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When was the last time you opened a phone book?   I know that I can’t remember the last time I didn’t look something up on line or on my phone and yet I keep getting piles of phone books delivered to my door step every year. 

City wide Seattle produces a total of 17,500 tons of phone books every year.  That is a lot of trees.  So today, I did my part and stopped the piles of junk mail and phone books for both my residence and Mercer Island Marital Arts by visiting 
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There are some obvious benefits that young and old alike garner from studying the martial arts. The first one is in the exercise involved. Exercise, if it’s tailored for the age and ability of the participant, is good for the body, the mind, and, yes, often good for the spirit too.

A not-so-obvious benefit of studying the martial arts is the often unspoken requirement to “be present” in the practice. “When you’re dealing with kicks, punches, and arm-bars,” says veteran martial arts teacher Tom

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