Signing Up the Kids for Kung Fu Lessons

As my kids entered school, two of them expressed interest in learning some form of martial arts. After checking around town, I found an instructor who provided Kung Fu lessons structured especially for children. I visited the studio and talked with the instructor while the kids looked around. It did not take long to decide this would work. My kids gained a lot from the experience. Along with the exercise, the training helped them to develop greater powers of concentration. That helped a great deal with their studies. They also found that the training gave them an inner sense of peace, making it easier for them to get along with others. Even today, my now-grown kids still participate in training sessions and local competitions. If your kids are interested in martial arts, let me tell you more. You'll find that instruction helps them in more than one way.

Buying A Boat? 3 Key Factors To Consider


From the ability to fish, ski, and relax, to spending time with friends and creating important memories with your family, the benefits of a boat should be easy to see. Of course, buying the wrong boat can be physically, emotionally, and financially disastrous. Thankfully, help is available when you are ready to make this big investment. Here are a few factors to consider when buying the right boat from a local boat dealer.

Overall Use

How you plan on using your boat is one of the most important factors to consider, especially since all boats are not suited for all tasks. For example, if you plan to fish in your local river, you would not buy a boat designed for taking out on the ocean for deep-sea fishing.

Make sure to consider where the boat will mainly be used when deciding which option is right for you. Also, ask yourself whether you will use it for fishing and/or water sports, or if you just want something you and your family can sunbathe and relax on.

Knowing how you will use the boat the majority of the time will ensure the boat you buy is a smart investment.


The size of the boat you need also matters. If you want to spend time alone on the boat, riding around your local lake or pond, you would not need a large boat. However, if you want to haul your entire family, or even your friends, around the lake or out on a fishing trip, bigger will be better.

Cruisers, pontoon boats, jet boats, some sailboats, and deck boats can hold up to 10 passengers in most cases. There are many designs of cabin cruisers, jet boats, sailboats, and pontoon boats that are suited for fewer people. These smaller boats are also more affordable.


The hull is the body of the boat. Different types of hulls are best suited for different locations and types of use.

Flat-bottom hulls work well in cases where you need speed, but they can be difficult to control, so they are not recommended usually for choppy water conditions. Vee hulls DO work well in choppy water, so they are better for out in the ocean where there are heavy waves.

Multihulls, like the name suggests, have multiple hulls, so they are good for a variety of conditions. If you want fuel efficiency and a smoother, slow ride, opt for a round hull boat.


18 August 2019