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Posted By Michael Hughes      January 17, 2011

Kohai means “Eager Student” in Japanese. I am a black belt candidate in the martial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing at Itsera Martial Arts in Niwot, Colorado (as well as a fulltime Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty). Kru Meier is my teacher. He’s going to  push us to our limit, every time. I will be participating in Kohai with Ann McCullick and Shelly Allen.

I remember my first testing from white to yellow belt when I was starting out at Trans.  I thought this is so difficult how can I possibly remember all the different katas.  I kept at it. I didn’t give up. I moved to Niwot and now the workout facility is only 2 blocks from my place. Perfect!

It is not only the workout that I love. It’s the people and their stories. I met Mr. Schlutz who lost the left side of his brain in a freak accident when a propeller on his airplane came in contact with his head, he was slated to fly large commercial jets for United Airlines the very next day. He is a prime example of when life gives you lemons make lemonade. He was in rehab for several years and when his right brain kicked in and he was doing therapy with modeling clay and he had some amazing dreams he realized he had a talent for sculpting American Indian bronzes. He had never done so before or had any formal training. He has become a world renowned sculpture and his sculptures are much sought after.

There is the woman Ms. McCullough who 4 years ago due to MS was in a wheel chair. She started Muay Thai Kickboxing and has not only ditched the wheel chair for several years now but also been able to stop the last of several medications because now her heart is so strong she no longer needs it. She has also started a business and website called Hopeology.

There is the woman and for her privacy I will not mention her name here. She had lost her son at 17 in a terrible car accident. She needed the social contact and the workout to help her through a devastating period in her life. She went on to partner, create and start a well known micro-brewery and restaurant in Longmont called Oskar Blues.

There is Ms. Nannen who I absolutely respect.  She started a company you may know called Greenspoint Catering. It has become a very successful and renowned catering company in Boulder County. She has started numerous successful businesses and she is one of the greatest people you will ever meet. Ms. Naftel also teacher extraordinaire. If you’re not sweating obviously your not in class.

There is Kru Meier. Here to teach, support and help us to be the best of what we can be.

There are the Lucarelli Brothers (race car drivers and mechanics)  who are tough as nails and the nicest guys you will ever meet, There is Margie Balthous, Patty Chonis,  Ed Ruskus a New Yorker and a great sparring partner extraordinaire,  Demian Weigle who has become not only a good friend but a great running companion as well or ms. Olson and Mr. Butler who are so commited to the practice and teaching of Muay Thai. I look forward to seeing all my pals at kickboxing and Muay Thai and boot camps.

And it’s not all about the people. It’s also the weekly message, “if you have to eat a frog don’t look at it too long” (don’t procrastinate-if you have something difficult to do-just do it), “a smooth mountain cannot be climbed” this is one of my favorites as it makes it clear that without difficulties, problems and challenges we would not have the contrast between what is good in life and the not so good times, it’s all about contrast.

When my mother died September 2009 I just could not act as if everything was great, and then I realized No matter what kind of day, week, month or year I am having; when I come in to workout or even at work now, if someone asks me how I am doing; my answer is Super good and getting better…it elevates me; every time……..I hope one day you can say that about your life.  Super Good and Getting Better.  Life is so precious and so good. Come workout if you can at Itsera, it’s right across the parking lot from the Niwot Market. It will change your body and change your life for the better and it will give you the ability to have the freedom to live your best life now.

If you have questions regarding this article or are thinking you will Buy A House In Boulder please call or text me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. Featured Listings


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Google SVT to Visit Boulder Creek Path

Posted by Michael Hughes  April 27, 2010

Google held a contest to choose early sites for off-road Street View mapping by its camera/trike. If you haven’t used Street View, it’s basically a series of photos attached to give a panoramic type view — so many and in so many directions that it can seem like one long, continuous photo — attached to Google Maps.  So if you are checking out a neighborhood to buy a home in Boulder you can see exactly what the neighborhood looks like before going. Introducing the Google Street View Trike.

The mapping feature will allow people to explore the Creek Path from their computers — and it’s a step in the direction of using Google Maps to plan your bike trips, running, blading or walking route. I hope they do it during a Farmers Market on Saturday or Wednesday as this would also add another facet to the tour.

The city has applied to share data about its extensive bike path system with Google as a Base Map Partner. If the city’s proposal is accepted, people will be able to get directions for traveling in Boulder from Google Maps that are tailored for bikes, routing cyclists along multi-use paths and roads with bike lanes. The city already has its own mapping software at that does just that, but if Boulder can partner with Google, Go Boulder staffers hope that even more people will take advantage of the 360 miles of local bike routes.

