Friday, March 28, 2014

Down's Syndrome and Martial Arts

Down's Syndrome and Martial Arts at the Bruce McCorry Martial Arts Academy
Written by: Master McCorry

Down's Syndrome also referred to as Trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder that
causes lifelong physical development delays, mental or intellectual disability and characteristic facial features. It is one of the most common genetic causes of learning disabilities among children. To show how serious this disorder affects children, the 21st of March has been set aside as the World Down’s Syndrome Day. Despite of this disorder being a physical disorder, Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy has been on the forefront to train children with this condition since 1978. And most of these children have exhibited better martial arts techniques just like their normal counterparts. 

The following are some of the many benefits of martial arts
to children;

Improves coordination
It is a known fact that exercises are good for your body, mind and general
body health. But, martial arts is not just like any other exercise or
sport. It has improving effects on your body and mind. Most people think
that martial arts is all about kicking and throwing punches here and there.
This form of exercise is immensely focused on developing the internal
organs as well as your outlook. Children suffering from Down's Syndrome can
benefit from learning martial arts as it helps them in development as well
as coordination. 

Boosts your mental power 

What makes martial arts unique from other sports or exercises is its
ability to develop your brain power. Martial arts requires concentration
and focus. For example, Tai Chi, a form of martial arts that dwells so much
on brain power, concentration and focus. This will enable your child to
develop powerful mental ability that can help him or her manage class work
with ease. Therefore, this means that if your child has a mental
disability, martial arts can help him or her after a few days of practice. 

Enhances organizational ability 

Martial arts instills discipline in both children and adults. Discipline
in this case involves personal discipline, organizational discipline, as
well as interpersonal discipline. You will learn how to be organized and
the benefits of being organized at all times. Without organizational
discipline you will not be able to perform certain tasks in life.
Therefore, let your children learn how to be organized early in life as it
will help them in their future lives. 

Flexibility and stability 

We all know that Down’s Syndrome affects the physical well being of
children. Children affected by this disorder have a major problem when it
comes to stability and general flexibility. But, martial arts helps such
children with the ability to understand their body and also gives them
flexibility as well as stability. Although it will take time to train such
kids to be completely flexible, Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy can
make this possible in a few days time.

In summary, if your child suffers from Down’s Syndrome, it does not mean
that he or she cannot do certain tasks. Simply enroll that child at the
Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy (Peabody Ma) and see how the Down’s Syndrome and Martial Arts can be blended to the child’s advantage.  Each individual is
different and requires variations of the program. So, why not give it a try. Sign up for a free introductory class to see if it's a fit and explore the great benefits and pleasures of martial arts. 

Contact Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts by visiting or by calling (978) 535-7878.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Negative Effects of Video Games

The Negative Effects of Video Games And The Positive Benefits Of Martial
Arts And Exercise For Kids 
Written by: Master Sandra Larosa

We all love our children and we would love to give them the best they can
get. It is because of this notion that most parents spend their money on buying their children the latest gadgets in the market. Since kids love playing, most parents have invested in purchasing the best video games and computer games for them so they can enjoy themselves at home. However, as much as kids enjoy the fun and thrill that comes with playing video games, they are faced with the harmful effects of playing video games. Therefore, instead of you as a parent investing in video games that are physically unhealthy, encourage your child to join a martial art academy and let them enjoy the benefits of training and practicing martial arts. The following are some of the negative effects of this video nation we live in;
Causes Impulsive Behavior in Children According to a study that was published in the Journal of Physical and Popular Media Culture February 2012 issue, kids who spend most of their time playing video games may show signs of impulsive behavior and also have attention issues. For example, the kid may have difficulties in maintaining a certain character that will enable him to reach a specific goal. Additionally, they also have attention problems as they grow up. Increased Depression and Anxiety in Kids According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Media and Family based in Minneapolis, video games tend to be addictive in children. This addiction leads to an increase in anxiety and later depression. Most children who are addicted to video games have problems at school and class work.

