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I am so empowered I enjoy the training Im receiving from Master Stehlik she has such patience in her teachings and makes you feel so confident. LOVE LOVE LOVE this school
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I attended a women's self defense seminar given by Master Stehlik. I have never met a more dedicated and wonderful person. Her seminar was packed with information and skills for every level. It was an eye opener on how much we really don't know.

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I just started taking the class and Master Helen has made me feel so welcome. It is a wonderful and fun work out for all fitness levels...Give It a try and you'll be hooked!!!

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My 10 year old son goes here. He tried it out a few years ago at a different school and it was too loud for him and crowded. Since joining Fit2Fight he looks forward to going 3 days a week. It has improved his self confidence and he is more mature. Master Stehlik works with each child individually and as a group. I highly recommend it to friends and family.

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Helen is an exceptional trainer and always has the best curriculum for her students. She takes pride in her work and has a special connection with my son. The environment is cozy, fun & safe. I recommend Fit2Fight for everyone!!! She's my favorite!!

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Master Stehlik has not only shaped me as a martial artist, but had provided me with support and encouragement to become a better person both inside and outside the dojang. I am fortunate to have trained with her; the values I have learned will stick with me throughout the rest of my life. She is truly an inspiration.

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Master Stehlik is not only an accomplished martial artist, she is a dedicated teacher who approaches her art with passion. She is truly dedicated to each and every student, working with them to help them achieve their personal goals resulting in self confidence and a great sense of accomplishment! It is a gift to be able to teach and I can't recommend a better instructor!

Carolynn Rose reviewed Fit2Fight Martial Arts
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My boys just started taking classes and abosutely LOVE going. I started taking the womens class she has on Tuesday and Thursdays and because of a previous foot injury I had to stop going :(. I wish I didn't have this injury because I would still be training. I truly love the class and can't wait until my foot feels better :)

Deb Amels French reviewed Fit2Fight Martial Arts
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Really enjoyed the women's self defense class, with friends. Learned a lot while having fun and did not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with the interaction.

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Originally looked into fit2fight for my children and decided to try it for myself. Absolutely love this place. Can not wait to get to class. Everyone is helpful and polite. Master Stehlik is patient and encouraging. I highly recommend.

Shayna French reviewed Fit2Fight Martial Arts
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I had so much fun and learned a lot from just one class. The two hours flew by with hands on demonstrations from very skillful instructors. As someone moving to a new and very different city, I feel much more comfortable and confident with the skills they were able to teach me, which I will keep in my mental toolbox.

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Mouthguard Care

 

Would you lick the inside of your gym bag? What about the mats at your dojang?

No! Of course you wouldn’t, because you’re a sensible person and you know that that’s just gross. But you might already be doing something just as bad.

That’s right, I’m talking about mouthguards. They’re easy to forget about. You probably pop yours into your mouth before you roll or spar, spit it out at the end of class, toss it into your bag, and then – what? Leave it there overnight? Stash your bag in your closet or car?

You might be overlooking your mouthguard, but germs, bacteria, and mold sure aren’t. That spitty surface is a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of icky things. Trust me on this – you don’t want to go online and look at what those things are. I did, and I regret it, and now I feel the need to go home and scrub my teeth…and my gums…and my esophagus…

But the good news is that with proper mouthguard maintenance, you can stop that gross growth in its tracks! Here are several easy steps you can take to keep your mouthguard cleaner and safer:

1. Wash your mouthguard after every use

And the sooner, the better. If you won’t be able to wash it right away after use (for example, if you’re at an out-of-town tournament and have to drive home), rinse it off before you store it.

2. Soap it up

Water alone won’t work. You can use dish soap, liquid hand soap, or another mild cleanser. Make sure you’re cleaning inside the mouthguard as well as the outside. Use your (clean!) fingers or a brush to get soap into the spaces where your teeth go.

3. Treat it like your teeth

A toothbrush makes a great mouthguard cleaner. Have a separate toothbrush for your mouth guard. Scrub it with toothpaste after you’ve washed it with soap for a better taste and more thorough cleaning. You can also soak your mouth guard in mouthwash, from as little as ten minutes to overnight.

4. Get a case…

If you’ve been using a plastic bag, Tupperware dish, ornamental Babylonian urn or anything else that is not specifically a case for mouthguards, then shame on you. No, just kidding. I’ve been guilty of that too. But seriously, buy a case. They are super inexpensive, and unlike a bag, are ventilated so your mouthguard can dry out properly.

5. …and clean that, too

If you put a clean mouthguard into an unclean case, guess what? You have an unclean mouthguard. Any time that you wash your mouthguard after use, make sure you wash and dry the case too.

6. Don’t have a dirty mouth

Good oral hygiene is good oral hygiene, with or without a mouthguard. The fewer germs are on your teeth when you put the guard in, the fewer will be there later. Brush your teeth regularly, before and after you wear your mouthguard.

7. Know when to say goodbye

Alas, all good things must come to an end. Most mouth guards should be replaced yearly, but some specialty guards can be used longer with proper care. You should also regularly inspect your mouthguard for signs of wear, like cracks, holes, or rough spots. These make the guard harder to clean thoroughly and are hiding spots for bacteria. When you find these age signs, it’s time for a new mouth guard.

8. Try really hard not to drop your mouth guard on the floor!

Yes, we’ve come full circle back to the dojang floor. This is a pet peeve of mine: all the time I see students drop their mouth guards. But that’s not what bothers me – it’s that they just put the darn things right back in without so much as a rinse-off. I have literally seen a man drop his mouthguard onto the floor where people were rolling just seconds ago, pause to pick a hair off it, then shove it back in his mouth. The five-second rule does not apply where there are puddles of sweat and, occasionally, blood.

I get that this one’s tough. Sparring without a mouthguard is a terrible idea – maybe even worse that using one you dropped and quickly picked up. The best way to avoid this problem is not to encounter it in the first place.

Now, if you’ll excuse me — I have to go clean my mouthguard too!

Remember:  Mouthguards are a mandatory sparring gear item at Fit2Fight Martial Arts!

(post adapted via Century Martial Arts)