Saving for Dental Implants to Get That Hollywood Smile I Have Always Wanted

The first thing I did when I got a job and moved into my own apartment was to find a new dentist. There was not a lot of money growing up, and my teeth were not in the best of shape. I actually started a savings budget to get my teeth fixed when I was a junior in high school. I have saved all through high school and college for things I wanted when I moved out, and dental implants to replace a couple of missing teeth were on my list. I visited a Greenwood Village dentist to get an estimate for a complete dental makeover to get the exact smile I wanted.

I was not going to settle for dingy looking grayish teeth, crooked teeth or ones that were not shaped nice.…

Becoming a Well Rounded Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

Mixed Martial Arts is an art where being well rounded in diverse styles is required and training or specializing in one specific style of marital arts is not enough. This can make the whole process of becoming a well rounded MMA fighter very time consuming because not every academy trains fighters in every style. Actually almost every academy specializes in one specific style for the most part.

One of the most important part of becoming a great mixed martial art fighter is very well put in this popular line amongst fighters … “If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail” This is a saying that you should always keep in mind if you want to become an MMA fighter, because discipline is what will take you the furthest in this sport ..

It is also a most to be fit mentally for this sport. It is often said that half of the results a fighter gets from a fight depend on their mental stability, it is important to come strong with no fears and no unsettled business to a fight as this type of emotion can make a fighter lose the bout. A successful MMA fighter focuses on his mental health as much as he does on his skills and endurance.

This sport is not often called the most dangerous of all styles of fighting for no reason, this is serious competition and to be a part of this sport you have to become a serious fighter. Mixed Martial Arts has also gained a lot of notoriety for the amount of multidimensional fighters it showcases, many of the best fighters in the world have mastered many different styles of martial arts and when they put them all together it make them a spectacle to watch.

So here are the basic areas where you want to focus on developing; For the stand up aspect of fighting you must gain experience in at least one of these styles, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate, kung fu. I personally believe that for the boxing side of it kickboxing or Muay Thai are better if you want to be a well rounded fighter because these styles train you to use your fists for more than punching and that can be helpful in the ring.

As far as the grappling side of fighting you should look into judo, ambo, jujutsu wrestling ground Brazilian also the very popular and reputable Jiu jitsu or Wrestling Judo Jujutsu.

Once you establish a routine and begin to see results the ultimate way to stay on top of your game in MMA is how given you are to your training and how much you take care of your nutrition. These are essential for any MMA Fighter. You can have the skills but if you do not have the nutrition odd are going to be against you.…

Football Player’s Position

If we are talking about playing football, I think most of us want to be a striker or forward player, it’s because we think that the striker is the best position in the game and the others just for supporting the striker. And also we think that the striker is a hero for the team because he makes scores and finally wins the game. Sometimes common people say that they win only because of the Forward players or the strikers. But actually, their assumption is wrong, because the main thing that is important in football game is teamwork. Each player in the game must be discipline and do their duty based on their position. Without that, the play will be bad and the team will not win the game.

In football game, basically we know about 4 positions of players; Goalkeeper (GK), Defender (DF), Midfielder (MF), and Forward or Striker (FW). In each position, they have their main duty in a game. So, what are actually the characteristics of each of them? Okay, let’s check it out.

The first position is a Goalkeeper. Goalkeeper is a position which has a main task to protect the goal post from opponent attack. This position actually is placed in the back of the others position. So, he just stands under the goal post and blocks the ball that comes to the goal. The characteristic of this position is goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand.

The second position is a Defender or we usually call it as Back. Someone in this position has main task to protect their area from opponent attack. The position of back is in front of the goalkeeper. Usually in a game, defender is divided into two; Center Back (CB) and Side Back (SB). Center Back is a player who stands in the middle of defense area and in front of the goalkeeper. This kind of position holds the biggest responsibility in team after the Goalkeeper. Then the Side Back is a player who plays in the side of the defense area. Sometimes, this kind of position is helpful when attacking.

The next position is Midfielder. I think this is the most flexible position in the match. Because someone in this position can do everything, both attacking and defending. The midfielders play in the middle of the field. And also, midfielder is a position that is very important in a team. Because, they can make the defender are connected to the forward players. It means that the midfielders are the Playmakers in the game. Actually in the real game, the midfielder is divided into 4 positions; Center Midfielder (CMF), Defending Midfielder (DMF), Attacking Midfielder (AMF), and Side Midfielder. CMF tends to make the beautiful play by giving pass to others teammate. While DMF tends to more help the defender to defense. It means this kind of player is more defensive. Then an AMF is the contrary of DMF. It means that this player is more offensive. …

The Latest Fitness Craze – Reviewed

I’ve reviewed several fitness fads, and I will be reviewing some more here. I’ll be explaining what they are and how beneficial they may be. Maybe you want to try a new workout routine today!

