Friday, November 27, 2015

Martial Arts with a Difference: Bruce McCorry's Martial Academy

Martial Arts with a Difference: Bruce McCorry's Martial Academy

Martial art has come a long way from what it was when the ancient masters formulated the moves and techniques that define each art. Today is a different age, and the priorities and needs of martial art learners too have changed. It is different from what a martial artist might have wished to learn perhaps fifty years back. If you are reading this today, you must either be a lover of martial art or willing to learn it, and what you demand from martial arts is not the same what anyone else wants. And that is exactly why you need martial arts with a difference.

Martial Arts with a Difference: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy
Established in 1978 in Peabody (MA), Bruce McCorry's Academy has been a keen watcher of the changing martial art scenarios for the past four decades. To walk with the times has been the motto of the academy, and this decision has made the difference. Some of the different ways in which the academy has envisioned itself are here:

Personal Care: At Bruce McCorry's, each learner receives personal attention, and the schemes are formulated according to the capability and need of the student. This comes from the realization that what each learner expects from martial art is a different goal.

Children-Friendly Programs: The largest learner group in the US martial arts is children, and Bruce McCorry's offers many children-friendly courses. From Little Ninjas to Junior Programs, it accommodates all age groups. The Academy respect school hours and therefore offers after school and summer courses. It prioritizes safety and hence offers transportation facilities to the campus. Children's courses also feature specially designed and recognized syllabus.

Formative Courses: For young martial art learners, the academy has unique formative programs like the Little Ninjas that focus on growth and development of kids below six years of age. The difference comes at the point where Bruce McCorry's moves beyond martial arts and makes the youngster programs a fun mixture of activities, games, competitions and learning experience.

Courses for a Better Life: Bruce McCorry's has some inclusive programs aimed at making life better for everyone equally. The Special Needs program is designed particularly for people with special needs, aimed at improving the quality of their living. The Academy has unique ventures like the Kickboxing program that is beneficial for cardiac health and energy healing consultancy for cancer survivors/victims. Our desire to make earth a better place for all has resulted in many fund-raising and extra activities, often led by children and teachers.

Overall Martial Arts for Adults and Seniors: The course schemes in the academy ranges over many different programs for adults and seniors which offer the benefits of health, fitness, self-confidence, self-defense, stress-relief and many more. These programs range from light and meditative courses to adventurous and more demanding ones. From the casual learner to the professional enthusiast, all of you will be at home at the Academy.

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts: The Perfect Holiday Gift
What Bruce McCorry's offers you is a solution to live in this present world with its numerous challenges. Whether it be bullying and study stress for kids, work and home pressures for adults, health and loneliness for seniors, what we need is this martial art with a difference. Bruce McCorry's is that place where you can learn to be yourself, be self-dependent and confident, be assertive, learn trust, find friends, and be happy. There's nothing better than you can gift your loved ones for these holidays!  

From now through Christmas, take advantage of the holiday sale and enjoy 10% off savings on all memberships paid in full.  Give the gift of Martial Arts with a Difference, Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts, the Perfect Holiday Gift for you, or your loved ones.  Call today (978) 535-7878.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Perfect Preschooler Martial Arts Program

Little Ninjas: Preschooler Martial Arts Program for your Little Champ
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy, Peabody, MA

Martial arts for preschoolers might sound a bit too ambitious, because most parents feel that their children are too fragile at three or four years to take up something heavy like martial arts. Many myths have come to prevail around preschooler martial arts – that it will make kids violent, aggressive, impatient and so on. But knowing martial arts in detail will tell you these are just myths. Whichever age group your child belongs to, martial arts can do them good and only good. Especially so if you have a preschooler.

Little Ninjas Program at Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts: Perfect Preschooler Martial Arts Program

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy introduced the Little Ninjas Program to extend the benefits of preschooler martial arts to all the little champs out there. This is for children from three to six years of age. Some of the highlights of the Little Ninjas Program will tell you how much your child can benefit from martial arts at a young age.

1. The program introduces basic martial art moves and techniques to your kids focusing on their overall growth and development – their physical, mental, emotional and social skills.
2. Children of 3-6 age group are still in the phase of developing motor skills and bone strength. The Little Ninjas Program will help them to grow up with a strong and healthy physique and clearly developed motor skills.