Leads to Health Problems
Video games are usually played when seated. Most kids spend most of their time playing these games while seated. This may lead to health issues like obesity, skeletal disorders for example tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, postural disorders, video-induced seizures and muscular problems. From the above side effects of playing video games among children, it's a great time to consider encouraging your child to join martial arts and other physical activities that can benefit him or her. The following are some of the many benefits of martial arts for kids;

 Fosters Self Discipline Among Kids 

For you to learn, understand and become a good martial artist, you must
have self discipline. The best way to raise a disciplined child is to
enroll them into a martial arts school. Here, he or she will learn what
self discipline is all about and the benefits of self restraint. 

Development of Socialization Skills 

Unlike video games whereby a child is confined to the environs of the
house or living room all alone, martial arts allows kids to interact freely
as they practice. This helps them to make new friends, meet new peers and
be social in general. 

They Learn to Set and Achieve Goals

Almost all forms of martial arts are based on achieving goals and making
achievements. These goals are accomplished through a system of belts one
wears after accomplishing a certain degree of skill or technique. This
system develops a desire to achieve something out of the training your
child gets. This can also be applied in real life and your child will
always set targets and goals in life and achieve them. As a martial arts
motivation practice for kids, give your kids simple physical assignments
and congratulate them when one accomplishes the task given.

 Improves other Aspects of Life

Martial arts do not only benefit the physical aspects of life but it also
benefits other areas for example, it boosts the confidence of your child,
improves cooperation skills and also helps your child navigate the social
and academic aspects of life and school, respectfully. This will immensely
help your child as he or she develops into an adult.  

For more information, please contact Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy
by visiting or by calling to join a free trial lesson
at (978) 535-7878

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Karate For Fitness & Mental Health

Karate For Fitness And Mental Health 
written by: Master McCorry

Karate is a martial art developed in ancient Japan, under the influence of
Chinese Martial Arts. When you hear the word Karate, you probably think, like most people, that it's something strictly to do with fighting, self defense and action movies, but that is far from the truth. There is a reason these ancient skills, martial arts, have the word "arts" in their name. Not only does karate improves one's strength, speed and flexibility, it also contributes greatly to a person's mental hygiene. It can be said that karate is the art of creating and cultivating a connection between the mind and the body. Needless to say, it's the perfect physical activity for people of all age groups, for kids and adults. 

Karate For Fitness And Mental Health
Psychological and spiritual benefits of karate and martial arts in general have remained unmentioned in history books and there has never been proper empirical data about this particular subject. On the other hand, you don't really need history books to understand the benefits of karate, all you need is common sense. First, let's concentrate on the physical benefits of karate and how it helps our bodies develop: • Improved reflexes • Improved coordination • Increased performance in physical activities • Increased strength • Increased stamina • The ability to defend yourself, if necessary Karate is a physical activity that influences virtually every bone and muscle in our body. It influences them in the best way possible and the positive impact of karate on a human organism is unmeasurable.

Now, let's concentrate a bit on how karate improves one's mental health.
This may come as a surprise to people who don't have experience in martial arts, or for those of you reading this who are skeptical about self development through martial arts, but read on to find out why karate is beneficial to mental health and how exactly it influences it. The Zen concept of karate can be summarized in three words: Be here now. What does this exactly mean? Being present to the moment. Being present to the moment is a skill, which means that it can be learned. Karate is the perfect learning tool. Not only does karate build one's self esteem and confidence, this ancient art has many other benefits, such as: • Character development • Development of self discipline • Stress reduction • The ability to relax • Positive attitude • Motivation • Improved concentration • Inner peace Who Should Practice Karate? There is only one answer to this question - absolutely everyone. People of all age groups, kids, adults, everyone should consider practicing karate. Not just for previously mentioned reasons, but many more, all of which you'll discover when you actually start practicing.

Where To Learn Karate?
A legitimate question arises. Where to learn karate? Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy has everything it takes to develop one's self esteem, self confidence and to improve or preserve one's health. It was established in 1978 and to this day it's among the best in the United States. For more information, do a simple Google search and read countless testimonials from happy customers.

