JUNE 2013

6 Great Concentration Exercises

by: Greg Frost (reading – 6.5. - 12.5.)

It is not easy to concentrate especially when we are surrounded by distractions, such as the people around us, the hum of the computer, or other background noises. In order to achieve greater concentration, we need to have a strong will in order to block out all other distractions except for the task at hand. Your thoughts have more power than you give them credit for, and if we apply our will to improving our concentration and reaching our goals, we can take better control of the direction in life that we are headed towards.

Here is a list of great concentration exercises that you should practice if you want to improve your concentration. Keep in mind that you should be calm and relaxed, physically and mentally. You can achieve this state by taking deep breaths and focusing on your breathing.

These exercises should be attempted for 5 minutes, and lengthened to 10 and then 15 minutes when you are satisfied with your own results and achievements. Do not be discouraged, and keep working at them as they seem simple on paper, but actually require a great deal of mental willpower and concentration to achieve. If you find your mind wandering away from the task before the time limit is reached, bring yourself back and start over.

Exercise 1:
Count backwards slowly in your mind, starting from 100 back to 1. Do not allow your mind to wander to other thoughts, such as the time, or why the neighbour's dog is barking. Focus solely on the numbers, and if you find yourself daydreaming or confused as to which number you are at and which direction you are counting in, start over.

Exercise 2:
You can move on to this exercise when you can complete exercise #1 successfully. This time, count backwards slowly from 100 to 1 in your mind, skipping in multiples of 3. For example, 100, 97, 94 and so on. Like the previous exercise, this should be completely mental. Do not hold a piece of paper with the numbers written on it, and do not use your fingers or any other means of keeping track of your position.

Exercise 3:
Take a simple thought, scenario, or word and keep it focused in your mind for the entire time limit. If it is a word, repeat it to yourself without getting distracted by your favourite way of using the word, or why you picked the word. Focus solely on the word and how it sounds. This should be the same if it is a thought or a scenario. Do not let your mind wander and contemplate why you have picked that particular scenario, or what it means and how it came to be. Focus simply on what it is.

Exercise 4:
Pick a simple object that you are familiar with, such as a pencil, or a fruit. Concentrate and look at the fruit taking in its texture, colour and any other physical attributes that are evident. Spend the entire time limit simply looking and absorbing the object from all angles. Your mind should only be seeing the object, and you should not let it wander to other thoughts.

Exercise 5:
When you are able to complete exercise #4, you can move on to this exercise. Picture the same object in your mind, and try to recall every single detail. The colour, the weight, the feel of the object and how it looks. If you are unable to recall, you may open your eyes to look at the object, and then close your eyes and concentrate again.

Exercise 6:
When you have completed the rest of the exercises, take the entire time limit to sit down and breathe deeply. Focus on your breathing, in and out. Let your mind be cleared of all thoughts, so that your focus is solely on your breathing. Do not entertain any stray thoughts and keep your mind completely clear.

About The Author

Greg Frost is a leading innovator in the field of ADHD and the founder of www.Attention-Deficit-Disorder.net which specializes in providing a whole range of ADHD Medications topics to improve the quality of people's lives and help them concentrate.

What Is Crossbow?

by: Tim Zheng (reading – 13.5. - 19.5.)

Crossbow is an incredibly old weapon, using much of the same technology that has been applied for hundreds of years; technology and principles long before the gun and more compact and accessible than the stand-up bow and arrow. There are a wide diversity of crossbow makes, manufacturers, styles, function, accessories and materials. It is a weapon that can be used for various hobby interests, from simple practicing to serious hunting.

Crossbow Components

The crossbow operates on very simple idea. They are small, light and compact. A basic breakdown of the crossbow is prods, which are the arms; the string which connects to the arms and drawn back will launch the arrow; a stock; handle and trigger; a cup which holds the bolt. And a quiver may be attached to hold extra arrows.

Crossbow Materials

All crossbows are similar in construction as they provide the same function - to shoot an arrow through the air. Crossbows vary in material from wood, to plastics, alloys and aluminum, to the new and high-end carbon materials. The material used will depend on the owner's price point and request. Wood will be strong and durable and heavy and cumbersome. Plastics will be light, but not as durable and strong. Alloys and aluminum, will be strong but heavy and sometimes not incredibly long-lasting. Carbon materials, usually the most expensive, are probably the highest end in new technology and provide the greatest blend of strength, durability and light weight.

What Crossbow Will Fit Your Needs?

The owner will have to decide what sort of crossbow they purchase depending on what they will use it for and dedication to the use. People who are using their crossbows regularly, whether it be for practicing and competition or for serious hunting trips and big game hunting, will want to focus on higher end crossbows which are most often composed of carbon material. These crossows are incredibly strong, light weight, durable and provide the greatest power in function. Many of the high-end crossbows have speed of more than 350 FPS, which means the bolt or arrow can travel through the air at more than 350 feet per second. Not only does this allow for increased accuracy and distance covered, but it also delivers more impact on contact. Some crossbows have speed almost as high as 400 FPS.

