching exercises. During the second five week period, participants continued the exercises at least three days a week. Afterwards, they were each given an individualized home exercise program to follow on their own. The researchers contacted the participants again after one year to see if they had stuck with their exercise programs and to give them the same physical, psychological, and cognitive tests that they had taken at the beginning and end of the initial 10-week exercise program.

The results: After the initial 10 weeks of exercise, all the participants achieved increased cognitive, psychological, and physical function. Eleven people or 39 percent continued exercising at home, while the remainder either exercised only sporadically or not at all. Those who continued to exercise maintained the cognitive, psychological, and physical benefits, while those who did not exercise lost their gains in nearly every mental and physical characteristic that the researchers measured.

Preventive Medicine for Osteoporosis

Posted: November 19, 2018

In America, 20-25 million Americans suffer from Osteoporosis. In the United Kingdom, 6.2 million people suffer from this disease alone. Globally, Osteoporosis is at near-epidemic-proportions. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and Osteoporosis naturally develops as we grow older and bones lose their mineral mass (bone mineral content) and calcium concentration (bone mineral density). Bones become increasingly more brittle and porous over time.

Good nutrition plays an important role in combating Osteoporosis, a degenerative disease. But Choi Kwang Do training may be the key to help to strengthen weak bones. Bones do indeed age, but do they have to weaken?

With exercise the body adapts to necessity. It adapts to the ‘specific’ demands we place on it. With gradual progressive stress the human body adapts, it becomes stronger and healthier. However, too much stress too quickly and the body can fail to adapt, it can breakdown. Exercise stress, and indeed martial arts training needs to be progressive and gradual, to allow the body to strengthen and to promote individuals health.

Giving Thanks and staying fit.

Posted: November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time known for eating big and exersising small! It is not only very easy to get off track with your fitness but the extra calories can add up quick! 

Here are 10 sure-fire ways to stay on track during the holiday season:

Forget Elf on the Shelf!

Posted: November 05, 2018

Most families have a lovable elf who watches over the kids and gets into some antics along the way! The Elf on the Shelf is a great tool for your home don't get us wrong but we have a little something extra for our families here in Cartersville!

Now we have availible Nigel the Ninja! Now why would you prefere Nigel over the Elf on the Shelf you might be asking? Well you get all the same uses for Nigel at home as you would his popular cousin, report to Santa - check, move to new locations - check, inspire good behavior - check. Nigel does not stop there though! Nigel can also report to your child's instructors and inspire practice of martial arts skills at home as he is depending on the children to help him in his hourney to learn martial arts and is also seen at your childs CKD Martial Art Academy. I know many of your kids love their Elf on the Shelf, that's ok as Nigel gets along great with his cousins and is more than happy to work with your current elf during the holiday season.

I am sure your likely thinking of all kinds of unique ways to utalize Nigel and there are even blogs and videos around the internet dedicated directly to Nigel the Ninja ideas. 

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