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Weight Loss The Olympic Way

 Damon Sansum Kickboxing World Champion lost 16.5 Pounds of FAT in under 7 weeks recently…want to know HOW ?

Read below and try our 4 Week Weight Loss Camps at a Center near you

1. Intrinsic motivation

 Intrinsic motivation comes from inside of you – it means you’re driven by a passion, enjoyment or value in the activity you’re doing rather than a desire to receive some form of reward or acknowledgement.

Olympic athletes would never remain motivated without this internal drive because their lives are consumed with relentless training schedules and tremendous sacrifice -with only the smallest fraction of a chance of an extrinsic reward, an Olympic medal. And yet, year after year, they find an intrinsic motivation to keep reaching for their goals.

Research consistently shows that intrinsic motivation is a far more powerful motivator than external motivation, and yet weight loss is often all about external motivators. Too often, weight loss hopes are abandoned after just one week of not hitting the right number on the bathroom scale or finding a diet change too hard to handle. Imagine if Olympic athletes gave up after just one bad race or training routine, rather than reassessing, regrouping and coming back for more?

The first Olympic secret for weight loss success is to tap into your intrinsic motivation.

2. Routine

Perhaps the most important strategy for success, especially when it comes to achieving a long-term goal, is having a routine, and adhering to that routine even in the face of chaos and distractions.

Multiple gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe used to get up at 4.27am every morning so he could eat breakfast and get to the pool exactly on time, year after year after year. A precise time, a tight schedule, but he knew that every moment counted when it came to performing at his best. All Olympic athletes have fine-tuned their routines both in training and at the games themselves so they can squeeze as much out of their day, and themselves, as they can.

One of the most common excuses we hear from people who are trying to lose weight is that they don’t have time to exercise, cook, buy groceries or focus on their health. The first thing to realize is that a ‘lack of time’ problem is usually a ‘poor routine’ problem in disguise, and with a good hard look at how you structure your day, you’ll probably soon realize just how much extra time you can find once you optimize your routine.

The second Olympic secret for weight loss success is to establish a routine that allows you to put yourself, and your health, higher on the priority list.

3. Focus

One of the biggest challenges for any Olympian is all the distractions from media, fans, sponsors and team pressures. Olympic athletes have a lot thrown at them right when they need to concentrate the most. Just yesterday, one of the athletes admitted that she missed a gold medal because she wasn’t focused: “I don’t know, I just felt like I didn’t really get off [social media] and get into my own mind. I obviously need to sign out of Twitter and log out of Facebook a lot sooner than I did.”

Although losing weight should never dominate your life, when you have a weight goal to reach you have to give it some focus. You need to have plans about how you’re going to deal with distractions, pressures, setbacks and temptations because life goes on even when you’re trying to lose weight! Without focus, you’re unlikely to reach your weight loss goal.

The third Olympic secret for weight loss success is to have a plan in place about how you’re going to stay focused.

4. Dealing with setbacks

Already in the London 2012 Olympics, many athletes’ events have not gone how they wanted or expected. Years of meticulous planning, and in one fell swoop everything can come undone. For some, this literally means that their Olympic dream is over. For others, depending on the sport and qualification process, they have to quickly find a way to get themselves back on track. Those athletes who deal best with setbacks are often the ones who end up standing on the gold medal podium.

As much as you’d like your weight loss plans to go as smoothly as clockwork, I’ve never known anyone to glide smoothly through a weight loss programme without having to deal with setbacks. Setbacks come in many guises – not reaching your weight goal, a week of work functions, illness or injury, or a bout of low motivation can all play havoc with your weight loss goals.

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to accept that setbacks will undoubtedly happen…it’s your ability to deal with them that will make or break your weight loss success.

The fourth Olympic secret for weight loss success is to develop your ability to bounce back from setbacks.

5. Self-talk

This final Olympic secret is the most powerful, so I’ve saved it til last. If you’ve yet to watch the Olympics, switch on and listen to what athletes say when they’re interviewed before and after their race. Listen to the words they use, the way they describe themselves, the language they’ve adopted for talking about their performance and chances of a medal. It’s fascinating stuff.

Admittedly, some are better prepared for media than others, and some are great at self-promotion while others are more introverted, but in general you can pick how athletes think, their level of self-belief and their ability to deal with setbacks just by listening to what they say in a few minutes of an interview.

What do you say about yourself – in the privacy of your own mind, or to anyone that will listen – about your weight and health? Do you talk in positive language and acknowledge your successes, or do you constantly beat yourself up for all the things you don’t do well? Chances are, if you’re trying to lose weight and not succeeding, you have a strong inner critic that’s getting in the way of you reaching your goals.

If this is the case, it’s vital that you change your self-talk. Stop bashing yourself up and start some self-praise. Expect great things of yourself but also acknowledge every little thing that you’re doing right along the way. How you speak about yourself is a tell-tale sign about whether or not you’re going to reach your weight loss goals.