Our minds and bodies are connected. Karate enables you to gain insight
into this very connection. Focus, self discipline and self improvement inevitably lead to inner peace. It simply manifests itself over time. Most often, it leads to the feeling of bliss and happiness or something that's popularly called spiritual awakening. If it's still not completely clear to you why karate is beneficial for both fitness and mental health, try to think of it as a tool. A physical tool that improves the mind and the body at the same time, effortlessly. All you need to do is to motivate yourself, train, focus and work hard. Results will inevitably come. 

Come give it a try and take it one day at a time, step by step and don't give up.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Martial Arts - Importance Of Commitment

Importance Of Commitment In Martial Arts and How Fear of Commitment Can
Effect You As A Martial Artist 
Written by: Master McCorry

Martial arts is a sport activity that is gaining popularity in today’s
world due to the many health benefits this sport offers. Both children and adults are enrolling in different martial art centers and academies just to learn this amazing sport. Most people join martial art classes with the aim of learning self defense techniques while others go for its physical and health benefits. Some of the known health benefits of this sport include; · Improved coordination · Improved metabolism · Improved eye site · Increased energy levels · Enhanced focus and concentration · Improved body posture · Improved blood circulation · Enhances bone health and development · Improved immunity
However, anybody can learn martial arts but very few people can claim to know and understand what martial arts is all about. This is due to the fact that in order for you to be good in martial arts you must have a number of virtues. One of the most important virtues is commitment. Martial arts and fear of commitment will never go together. For you to be a better martial artist you must be committed to the sport. The following are reasons why commitment is essential to learning and mastering martial arts; Builds and Boosts Passion Having a passion for something means you enjoy doing that particular thing no matter the time of the day. Therefore, being committed to learning martial arts will cultivate passion within you and this passion will enable you to learn more and more techniques with ease and fast. It will act as a motivator. 

 Enables You to Work Harder 

Commitment in whatever you do encourages you to work hard and achieve
goals. Therefore, this means that for you to make tremendous strides in
becoming a better martial artist, you must be committed to what you learn
each and every day. With commitment you will also find time to practice the
new moves as well as the old moves you learned at the academy on your own.
Remember, practice makes perfect and it is very important to practice
regularly in order to perfect the moves you learn.

Drives Results 

Commitment is what drives you to do something. And, if you are committed
to doing something, you will do it to the best of your ability. Martial
arts is a sport or an activity that demands commitment and motivation.
Without commitment training and practice, it will be a problem for you.
Being committed will enable you to train on a daily basis and this will
lead to results. After a few days of training coupled with practice, you
will be able to do amazing moves on your own. Therefore, commitment drives
results and makes you achieve your goals.

In summary, for you to be good in whatever form of martial arts, it is
important to ensure that you eliminate the fear of commitment first. You must be committed to what you learn and practice it. It is important at this point to emphasize that martial arts is not just a sport but, a discipline that calls for commitment, discipline, concentration, consistency and hard work to perfect. Ready to let go of your fears and become that true, dedicated martial artist that resides inside you? Then contact us Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts located in Peabody MA.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tai Chi - For the Mind & Body

