COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update – March 16

In response to the information provided by the Government & Health Authorities, we understand that you may be feeling unsettled given the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Please be reassured the health and safety of our students, family and team is our number one priority. It is our aim to keep providing classes and regular training sessions for all of our students but of course at the same time ensuring that all students, friends & family are safe, healthy and happy whilst at the academy.

In addition to the precautions and ramped up cleaning procedures detailed last week we will also be implementing the following to ensure we can continue to safely provide all our students with the best training in order to boost their fitness, health & progress to Blackbelt.

– Adapted class drills to limit close contact & amount of equipment used whilst still ensuring techniques can be taught & learnt effectively in order to prepare for grading.

– NO KIDS BJJ CLASS THIS WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH (6.00-6.30) – this will now be an extra Catch Up class for all levels; perfect prep for grading

– NO ADULTS BJJ CLASS THIS THURSDAY 19TH MARCH (8.00-8.45)

– Re-structured Graduation (Saturday 28th March 2020) to ensure all successful students can celebrate with friends & family in the safest way (more details regarding this will follow)

Our classes have no more than 25 students in each class and we are still in the midst of preparing our at home training classes and workouts should a worst case scenario arise.

We still urge anyone with symptoms to avoid classes or should you present with any symptoms, just as you would with any other illness, and as always please continue to practice good hygiene as this is always important for everyone. Remember to use hand soap and thoroughly wash your hands while singing happy birthday to yourself twice.

We would like to thank all the Endeavour Family for their continued support as we work together to overcome these challenges, and we will continuously work to the Government guidelines and update everyone as and when required through our website and social media pages.

Martial Arts is a great benefit for not only physical but also mental health, for many easing anxiety through training. In what is understandably a very unsettling time for some, please speak to a member of our team if you have any further concerns.

A huge thank you once again for all your support.

Mr Cutforth & The Endeavour Team

Coronavirus … What Team Endeavour are Doing…

Dear Endeavour Family,

We understand that you may be feeling concerned about Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

In light of the rise across Europe and the confirmed cases in Yorkshire, we wanted to share with you how we are proactively working to ensure the academy is as safe as possible for you, your family and our team.

Here are some of the measures we are taking:

- We have ramped up our cleaning throughout Endeavour, to include more regular sanitising of furniture, equipment and the mats.

-The team will work together to perform extra cleaning tasks in high-traffic areas, especially between classes, including wiping door handles, sinks, taps and door locks.

- We encourage anyone who comes to the studio to wash their hands before and after classes.

- Disinfecting wipes will be conveniently located throughout for you to wipe down your phones, tablets, computers, sparring gear, and whatever else you need.

We all have a role to play in protecting those most vulnerable in our society from Coronavirus, and all other illnesses and being part of the Endeavour Family gives us an amazing opportunity to help everyone understand the need to remain calm, have a positive outlook and be supportive towards others.

If you, or your child is ill, however mildly, we ask that you take some time out and rest at home until you are all well. Of course, if you have recently travelled to any of the high risk areas we ask that you stay at home and follow the NHS and government guidelines regarding self-isolation.

Remember, that we actively encourage everyone to make up missed classes once they are feeling better, and we as a team will support you in all ways possible to get you back on track.

As an extra precaution, we would encourage our grandparents and the elderly to be extra careful and to consider whether their visit to Endeavour is absolutely necessary for their own wellbeing.

Practising good hygiene is always important for everyone, so good hand washing routines are great skills that everyone can benefit from. Remember to use hand soap and thoroughly wash your hands while singing happy birthday to yourself twice.

Alcohol hand sanitisers can be effective when hand washing facilities aren’t available, so feel free to use your own during class if you have one to hand. Research however suggests that hand washing properly is more effective, hence why we will ensure that all toilets have plenty of soap for you.

The NHS also advise to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and should you cough or sneeze please catch It with a tissue, put it in the bin and then wash your hands.

To ensure the health of everyone in class we will be replacing high-5s, or handshakes with elbow 5’s and air high 5’s.

We will be adding discussions during our mat chats that will support our efforts to keep everyone focused and healthy. We will be reminding students to wash their hands frequently and to stay home if they feel even a little bit ill. We will also be discussing the need to be compassionate and not to seek to single anyone out who appear to be ill.

At such a time we feel it’s important to show support to those who need it most. You could call an elderly relative, isolation can be lonely and distressing for some, or offer to fetch shopping for them and leave it by their door.

We understand that the situation may develop further over the coming days, weeks and months and we want to assure everyone that the team have a comprehensive plan in place to ensure everyone is supported.

By working together we can overcome this challenge and continue to be empowered by the martial arts.

Thank you for all your support.

Team Endeavour.

The Loser’s Limp!

When someone falls victim to negative thinking, they develop what Zig Ziglar referred to as the “Loser’s Limp.”

