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Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on February 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

                                                          THE 10 BENEFITS OF HEALTHY EATING

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy provides a variety of benefits. No matter what motivates you, here are the top 10 reasons why you should sneak a few more nutrient-packed foods into your diet.


1. You’ll be more productive


Just like your car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.


2. You’ll be happier


What we eat has an impact on our brains. Did you know bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, a chief mood booster in the brain? Dark chocolate, packed with polyphenol, is also known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that many antidepressants also target. You should see a doctor if you’re seriously concerned about your moods, but for the rare gloomy day, try a dark chocolate-covered banana.


3. You’ll be less stressed


Certain foods have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Some studies have found that foods packed with vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium help reduce cortisol levels. When the body is in a chronic state of stress, it breaks down protein to prepare for battle. Eating a protein-rich diet, including fish and dairy, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels at bay.


4. You’ll control your weight


Simple healthy choices such as replacing soda with water, choosing carrots instead of chips, and ordering a side salad in place of fries not only will help you lose weight, it also can help you save money. The average household spends about $850 a year on soft drinks, which could easily be replaced with healthier — and free — water.


5. You’ll eat less


When it comes to eating healthier, quality trumps quantity. Fresh foods contain fewer low-nutrient fillers that the body burns through quickly. If you are buying and eating less food, then you will have more money in your pocket.


6. You’ll think it tastes better


Who would trade their Big Mac for a beet burger? Although taste is subjective, healthy food can taste delicious if it’s prepared well. One study showed that people perceive healthy food as tasting better even if it doesn’t. In a blind taste test, participants said organic coffee tasted better than regular coffee, even though the two cups were the same. So perhaps the beet burger is better after all — even if it’s only in your head.


7. You’ll age better


Why pay for expensive and painful Botox procedures when you can improve your skin through your diet? Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin. The antioxidants in fresh berries and salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids both help improve the health of your skin’s cells and slow premature aging.


8. You’ll be healthier


Unhealthy eating — especially over the long term — can be a risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. If you miss out on too much of the protein, vitamins and minerals that your body needs, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase.


9. You’ll live longer


Healthy eating can help you avoid diseases that may lower your life expectancy. One study showed that a diet of fruit and vegetables, in combination with exercise, extended life expectancy for women in their 70s. Elsewhere, researchers reviewed a group of studies that suggest vegetarian or low-meat diets could help you live a longer life. And another study points to nuts as a way to reduce your risks of other problems. No matter how you cut it, a healthy diet can play an important role in how long you’ll live.


10. You’ll save money


Many of the benefits of healthy eating contribute to potential savings. If you stay healthy, you’ll have fewer medical bills to pay and by cutting back on food, you’ll eat less and have fewer groceries to purchase. Save your body and your wallet and eat your greens today.



Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on October 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In Kyūdō, Zanshin means the body posture after the loosening of an arrow. The posture is intended to reflect the higher meaning of Zanshin, which is a mental aspect maintained before, during, and after an action.


In Karate, Zanshin is the state of total awareness. It means being aware of one's surroundings and enemies, while being prepared to react.


In the context of Kendō, Zanshin is the continued state of spirit, mental alertness and physical readiness to meet the situation (such as an opposing attack) that must be maintained when one returns to kamae after attacking. It is one of the essential elements that define a good attack.


During the practice of Aikidō, the usual method of practicing Zanshin is to focus on the just-thrown uke, or opponent, while holding kamae and maintaining awareness in case there are additional attacks or attackers. In Iwama-style training, Zanshin is practiced as general awareness of one's surroundings, of which the uke is just a small part of the training scenario. In Yôseikan-style Aikidô, students are trained to maintain that continued state of mental awareness and physical readiness beyond the dôjô walls....and into daily life.

Sensei Mark

Pressure Points

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on July 4, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The traditional definition of a pressure point is a point that, when pressure is applied, produces crippling pain. This is studied in a Chinese martial art called Dim Mak....based on acupuncture pressure points,but this art is very restricted and needs and understanding of Chinese acupuncture points. This is used to exploit a weakness or vulnerability in the human body to gain an advantage over an opponent. When using these pressure points one must be particularly careful.

This leads to the point that, more important than the technique, is the mindset that you use in training. Train hard ....but use skill and care.....especially in vital point or pressure point training.

    - Sensei Mark

The 5 Ways Of Jeet Kune Do Attack

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on April 16, 2015 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)



The Jeet Kune Do Five Ways of attack


Bruce Lee was probably the first who talked about the five ways of attack in his Jeet kune do system. Bruce Lee was a great martial artist with an inquisitive and privileged mind. He took the time to study martial arts in deep and left a legacy of concepts that can be used by any martial artist to get better at his art. Making the road easier for the generations to come. Lets be smart and step on the shoulders of this giant of martial arts.