Piloxing – I haven’t tried this one, but, it looks like fun! Of course, I love anything with boxing in it! So, this newest workout routine is a cross between pilates and boxing. This concept was invented by Viveca Jensen, and I think it’s genius! It gives you an all over body workout, or a core workout. You know me! I’m all about the core workouts! And this really is mostly core during this workout, adding in cardio, strength, stretching, and an all over body workout. This workout routine really has it all!

Aerojump – Boxers use jumping rope in their workout routines, and know how important it is for agility, quick movements, and their cardio training. A boxer has to go for three minutes in the ring, and it’s all or nothing! Those three minutes are absolutely exhausting, and they know they have to be toned for it! So, aerojump was invented by a boxer, of course! Michael Olajide’ Jr invented this jump rope routine that tones all the muscles in the body as well as provides excellent cardio. The claim is that you can burn 450 calories in just 10 minutes with this routine! Awesome! It’s extremely high intensity, and looks to be a lot of fun. I haven’t tried this one either.

Tae Bo – I have done Tae Bo, and lot’s of it! It’s an older one, but, I don’t think it’s gone out of style yet. This is a fantastic all over body workout! It targets the core as well as increases strength, stamina, speed, and power. Besides, it’s a lot of fun. I love boxing, and though in Tae Bo, you don’t actually hit any bags, it’s still a lot of fun and a great fast paced workout. It will get you in shape very quickly. It’s a combination of Tae Kwondo and boxing put to fun, fast paced music. The class lasts an hour, and it is a high intensity workout. It’s designed for both men and women.

So, I hope this gave you an idea on many of the new classes and some of the old ones that are still out there! Give them all a try, and start moving today!…

"The Latest Fitness Craze – Reviewed"

6 Fun Facts About the History of the Alabama Crimson Tide

At the University of Alabama, football is king. The school’s gridiron squad has won numerous national titles, has had renowned coaches and players, and was even featured in the motion picture “Forest Gump.” While most fans of “Alabama,” “Bama,” or “UA” know these details, you might be unaware of some others. Here are some facts about Alabama football, which fewer football fans know:

1. The “Crimson Tide” nickname originated from a muddy game

Prior to becoming the Alabama Crimson Tide, people commonly referred to Alabama’s football squad, as the “Crimson White” (named after the school colors) or “Thin Red Line.” Then in 1907, Alabama played its arch rival, Auburn. Alabama was a huge underdog, and the teams played in a “sea” of red mud. However, Alabama battled Auburn to a 6-6 tie. Later, a sports editor named Zipp Newman popularized the nickname “Crimson Tide.”

2. No Alabama player has won the Heisman Trophy

Ironically, despite all the success of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s football team, no player has won the Heisman Trophy award-given to the most outstanding NCAA football player in a single season. In 1993, David Palmer became the closest Alabama player to winning the award. David “The Deuce” Palmer, played wide receiver for the Crimson Tide, and would later play seven seasons with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

3. Alabama has won 21 SEC titles

The Crimson Tide’s football record is simply outstanding. Here are some of its accomplishments, throughout the years:

o 12 National Titles

o 25 Conference Titles (21 SEC)

o 51 Bowl Games

o 92 All-American Players

4. Paul “Bear” Bryant had a .834 winning percentage as Alabama’s coach

Coach “Bear” Bryant is a legend at Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to six national championships, which is half of the team’s all-time 12 national titles. Bryant also coached at Texas A&M University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland. However, Alabama was where Bryant had his most success. Bryant earned the nickname “bear” when, at 13-years-old, he wrestled a bear as part of a theater’s promotion.

5. Alabama’s elephant mascot dates back to 1930

The origin of the school’s elephant mascot was the 1930 season. At that time, Coach Wallace Wade was the team’s general. During a game versus Mississippi, an Alabama fan shouted, “…the elephants are coming!” referring to Alabama’s huge, aggressive players. Everett Strupper, a sportswriter, reported the incident.

6. Three former Alabama coaches are in the College Football Hall of Fame

Since the Hall of Fame first opened its doors in South Bend, Indiana (1951), it has inducted 16 Alabama players, and three coaches. The coaches inducted were Wallace Wade (1923-1930), Frank Thomas (1931-1946), and Paul “Bear” Bryant (1958-1982). The Hall of Fame inducted Bryant as both a player and a coach.

