KÀ – Cirque du Soleil: Live More Than A Little

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One of the things I wanted to do on our recent trip to Las Vegas was to watch KÀ Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand. We went to Vegas with friends and family and I was looking forward to getting away for an evening with my husband and have a date night at one of the most popular shows on the strip. It would have been nice for our group to go together but aside from gambling together and hitting as many buffets as possible together, it was the perfect opportunity to sneak away from our vacation. I would … Read more

UFC 174

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It seems that the Ultimate Fighting Championship can’t come to Vancouver without having to overcome a few obstacles.  In 2010, UFC 115 was nearly scuttled by the machinations of a hostile city council; in 2011 UFC 131 went head-to-head with the Vancouver Canucks’ Stanley Cup playoff run; and then last month, UFC 174 faced widespread talk of fan apathy during the weeks leading up to the June 14th event. But in spite of all the doomsaying, the UFC’s third visit to Vancouver packed over 13 000 vociferous fans into Rogers Arena’s cavernous confines, offering its share of exciting Octagon action … Read more

Carmine’s Las Vegas: Best Family Style Restaurant

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When writing a restaurant review, I usually worry about the end result of my articles because I don’t want to offend a business, if I don’t like it. Always considering the readers and what I would like to share with them, this particular dining experience is coming from a very personal joy. I decided early on, not to let my high expectations get in the way of getting back to the basics of eating out. Traditionally, I still believe it should be considered a special occasion. Nowadays, it seems like most of us hunt on a full stomach and waste … Read more

Kickboxing Conditioning at FKP MMA

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So you’ve decided to get fit — or fitter — and you’re looking for a local program that will allow you to get in top shape while having fun in the process.  An admirable decision, but a more difficult one to follow through on than you might at first suspect. From Crossfit to Bikram’s, from Pilates to Zumba, you are inundated with a plethora of choices that can sometimes make your quest for fitness more confusing than it needs to be. With that in mind, it’s best to avoid current fads that haven’t yet withstood the test of time and … Read more

Demers Sisters: FKP MMA’S One-Two Punch

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          One of the hallmarks of Vancouver’s FKP MMA Academy is its highly-renowned children’s program, which is geared toward building fitness, character and self-defense skills in its roughly 150 members.  But while some are content to reap the program’s benefits within the comfortable confines of the FKP academy, an increasing number of members and matured graduates of the program have been taking their skills into the competitive arena. A prime example of this came in Richmond, BC recently, at the 35th Annual West Coast Can-Am Championships, where the sister act of Erica and Maria Demers collectively … Read more

Josh Jauncey vs. Warren Stevelmans

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Veteran Warren Stevelmans represented the stiffest test of young Jauncey’s fledgling career. Stylistically, the two are quite similar. Jauncey is from Canada but has trained extensively in Holland under former world no. 1, Andy Souwer. For this fight, he trained exclusively at WKX in Surrey with his Dad and brother, Jay. Stevelmans fights out of Amsterdam’s Vos Gym under Ivan Hippolyte. Any kind of feeling-out process went out the window in the first twenty seconds. Stevelmans put two hard left body kicks on Jauncey and the fight revved into top gear. They hammered combinations into each other. Jauncey, disregarding his … Read more

Top 10 MMA Fighters Who Need to Retire

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It’s time to count down the Top 10 MMA Fighters Who Need to Retire. These fighters are past their prime or on a downward spiral, so they should take a bow and exit gracefully. Here’s our list: 10: Matt Hamill This one I was slightly torn on setting here. I like Matt Hamill going with the World Series of Fighting and it could amplify his vocation for a couple of more years. Their light heavyweight division is really shallow, so he could turn into a top warrior for them in the event that he resembles the Hammer from a couple … Read more

Top 10 MMA Submissions of 2014 So Far

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June is here, and that means we are halfway over the mixed martial arts calendar for 2014. MMA fans have been treated to many exciting fights, highlights, finishes, problems, and more so far this coming year. Now that we are halfway into the year, we can reminisce over the best 2014 has offered so far. Today we will hand out the mid-year awards for submissions. Top 10 MMA Submissions                   10. Alex Caceres vs Sergio Pettis: These two bantamweights went with it for three rounds delivering non-stop action in the most exciting … Read more

Nate Diaz Calls Matt Brown Out

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In the week since Matt Brown stopped Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 40, conversation about who he should be fighting next has centered around a title fight with Johny Hendricks, a fight with Hector Lombard, or a bout with Nick Diaz. Brown himself welcomed the idea of a fight with Diaz, as he said this week that he thought the bout could be more of a war than any of the other options. Now, a Diaz fight might be a possibility, but against the younger brother Nate Diaz instead. “I want the Matt Brown fight,” Nate Diaz said in … Read more

The New Nando’s Menu: Hosted by Nando’s Surrey

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  Prepare your taste buds Nando’s has rolled out some great new menu items, and if you’re playing your cards right, we’ll give you some additional health items to help you into spring break beach season. We should be up front and say that here at F.I.L.E.S we are enormous Nando’s fans, that might make us a bit biased, but we’ll explain why, and hope you’ll agree. We all want to eat healthy and still experience great flavor, butrealisticallywe all have busy schedules that make the commitment to healthy foods inconvenient.  Further, let’s be honest, a lot of uber healthy … Read more

Rachel Killam Destined For Glory – Powered by MAGNUM

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  STATS: Rachel Killam Height: 5’7 Competition Weight: 130lbs DOB: Dec 29, 1990 2014 Arnold Amateur Figure Champion, 2013 Canadian National Figure Champion & Top 5 in North America. Favorite Magnum Supplements: Magnum Acid, Opus and Quattro. The Arnold Sports Festival is a 3 day event that happens every year in Columbus, Ohio, and is the largest multi-sporting event in North America. The Arnold Expo has over 700 booths that attract the biggest names in health and fitness, ranging from IFBB Pro’s of the bodybuilding world to athletes from the CFL, NFL, Major League Baseball, and even film stars such … Read more