3. Preschooler years are crucial in the development of social abilities. These years are fundamental in shaping your child's confidence level, language skills, and social attitude. Martial Art lessons at Little Ninjas can help them to develop confidence, positive thinking and an open mind. 

4. The Little Ninjas Program exposes your child to a set of activities through which their brain evolves and takes in the world around them. Early martial art learners are proven to grow up as better students and learners.

5. Early foundations of martial art training will help children to grow up healthy, immune to many illnesses, and develop an athletic nature. Many former Little Ninjas have found their early martial art training useful in sports, athletics, games, dancing and other activities.

6. The Little Ninjas Course teaches your children values like friendship, companionship, mutual respect and caring. It does not make your kids aggressive like those martial art movies tell you. Instead it makes your kids responsible people and caring human beings.

7. One merit of the Little Ninjas Program is that it never burdens your child with more than what she/he can handle. At a preschooler age this is very important, because teaching too much and teaching unprofessionally will leave your child tired. Therefore you need a responsible program like the Little Ninjas and a professional school like Bruce McCorry's.

Children, Martial Arts and Life: The Steps to Success
If your child never got a chance in her/his young years to take up martial arts, don't worry. Even though preschooler martial arts has numerous benefits, it is never really late to take up martial arts. If you have a school going child, Bruce McCorry's Academy has equally potential courses like the Afterschool Martial Arts (AMP) and Summer Programs for them. AMP is for those who want to balance their school life with martial arts, and it focuses on enhancing health, study skills and confidence. Martial Arts is your child's step to success, and it is never too late to say yes!  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Overcoming Bullying: Tips for Children and Teens who are Victims of Bullying

Overcoming Bullying: Tips for Children and Teens who are Victims of Bullying
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

We hear of bullying cases all the time. It's time to put an end to the bullies once and for all! Only those who have been through bullying know how difficult it is. It does not just make life difficult for the bullied person, but also gradually leaves long-term impact on the body and psyche of the victim. What many children or teens do not realize is that you are not bound to live through your school life being a victim. You can deal with bullying and come out of it, if you once decide to do it.

A Closer Look at Bullying
If you are repeatedly subjected to any form of aggressive behavior by your classmates or seniors, you are facing bullying. It can be verbal like teasing or name-calling. It can also be physical, when the bully tries to target you physically. Even relational aggression, such as isolating someone or not talking to someone is part of bullying. Bullying can take worse forms like hazing or forcing someone to do something unwillingly.

The reasons of bullying can be many – jealousy, desire to impress others, love for control, or dysfunctional family background. Whatever be the reason, the impact it leaves on victims can be devastating. It may cause physical injuries, anxiety, depression, guilt or even suicidal impulse in the bullied child. Often, the victims of bullying are those who stand out different within a group, and most unfortunately, victims often blame themselves and grow up feeling insecure through their lives.

If You are Bullied – Tips to Survive Bullying
First word in overcoming any bullying is to tell yourself that it is absolutely not your fault. Whichever way you are, you are unique and it is no excuse for anyone to bully you. Once you have that mindset, you can use the following tips to deal with bullies.

1. Report Bullying: Bullying is not permitted in any institutions, and you have the right to prevent bullying by reporting it to your teachers, parents or other responsible adults.

2. Manage Stress: Learn to manage stressful situations in life. You can use meditation, martial arts, positive thinking and other ways to manage stress and overcome bullying.

3. Avoid Bullies: Bullying succeeds partly because they know you get uncomfortable. Ignoring bullies and avoiding potential situations discourage bullies to a great extent.

4. Get Friend Support: There might be others who do not bully you, or children who are victims just like you. Get their friendship and support.

5. Be Confident and Self-Protective: Most victims are introverted, diffident or meek. Try to build self-confidence. You can take up helpful things like self-defense techniques, martial arts, public speeking and so on. If you are confident to resist bullying and know how to defend, no one can bully you.