The football history at Alabama is simply amazing. It includes 12 national championships, Coach “Bear” Bryant, and some aforementioned less famous facts. Use Alabama Crimson Tide merchandise to cheer on the team to its next historical moment-another national …

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TitleChase Football Manager – We Review This Exciting New Game!

I've just spent 3 hours with my two boys (9 and 7) and we did not touch the Wii once! The reason? TitleChase! So what's this then, you're wondering? Well, in a nutshell, TitleChase is a board game where you're the manager of a football team – any team you like. You go through a whole season playing league and cup matches, buying and selling players, earmarking money from sponsorship, ticket sales, new club strip, etc., but watch out – you can get fined for crowd violence, poor player discipline, even failing drug tests!

You buy and sell Star players to help your team's track record and aim to be the team on top of the League at the end of the season.

Here's the low-down on this board game that's appeared from now and is catching on with kids of all ages (42 is still a kid, right?).

What Is It?

TitleChase is a Football-based Board game with supporting CD. Yes, it's aimed at football fans, but the rules are simple enough that you can have fun playing it even if you do not know the first thing about the game.

What Does It Do?

It's similar to Monopoly in that you move round a board based on the throw of a dice (sometimes two) and you collect or spend money on items (in this case players or fines, not houses and hotels). As you land on the various squares, you have to make choices to try and build a strong squad and make it through the various rounds of the Cup and keep ahead in the League.

What's Cool About It?

My boys loved the fact that the CD allows you to choose your own teams and play them against the great names – you can even print off the fixture list and League Table. You are all Team Managers, but you also get to choose who's going to be the League Chairman, President, Treasurer and Match Referee. The excitement builds as you get closer to the Cup Final, and you should have heard the roar when Daniel's Devils knocked Chelsea out of the Cup to meet Dad's Demons in the Final! Back in the League, we've got Matthew's Mighty taking on the relatively unknown Man United – and getting a 3-2 home win! This is a game that captures the attention from the start, and the passion to win builds quickly.

Half way through the game, I asked if the boys wanted to go on the Wii – usually a guaranteed way of getting them to stop fighting with each other! 'No, Dad, we want to finish the game!' I'm not going to argue with that! You do not realize at first, but it's actually very educational – you get money (and lose it!) For various events and each player has to decide whether to spend their earnings on a Star GoalKeeper or Defender, or save up and get a Star Midfielder or Forward. You can see …

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The Secrets of Zen Do Kai

Created by Bob Jones and Richard Norton, Zen Do Kai is a free style martial art, which originated from Melbourne Australia. After receiving their credentials from the G?j? Kai karate dojoin 1970, the founders decided on an open concept martial art that would include principles of boxing, Karate, Judo, grappling, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and Eskrima. What distinguishes Zen Do Kai apart from the rest is it implements a number of forms and styles of traditional Thai kickboxing. Before opening his doors to the first martial arts club on 48 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne, Bob Jones was prepping, training security personnel in the industry since 1960, and was involved in a number of high profile assignments. These included offering his expertise to protecting world renowned bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. His book “Let the Good Times Roll” is a compilation of his experiences, and was a bestseller for martial arts enthusiasts. Commemorated with the Blitz Martial Arts Lifetime Tribute Award in 1997, Bob Jones featured in his own segment on Channel 10, also known as “Fighting Fit” on the Good Morning Australia Program hosted by Bert Newton.

Philosophy

Zen Do Kai is far from being a closed system of combat, but is rather influenced by distinct elements from other acclaimed martial arts. Since it conception, this defense oriented sport has gone through constant changes, which simply keep it up to par with current strategies and trends. After the jet Black System was introduced in the 1970’s, the Freedom Forms Tournament System was put in place in 1983, which was not only one of the most competitive styles in the region, but also one with the most emphasis on competition. The training modules were amended in 1984, which focused on techniques that would work immediately and a number of practical postures. To add to this effectiveness, Zen Do Kai was combined with Muay Thai Boxing in 1984, and subsequently featured in the Australian kickboxing Event. During this period, a number of world champions were born and the international team’s event and three more world titles were pinned to the map. Bob Jones, who is one of the highest ranked martial artists in Australia or 8th degree, still plays an active role in creating and administering new Zen Do Kai techniques to over 20,000 students and 1000 schools in Australasia alone.

