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Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on Sunday

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Grand Opening artEvolve Aikido & Movement Center in Antioch announces it’s Grand Opening & Block Party this on Sunday, November 2nd from 11am to 2pm. It’s a “drop-in” day with free lunch, a raffle, giveaways, music, performances, classes and jumpies, so bring the whole family. The schedule is below for your planning convenience.

Grand OpeningPlease “like” their page on Facebook if you haven’t already –


11:00am – Opening, Music, Jumpy, Registration

11:10am – Yoga Mini-Class, all levels

11:30am -  Dance/Tumbling/Cheer Performances

12:00     -   Free Lunch to first 100 registered guests 

12:10pm -  Jui Jitsu demo

12:30pm -  Tour of Businesses

12:45pm – Tai Chi Mini-Class, all levels

1:00pm -  Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Raffle

1:30pm -  Aikido Belt Promotion

2:00pm – Finish

The location is 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, between 10th & 18th Streets across from Midas. To attend the event, please contact Owner & Chief Instructor Brandy Lucky at (925) 207-8656.

If you’re on Facebook, please join their Grand Opening “event” by clicking here.

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Malu Fitness celebrates Grand Opening in Antioch, gives back to community

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Owner Marcus Malu shared a few words before cutting the ribbon during the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness in Antioch, August 9.

Owner Marcus Malu, right, shared a few words before cutting the ribbon during the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness in Antioch, August 9.


By Luke Johnson

Nearly a hundred people gathered Saturday, August 9 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness, in Antioch.

A list of local area celebrities and dinitaries were in attendance. Cal-Berkeley’s head football coach Sonny Dykes, professional basketball player Eli Holman and Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant all made an appearance.

After cutting the big red tape, employees and gym members gave back to the community and served free food to the homeless in downtown Antioch.

I know how it is to be down on your luck. To be called a loser. To be called a ‘brokey-broke,’” owner Marcus Malu said. “The opportunity and doors that God has opened for me and the people He has put in my circle, why not take advantage of all those things? Why hold on to that hook up when you can have your hook up, hook you up, to hook everybody else up? It’s not, ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ I’m scratching your back because I know your back itches.”

Malu has been a personal trainer for five years, and has produced top tier talent. He worked with former Freedom High School running back Joe Mixon, who received over 50 Division I scholarship offers. Current athletes under Malu, Freedom High senior Dominic Fredrickson, Antioch High sophomore Najee Harris and Heritage High senior Sam Hinn combine for well over a dozen offers.

Malu is not just Marcus’ last name, it’s also an acronym which stands for “Making Athletes Live Unique,” which is their slogan. One thing that makes Marcus unique is that he trains kids, whose parents cannot afford it, for free.

I grew up with nothing, but at the same time with the very little that we had, my parents taught me to always share,” Malu said. “If somebody ain’t got it, reach out and help them. It’s always been that way.” Malu Fitness is located at 8 Walter Way, off A Street. To learn more, call (925) 305-6249 or visit

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New Evolve Aikido & Movement Center will get you moving, safe

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Aikido is a non-violent form of martial arts.

Aikido is a non-violent form of martial arts.

By Allen Payton

Brandy Lucky is a rarity in martial arts, as a woman sensei (teacher, in Japanese) of her own dojo.

I really was, 30 years ago, when I started,” she laughed. “I started fresh out of college.”

Lucky is the sensei of a new studio in Antioch, known as Evolve Aikido & Movement Center.

Aikido is a Japanese, non-violent martial art, she explained. There’s no kicking, hitting or punching. It uses the force of the attacker to take them down.

The founder would say if any of those are included, it’s not Aikido,” she stated.

Lucky first learned about Aikido at a dojo in Stockton, where she developed their juniors program and women’s self-defense program, before starting her own in Santa Rosa.

That dojo still exists, today and was handed over to one of her apprentices.

Her newest location, which just opened at 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, is more than Aikido. Evolve offers instruction in Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu, self-defense, yoga, dance and tumbling, plus cheer and gymnastics.

It’s inspired movement, which is different than going to the gym,” Lucky said. “It gives you far better results than just being on the treadmill for 30 minutes.”

Each of the instructors are well-known and high-level in their fields. The dance instructor, for example, has a Masters degree in Dance.

Lucky is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Kung Fu, as well.

I got into this because I realized I could help change people’s lives,” she shared. “That trumped everything – my college degrees, the vision of who I wanted to be.”

Seeing the results in a student who, after just a few classes, would think of themselves differently, walk and carry themselves differently makes it all worth while,” Lucky added.

The classes are affordable with an introductory price of just $5.00 each and instruction is for all ages.

She is starting an eight-week Beginners Course in Aikido in September and there is limited space. So, be sure to pre-register by calling 207-8656.

If you’re interested in starting on a new path of personal evolution, to feeling safe, healthier and more powerful, call Evolve Aikido & Movement Center, today.

