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The Secrets of Afghan Women and the Art of Shaolin

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During the time when Afghanistan's Buddhists were carving out massive sandstone statues in Bamiyan around 500 A.D., Chinese Buddhists were crafting martial arts in the Shaolin temple in Henan Province. Fast forward 1,500 years and we find ten stunning Hazara women and young girls who are practicing the same martial art of Shaolin. Set on a hilltop just west of Kabul, these inspiring ladies are prepping their bodies and minds for the day when Afghanistan can officially send their female team to the Shaolin world championship's that take place in China.

Twenty-year-old, Sima Azimi trains nine other female students in martial arts to get them ready for Olympic competition, while additionally teaching them to protect themselves on the strikingly dangerous streets of Kabul, where women and girls are incessantly harassed. Azimi often recalls a run-in with a thief who attempted to steal her purse. However, thanks to her impressive martial arts background, she fought back and save no…

BBQ Mushroom Sliders

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With summer grilling season just around the corner, these incredibly yummy BBQ mushroom sliders are sure to be a hit at your next backyard bash! Ingredients: Pimento Cheese 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 2 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese 4 oz. jarred pimento peppers, drained 1 tsp. hot sauce ½ tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. vegan Worcester

Why Is Everyone Talking About Shannon Sinn?

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There is so much more the Invicta FC's, Shannon Sinn, than meets her awe-inspiring eyes. From track star to MMA star, I recently got the very incredible opportunity to chat with one of my all-time favorite female fighters and learn a little bit more about why everyone is talking about this bad ass beauty; and why if they aren't, they most definitely should be!
I know that you boast a huge passion and talent in track and field, what led you to get into martial arts? I was not looking for martial arts specifically. I was looking for a good, hard workout that would keep me interested.

You turned pro back in 2014, what were some things that you learned from during your transition from amateur to pro? Although I had always taken my training seriously, I realized that I would have to take it all to another level. Even in just that short amount of time the sport and competition has evolved so much. I decided to leave my full time job to be able to put everything I could into my career …

Make Change Happen! Here's How...

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Being healthy does not have to be as trying a feat as the vast majority of us make it out to be. Let’s be real about it! It you want to be the better version of yourself, it all begins with you and the will power that you have in yourself to make change happen. Ready to get started? Here are 5 great tips to get you off to an awesome start!
Water Water Water! Who hasn’t heard that the number one route to optimal health begins with the W-word. Love it or hate it, it is essential! The good news is that if you aren’t a huge fan of water, you can toss in some lemon for not only an awesome kick to your taste buds, but it also amps up the overall health benefits as well!
Tossing a slice of lemon into your water, first thing in the morning can significantly assist improving your immunity as the higher levels of vitamin C actually encourages digestion. Not to mention the fact that so many people feel tired and struggle to get going in the morning simply because they are dehydrated, adding some …

Quick & Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad

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Who doesn't love a simple recipe that is not only delicious but super nutritious as well! Here is a super quick and easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients: 
1-2 Large Cucumbers
2-4 Roma Tomatoes
1 Cup Your Favorite Italian (or similar) Salad Dressing
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
*Optional: Fresh Parsley or Basil to Garnish

Directions:
Chop cucumber into preferable slices and dice tomatoes. Combine all ingredients into a standard mixing bowl, mix with dressing and seasonings. Top with parsley or basil to add some color and you are ready to serve!

Interview with Simona Soukupova

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Simona Soukupova is a world class fighter full of passion, power and pride. Fighting at atomweight, Invicta's own takes the time to share with us a bit about herself and what makes her so unique to the world of women's MMA.

How did you first get into the sport?
In my late twenties, I thought that get into sport might be something I would enjoy and MA was what I came across and started to love doing. Till then I was not very sporty…

How did you get the nickname “Lil Evil”?
I like when I learn wicked stuff that ends by submission or choke etc. When I am good at it and manage to apply the technique on someone I am happy and I smile. Because I enjoy to apply the technique/ finish people my team mates gave me this nickname.

What’s your favourite strike/submission to utilize in any fight?
I have no favourite ones. I like to finish people.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
myself, I have a lot to overcome and who I am turning into is what inspires me...


How do you train nutrition-wise t…

What is Kyäni?

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Kyäni is the latest health craze to hit the market today! Perhaps you have heard the name and are interested in giving it a try or maybe you haven’t heard about the products, but are looking for ways to improve your overall health and well-being. Regardless of which category you may find yourself in, in this exclusive interview we will be exploring the incredible benefits about Kyani with one woman whose life Kyäni has personally changed: Independent Kyäni Representative, Jean Kaminskas!

According to the website, “The late summer months in Alaska are breathtaking, with up to 22 hours of daylight illuminating the landscape as animals prepare for the harsh winter ahead. This time of year also brings something else unique—the harvest of the remarkable Wild Alaskan Blueberry. Most fruits and vegetable plants would quickly wither and die in Alaska’s long, frigid winters. But the Wild Alaskan Blueberry isn’t just any ordinary fruit. It has evolved to protect itself from the brutality of th…