Training

The training methods followed by Zen Do Kai have inspired those of older martial arts and is still open to new ideas and changes. The official Bob Jones website states that official Zen Do Kai clubs are located in Australia, Israel and New Zealand, which together place a large emphasis on holds and grabs and use Kata as a form of training and discipline. Zen Do Kai does not promote violence or fighting but rather focus on self defense techniques. Practitioners are awarded Zen Do Kai Crosses upon successful training, which is an evaluation of dedication, strength and loyalty to the sport. …

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Basketball Goals – Types of Basketball Backboards

Backboards serve two essential services to all basketball players whether they are young or old, novice or expert. The whole point of the game is to:

-Score points by shooting the ball into the goal, and

-Prevent the other team from scoring points.

The backboard serves as an anchor for the hoop or goal, and provides rebounding surface for the ball. When you think about it this way it’s easy to see how important the backboard is to the game of basketball.

Since the backboard is the anchor for the goal it needs to be very sturdy as well as made to exact specifications if being used to play or train competitively. Both of these qualities are more important for competitive players because they will tend to be more aggressive and need consistency in order to practice and develop their skills.

Types of Backboards

Backboards made out of glass are the top choice for competitive leagues and players because glass is strong, consistent (will not chip or dent) and has the best rebound. These backboards may shatter under duress unlike acrylic or metal backboards, although this is rare and there are some shatterproof glass backboards available on the market. Some manufacturers also carry limited warranties.

Cast acrylic backboards are extremely sturdy and may be all you need if you are looking for an economical and sturdy backboard. They are not the top choice for the NBA because they are not the best at rebounding.

Other backboard materials such as steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and eco composite provide less crisp rebounds although they have other advantages such as being less pricey, more portable, vandal-resistant, or rust-resistant.

Although acrylic backboards are sturdier than glass, this is not the only standard you need to know when choosing a backboard. Almost more important is how well the material can rebound the ball.

Variations on Regulation Backboards

Aside from the material used to make the backboard, other characteristics that will matter to the game include the backboard’s dimensions, shape, and thickness. Although regulation backboards need to be 72″ x 42″, backboards come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, such as smaller rectangles of different widths (such as 36″ x 48″ to 36″ x 60″) as well as the popular fan-shaped backboard.

Keep in mind that no matter what material the backboard is made of, the thicker it is, the better it will tend to rebound because the more rigid (and durable) it will be. For most casual players this may not matter, but for competitive players, the more rebound the ball has against the backboard the better. One final variation between backboards is the shooters’ square. Some backboards have the shooters’ square cast into them as part of the material. This eliminates the possibility of it getting faded or worn. Other backboards have a white or orange stripe on the surface. The shooters’ square is more important for newer players, but it helps any player perfect and practice their shot.

Backboard Placement

If you are …

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Lesson 2 – The Commodity Of Kings!

What is “The Commodity of Kings”

“Power is simply “the ability to act.” Since ancient times, power has been the commodity of kings. Power originally came to those who were strongest physically. Later, it came to those who had a special heritage through royalty. More recently, it came to those who had the greatest wealth or capital. Today, those who possess specialized and valuable knowledge have the greatest capacity for power.” Anthony Robbins – from his book Unlimited Power

Specialized and valuable knowledge.

In lesson 1, we learned that there are only two things that can prevent you from becoming wealthy. You don’t know how, or you are unwilling to apply what you know. Today we will dive into reason number one.

Simply put, chances are, you were never taught how to become wealthy. Think for just a moment, what is it that separates you from the Donald Trumps of the world or for that matter any mega-wealthy person?

Is it time? No! we all have the same 24 hours in each day. As you will learn, how you spend your 24 hours will make all the difference however.

Is it a privileged background? Not at all. Remember rags to riches require rags to begin with.

Ah Ha! It must be education! Absolutely not! At least not in the traditional sense. When we think of education most of us think about going to school, graduating, possibly attending college or graduate school so we can graduate and get a good “JOB”. Traditional education teaches us to become a productive part of the workforce, but in no way teaches us the basics of wealth! You may remember going to algebra class, or studying a foreign language, or history, or economics.

How many times have you gone to Wealth Building 101, or advanced personal financial success? Never we suspect, and if you happen to have attended classes you feel were teaching wealth building, doesn’t it make sense that your instructors should have been wealthy? Were they?