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MaxMuscle to hold free holiday eating seminar Sat., Dec. 21

Sunday, December 15th, 2013



Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season

and prosperity in the New Year!


Grab a friend & join us for FREE sampling too!!!
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Kiwanis Club and Tom Torlakson to hold annual Holiday Run & Walk for Health, Saturday

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Holiday Run banner

Race Overview and Welcome

Dear Friends, Sponsors, and Fitness Enthusiasts:

We know you will enjoy the 37th Anniversary of the Holiday Run and Walk for Health and Health Fair in Antioch, coming on December 14, 2013. We invite you to participate in this year’s run, walk & health fair. Use this event as a goal for increasing your own personal fitness and energy—and that of your family!

Three decades! This event is the longest “running” fitness event in East Contra Costa—and is one of the earliest and most steadfast events promoting fitness and clean living in Northern California. It’s been possible to carry on this tradition and spread this message due to the generous support of sponsors and the tireless energy of hundreds of volunteers. If you’d like to join our planning committee for 2014, let us know. We need your ideas and help.

We welcome your feedback. We’re always looking to improve and expand. As a result of our generous sponsors, the recent event proceeds benefited the Orin Allen Rehabilitation Center, local youth groups and service clubs, Contra Costa County Schools and Contra Costa Libraries, and Senior Centers. Those awards were given at the Annual Awards Breakfast held in February! This year we will continue to offer similar benefits to our great local organizations.

The Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta invites you to share this unique health awareness and fitness action event in 2013…Join in on the fun & the health of it! Click here to download a race registration form or click here to register on-line!

For more information, please visit

See you on Saturday!


Assemblymember Tom Torlakson
Race Founder
Paul Schorr
Race Director
Antioch Kiwanis Club of the Delta
37th Holiday Run and Walk for Health



Holiday Run and Walk for Health Race History

In 1977, current California State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson, a teacher and coach at Pacific High School, and Mike Hurd, the Antioch High School Cross Country coach during the 1970s, decided to pull together a new East County event. One in which their runners could participate after the Cross Country season ended, and one that would involve their community more in running.

In the 2nd year, Torlakson approached Clark Gelhaus—a teacher as well as a swimming instructor and fitness enthusiast—and the Delta Kiwanis Club to help with the event. Both the Kiwanis and Gelhaus enthusiastically embraced the Holiday Run.

The event’s organizers have continued to expand and transform the event to make it enjoyable and meaningful for participants.

A 10K race was added by 1979. In the 1980s, the race was moved up to Raley’s Shopping Center to take advantage of the nearby Contra Costa Canal trail. In 1987, the Holiday Run’s “School Participation Challenge” was initiated as a way to get younger students involved in the race and fitness.

In 1991, the race moved to the nearby Delta Memorial Hospital, now Sutter Delta Medical Center, allowing the use of their facilities for race headquarters. The walk was added to attract parent participation, seniors, and the growing number of recreational walkers.

In 1995, Delta Kiwanis made the Byron Boys Ranch—recently renamed the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Center—a targeted beneficiary of the financial proceeds of the event. Youth groups remain major beneficiaries to this day. A health fair was added and in 1997 our name evolved once again, to the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health.”

New participation challenges were also added. A Libraries Challenge gave our wonderful local libraries the opportunity to become beneficiaries of the event. Though their participation, libraries are awarded funds to buy up-to-date materials on fitness and nutrition.

In 2006, the Holiday Run and Walk for Health moved to the Contra Loma Regional Park with the cooperation of the East Bay Regional Parks District. This spectacular location was well received by a record-number of runners in its first three years.

We have worked together to celebrate three decades of family fun and fitness! We continue to believe that the “Holiday Run and Walk for Health” has great potential to grow and bring its message of fitness and family health to hundreds of others in our community

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A Child’s Gateway to Health

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Brandon Roberts, DCProvided by Dr. Brandon Roberts

Every child deserves to live a healthy life. This is a key premise and focus of The 100 Year Lifestyle. The choices you make for them and the choices you teach them to make for themselves will be their gateway to a healthy or unhealthy life.

The good news is that by teaching them healthy choices, you will immediately help children live healthier. The bad news is that children are being bombarded with chemical, physical and emotional stress from day one. So much so, that this generation of babies may be the first in recent history to see a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Birth trauma, prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and toxins from the environment combined with an exponential increase in the number of vaccinations, can place babies in a chronic fight or flight, stress, reaction that can lead to all types of health problems. This assault on immune and nervous systems can cause them to fidget, chew on things inappropriately, lose focus, and sleep irregularly. 

The decreasing health of our children is alarming. 1 out of 6 children is labeled as learning disabled. 1 out of 8 is in Special Education classes.  In the 1970s, 1 out of 25,000 children were diagnosed with Autism.  In the 1980s the rate increased to a staggering 1 in every 10,000. Today it is about out of every 50 for girls and every 32 for boys.These numbers are absolutely unacceptable.

