Hyper Q&A: Mackensi Emory Talks Holidays & Training
Whatâ€™s your favorite holiday pass time? Going holiday shopping and spending time with my family.
How has martial arts influenced your holiday break? I get to spend more time doing what I loveâ€¦ martial arts training and tricking!
Do you practice during the holiday break? Do you do anything different? Yes I do practice over the break. I actually get to spend more time training because I donâ€™t have any school to worry about. This time of year I am usually perfecting my new forms and tricks for the 2011 season.
Is it hard to keep training during the break? Not really because I look forward to that extra practice time. I donâ€™t mind because I know it will just make me stronger and better. Without schoolwork, I get to put all my focus and energy on my training.
Whatâ€™s the best present youâ€™ve ever received for the holidays? Just having time off and being able to spend time with my family.
What are you wishing you will get this year? Honestly, the presents donâ€™t matter. I am very lucky and already have everything I need. I really just want my family to stay healthy and to have a great year in 2011!
Have you ever done anything to help others during the holidays? Yes. I have done â€œToys for Totsâ€, â€œThe Giving Treeâ€, â€œCans for Kidsâ€, worked at â€œThe Harvest Food Bankâ€ and participated in â€œSantaâ€™s Helpersâ€ for my school. It feels great to be able to give back to other kids and families less fortunate than me and make their days better during the Holidays.
Hyper Pro Holiday Q & A: Marc Canonizado Talks Holidays & Training
What’s your favorite holiday past time? My favorite thing is putting up Christmas lights around the house and tree. It just really sets the mood for the holiday season
Do you practice during the holiday break? Do you do anything different? Most of the time, I do some sort of vacation with friends and family. As far as my usual practice, it does slow down just a little bit. But, I do still condition and occasionally run for burning off all the food I eat, haha.
Is it hard to keep practicing during the holidays? I’m usually ready to just relax but I know that work never stops so neither should I. I do as much as I can before the holidays and when it gets to Christmas & New Year time, I relax.
What’s the most memorable present you’ve ever received for the holidays? I’d have to say it was a Power Ranger action figure as a kid! It was when I was about 10 years old and they were a HUGE hit! That Christmas was going to be the first time they had an action figure and myself and the other millions of kids in America wanted one of those toys. It was all over the news that they were sold out everywhere and that they were extremely hard to find. Luckily, my mom beat the rush and got mine on the first day.
Have you ever done anything to help others during the holidays? My dojo donates holiday food to the shelters. It’s a wonderful thing to do and I highly recommend it! It really makes a huge difference in others lives.
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Hyper Pro Holiday Q & A : Austin Crain Talks Holidays & Training
What’s your favorite holiday past time? Since I have time out of school, I get more opportunities to train, hang out with my friends and trick at the gym. As well as just spend time with my family (especially my grandparents in North Carolina).
How has martial arts influenced your holiday break? Since I train more during the holidays, I really canâ€™t say I get much of a break, but I enjoy it, so I guess it feels like a holiday.Â Having breaks out of school also gives me opportunities to travel and train with my other teammates.
Do you do anything different in your training routine? I especially work on my forms and tricking over break. Nothing really different, just more intensive.
Is it hard to keep practicing during the break? Itâ€™s always hard to train during a holiday season, butÂ I enjoy training and tricking, so it never feels like work. Plus the hard work pays off for the next competition year.
What’s the best present you’ve ever received for the holidays? I love the macbook I got one year, even though I did have to pay for part of it.Â I also earned my 2nd degree black belt in December of 2008, which was a great present (even though it really wasnâ€™t a gift).
What are you wishing you’ll get this year? I have so many things in life, so I really donâ€™t have a specific need or material wish, but I was hoping to go to California to train!
Have you ever done anything to help others during the holidays? We usually hold a holiday fundraiser for a needy family in the community or for a special non-profit organization.Â Last year, we raised money with a kick-a-thon for St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital.
What’s your favorite holiday past time? Favorite past time would probably be buying our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving and decorating it! That has always been something that we have enjoyed as a family!!
Do you practice during the holiday break? Yes, I try to as much as possible. If we go on a vacation, I will at least try to condition or do something. Going a while without exercising can affect your body!
Do you do anything different? If I’m away from home, then yes (explained above) but if I am home then of course it’s the same routine which includes running forms, conditioning, etc.
Is it hard to keep practicing during the holidays? Sometimes. During the holidays I like to spend time with my family and sometimes just take a break!
What’s the best/ most memorable present you’ve ever received for the holidays? This year’s gift was amazing, I got a new Sony A55 camera. It has some of the latest technology and takes amazing pictures! Thanks to my wonderful family for getting me that!
What are you wishing you’ll get this year? Well since I already got my Christmas gift early, I’m just looking forward to having an amazing Christmas and New Year with my family!
Have you ever done anything to help others during the holidays? After Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, we would go and take our leftover food to homeless shelters to provide them with a nice holiday dinner!
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Matt Emig is an icon in martial arts. As a competitor he has traveled the world and won hundreds of world championship titles. As an innovator he has created a style of his own with new kicks, unique combinations and incredible nunchuck skills.Â As an instructor he has inspired and trained thousands of students globally.
When Matt broke his leg in 2008 people said he would never fully return to the same level. Some said he would never compete again. His passion and desire to become number one again is admirable and completely inspirational. He is back! He is competing again and flying through the air, kicking, twisting, and flipping while spinning his nunchucks at the same time.Â Matt has always been considered one of the most prolific martial artist of our time. Now he is a true role model to everyone.
He is an innovator and his perseverance and passion for the martial arts, teaching and competition is inspiring and admirable. We are proud to have him a part of the Hyper Pros. His signature shirt for this season is the Persevere shirt. (Available online December 18th)
We recently launched profiles for each of the Hyper Pros on www.about.me
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