If you have questions regarding this article or are thinking you will Buy A Home In Boulder please call  or text me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. Featured Listings

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Relocating to Boulder

By Michael Hughes    January 19, 2010

Boulder, a unique city located on the footsteps of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County. Boulder is a short drive from Denver. With a population of nearly 112,000 residents (city and outlying areas). Boulder has beautiful scenery, and is one of the best relocation cities in the U.S. Cultural, business, educational and employment needs are all in this vibrant city. The economy is solid, and will only get better in the up coming years. For its’ size it has the 8th lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. The average household income for its families is about $85,000. While the average house value is estimated at $366,000. These numbers combined means owning a house in Boulder is a sound investment.

In addition to many small, entrepreneurial businesses, major employers include companies and  research laboratories such as the soon to be ConocoPhillips, IBM, Ball Aerospace, the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Adding to Boulder’s progressive spirit is the University of Colorado, the academic and cultural anchor of the community.

Boulder Valley residents experience four unique seasons with over 300+ days of sun. The city’s panoramic views, open space & greenbelt system serves as a buffer to preserve its picturesque setting.

Boulder boasts some of the best restaurants in the area. This robust community has more than 100 restaurants catering to all palates; Haute Cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, American, and Continental foods along with many deli’s and cafe’s are some of the choices.

Boulder has always been one of the best places in the entire country to raise a family. With a low crime rate, the streets of Boulder are safe and secure. The public education system is extremely solid. The Boulder Valley Re 2 is a great school district.

Due to the cities’ historic, classic and  eclectic architecture a warm and friendly feeling is projected. Newly constructed projects and housing starts have continued Boulders relocation allure. Boulder is truly an ideal relocation option.

If you have questions or would like a relocation package or need help relocating to Boulder you can call me directly at 303-359-6627 or visit me at or visit my blog at

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Boulder Neighborhoods

In the next month I will be writing about different Boulder Neighborhoods.  Is there anything you would like to know about Boulder? The neighborhoods, the lifestyle, working out, fitness, the schools, the shopping, jobs, the economy, the dining, the spirituality, the F.A.R, great builders, great handymen, seasonal events or anything else?  Please let me know what you want, what you need, what you would like to hear about.

If you need help with real estate, a short sale, foreclosure or just have a question about the blog or real estate please give me a call or drop me a line. Michael Hughes 303-359-6627 or visit my website at

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New Years Resolutions

By Michael Hughes

“If it weren’t for the the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” ~ Joey Adams

Do you ever wonder what happened to your passion, your drive your hunger when you wrote down those resolutions?  I have pared it down to 2-3 resolutions that now that I think about it I have been working on for quite some time. I am passionate about this being in my life and these things are important to me.

  • Workout 6 days a week (okay I have done 5 for the past 2 years) time to kick it up a notch.
  • TNT=Today Not Tomorrow!
  • Eat less meat, reduce caffeine, reduce wine. With one cheat day a week.

That pretty much sums it up.  The hardest thing for me was the excruciating headache I got when I stopped drinking coffee.  Wow!  Was that only 72 hours ago?  I don’t really feel a craving but there is a time of day conditioned response for different beverages.  I am eating high alkaline clean for the month of January.  Lots of water (in my reusable container), lots of greens and a very noticeable clarity and higher energy level than any coffee ever gave me.  Let’s go 2010!  Oh and if you’re going to procrastinate your second chance is The Year of The Tiger-Chinese New Year February 14, 2010.

Take Care and Be Well in 2010.  303-359-6627


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Best Workout 2010! The TRANSformation Coach


Updated August 14, 2012   The best all around workout for the money is Itsera fitness in Niwot.


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Having fun around Boulder-Fitness

Posted By Michael Hughes

Here’s to fitness and momentum 2010!

Snowshoeing near Boulder; Local Trails

Crosscountry Skiing near Boulder; One of the best quick crosscountry trails is North Park near 9th and Balsam. A great track fun and quick if you have limited time. If you would like to go in to the mountains nearby check out

Ice Skating near Boulder; Numerous locations in Boulder County. Check it out at Ice Skating

Sledding near Boulder; About six locations around Boulder. Check it out at Sledding

Running near Boulder; Probably the best place to run during the winter months is up the south facing slope road of Mount Sanitas or the Boulder Creek Path which is sometimes cleared sooner than the roads we drive.

Riding bicycles indoors in Boulder. Want to see how exciting this velodrome is to ride? Check out the Helmet cam at: Indoor Cycling

Rock Climbing in Boulder. Check out the Boulder Rock Club or what is known as the BRC at

Drop in Fitness at 24 Hour Fitness in Boulder. Get a free 7 day pass by going to 24 Hour Fitness

Relocating to Boulder? Questions about the area or neighborhoods? I can help you, give me a call or text me at 303-359-6627 or you can also reach me Here

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty Michael Hughes


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