Staff Profile: Coach Mego

Meet Megan (Mego) Gaddini:

Head Trainer for CrossFit Hawthorne 
CrossFit certified, CrossFit Kids certified
Kids instructor for Transported After School Kung Fu

I’ve been doing Crossfit for almost seven years – seems like a long time in the Crossfit world!  I got into Crossfit after I graduated from San Francisco State University, with a degree in film. Film degree? You’re asking, how did I travel from that into Crossfit?


The Importance of Protein

By Michael Gill

If you’ve read a few of my articles, you know that I look at everything related to nutrition through a lens of evolution and naturalism. The reminder that we are products of the natural world and would do well to emulate our ancestors is something applicable to almost anything in the world of health and wellness. In this article I will apply those principles to dietary protein.

High protein diets are all the rage right now, and have been so for years. Many involve cutting out broad swaths of food, especially from the carbohydrate group. The question is do they mirror the way our system evolved? More importantly, are they healthy? (more…)

NO GO YELL TELL – Self-Defense Training For Kids

When:  Sat. Nov. 15th   2 – 4 p.m.
Cost:  $35 per child
Age appropriate self-defense training for girls and boys ages 7 – 10 years old.  Through stories, role-plays and interactive training kids learn to respond to unwanted behavior and set clear boundaries. The practice assertive voice and body language, they learn to strike with speed and commitment. They receive information and practice handling situations with strangers, bullies, and familiar adults. And they have fun!


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Silambam – Indian Staff

When: Saturdays, Oct. 25 – Dec. 13
Time:  1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  $175 (plus the cost of a staff)
Instructed by:  Bantoe Elliot and Mas Goeroe Agoeng Janesa

The Indian Staff is also known as the silambam which means “dance with the stick.” This form develops footwork as well as spinning techniques and patterns. Silambam is a weapon-based martial art that originated 5,000 years ago in India as a form of self-defense. This class is open to kids and teens of all ranks. Call us or inquire at the front desk to register.

Earth Dragon Staff

Dates:  Oct 2 – Nov. 13
Time:  Thursday nights from 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Taught by: David Tircuit
Cost:  $350 plus the cost of the weapon (approx. $35)

Tei Lung Gwun – Earth Dragon Staff is the signature weapon of the Shaolin temple. It combines low moving, stretched out postures with powerful leaping strikes; elegant and athletic. The form is from the Northern Shaolin Lohan style. It is also known as Shaolin 72 Secret Techniques Staff. It emphasizes movements which transition rapidly from low to high postures.



Student Profile: Mas Jackson Sany

I, like most boys of a young age, had a fascination for Martial Arts movies from early elementary school onwards; so I decided to pursue it as an alternative to team sports (which I was not a fan of). Unfortunately, my 9 year old attention span began to wane as I previewed Kendo and TaeKwonDo and was disillusioned! (more…)

Why Do I Crave Sugar?

By Michael Gill

When considering this question, it is helpful to look at human biological history.  As a species, we’ve been around for a few hundred thousand years, and for the overwhelming majority of that time we’ve been eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and occasional chunks of wild game that we managed to scavenge or hunt.   Other than fruits, there isn’t anything on that list with a sweet flavor, and by most estimates, fruits at the time (before domestication and breeding) were generally less sweet.   (more…)

3 Hours of Power Women’s Self-Defense

When:  Sat. Oct. 18 from 2 – 5 p.m.
Cost:  $49
Empowering self-defense training for women and teen girls ages 12 and above. Learn to set clear boundaries with strong body language and voice. Learn to strike with speed and commitment. In just 3 hours you will gain confidence and peace of mind.



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October CrossFit Elements Schedule

Fall Special:   Sign up now for only $99!  50% off the regular price of $199.

CrossFit Elements Intro Package

Our next 4-week session starts up again soon.  Morning and evening class options are available. Begin summer with a great workout routine.

PM Elements Dates:  Oct. 6  – Nov. 1, 2014
AM Elements Dates:  Oct. 7 –  Nov. 1,, 2014

Contact us for details or register online.

A New Direction for One with Heart

As of July 1 One with Heart and One with Heart St. Johns are officially separating from Tulen Headquarters and Barbara Niggel. Tulen HQ has become mired in financial mismanagement and other challenges and we firmly believe it is no longer in the best interest of our students or our schools to continue the affiliation.

We recognize and are grateful for the training we received from Mas Goeroe Agoeng Barbara Niggel and we wish her well.

Mas Goeroe Agoeng Janesa remains committed to both One with Heart and One with Heart St. Johns. She and her Black Belts will continue to provide high level martial arts training for all students. We look forward to continuing in this new direction with each and every one of you.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to talk with your class instructor.


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