Why should we learn the five ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do?


If you want to be a better and more versatile fighter it’s fundamental to learn the concepts, and practice the Jeet Kune Do five ways of attack. Make them part of you, integrate them into your subconscious. We martial artist usually make the mistake of using only those techniques that we feel comfortable with. We use one or two ways of attacks. We feel comfortable with them and they work for us most of the time.


When they don’t work, we think that we have to increase our speed or work on our timing or change the technique. That it is always a good idea. But sometimes we will get better results by changing the way we initiate our actions. That’s why is important to know and be able to execute the five ways of attacks that Bruce Lee introduced in Jeet Kune do.


Maybe after many years of practice we would get to the same conclusions (by the way, these principles are not set in stone). But why reinvent the wheel. It is easier to walk the road somebody walked before we did.


That’s the beauty of being human; we don’t have to experience everything by ourselves to learn. Why don’t we save our time and take advantage of somebody that took the time to do all this work for us? Lets take Bruce Lee ideas and use them to our own benefit. They will make us progress much more faster if we use and apply them.


What are the five ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do


Single direct attack (S.D.A.): This is the simplest form of attack. It is done mainly with your leading hand or leading leg. If you are out of distance you have to step in to reach your target.

Immobilization attack (H.I.A.): It is done by grabbing a member, or head of your opponent. This will make him unable to move that part of his body. Giving you time to strike from a safer position. A feint usually precedes the trapping. The objective is to make your opponent unable to use his weapons against you.

Progressive indirect attack (P.I.A.): This is an attack that is preceded by a feint or by a deceiving movement with the intention to cheat your opponent. The objective is to make him react to your fake creating and opening that you can take advantage of.

Attack by combination (A.B.C.): Is and attack composed of simple attacks. Two or more strikes in a row. Combinations are used to place your opponent in a position where you can land your best blow.

Attack by drawing (A.B.D.): In this way of attack you create an opening that incites your opponent to attack. You are just waiting for him to go for the opening you created. Your objective is to counter attack, taking advantage of the opening created by his attack.


How to implement the Jeet Kune Do five ways of attack


Now that we have defined the ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do. It’s time to learn how do them.


Single direct attack: From our standing guard position (bai jong for the JKD practitioner). We through a single attack by stepping in a straight forward motion, or in an angle. Depending on the openings we see in our adversary. We have to control timing and distance to hit our target.

Immobilization attack: The simplest one is to grab your adversary hand leaving him unable to use it to attack you. Giving you the time to deliver a blow from a safer situation. The simplest sequence would be: Feint, grab, and attack.

Progressive indirect attack: The idea behind this attack is to make our opponent believe that we are going to attack one target when in reality we are going for the target opened by his reaction to our fake. The way to do it is to feint to the head and go for the body, or feint to the body and go for the head. There are many different feints we can use. But before we commit to the full attack, we have to see if our opponent react to them, some times it will be necessary to mix direct attacks with a feint to the same target to make our opponent fall for the fake.

Attack by combination: We perform this attack by following a direct attack with another direct attack in a fluid action. The way to do it is by taking advantage of the potential energy stored in our body from every attack ( Right Jab, cross, right hook), (Leading front kick, cross, leading round kick, rear knee to the body, leading hook to the head). See how boxers combine their punches. The idea is to create an opening to deliver a devastating blow to your opponent.

Attack by drawing: This form of attack is like setting a trap. We leave an opening in our guard tempting our opponent. We incite him to go for that opening, once he does, we counter attack, taking advantage of the openings left by his attack. An example would be to drop our leading hand exposing our head to his rear hand attacks. And that’s exactly what we want. Every time he uses his rear hand it creates an opening in his trunk we can take advantage off.


These are the five ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do. If you learn them properly. They can be extrapolated to any fighting system. They cover all the possible ways to initiate an attack. To you as a martial artist is important to get familiar with all the five. If you take the time to practice them you will be a move versatile fighter. Even thou Jeet Kune Do put emphasis on the offensive.



Bully Prevention

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on March 26, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Bullies and bullying have become a major topic in the news, in the home, and on the school campus. We must all take a pro-active stance when it comes to erradicating this ridiculous behavior. American Tiger Dojo and Mark Davis Training Systems provide the very best in bully prevention, and self-defense strategies to keep you and your family safe. Below are just a few tips to share with your peers....and to keep bullies in the closet where they belong.

    - Sensei Mark

10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying


Whether you are a parent, an educator, or a concerned friend of the family, there are ten steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying:


Pay attention. There are many warning signs that may point to a bullying problem, such as unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed personal items, changes in eating habits, and avoidance of school or other social situations. However, every student may not exhibit warning signs, or may go to great lengths to hide it. This is where paying attention is most valuable. Engage students on adaily basis and ask open-ended questions that encourage conversation.

