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Nadiya Sultana, 26, a registered junior Doctor working in the emergency department at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough “the ups feel like you’ve conquered the highest peak; exhausted and breathless but with the clearest view whereas the downs are equally deep and obscure.

Three weeks in isolation, and a lot of us are struggling with burn out, Instagram lives, Tiktoks, Netflix, and overeating. The first few days, to a week, have felt like coming to grips with a loss, a type of grieving of sorts, trying to come to terms with the life we once knew we had, that can’t be lived anymore. David Kessler, world’s foremost expert on grief
working for a decade in a three-hospital system in LA, describes it to the Harvard Business Review, as a ‘collective anticipatory grieving’, something we have spent a few weeks coming to terms with. A global grieving of the life we once built up and had. Knowing it will never be the same. We have also seen interesting trends arise in the online space, where people from all walks of life have awoken to new hobbies, talents, and skills we didn’t know they possessed. It has been overwhelming, to say the least, we are collectively experiencing loss together, and processing it all in different ways. We have seen how when anything that isn’t man-made is left alone, it has remarkable abilities to heal. The earth is healing as our bodies fight this disease and build immunity, the smog is clearing up, the flowers and trees are
swaying and dancing, as the earth lets out a sigh of relief. It is mandatory, to wake up and journal about the things you are grateful for every day during this tough season of collective grieving and healing.

Now more than ever is a time to monitor and protect your mental health and ensure you are putting in the work when it comes to self-care of the mind, body, and spirit.  According to the Office for National Statistics, over a 12 month period, in the UK, three-quarters of registered deaths were suicide among men with over 6,507 suicides registered in the UK. Rates among under 25 s have increased in recent years, particularly 10 to 24-year-old females. With this in mind, we are committed to ensuring those who struggle with abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and any other difficulty, are given a safe, fun, healthy outlet to connect with others who are in the same boat. With our online classes for men, women, youth, and children every day, weekly, everyone is given the opportunity to train with our instructors, battle loneliness, keep up their fitness goals, ensure Serotonin (the happy hormone) is circulating around the body, whilst checking in with friends, all from the comfort of your living room. During this particularly difficult time, there are still those amongst us, waking up early, staying late, clocking in shifts in the hospitals, around the clock, putting their lives at risk every day to fight the Covid 19 pandemic.

Our Heroes, in the NHS have always been on the front lines nurturing, healing, and building our nation back up. Nadiya Sultana, 26, a registered junior Doctor working in the emergency department at Wexham Park hospital, Slough said,
“the ups feel like you’ve conquered the highest peak; exhausted and breathless but with the clearest view whereas the downs are equally deep and obscure. With the pandemic the waits become longer, the staff shortage worrying, decision making cumbersome, who do we send home? Who do we admit? Who Is for full escalation? Who do we think won’t survive this? I couldn’t have foreseen the magnitude of this when it started. The helplessness caused severe anxiety”.

Heba Mimouni, 25 a Midwife at Northwick Park Hospital told us,
“Some days I cope well, and I feel ok, other days I feel stressed and anxious as the number of cases increase. It has been a wake-up call to humanity, it has brought people together Maternity care has seen changes; women are now only allowed 1 birthing partner, now that Covid 19 cases have increased, women are unable to have
anyone with them during birth, often women feel scared, anxious, and ambivalent about their pregnancies. This puts on more pressure as we have to fill the void of their loved ones, as they transition into motherhood. We don’t even know if pregnant women are more at risk from this disease, we do know that for a percentage of women, pregnancy can alter how your body handles severe viral infections. Despite the shortage of staff, we will continue to make women feel and know their inner strength, and provide the levels of care and support to each and every one of them.
There has also been new guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect us and the patients, this puts me at ease. So I know I am protecting myself and my family with these precautions.”

With all this, we felt it was time for us to give back, Safari MMA is offering 50% off on all online classes for NHS workers to gain a little bit of normalcy back to their day, and maintain strong immunity and mental wellbeing. Fatima Omrani, 25, a registered pharmacist at Guys and St Thomas in London said,

“Working in the NHS can be intense and tiring, but I always try to fit in some me-time. Especially now, with the pandemic, morale is low, and stress is high with the work load, exercise has always been essential as it keeps my mind clear and body feeling good. Even if it is one HIIT class before a nightshift, these days with the madness, I can take the time out to have a moment to improve my mental and physical health. I always share great online classes I find with my colleagues to boost morale and to do something fun together, to burn off snacks and stress”.

Heba Mimouni mentioned, “Due to the nature of my work, I have always tried to fit in fitness, I would go on weekly 5-6k runs, and make sure I keep up at the gym. Now more than ever exercising has been keeping me sane.” Nadiya Sultana too echoed, “The helplessness made me block off the news, I used this time for rehabilitation I used to go on 5k runs every week to help me escape from stress and discover new potentials within myself, now I use online classes, I turned to Yoga for grounding, in times of uncertainty a constant, to ground you so you are not blown away with uncertainty, is so important. The constant need to be productive, paired with an indefinite amount of time really works against us. Online classes are survival for us”.

From all of us at Safari to everyone at the NHS: we applaud, deeply respect, and thank you for using your hands, and risking your lives, to heal us.