Tai Chi - Improving the Mind and Body
written by: Master McCorry

Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial arts; Tai chi chuan, or Tai Chi is translated to mean "internal martial arts" and "Supreme Ultimate Fist" and sometimes called "Taiji" or "Taijiquan". The Yin and Yang (dynamic duality) and Qi (life force) concepts were also incorporated within it, therefore practicing this ancient form of martial arts will support a well balanced
yin and yang, which aids in the flow of Qi.
Tai Chi is popular around the world because of it’s calm style, power, and its delicate mystifying nature appeals to everyone. Some people believe that by practicing Tai Chi, it will make them strong, alert and dexterity, while some, it gives them power and courage to defend themselves against bigger opponents. Some people like Tai Chi because of the health benefits and they even believe that it makes them formidable. 
Tai Chi involves the strengthening of the mind, body and spirit and is often called "meditation in motion". The movement of the body, gently and slowly, rhythmically, focusing the mind on deep breathing during the movements, is really calming and meditative. It can be considered a low
intensive exercise. You go through a series of movements while breathing deeply and naturally. You must focus your attention on both the movements and your breath, sometimes tapping into further levels than your normal sensations within your body caused by these movements. 
Tai Chi is different from others because its movements are circular and naturally performed, there is no force of movement, your muscles are always relaxed and never tensed. It’s a natural flowing of your body and mind. The movements must be performed precisely. After repeated practice you will begin to learn more about your body’s balance, posture, motor controls,
and rhythm. In addition, Tai Chi’s pensive nature is both calming and relaxing.

Over the years, many different Tai Chi styles have come about but mainly all involves slow, gentle, graceful movements, each flowing into the next. The body must be in a constant movement. Individuals must concentrate, by putting aside all distractions while breathing deeply in a focused and directed manner. 

Tai Chi was developed as a martial art and a means of self-defense in ancient China. It is alleged that the Taoist Monks developed its thirteen exercises to imitate animal movements and integrated meditation and the idea of an internal force within the art. 
Health benefits
Many people practice Tai Chi to improve their health and well-being. General benefits include:
1. Increases of vitality and energy 
2. Improvement of the body’s immunity against infection
3. improved flexibility and strength
4. Form of stress relief
5. Form of pain relief 
6. Strengthens bones 
7. Improves the digestive system 
8. Improves blood circulation 
9. Balances the endocrine system 
10.Regulates our central nervous system 
Much research has been published that links Tai Chi with helping chronic disease and conditions. Most commonly are:
1. Arthritis
2. Low bone density
3. Breast cancer
4. Heart disease 
5. Hypertension
6. Parkinson's disease 
7. Sleep problems 
8. Stroke 
9. Respiratory disorders
10. Diabetes 
Practicing Tai Chi not only improves your health and well being but also calms your mind and body. 

Since 1978, Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts (Peabody MA) has been teaching Tai Chi classes. The classes are specially designed and tailored to each and every students needs. At Bruce McCorry's, hundreds of students join the academy every season. We are constantly hearing how Tai Chi has changed their lives for the better.  At Bruce McCorry's, we offer a free introductory class so why not give it a try? We are proud to be ambassadors for this beautiful art. 

Come join us today and let Tai Chi open new doors into improved health and well-being.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Martial Artist - Tips to get Better

Top Eight Ways to Become a Better Martial Artist 
written by: Master McCorry

Once you decide that your path is martial arts, you should try to excel in
your art as much as possible. Anybody with leisure time can learn a martial art, but only very few can claim that s/he is a good martial artist. A good martial artist is an embodiment of many virtues that will help him/her to excel in both profession and life. Here are some effective ways to become a good martial artist. Top 8 Tips to become a Good Martial Artist 1. Daily Practice: Many martial art centers follow the schedule of practicing one or two hours once in a week. Instead of such a schedule, you can choose to practice at least 15 minutes every day. A daily schedule will prove more effective. 2. Visualization: Visualization is the process of going through your practice moves within your mind when you are not actually practicing. This will help you to improve your martial art skills and execute the moves better in actual practice. 3. Feedback: Feedback has a great role in improving your performance. If you are studying under a martial arts center, you can seek feedback from your co-learners or teachers. You can also record your practice and review it in order to find out errors and rectify them. 4. Practice Aids: If you are trying to learn martial arts on your own, you should get some practice aids that will offer a coherent view of your art. Many practice aids such as videotapes, CDs, podcasts, books and e-books are available on the market. You can find many resources on the internet as well. 5. Dedication and Hard Work: Dedication and hard work are two important elements that will make you a good martial artist. Make martial arts a long-term passion and do not break it in between. Be honest to your art and focus on its artistic value beyond your other goals such as weight loss and fitness. Respecting your art is the first step to success. 6. Taking Care of Your Body: Martial arts should not exhaust your body by overburdening it. Fitness lovers often fall prey to this error. The more you work with your body, the more you should take care of it. Replenish your body with a lot of water and nutritious food. Health and stamina are two qualities that mark an efficient martial artist. 7. Feed your Mind: A martial art is a vision. To grasp it with all its intensity, you need to equip your mind. You may read about the underlying philosophy and tradition of your art. You may learn to relax and look at life with a positive attitude. Convincing yourself of your martial art goals is the only way through which you can attain glory and success in martial arts. 8. A Good Center: The instruction that you receive makes a great difference on the kind of martial artist that you are. Self-learners often fall behind those who get professional instruction, though there are some exceptional martial artists who can call themselves self-made men. A productive campus atmosphere, the presence of co-learners, a good curriculum and an adept master can make a sea change to your pursuit. If you consider each of the above fields, you can see that Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy (Peabody, MA) ranks among the top. Established in 1978, the past 35 years of service makes it one of the most reliable and stable martial art institutions in US.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kung Fu Classes