Don’t ignore it. Never assume that a situation is harmless teasing. Different students have different levels of coping; what may be considered teasing to one may be humiliating and devastating to another. Whenever a student feels threatened in any way, take it seriously, and assure the student that you are there for them and will help.

When you see something — do something. Intervene as soon as you even think there may be a problem between students. Don’t brush it off as “kids are just being kids. They’ll get over it.” Some never do, and it affects them for a lifetime. All questionable behavior should be addressed immediately to keep a situation from escalating. Summon other adults if you deem the situation may get out of hand. Be sure to always refer to your school’s anti-bullying policy.

Remain calm. When you intervene, refuse to argue with either student. Model the respectful behavior you expect from the students. First make sure everyone is safe and that no one needs immediate medical attention. Reassure the students involved, as well as the bystanders. Explain to them what needs to happen next — bystanders go on to their expected destination while the students involved should be taken separately to a safe place.

Deal with students individually. Don’t attempt to sort out the facts while everyone is present, don’t allow the students involved to talk with one another, and don’t ask bystanders to tell what they saw in front of others. Instead, talk with the individuals involved — including bystanders — on a one-on-one basis. This way, everyone will be able to tell their side of the story without worrying about what others may think or say.

Don’t make the students involved apologize and/or shake hands on the spot. Label the behavior as bullying. Explain that you take this type of behavior very seriously and that you plan to get to the bottom of it before you determine what should be done next and any resulting consequences based on your school’s anti-bullying policy. This empowers the bullied child — and the bystanders — to feel that someone will finally listen to their concerns and be fair about outcomes.

Hold bystanders accountable. Bystanders provide bullies an audience, and often actually encourage bullying. Explain that this type of behavior is wrong, will not be tolerated, and that they also have a right and a responsibility to stop bullying. Identify yourself as a caring adult that they can always approach if they are being bullied and/or see or suspect bullying.

Listen and don’t pre-judge. It is very possible that the person you suspect to be the bully may actually be a bullied student retaliating or a “bully’s” cry for help. It may also be the result of an undiagnosed medical, emotional or psychological issue. Rather than make any assumptions, listen to each child with an open mind.

Get appropriate professional help. Be careful not to give any advice beyond your level of expertise. Rather than make any assumptions, if you deem there are any underlying and/or unsolved issues, refer the student to a nurse, counselor, school psychologist, social worker, or other appropriate professional.

Become trained to handle bullying situations. If you work with students in any capacity, it is important to learn the proper ways to address bullying. Visit for information and resources. You can also take the pledge to stop bullying, as well as learn how to create a Bully Free program in your school and/or community.



What is Qi Qong ?

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on January 28, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.


The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.


The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.


Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.


Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.


Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.


Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.


The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.


Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.

    - Sensei Mark Davis

Inner Power

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on September 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Inner power has little to do with physical power and how we use our muscles. It's just that the method we use to gain 'Internal Power' lends itself to a better way of fighting using natural breathing and movement. However, you cannot summon up some supernatural power to defeat an enemy! You can simply use a martial system based upon natural movement, which is more economical, more direct, using deadly and explosive fighting methods.

So most people mistakenly think that when for instance they take up any martial art, that they are developing some kind of Internal Power that will help them in a fighting situation. This is untrue. What the Internal Martial Arts do give us, is indeed the most deadly fighting systems ever invented, based upon the human anatomy taking in its limitations and its advantages.

The Inner Power that we are said to get by practicing an internal martial system gives us a much more subtle and potent power; not for fighting a physical attacker, but for fighting off disease by keeping us in a constant state of balance and to enable us to cause 'things' to happen in our lives! This may sound mystical but it is quite a natural thing. The human brain is tremendously powerful with the ability to make us ill, make us well, make us happy or sad, and enable us to gather wealth or to change our circumstances in some way. And this is the Internal Power that we gain by doing martial arts. But by doing AMERICAN TIGER KARATE in the manner it was created, lends itself to an excellent way of self defense, and as to gain inner power.

    - Sensei Mark

"........thinking yet not dreaming."

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on August 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

   "A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit. It hits all by itself."

    - Bruce Lee

The Beauty of Yin and Yang

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on April 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)



1. Nothing is purely yin or pure yang.  That cannot exist in a balanced universe.  In fact, if it does begin to occur, the one changes to the other, at times.  This is the basis for atom bombs, for example, as matter (more yang) is changed into pure energy (more yin) in a violent way.


2. The proportions of yin and yang are always changing.  In other words, it is a dynamic concept that is always shifting as conditions change.