Check out our kickboxing classes in Milton Keynes, only three spaces left!

 

Looking for 10 men in Milton Keynes who want to relieve stress whilst getting super fit, super fast!
START THIS WEEK!
Learn how to combine speed, power, endurance and skill through the explosive art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. 
8 week beginners course.   
When: Tuesday 15th September   

Time: 8pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Where: Broughton Sports Pavilion, Milton Keynes

Price: Buy 1 get 1 half price (for full 8 weeks)

So £60 for 1 person, or £90 for 2.
Text to book your place 07412 993535

We are pleased to announce that we have now expanded and are offering classes, courses and personal training in Milton Keynes.  New beginners courses launch from the 10th of March, and with places already going fast we are planning more locations.

We launched a Facebook voucher for £20 off, which is still running.  Just share the below image on your page, tag 5 friends and tag Khadijah Safari in the comments and we will send you your £20 voucher, there really is no catch!

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This is our list of courses and events through March to May 2015. For full info and to book on, call or text 07880550011. We have included the end of Feb Course start dates for those that wish to join in.

Monday 23rd February – Ladies two week bootcamp. 6:30am 50GBP

Wednesday 25th February – Ladies Level 2 Kettlebells course 10am 35GBP

Friday 27th February – Ladies Level 1 Kettlebells course 10am 35GBP

Monday 2nd March – Ladies 12 week fitness challenge 10am 120GBP

Friday 13th March – Mens 8 week muay thai beginners course 8pm 60GBP

Monday 23rd March – Mens two week bootcamp 6:30am 50GBP

Tuesday 24th March – Ladies 8 week muay thai beginners course 8pm 60GBP

Tuesday 31st March – Ladies Dress2Impress challenge & Raffle draw. 8pm 10GBP entry

Monday 6th April – Ladies two week bootcamp 6:30am 50GBP

Saturday 4th April – Ladies muay thai seminar with the famous Iman ‘pretty killer’ Barlow 1pm 20GBP for members 25GBP for non-members.

 

 

8 week beginners Muay Thai kickboxing & strength course.
Price £60
When: Monday 23rd september 2013 @10.30am
Where: Fulham SW6 1NN

Must text to reserve place 07817803936

 

Get ultra fit, increase all fitness levels and increase your muay thai thechnique with our non-stop intense personal training sessions.

This is available with various female instructors including the well known black belt khadijah safari.
For men we have this available with Abdul-Karim Safari, former European and world champion.

Places are limited, especially with the black belt instructors. so hurry and get your sessions while you can.
Offer ends at the end of June 2013.
Text to book and reserve your slot!
Women: 07880550011
Men : 07817803936

LATEST NEWS: On North End Road, yesterday 15th May 2013 at 3:30pm, the owner welcomed into his jewellery and gold traders shop in The Shopping Palace, 347 North End Road a male customer interested to buy jewellery. An islamically dressed lady wearing a Niqab (the Islamic face veil) entered shortly after, also keen to look at his range of jewellery. Out of respect the shop owner served the lady first. But these weren’t your ordinary customers, as whilst dealing with the lady the previous customer let in a 3rd male client, when everything then changed. the niqab wearing lady suddenly started trying to attack the shop owner whilst the other men stole any cash they could find, but little did they know that the slim shop owner trains with former European Champion Abdul Karim Safari in MMA and Muay Thai in the basement of this same premises, Safari MMA Centre! As soon as he realised that it was actually a man posing as Muslim women who was trying to attack him, he fought back with his Muay Thai and MMA skills, this was enough for the other 2 men to ditch their accomplice and run as fast as they could! . The veil had now come off and this last robber tried to escape, but not lightly, the shop owner followed him straight out of the shop, as the robber tried to punch him one last time, the shop owner blocked the attack using his skills, sweeped his legs and locked him in a lock known as ‘the choke’. Someone had alerted the police who were now on their way, the robber was going nowhere as the choke is one of many effective locks used in MMA (mixed martial arts) and was easily then handed straight over to the police. The outcome of this robbery could have turned out much worse had the shop owner not been able to defend himself.

As a good will gesture to encourage all shop owners and members of the public to learn self defence, Safari MMA is offering a free 2 hour seminar on self defence and weapon disarming, with separate classes for men and women.

Get in touch
www.safarikickboxing.co.uk
07880 550011 to book your place

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We know that everyone always talks about getting fit, improving health, loosing weight and toning up, and for some reason, the start of the year is always a time when these thoughts start to appear again.  We cannot stress the importance of taking care of your health, so what better way to start the year, than to team up with a friend, to benefit from Safari’s great January 2013 offer of BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!  Available on all courses and memberships with the exception of personal training, 1 person pays, whilst their friend (who must be a new member) benefits from free training!

Don’t waste time thinking about getting fit, put those thoughts into action and find the right course at Safari suitable to meet your needs.  Feel free to contact us with any further queries.

Due to popular demand we have now opened a new location offering the 8 week men’s only Muay Thai beginners course. You MUST pre-book as spaces are limited.

It starts Tuesday 4th December at 8:30pm in Kensington Close Hotel, W8. Please ensure that you text 07880 550011 to reserve you space. Taught by Master Karim Safari