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    Water Breaks in Class

    Do you get (or give, if you are a teacher) water breaks during class time?
    When I studied in Taiwan the class was very long 2-3 hours and we would usually break for some tea.

    Here in the states classes usually don't pass one and a half hours and I have seen some classes here that are only 45 minutes long, even half an hour for kids class.

    So I wonder what is your experience with the water break.

    THE DRINKS
    I usually brew some type of tea for the students to drink during our class. Such as green tea, herb tea or yerba mate.

    AFTER CLASS
    Most people like to drink some corn based sweet drink like Gatorade after workout, but I always recommend coconut water (not coconut milk) after class.

    And then there is always water.

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    I had cocoanut water once (I was expecting cocoanut milk and was sorely surprised). It was salty and gross.
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    a lot depends on how hydrated the people stay on a regular basis.

    dehydration and physical training don't mix so it's probably a good idea to not guess if a student has consumed enough water during the day.

    I wouldn't give a kid's 30 minute class a break i don't think...possibly one right after the warmup but that's it...

    in an hour long class (kids or adults) I usually give 2 water breaks...but just long enough for them to get 4-6 ounces of water at each break...that's usually enough for a moderately strenuous class. During our 2 hour san shou class I let them drink as they wish between rounds or sets of exercises.

    and all the above instances I advocate water only...but, anyone over 18 is an adult and can make their own choices.

    Gatorade is drank incorrectly and at inappropriate times by most people. Most people aren't training hard enough or long enough to warrant it. And, even then, watering it down 50% is a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainan Mantis View Post
    Do you get (or give, if you are a teacher) water breaks during class time?
    When I studied in Taiwan the class was very long 2-3 hours and we would usually break for some tea.

    Here in the states classes usually don't pass one and a half hours and I have seen some classes here that are only 45 minutes long, even half an hour for kids class.

    So I wonder what is your experience with the water break.

    THE DRINKS
    I usually brew some type of tea for the students to drink during our class. Such as green tea, herb tea or yerba mate.

    AFTER CLASS
    Most people like to drink some corn based sweet drink like Gatorade after workout, but I always recommend coconut water (not coconut milk) after class.

    And then there is always water.
    Let me caveat this by saying that I have only been training for a few months.

    In general, our Saturday classes are more rigorous than our weeknight classes and normally go beyond 2 hours. We have fairly frequent water breaks on those days. During the week, I rarely need a water break during the class(these are shorter classes and usually more focused on learning new techniques). I highly doubt Sifu would have a problem with us getting water if we needed it though.

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    I train adults. They can drink whenever they want.

    How many potty breaks do you allow?
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    Water is very very important. You don't want to be that guy with a heat casualty because you wanted to "tough it out". Dehydration is often poorly understood, and even in cold climates, dehydration poses a risk.
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    My classes are an hour long . We have a 5 min water break 30 mins into the class. I am not a big tea fan but due to all the health benefits of tea, I may start to bring in green tea to drink instead of water.

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    Red face

    I thought this was a thread about a pregnant female student at term...

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    Quote Originally Posted by taai gihk yahn View Post
    I thought this was a thread about a pregnant female student at term...
    beat me to it.
    i thought the exact same thing.
    but then, it might be because i'm gonna be a daddy soon.
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    Typical scenerio in my school:

    "Sifu, can I get some water?"

    "Good fighters don't need water,
    Bad fighters don't deserve water.
    Which one are you?!"

    "I'm like, a mediocre fighter. Can I have a litlle water?"

    "Yeah, g'head."
    "My Gung-Fu may not be Your Gung-Fu.
    Gwok-Si, Gwok-Faht"

    "I will not be part of the generation
    that killed Kung-Fu."

    ....step.

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    there's a difference between unhealthy training and 'eating bitter'
    "George never did wake up. And, even all that talking didn't make death any easier...at least not for us. Maybe, in the end, all you can really hope for is that your last thought is a nice one...even if it's just about the taste of a nice cold beer."

    "If you find the right balance between desperation and fear you can make people believe anything"

    "Is enlightenment even possible? Or, did I drive by it like a missed exit?"

    It's simpler than you think.

    I could be completely wrong"

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    Typical training

    30-40 minute strength/conditioning/agility ... water/**** break

    60 minute drills, usually a series of techniques that relate ... 2 water/**** breaks

    40 minute Free play starting from various positions ... water/**** go home.

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    Tea doesn't hydrate you.
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    the water in tea doesnt hydrate you?
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    Yeah, I don't know what the big deal is.

    I usually bring a water bottle to class and whenever I need it I just go grab a quick drink.

    In winter workouts there are many times I don't drink more than once in a two hour workout. In the summer that's a little different.

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