3. Yin and yang always coexist and are complementary opposites.  They are not “antagonists”, but rather work together to build our physical universe.  This means dark and light have their place, as do male and female, hot and cold, contraction and expansion.


4. Most people’s bodies are extremely yin today.  This is the cause of most illness, from a yin and yang balance perspective.  It also means that the best results will often occur with the use of more yang therapies, diets and healing methods.

Health, today, normally means to become far more yang.  Disease, today, tends to mean that one has become too yin.  This was not always the case.  However, with the amount of toxic chemicals, radiation, toxic metals, yin infections such as yeast infections, and other factors in play today, this is the case in almost everyone.

Rare exceptions many include people whose attitudes are too yang, or who have toxins that could make the body very yang, but these are extremely rare and hardly ever seen.  Toxins and attitudes are mostly what I would call toxic yang that is quite temporary.  However, exceptions can occur.




Applying the principles of yin and yang properly is a key idea in nutritional balancing science, and it is what separates it from most other nutritional healing systems.  This is not a new idea, as it was practiced as part of Taoism, ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupressure and other healing arts.  However, nutritional balancing carries it forward into Western concepts of medicine, joining East and West in this regards.

It has application in the recommended diet, the supplement program, the recommended lifestyle, the detoxification protocol, metabolic typing, avoidance of certain toxins, the recommended drinking water, the recommended meditation exercise, and even the suggested beliefs and attitudes that we find favor health over disease.

We find that balancing yin and yang 1) reduces stress enormously, 2) leads to spiritual development in a balanced way, 3) removes more toxic metals and toxic chemicals, 4) favors most enzyme reactions in the body and 5) improves vitality in a way that nothing else can do.  It is as though the body is like a seesaw and extremes of yin or yang energy unbalance it, like swinging wildly to one side or the other side.  This places tremendous stress on the body and leads to illness.  Keeping oneself balanced, on the other hand, reduces stress and greatly favors healing.  Let us examine how balancing yin and yang is used in nutritional balancing science.


Metabolic typing is about yin and yang.  The ideas of yin and yang is the most comprehensive system available regarding metabolic types.  It is the basis for typing the bodies as fast or slow oxidizers.

Fast oxidation is much more yang, while slow oxidation is more yin.  In general, the more extreme the oxidation rate, the more extreme the yin-yang imbalance.  Several acupuncturists have confirmed for me the correlation between yin and yang and the oxidation rate, as determined via hair mineral analysis using Dr. Eck’s ratios as standards.  Other doctors assess the oxidation rate in other ways, and their methods are not as accurate, in my experience.  Beware of using blood or urine tests, questionnaires or other means to assess the oxidation rate for this reason.


Mineral ratios and yin and yang.  A higher sodium/potassium ratio is more yang, while a lower ratio is much more yin.  Other ratios are less clear, although most likely a lower calcium/magnesium ratio is somewhat more yang, while a high calcium/magnesium is often, though not always much more yin.


Supplements.  All synthetic and even natural vitamins, minerals and herbs tend to be yin compared to whole, natural foods.  Therefore, we are careful not to use too many supplements or any kind.


Detoxification procedures.  Those that are hot and dry such as sauna baths are more yang.  those that are cold and damp such as juice therapy or clay baths are more yin.


Toxins.  Most toxins are extremely yin because they disrupt life.  This includes toxic metals, and toxic organisms such as bacteria and viruses.  Their effects on the body can be either yin or yang, but generally their effect is yin.  Fungi and parasites such as worms and amoeba in the body are even more yin. 

Most medical drugs and almost all herbs, along with the isolated vitamins and isolated minerals are yin, especially homeopathic remedies.  For this reason, all should be used sparingly.


Electromagnetic fields generally have a very yin effect, as does ionizing radiation from nuclear power plants and A-bomb fallout.  Yin is generally harmful on planet earth today and best avoided.

Everything Is Energy

Posted by Mark Davis Tiger Team on March 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Central to Taoist and world-view practice is energy or qi (chi).

Qi is life-force -- that which animates the forms of the world. It is the vibratory nature of phenomena -- the flow and tremoring that is happening continuously at molecular, atomic and sub-atomic levels. In Japan it is called “ki,” and in India, “prana” or “shakti.” The ancient Egyptians referred to it as “ka,” and the ancient Greeks as “pneuma.”

In China, the understanding of energy or qi is inherent in the very language. For instance: The literal translation of the Chinese character meaning “health” is “original qi.” The literal translation of the character for “vitality” is “high quality qi.” The literal translation of the character meaning “friendly” is “peaceful qi"....or peaceful energy.

Keep your energy...your qi....positive and warm.

*Sensei Mark


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