Did you know that Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express, received a “D” on his term paper. The one that outlines the worlds first overnight package delivery service! AKA Fed_Ex

Avis of AVIS car rental, McDonald of McDonald’s hamburgers, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lear of Lear Jets, Henry Ford, and Abraham Lincoln all have one thing in common – They never graduated HIGH SCHOOL!

So much for traditional education!

The fact is, the specialized and valuable knowledge of wealth building is self taught. The good news is it’s simple to understand and enjoyable to learn, and if you apply that knowledge, you will begin to create wealth.

Welcome to your first day of class, wealth building 101.

How did the majority of people who are wealthy get that way?

If you knew you had a 74{64aad3a316df32ff60dab9c8534014c5cfdef308ef860a6ce60ff66eaa8cfaf6} chance of wining would you buy a lottery ticket? Millions of people line up each week to purchase lottery tickets for their chance to become wealthy. However, according to …

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Amazing Facts About Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, a seven time World Champion is a German Formula One driver. He is one of the famous champions, well known for his racing. The number of races he has taken up so far is 304 with 91 tremendous wins. He started his Formula One racing successfully in the year 1991 with Benetton F1 team. He switched on to Ferrari team in the year 1996, up to 2005 he was driving for Ferrari team with consecutive winnings. In the year 2006, he retired from F1 but joined as Formula One advisor with Ferrari. Later in the year 2010, he signed up a three year contract with Mercedes GP team and returned back to racing again.

Schumacher career as a racer is a wonderful journey without any controversies. He is the only racer who has achieved too many records with a huge inspiration. He has gone through several injuries and accidents. He is extremely known for his quality and success. Apart from his success and stardom, he has also gone through lots of penalties when it comes to racing.

Michael Schumacher at the Indian Grand Prix

It was a great honour for Indian fan to have such a legend of F1 to race in the Indian Grand Prix. He finished in the 5th position by scoring 10 points in 2011 Indian GP. When asked about his thoughts of racing in India, Schumacher said “I have always been curious to get to know new cultures, so I am looking forward to travelling to India as I haven’t been there.” After finishing his race for the year 2011, “The Formula 1 debut of India last year was certainly a success,” said Schumacher. He is also excited and awaiting for the Indian GP, 2012.

Amazing Facts about Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has a lucky pendant, and it is noted that he does not drive without this pendant.

He is not interested in letting his son to take up f1 racing but he will advice him for some other sports like golf or tennis.

He likes to design cars and has done some designing for the Ferrari.

He does not have any friends in Formula One.

He does not talk with his brother Ralf Schumacher, who is also a racer.

He has a unique character or hobby of collecting watches.

Michael Schumacher Latest News

Schumacher couldn’t make a victory in the three years with Mercedes team. “I thought that two years was sufficient time to take the title,” Schumacher told, “It was a team that had just won the world championship, and was now a big name as Mercedes. I thought that, if we put two and two together, we would drive it forward towards that end. But it did not succeed.”

Michael Schumacher is looking forward to return back to India for the upcoming Indian Grand Prix, 2012. He stated that “There were a surprising amount of fans during the weekend, and the track itself really is cool. We drivers were given a …

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5 Easy Steps To Building Your Own Soccer Goal

Soccer is easily one of the most widely played youth sports in America right now, and with the economy the way it is, purchasing equipment might be a little more financially challenging than it was before. The equipment needed for a game of soccer is really not all that much: a ball, shoes, shin-guards, and a goal. What is the most expensive? The goal. Below are a few steps for building a cost effective goal that can be used at home for practice or on a field for a game.

Materials needed (most if not all of these can be purchased at your local hardware store): First, you need a post hole digger to dig holes deep enough to place your goal-posts in. Next, you will need two 4×4 vertical bars and one 2×4 cross bar. Other miscellaneous materials that would be helpful include: a staple gun, tape measure, nails, cement mixture, a net, and a string to tie the net onto the bars. For your bars, you can use PVC, aluminum, or steel tubing (I think PVC is the best because it is the easiest to work with).

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the dimensions of a full-sized match play goal must be 24×8 feet, so take this into consideration when purchasing your materials and constructing your goal.

WARNING: I suggest that you do not use home-made goals if your child plays on full-sized goals as these can break and potentially seriously harm your child. Instead, it is suggested that you buy competitively priced, professionally made soccer goals from a reputable dealer.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is get your post hole diggers and dig holes for your two vertical posts. Keep in mind that the stability of the entire goal rests on these holes, so be sure that you dig them well enough and deep enough as to ensure structural stability.

Step 2: Once your holes are dug, mix your concrete and pour it into the holes with the vertical bars in place. I suggest quick drying cement here because it is simple and more efficient.