Martial Arts: Your Companion in Dealing with Bullying
Martial art was often mentioned in the above tips, but getting to know it closer will tell you how effective can martial arts be in preventing bullying:

1. It makes you stronger and powerful
2. It helps you to balance yourself emotionally and teaches positive thinking
3. It teaches you elementary self-defense and protective techniques
4. It can be a good stress-relief method
5. It makes you confident and courageous

 At professional martial arts institutions like Bruce McCorry's Academy, you learn to deal with and come out of all stressful situations in life with the help of martial arts. This can be the perfect solution for the difficulties you face in your school or in your social life. Take up martial arts today to build a courageous and confident you!  Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy, your anti-bullying advocates.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Martial Arts Training and Weight Loss

Martial Arts Training and Weight Loss: The Essential Nutrition Tips
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

What is the role of nutrition in your life in general and sports life in particular? Very few people know that the safe and healthy key to weight loss and fitness lies in nutrition.

In our everyday lives, there are times when we find that we must lose weight quick and fast. For martial artists, it can be a tournament or a competition. But others too will be there: how often you really wanted to shed weight before a party, a sports meet, a beach day out, or for medical reasons? These nutrition tips will guide you safely to meet your goal.

Step 1: Make Your Goal Clear
Weight loss resolutions are part of our lives, but a goal is not just a resolution. You need to decide how many pounds to lose, and that too in how many days. Appropriate nutrition is a must for safe weight loss. Ads and magazines will advise you to take up fad weight loss gimmicks, pills and diets. But none are healthy - even diets, if they cut down too much on nutrition, it can lead to health problems and damage to your metabolism.

Step 2: Redesign Your Food Chart
Diets tell you to count each calories you eat, but often they forget how important calories are for your metabolism. The way out is not to say a total no to calories, but say no to empty calories and empty stomachs. All that junk food with too much added sugar and fat simply adds on empty calories without providing any nutritional benefits. So the second step is to replace them with nutrient-rich food: fruits, vegetables, lentils and so on. Either small meals in every three hours or three meals a day with in-between snacks is the perfect plan for healthy living.

Step 3: Calculate Optimum Calorie Intake through BMR
The ideal way to lose weight to strike a balance between calorie intake, nutrition, and physical activities...BMR, or basic metabolic rate, will tell you where your golden point lies. BMR goes like this:

BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches)- ( 4.7 x age in years )

BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches )-( 6.8 x age in year )

Depending upon your physical activities, multiply your BMR with the following figures to obtain your optimum calorie intake.

No Activity – 1.2
Light Activity – 1.375
Moderate Activity – 1.55
Good Activity – 1.725
Heavy Activity – 1.9

It means that if you work out really well, you do not have to cut down on calories too much. Supplement this with a good nutrition chart, and you will be nearer to your dream than ever before.

Step 4: Stick to it and Seek Guidance
If you have a quick weight loss goal this is the safest and healthiest way forward. But at the same time keep in mind that a regular workout in this pattern can do no harm! A perfect and fit body will naturally come to you if you stick to a regular nutrient-rich diet and healthy training. This is the path you have been long looking for if fitness is your long-term goal. And having set your goal, stick to it as much as you can!

Exercise – whether it is martial arts, a kickboxing class, or a traditional gym workout, it is better done when you have a professional instructor to guide you. Even a not-too-heavy martial arts training can really work wonders if you keep it up with the right diet and choose to learn under the right instructors. And never give up, because victory goes to those who are never deterred!

Want to integrate a GREAT fat buster into your Martial Art Training?  try Kickboxing Peabody, Home of the original Cardio Kickboxing Program here in Peabody, at Bruce McCorry's.  One class can burn as high as 1000 calories with some of our Martial Arts classes burning as high as 800-1200 calories. Give it a try today!     

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Catfish and Cyberbullies: Why Children Need Help from Parents

Catfish and Cyberbullies: Why Children Need Help from Parents
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

If you are a parent, every other day, you might come across something or other that warns you of the dangers that your teens and kids may face in their lives. If you are thinking in terms of guns and stalkers, perhaps it is time to know that a danger might not always be as dramatic as that. Even the internet can be the villain. And online dangers are often more real and more damaging than gunshots.

Catfish was a buzzword a few years back, when we first noticed why the internet might not be that good after all. No one can deny that in the wrong hands, the internet can be manipulated to the worst weapon. Unfortunately, the victims of many of the hoaxes like catfish are children and teenagers.

