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.


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