Step 4: Find a friend! Here you will need to attach the cross bar to your goal, and it will be much easier if you have more than one person doing the job. A ladder might also come in handy, unless you’re Yao Ming, then you might be alright.

Step 4: Choose a net that best meets your needs. A net can be either permanent or replaceable. Make sure that you decide this ahead of time and fasten the net to the posts accordingly. Be advised, this job can be time consuming because of the many connections between the bars and the net that need to be made.

Step 5: Once the net is installed, test it out using a good quality soccer ball and a good quality leg! Make sure to also check the structural stability to ensure safety for you …

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Run a No Huddle Offense With a Football Wrist Coach

Many offenses in High School and College Football do not huddle. How do they do it? You have to be able to get your play calls to your players. Most teams will use either signals or a football wrist coach in order to get the play call in.

Calling Plays with a Wrist Coach

Putting a wrist band on all eleven of your offensive players lets you get in a play call by simply calling out a number or holding up a number. Using this system cuts down on the amount of missed signals.

You can now speed up your offense by calling out or showing the number of the next play call immediately after the first play ends. If your players know that they are in a race to get up and get the next call, they move faster. You can wear down your opponents this way!

Check With Me

Another benefit of the football wrist coach is the “Check With Me” system. This means that you can have your players line up in a formation, and look at how the opponent lines up. Then the coach calls out another number on the wrist coach, and the players check their wrists for the new call. That allows you to get the perfect play call in against your opponent.

Inserting Play Cards

Many templates are available for an excel spreadsheet that will print out a sheet the perfect size to fit in the window. You can also make these on your own. Use card stock or have the cards laminated.

Some teams change the cards at halftime in order to avoid a team from zeroing in on their most common play calls. This is a good idea if you are concerned about the opponent stealing your signals.

Using the wrist coach is the easiest, most efficient way to speed up your offense and minimize confusion and mistakes.…

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Basketball – The Power of Symbolism in Free-Throw Shooting

As a Coach and teacher for some 40 years or so I have learned a few things myself. Learning is a fascinating thing and yet I think some of us take this for granted. “Life” itself is a tremendous journey filled with constant learning, to help us improve our station in life, hopefully make a good respectable living, and survive to the end in every aspect of life. Learning helps us make the decisions that we become accountable for whether right or wrong.

The power to ‘chose’ is probably the greatest power we have in life. Every single thing we do can be traced back to a thought and then a choice which ultimately lead to a destiny. I don’t want to philosophize too much here but ultimately this article is about leaving an impact through visual symbols which will possibly last a lifetime.

Charles Garfield once said, “A key to self-management is the capacity for self-observation. It is important to realize that self-observation is not the same as over criticism, judgmentalism, or paralysis by analysis. It is rather a consistent monitoring of one’s own performance”.

Another reason I am writing about symbolism is that the greatest teacher of all Jesus Christ taught in parables and symbols and if these parables and symbols left long lasting impressions in my mind then I hope it will have some effect on you the reader.

Over the many years of teaching I have found that I have used more and more visuals or symbols to help the students to possibly see what I see. Another teaching tool like an overhead projector projecting a picture on a screen. There’s a visual right there. It seems we get on the same page faster.

Here are 4 reasons why I use symbols in my coaching methods.

  1. Symbols create visuals which help recall important concepts.
  2. Symbols can represent and create feelings we can control.
  3. Symbols can teach varying principles according to personal readiness to learn or upgrade.
  4. Symbols can possibly expedite learning by clarifying imaginary visuals or pictures.

As I have said before when it comes to shooting free-throws in a superbly consistent and efficient manner it takes more than just ‘being a human’. You must become a ‘human doing’. Shooters are not born. They are made. So the first key is to find your maximum capacity as a free-throw shooter by learning what your maximum best average is from the line. If the best in the world namely the NBA players average about 72{64aad3a316df32ff60dab9c8534014c5cfdef308ef860a6ce60ff66eaa8cfaf6}, you can measure yourself along those numbers which really are very mediocre for a skill that is so simple and repetitive.

William James authored this comment which is perfect for my message. He stated, “A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions”. That’s why once you hit 90{64aad3a316df32ff60dab9c8534014c5cfdef308ef860a6ce60ff66eaa8cfaf6} from the line you won’t go back to 70{64aad3a316df32ff60dab9c8534014c5cfdef308ef860a6ce60ff66eaa8cfaf6} ever again. You will respect the changes you have made to elevate your numbers …

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