There are millions of prescriptions filled each year for children. 25% of children in the United States are on a daily chronic medication. Many of these, such as Ritalin, are in the same category as cocaine and speed, highly addictive and considered to be a gateway drug.

The number of recommended vaccines for children by the time they are 18 years old is now 49 doses of 14 vaccines. In 1989, it was only about 11 doses.

Ask yourself, “Are kids healthier now than they were 50 years ago?”  They can be. If children were raised using The 100 Year Lifestyle model of FitN2ESS (Neurology, Nutrition, Endurance, Strength and Structure), they would be able to experience a life without limits and optimize the expression of their innate intelligence and potential.

Simple lifestyle changes can bring amazing results and focus. Drug use in children would be lower and they would grow up having faith in the incredible ability of the body to perform and function at its best without medication. Their potential would be limitless!

Start by eating whole, organic, nutrient-packed food, getting enough exercise and plenty of rest. Children have a lot of natural energy and not expressing this energy through creative play and physical activity can cause outbursts, stress and anxiety. 

We live our lives based on the function of our nerve system. If it’s clear and there is no interference to it, the Innate Intelligence inside each of us will work properly. The millions of reactions that need to take place in our body every second of our life would flow unimpeded.

Getting regular chiropractic checkups and Lifestyle Care can locate vertebral subluxations in the spine and remove interference to the nervous system, making children more adaptable to the environment.

Children living The 100 Year Lifestyle have the opportunity to live better, more productive lives every day for 80, 90, 100 years and beyond. Contact a 100 Year Lifestyle Licensed Affiliate Chiropractor in your area to learn more.

Roberts is a Chiropractor at Deer Valley Chiropractic. To learn more about Dr. Brandon Roberts and The 100 Year Lifestyle visit





4. National Health Statistics Reports, #65, march 20, 2013


6. Official Recommended vaccine schedules by the ACIP, AAP, AAFP

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What’s so affordable about the Affordable Care Act?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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By Jeff Belle

As with the majority of public policy, intent and pragmatism may not be in agreement. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 isn’t any different. In fact, the question is: How affordable is the Affordable Care Act? Is this massive health care expansion a life-vest for those without health care or is an expensive cruise ship plagued by over- flowing sewage and distasteful meals? Clearly there are two-sides to this question as in any worthy argument. Here are a few thoughts and facts to consider about the affordability of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

ACA as passed into law in March 2010 requires individuals to maintain “minimum essential coverage” or pay a tax penalty. In this case, minimum essential coverage includes government-sponsored coverage such as “Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Veteran’s health benefits, employer-sponsored coverage, and other coverage as approved by the Secretary of U. S. Health and Human Services.”

According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO), implementing ACA will cost $ 1.8 trillion dollars over 10 years. It was estimated at the onset of the ACA legislation in 2009 that the cost would be around $900 billion over 10 years. In reality, the cost over 10 years has now doubled. These projections are for 2014 to 2013 when ACA goes into full effect.

Since its inception in 2010, what has ACA cost taxpayers? According to the General Accountability Office (GAO), the IRS (of all federal agencies) has spent $881 million between 2010 and 2013. Here’s how the IRS has spent our tax dollars in implementing the ACA in just two and a-half years:

  • $ 2.1 million and 13 full-time employees to implement the tax increases on drug manufacturers and health insurers,

  • $ 12 million and 150 full-time employees to “ customer service support”,

  • $ 405.2 million and 700 full-time employees to creating the infrastructure to support the exchanges and the individual mandate tax, and

  • $ 20.8 million along with 161 full-time employees to “promote compliance with other new provisions.”

In order to enforce provisions of the ACA which include 18 separate tax increases, business and individual mandates and an enormous number of new regulations; the IRS requested even more spending—“ a whopping $ 439.6 million and 1,954 {new} employees.“ Now, if indeed, we {United States} are in need of a life-vest or perhaps a cruise vessel to provide expanded medical care coverage is a matter of public opinion. Why would anyone in their “right mind” empower the IRS to monitor and enforce health insurance? Empowering the IRS to enforce health insurance mandates is akin to “asking chickens to vote for Colonel Sanders”-go figure! However, the facts regarding the affordability of ACA, as we now know them, may propel us to rethink the sanity of the Affordable Care Act and the wisdom our leaders in Washington.


Government Accountability Office, June 2012

Congressional Budget Office, May 17, 2013

Congressional Budget Office, March 13, 2013

Washington Post, April 26, 2013

The Hill, April 10, 2013

Forbes, March 12, 2012

Belle is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership Development. He researches, writes and lectures on health policy and leadership development issues. He is a resident of Antioch.

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Help support Antioch boy Matthew Ouimet with recent transplant costs, during blood drive and fundraiser on Thursday

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Team Matthew Blood Drive

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