Important Reasons to Learn Kung Fu 
written by: Master McCorry
Kung Fu is a powerful martial art that usually follows the pattern of an
unarmed fighting style. Though it was initially developed as a self-defense
technique, gradually it became popular all over the world as a
multi-purpose martial art. The number of people who aspire to learn Kung Fu
is on the rise. If you want to check out Kung Fu for yourself, it would be
useful to know the top reasons why learning Kung Fu is important. 
Kung Fu - An Efficient Workout
Kung Fu was developed as a self-defense and fighting method. During the
ancient times, in order to become a good warrior, it was necessary to have
a fit and strong body. As a result, Kung Fu incorporated many moves and
strikes which were intended to tone the body. These moves were further
modified and refined when Kung Fu became a world-renowned martial art. This
places Kung Fu in the list of the top workout-cum-martial arts.

Kung Fu: The Self Defense Technique
Nowadays, self defense is a much sought-after skill. Kung Fu relies on
practicality than on theoretical aspects. When you learn Kung Fu, it is not
mere moves that you learn – instead, you develop a number of qualities that
will aid you in self defense. Alertness, quick calculation, instant
reaction, physical strength and coordination are some such virtues. 

Healthier Life through Kung Fu
Every martial art can enhance your health. However, Kung Fu is special in
the sense that it can improve your health in a holistic manner. Kung Fu
training makes you healthier through different ways:
* By checking lifestyle diseases
* By improving immunity
* By enhancing physical strength and stamina
* By boosting your metabolism 

Kung Fu can make a huge difference to the health of both adults and
The Emotional Benefits of Kung Fu
Complementary to your physical health, you have the emotional benefits of learning Kung Fu. A martial art like Kung Fu can make you confident, self-respecting and happy. It will come handy in controlling anger, preventing mood swings, reducing stress, managing time, and thinking rationally. The emotional benefits of Kung Fu make it one of the most advantageous martial art to learn. The Artistic Side of Kung Fu Though Kung Fu is a practical martial art, there are many aspects which make it artistic and beautiful. It is an art with elegance of moves and gravity of philosophy. Kung Fu is the inheritor of a forty-centuries-old philosophic tradition. Through learning Kung Fu, you will develop an insight and philosophy of life, which will bring out the positive side in you.
Excellent Kung Fu Classes at Bruce McCorry’s Academy
When you learn a martial art, you should learn it under the most experienced teachers. That is why Kung Fu at Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Center (Peabody, Massachusetts) is unique. Kung Fu classes here are headed by Master Bruce McCorry who has been a Kung Fu instructor since 1978. He specializes in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu which is the style that attracts the most number of learners. Kung Fu is a martial art with a legacy of 4000 years, and only a dedicated martial art institution can do justice to this revered art. To experience Kung Fu classes with a difference, come to Bruce McCorry’s Academy…