The fifth Olympic secret for weight loss success is to re-set your self-talk for success, not failure.

Hope you enjoyed this Olympic edition of weight loss motivation! If you have any other Olympic secrets that could help with weight loss, leave a comment on our Face Book site  @Master Lee Sansum

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Sansum Kickboxing News

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Sansum News 2012 in Brief


So where do I begin ?

2012 came in with the opening of our new Academy in Elgin at the Eight acres Hotel and Lesley Anne moved her Academy to the Seaforth Club in Elgin too.

Malcolm Evans finalised the acquisition of his new  full time location in Stonehaven, well dome Malcolm and Nicola on your fantastic work.

The first 3 series at the Town Hall in Elgin was a fantastic success, with all the usual suspects attending plus a New family member Kev Baldwin and Natasha Walker from Edinburgh.

Fight Night in Edinburgh followed by a successful Tournament in Glasgow.

Kiraly visit and 2 day workshop, a fantastic event which inspired every one who attended and forged a great friendship between Hungary and Scotland.

Irish Open in Dublin, what a great event, THE best Kickboxing tournament in the World and the Guinness was good too.

Damon has gone from strength to strength, fantastic results in Mexico followed by an awesome win at the German Open.


I was awarded a Sport Scotland award for Sports Development Coach of the Year.

AND its only early March ….phew 

 Next up the Help 4 Heroes tournament in Kinloss on Mothers Day, Black Belt Test Damon fighting in the European Championships in Manchester (the final selection tournament for the Olympics) and WMKF British Championships at the NEC Birmingham all in May

See you all soon at one of the events.

Master Lee

Why Should Kids Take Martial Arts Classes

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Why Parents And Children Should Join A Martial Arts Class Together in the North of Scotland



Which Class Should I Join

Sansum Black Belt Academy provide classes for all ages from as young as three to our over 30,s classes. We have Kick Boxing Classes throughout Morayshire, Aberdeenshire and the HighlandsThe important thing is to find a class that will enable both you and your children to have fun while getting in shape and learning some important life lessons.



Why Should I Put My Kids In A Class

There are many things that your child will learn in a martial arts class. The first being discipline they will have to take turns and help each other. A good instructor will gain the respect of the children in their classes. The instructor will be the kind of role model you are comfortable having your children look up too.

Your child will get in good physical condition. Obesity in children can cause poor self esteem as well as many health issues. The child will also gain hand eye coordination as well as balance and flexibility, Kick Boxing is a great fun activity too.

Why Should I Join

You will also get in better physical condition and you will get all the same benefits as your kids. The extra bonus of being in a class with your children is the chance you will get to practice with your child at home.

Throwing around a ball is quality time and so is practicing your martial arts together. You will have the ability to create a stronger emotional bond with your child at the same time you and your child will get some great memories.

How Do I Pick out A Class To Join

Take your time to sit in on several classes before you pick out one. SBBA will allow you to participate in a few classes before you make a financial commitment to them, we teach martial Arts in Stonehaven, Huntly, Buckie, Keith, Elgin East and Elgin West, Grantown, Forres, Aviemore, Nairn and Invernesss .

You and your child can discuss which class you would like to join. This can become a great family activity.

My Kids Will Get Injured

 There are no guarantees that your child will not be accidentally injured.  There are no guarantees in rugby, football or any other sport either.  I do know that improving strength and flexibility will lessen the chance of injury in the future.  Martial Arts can be a great foundation for any other sport that your child may want to pursue in the future.

Will My Child Become Violent

You will find just the opposite. Martial Arts will teach your child to control the urge to strike another person. Even an unruly child will benefit from the rigors of our well disciplined Kickboxing classes. There are plenty of punching bags and kicking shields to exercise their aggression, we also teach an ward winning anti Bullying programme which teaches your child to beat the Bully the smart way with out fighting. 


Is Martial Arts Class Just For Boys

 Boys and girls will both benefit from participating in Kick Boxing classes. Girls will realise that they can do anything the boys can do, sometimes they will do it even better.  The confidence that martial arts instils in children will carry over to their adult lives as well.

How Will It Benefit My Child If I Join Too

You will lead by example. Your child will see that you need practice to perform some of the class activities. They will realise that just because they cannot do something today does not mean that they are a failure. They will see that with practice they can do anything they want to do.

You will also be able to practice these things together which will give you more then you can realise. The time you and your child spend practicing will become some of the best memories from their youth.

Good Luck

If you are looking for a fun family activity then please consider joining a SBBA martial arts class with your family. Not only will your child benefit from these activities but you will also gain valuable physical and mental training. 

Martial Arts will teach both moral and mental lessons that will remain with you for the rest of your life. 

Enjoy yourselves and enjoy your family as you take part in a great family activity.

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