A high speed rating is probably the greatest and most desired aspect of a crossbow. Like the gun with the most wallop, it is the same for the crossbow. For the hunter using it for practicing and competition, the high velocity transfers the greatest precision or correctness. A high velocity means the projectile, in this case the arrow, will arrive at the target faster. This usually means it will be less hindered by wind resistance and will have a smaller flight descent or arc (as a bullet travels or arrow travels, it slows down and the slower the travel, the more this will be compensated for). For the hunter, much of the same applies. A higher velocity means greater accuracy when hunting game and speed. Especially when hunting larger game, a stronger impact is needed. It will definitely take more power of impact to bring down a deer than smaller game like fowl with a crossbow.

About The Author

TheCrossbowStore.com brings you the quality crossbows,compound bows and more from top brands including Barnett Crossbow, Horton Crossbow and more for sale at the best price.

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Basic Info

by: Chris Lontok (reading – 20.5. - 26.5.)

Despite the array of martial arts and styles, most of them share common techniques, and so they can be organized into broad categories that facilitate understanding. The primary way of classifying martial arts is by the basic physical technique they use: striking or grappling.

Martial arts are now practiced throughout the world. About 100 million people participate in the martial arts as a means of self-defense, physical fitness, mental tranquility, and competition. There are about 200 distinct martial arts, and within each one are specific schools called styles or systems. These styles number in the thousands.

The striking technique, technically referred to as percussive, uses blows with the hands, elbows, feet, knees, and head. Such popular martial arts as karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do fall under this category.

Grappling arts, on the other hand, primarily employ throwing, locking, and wrestling techniques. These arts seek to neutralize aggressive action by gaining control over an adversary without necessarily striking the person. The most popular grappling arts are jujutsu (jiu-jitsu), judo, and aikido.

Judo (Japanese for 'gentle way') is an art of self-defense developed from jujutsu in 1882 by Japanese educator Kano Jigoro. Like jujutsu, judo is a method of turning an opponent's force to one's own advantage through grappling and throwing skills. Instead of directly opposing the opponent?s strength, the goal is to yield to him or her, which will unbalance the opponent. This makes it easier to complete a throw.

The martial arts can also be divided into those that prohibit weapons and those that require them. In judo, for example, competitors use only their bodies, but in many styles of kung fu, weapons represent an essential part of the basic training. Common weapons used in martial arts include swords, staffs, and spears made of wood or metal. Firearms are never used.

Martial arts can also be divided by function and philosophy into traditional and nontraditional, according to the way they are taught. Traditional teachers emphasize self-improvement, whereas non-traditionalists emphasize self-defense. When instructing their students, traditionalists focus on three priorities, in the following order: spiritual development, discipline, and aesthetic form. Nontraditional instruction accents combat, discipline, and spiritual development. Both schools of thought offer advantages to students, encouraging the cultivation of such traits as self-confidence, which can then be successfully carried over and applied to everyday life.

Newer forms of martial arts such as Bazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai are also gaining tremendous popularity for its health and lifestyle benefits. BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend himself against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Martial sports like kickboxing are also very popular. Kickboxing is the main martial arts spectator sport because of its extensive international television coverage. The sport was first developed in Thailand hundreds of years ago, but in the 1970s it was adopted by Americans, who helped make it popular all over the world. Kickboxing techniques involve the hand techniques of Western boxing and the kicking techniques of the Eastern martial arts. Contestants wear gloves and footpads.

Evolution Martial Arts, a studio that teaches men, women, and kids of Tampa and Carrollwood focuses on training Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to its students for self-defense and self-improvement. Their school's main disciplines are Barzilan Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Gracia Jiu Jitsu, karate, judo, kickboxing, and wrestling.

The studio also provides afterschool pick up programs for kids, which means helping them finish homework and then train, straight from school.

About The Author

Evolution Martial Arts
14436 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618 Phone: (813) 961-5425
Email: rcook10@verizon.net Website: www.graciebarraevolution.com

7 Factors To Look For In An Instructor For Riding Lessons

by: Ruth Landry (reading – 27.5. - 2.6.)

Learning is universal. We all want to accumulate as much knowledge and skills as possible throughout our lives. Others want to learn how to drive, paint, dive, and many more. But if you want to learn how to ride a horse and you are interested in taking riding lessons then you need a good instructor to teach and guide you in the whole process. It is important that you remember some pointers when choosing a good instructor.

1. For you to have a much better choice making a list of a few schools or professional individuals who offer or teach riding lessons is crucial. You could try to ask family and friends for some referrals and ask for their opinions about it. Otherwise, you could check the yellow pages or search the internet for potential schools.

2. Since it is best that you see everything yourself and be able to provide an objective judgment about the school and its instructor it would be best that you visit a few riding schools and observe the instructor who provides the lessons.

3. Experience is the best teacher. This is a truth that we all could probably agree upon. An experienced riding instructor could provide you with much better ways for you to learn how to ride in no time. Their years of experience could give you an idea about how extensive their knowledge about horses and teaching are, this must be greatly considered.

4. Good communication skills are very important. An instructor must be able to establish rapport with his/her students and be able to deliver instructions clearly and accurately.

5. Punctuality should be considered. A professional instructor has some sense of time, for time is money. He/she should be on time and finish on time for you to get the most out of the money that you pay.

6. Courtesy. Does your instructor communicate to his students with respect? A good instructor and a professional one does not embarrass his/her students and provides answers to their query in a polite and subtle manner.

7. The commitment of a good instructor is seen on his concern for his/her students' progress. It is important that the teacher provides the students with ample time to make sure that they can voice out their concerns and be able to achieve the goals intended in taking the riding lessons.

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