You know what the loser’s limp is if you’ve ever seen someone in competition that creates an excuse as to why her or she didn’t win. One of my favorite examples is where an athlete or the team blames the referee for making a bad call that lost them them the game; or worse yet, goes on and one about how bad the referees were. In fact they were so bad that they shouldn’t even be allowed to referee in that league ever again! An athlete that develops the Loser’s Limp will mentally injure himself or herself more so than any physical injury every could.

Living the Black Belt Lifestyle is NOT easy. It’s EASY to give up and make excuses. It’s EASY to develop “THE LIMP!” Don’t let that be you. Acting like a Black Belt takes work – especially when everyone around you seems to enjoying limping around.

Black Belt champions are disciplined and stay focused at the task at hand. Black belts understand that just because you’re a black belt doesn’t mean that you will never fail but it does mean that you will always put forth your best effort regardless of the outcome.

Are there any areas of your life where you may have developed “a limp?” If so, write down all of the reasons why you feel you can’t overcome the obstacle. Don’t miss anything. Then, once you have completed the list crumple up that piece of paper and throw it away!

Now take out a fresh sheet of paper and write down as many solutions as possible. If you run out of ideas ask someone else that you respect and admire that has a positive attitude to help you think up a few more. Once you have your list, TAKE MASSIVE ACTION; nothing will change unless you decide to “Lose the Limp!”

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Raising Fit Kids

If your child is overweight, chances are you want to help him get healthy. But sometimes that means ignoring popular diet advice. Often, what works for adults may not be best for kids.
“Children have their own set of nutritional needs for healthy growth and development,” says Tamara Melton, a dietitian and instructor at Georgia State University.
The best way to help a child lose weight? Work with his pediatrician to make sure that he slims down in a safe way. But you can also think about these simple steps to help your child — and the whole family — live a healthier, fitter lifestyle.
1. Find the right weight goal. Many younger children shouldn’t actually shed pounds. “Since they’re still growing, they may need to maintain their weight or gain at a slower rate,” Melton says. Older teenagers may be able to lose a half a pound to 2 pounds a week. Your child’s doctor can let you know what you should aim for.
2.Say “no” to diets and supplements. Your first impulse may be to put your child on a diet. But unless her pediatrician recommends it, avoid these kinds of major calorie-cutting plans. They may mean she won’t get the nutrients and calories she needs to grow. Plus, many diets may teach your child that certain items are “bad” or off-limits, which can change how she sees food later in life.
Weight loss drugs or supplements aren’t a good idea either (except when the doctor prescribes them). There’s little or no research on how these pills affect children, so they may not be safe.
3. Get the rest of the family on board. Instead of singling out your child, have a conversation with the whole family about how you’d like to make healthy changes for everyone, including yourself.
“Kids learn their habits from their parents,” Melton says. So it’s important to lead by example. One study found that children were much more likely to lose weight when their parents also slimmed down.
4. Start small. Don’t try to overhaul your family’s diet all at once. Instead, try making a few changes at a time. Small, manageable tweaks are more likely to last for a lifetime, Melton says.
Try not to eat at restaurants or fast food joints more than once a week.
Buy more fruits,  vegetables, and other healthy snacks and fewer chips, cookies, and candy. If these high-calorie foods aren’t around, your kids can’t eat them. And while you shouldn’t declare any treats “off-limits,” help your kids learn to have them in moderation.
Keep an eye on portion sizes. Large plates and glasses encourage eating more, so you may want to downsize your tableware.
5. Eat meals together. When you sit down as a family (and not in front of the television), you’ll encourage healthier habits. One study showed that children who shared three or more family meals a week were 20% less likely to eat unhealthy foods and 12% less likely to be overweight.
At the start of each week, schedule a few family breakfasts, lunches, or dinners. If you can, get everyone involved in planning and cooking the meals.
6. Fill kids up on fruits and veggies. Produce is generally low in calories and high in nutrients. Children need 1 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1 to 2 cups of fruit each day. Sneak in servings with these strategies:
Have your child pick out their favorite produce in the grocery store.
Blend together a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast or a snack.
Serve a fruit or veggie at each meal or snack: Top cereal with berries, pair a sandwich with a side salad, and serve veggies with hummus between meals.
Use veggies instead of meat in child-friendly dishes, such as chili, lasagna, and spaghetti.
7. Get moving. Experts say kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day. If your child isn’t active already, you can help them work up to that goal:
Make exercise a family outing. Go on walks, hikes, or bike rides together.
Help your child find an activity she enjoys, whether that’s soccer, swimming, dancing, or simply  running around the playground.
Encourage her to spend time outside instead of in front of the  TV or computer.
Our martial arts school would like to invite you to a FREE community event.  “Beginners Martial Arts and Fitness Class.”   This 45 minute interactive workshop will give your child the opportunity to experience basic martial art skills, flexibility tips as well and strength and aerobic training.  Martial Arts is an individual sport where kids have fun, learn, exercise and gain valuable self defense and bully proof skills.  Sign up for the workshop now CLICK HERE