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Martial Arts: Break What YOU Believe!

Martial Arts: Break What YOU Believe!

Today, I am beginning a 3-part series on martial arts. Disclaimer: I am not a black belt, yet. But I have a lot of friends who are black belts in this. One of my new friends is nick-named “The Martial Art’s Woman.” Her name is Andrea Harkins. Other friends are Anita Clay, who not a black belt, yet, but is a fantastic actress in action films. One of her more recent movies is called “Paying Mr. McGetty.” In this movie, she plays with another friend of mine, Don “The Dragon” Wilson. If you don’t know who he is, you should look him up. Plus, James Wilson, and Reggie Cochran. And MANY others.

Today, I want to suggest something. We hear about how good martial arts is for children. But have you considered why adults should do this? Some of this came from Andrea Harkins’ blog. Which can be found here: The Martial Arts Woman. Andrea gives 4 compelling reasons for adults to do martial arts related to perspective. One, is if you have a poor perception about what you believe about yourself, martial arts can help. It can help you be stronger emotionally and you will realize you are stronger. This will carry over into your life in general. There are 6 principles that are taught in martial arts:

  1. Indomitable spirit
  2. Humility
  3. Focus
  4. Discipline
  5. Determination
  6. Integrity

But today’s blog is about exercise. But, is martial arts about exercise, fighting, or self-defense? It’s about all 3! In a good school, you will get a fantastic workout! But you also get lessons in self-defense: which involves fighting. Hopefully, that need won’t ever come up. But if it does, you will learn how to handle it. One of the things that I’ve learned is that your self-esteem will improve. The reason for this is simple: you will be asked to do things that you are not certain you can do. For example, one of the things I was taught to do is to break a board. I did it! And when I did, it was a HUGE confidence booster. A second thing I was told to do is do a running side kick into a dummy. As your self-esteem increases, you become a better version of you. In this series, I want to challenge you: if you want to become a better version of yourself, get started in martial arts! The picture below is of myself, Kathy Long, and my daughter Mary at a self-defense seminar we attended in Dallas, Texas in April of 2016.

Coming up: Energy and success in martial arts.

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Exercise? Who me???

Exercise? Who me???

Yesterday I introduced the topic of the Mediterranean Lifestyle. At the base of the pyramid is exercise. People tend to think of diets only being connected to what we eat. But the reality is: what we eat is only one part of being healthy. We also must exercise. With all the choices, available there really is no reason not to get active. I have friends who are into martial arts. I have friends who do cross training. I have friends who dance. I have friends who just walk. I have friends who run. Most of the people I know do a combination of these. For instance, my friend Marian Kirby is a wonderful dancer. But she’s also a Grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do. I have heard people say things like I can’t exercise. As I’ve learned in school there is only a couple of short term reasons not to exercise. One, you just had surgery. And that is usually only for a few hours. Doctors have realized that exercise helps recovery speed up. Two, you are on complete bed-rest for cardiac reasons or pregnancy complications. You may be reading. this from a wheelchair. But even from a wheelchair, you can still exercise. There are basketball teams made up of people in a wheelchair. So, where do you start? First, think about what is fun for you. This is a purely personal decision. I enjoy just moving. So, I walk and do martial arts. But I also enjoy trying new things. So, yesterday morning I did a workout from Youtube. YouTube can be a fun way to try something new. I also do yoga from a DVD. There are so many available options. I know you’ll find one you love.

If I can help, let me know. I am on Facebook as well listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee. Tomorrow I will talk about the next level in the food pyramid.