Why Taking Up Martial Arts Is A Good Idea (For Your Love Life)

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You’ve seen the movies. You know the moves. Your lady love gets cornered by evil-looking thugs, and she’s got no way out. She prepares to fight back, using the few items she’s got on her. Just as the thugs start to attack, you leap into action, taking out the thugs one by one until they’re all flat on their backs, unable to move.

You know what will happen next. Your lady love is so overwhelmed with gratitude, and you both walk off hand in hand together.

Maybe it’s these happy movie endings that inspire men to travel to their local dojo and train themselves to kick butt, in the most manly and dignified style they can muster. Learning martial arts remains a popular hobby for men and with good reason. Nothing boasts of manliness and testosterone more than knowing how to protect yourself and your loved ones using just your quick thinking skills and some well executed roundhouse kicks.

With many kinds of martial arts out there, you have many options to choose from. Most are Asian-inspired, so that places a huge amount of focus on the mental aspect of practicing martial arts as well. Asian-inspired arts place a premium on being mentally present and focusing on the task at hand. It’s not just about letting yourself out at your opponent in full force; it’s all about doing the movements with control, with precision, for maximum impact.

Judo is a popular option because it’s a great all-around skill to learn. It doesn’t require you to be extremely strong to take someone down. In fact, you even have the advantage if you’re fighting against a weightier opponent. Using some well executed moves, you use your opponent’s weight and momentum to have him flat on his back. A well executed judo throw is all about outbalancing your opponent, and using that to throw him on the ground. After that, it’s time to keep him on the ground — grappling techniques come into play him, locking your opponent in your grip.

If you prefer more active spurts of energy, consider taekwondo. It’s mostly about the kicks, but you get to learn to use a combination of punches too. A well done roundhouse kick is often enough to send your opponent packing home.

Whatever you choose, remember the old adage: with great power comes great responsibility. Use it for self defense and to train your body — and maybe impress a girl along the way. Of course, just being an all around badass is always the most attractive thing you can do to get women into you. As a man, it’s a good idea to learn all of these skill, how to talk, how to flirt and how to kick as in a fight if the situation requires it!

Three Questions When Buying Your First Car

Buying your first car? While there are many things that are more important for attracting women, the fact is that females will look at your car as a reflection of who you are as a man, so it is important that you get a car that sends the right message. That being said, car shopping involves more than simply looking for the model that matches your taste, or one that will impress girls and get you more dates. It is also about knowing the right questions to ask your dealer. After all, you need to make sure that you are getting a car that will last a long time, and one that you won’t end up needing to put a lot of money into. Knowing what questions to ask ahead of time will give you an idea about what to expect from a deal and allow you to negotiate for the best possible price along with monthly payments (if you need to go on a payment plan). Here are some of the questions you should remember to ask a car dealer:

Are there any after-market parts installed?

Some dealers would add certain after-market parts or features in order to boost their profits. Apart from the additional charges on the paperwork, these extras can add up to the vehicle’s overall cost. If you don’t pay attention, you might end up paying extra for, say, seat covers that you thought were originally from the car’s manufacturer. So make sure to ask the dealer to inform you of any after- market features. If there’s any, make a decision whether you really need those features or not and how much they would cost you. If you decided that you don’t need them, request the dealer to remove it or if possible, choose a similar model that doesn’t carry the add-ons.

What is  the mileage of the car?

New cars are expected to register less than 10 miles on the odometer. In some cases, however, a car may have used for a number of test drives. This is normal. However, if you notice that the car you are negotiating for has already 300 miles, you may want to ask the dealer for a lower price.

Are there any extra fees?

Once you have negotiated down the price, you can’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. What you have probably done discussing about was just the price of the vehicle itself. Dealers often charge for documentation, registry costs, and taxes among other things. While these are legitimate concerns, some charges can be rather questionable. If you’re not careful, you might be lured into paying unnecessary additional fees. When negotiating with the dealer, ask for a breakdown of the charges applicable on your purchase. Only when you know the exact details should you sign anything.

As a car buyer, you have all the right to ask questions. You can’t just choose a car from the lot and pay for it right away. You need to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth with your purchase.