Happy (Chinese) New Year!

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Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is celebrated over a 15 day period.

The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiacs. Those born under this sign are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat’s natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.

You are born under the sign of the Rat if you were born in one of these years: 1900, 1912, 1924,1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008,2020,2032,2044,2056,2068,2080,2092.

Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year

Happy Boxing Day!

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What is Boxing Day?
The day after Christmas Day, December 26, is known as Boxing Day in Britain. It was also known as the Feast of St Stephen, when in olden days church alms-boxes were opened and the contents given to the poor. This custom turned into the giving of Christmas boxes, which were gifts of food, money or other items to household servants and then to public tradesmen, such as postmen and dustmen (garbage collectors). In many parts of Britain these traditions live on, with gifts of food, clothing or money from local churches being given to the poor or needy, and many people still give small gifts to their favorite trades people. Boxing Day is a public holiday in Britain. Banks and most shops

Perhaps Boxing actually refers to all the unboxing we have to do after Christmas day!

Merry Christmas!

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Coconut Balls with Chocolate Drizzle

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Another Holiday classic!

These take a little bit of work but are more then worth it!  And don’t forget that Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Classified as a “functional food” you can read more about it’s health benefits here.  But in this case please remember, it’s still a cookie!

1/3 cup butter, softenedcoconut-cookies.jpg
1 package (3oz) cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (I use less)
3 3/4 cups sweetened coconut flakes (leave 3/4 cups aside for later)

Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar in bowl until blended. Add egg yolk, orange juice and almond extract. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt and gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in 3 cups coconut. Cover refrigerate 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in remaining 3/4 cup coconut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes (check after 10). Cool for about a minute or so before taking them off the cookie sheet or they’ll fall apart.

Once done take some melting chocolate and drizzle on top.

Say Thanks You

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Something cool that Xerox is doing by showing they are committed to helping people across the nation express their gratitude to our troops overseas. To do this they have setup the web site, www.letssaythanks.com , where you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You do not get to pick who gets the card, but it will go to some member of the Armed Services.


How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This would make a great assignment for the kids in your Dojo to do as a community activity. This is a great site. This is a great program.

Please send a card today, it is FREE and it only takes a second.

Coconut Custard Pie

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Christmas is almost here and if you haven’t started cooking… well you better get busy! A recent addition to our Family Christmas dessert line-up is this Coconut Custard Pie.Coconut Custard Pie

    Ingredients List

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter, sugar and eggs. Blend in flour and milk a half cup of milk at a time. Add one cup coconut and vanilla and mix well. Pour filing into unbaked pie shell. Lightly sprinkle with nutmeg and then top with additional coconut. Bake 40-50 minutes or until set.

Yum! No this is not part of any special Holiday diet! If you can’t relax once in a while and enjoy this type of homemade dessert then you should seek therapy. 😉 Trust me this is WAY better then therapy! I even prefer this delicious dessert to…lunges!!

Eat responsibly and let us know how it comes out…in other words say thank you with a comment!

Pride Lasts Foundation – Holiday Appeal

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Happy Holiday’s it is again time for our Holiday Appeal. This is the time of year when we are all busy shopping for presents and getting ready for the Holiday’s. Many of us will shop online because it is convenient, easy and fun.

While you shop online you can support our scholarship fund and it won’t cost you a dime, only one extra mouse click! If you are going to purchase anything on Amazon.com please start your Amazon shopping on our website. Right in the center, bottom of the page is an Amazon.com search box, enter anything you want in that box and submit. This will bring you to Amazon.com and then you can go shopping! Once you have done this we will get a referral fee for everything you purchase over the next day, it is that easy! And it doesn’t cost you a thing!

So what will you be supporting? You will be supporting the Academic Scholarship called Pride Lasts. Pride Lasts provides a scholarship to students who are financially and socially challenged, kids who otherwise may never get any recognition. The recipients do not have to practice the Martial Arts. This scholarship has been well received by the community and with your help we hope to expand the number of schools we can offer this scholarship through. Since last year we have setup a website for the Pride Lasts Foundation, PrideLasts.org, to help raise awareness and gain support. Let us know what you think!

With every dollar we receive we are that much closer to support yet another deserving student. In the past we have only been able to recognize one student per year. But with your help we would like to increase that number every year and expand out program geographically. The future is not in the hands of our children, it is in our hands as we are responsible for making them the accomplished leaders of tomorrow. So let’s all do our part and give another child the desire to succeed.

So please take a moment before you start making your holiday purchases and go to Amazon.com using this link or by using a link on our web site.

Thank you all for your time and your extra mouse click!

Have a safe, healthy, happy and joyous Holiday Season.

– – Please tell all your friends and relatives!

– – This is a year round program so remember to make all of your online purchases through us!

KarateTraining.org donates 10% of all sales’ profits go to support the Pride Lasts Foundation!

How to Fold an Origami Star (Shuriken)

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This is a great activity one for the kids over the holiday break. It’s the kind of thing that can keep them busy for hours as they make and attack the invisible Ninja army with them!

You don’t have to go to a weapons store to have your very own “ninja star” (also called a shuken or shuriken). You can make one or several out of paper as a cheaper and safer alternative. The detailed instructions are brought to you by the how-to wiki this promises to be fun for every one.

If you pick up some colorful Origami Paper you can also make these as novelty Christmas presents! Or you can purchase a foam rubber star and save on paper cuts!

(Don’t forget to wear safety goggles to avoid eye injury…)