Online Hoaxes and Children: Not a Safe Spot to Be
One very damaging form of online victimization is cyber bullets. Simply put, it is anything that is damaging, that can ruin a person's reputation. Anyone can be a victim of cyber harassment, but kids are the more likely victims. In the case of child victimization, often we find kids themselves at the other end of the danger. This is partly because kids and teens react without thinking of consequences even at the smallest of rivalries. Often they do not realize the damage that they are bringing upon the child at the other end.

Catfish, the curiously named cyber hoax, however has more planned culprits. Catfishing involves false profiles and fake identities in social media, which often target tweens and teenagers to trap them in deceptive relationships. All you need to do is to look at the number of sex rackets that have been traced to online media, and you will know how much it matters. Kids and teenagers, without much experience of the world, are often easy prey for catfishers.

Online stalking, cyberbullying, blackmail using morphed images and theft of private data has been on the rise in the past years, and it is important to tell your kids where the danger lies.

Safe Childhood: Some Tips to Remember

* First of all, do not hesitate to talk openly to your kids of the possible dangers. Develop a friendly relationship with them so that they don't hide matters from you.

* Tell them to be cautious while posting comments and photos online. 

* Ask them to keep their private information and password confidential. Keep all the privacy checks in social media, and ask your kids to share anything that looks suspicious.

* Most of the catfish incidents happen where kids tried to seek friendships and relationships online. Introduce them to spaces where they can develop real-life friendships and confidence.

Martial Arts for Confidence
Often cyber bullying and harassment leave children drained and put off, and courses like martial arts have helped many such children. Martial arts can make children confident, alert and resilient, and it can give them the emotional poise and balance to survive unhappy incidents in their lives. Good martial art schools are also ones which offer a happy and welcoming campus where children learn to value real friendships and true fun which virtual worlds often fails to give them. But above all, it is important for you as parents to inquire into their problems, tell them of the dangers and help them to bounce back even if they are targeted by online threats.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Karate Classes for Children and Adults Peabody MA

Karate for Children and Adults: The Perfect Martial Art for You
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

To a majority of the common people, the term Karate invokes in their mind the stereotyped action sequences which movies have brought to them from time to time. Even when our heroes enact for us larger-than-life feats accomplished through Karate, there is one thing to know. If learned in a comfortable and professional way, Karate can do more magic to the daily life of people like you and me, which is much more miraculous than what our heroes can do with Karate.

Karate in Daily Life: Perfect Martial Art for Kids and Adults
The art of Karate which was born in a small Japanese island before centuries, is today the pride of the world. If Karate had made this wondrous journey, it owes its success to its numerous advantages which is why people take it up. 

* One core aspect of Karate is its focus on cardio-vascular endurance. This improves resistance to lifestyle diseases in adults and increases immunity in kids. Karate is an efficient choice for people with obesity, cardiac problems, and people with special needs.

* Fit and toned body that most Karate artists possess owes to two aspects of Karate learning: its flexibility moves and its strength training. The kicks and punches that have been made into most dramatic action sequences are actually perfect workout moves. These can be practiced professionally without putting in a lot of effort.

* Karate enhances your alertness and bodily strength – two elements which are central to all self-defense. For women, men, children and senior citizens, Karate is a very useful self-defense. It works not just by making you stronger and keener, but also by making you confident.

* Concentration skill is something Karate can teach you. The possibilities of this are immense. In your child's formative years, if he/she takes up Karate, it can rewrite their study skills, athletic faculty and intellectual ability. In the case of kids with special needs, especially children with ADD and ADHD syndromes, Karate can improve their attention and focus skills.

* Karate also improves bodily balance. This too has a great role in the development of motor abilities in children. In a time when falls and breaking of bones are a serious threat to old age health, seniors too have a great advantage in enhancing physical balance and strength through Karate.

* For kids and working adults, Karate can be a major source of self confidence and stress relief. If you have everything else and lacks confidence, Karate is for you. It teaches you how to behave confidently, how to set goals and move toward them with precision, how not to worry unnecessarily, and how to calm your mind. 

Many learners have achieved contentment and victory in their daily lives through Karate. What Bruce McCorry's Academy offers is professional lessons in Karate under the supervision of expert masters. Nowhere else will you get the opportunity to learn Karate in your own pace, tailored to suit your personal abilities, needs and goals. Children, adults, seniors and people with special needs can be part of the wonderful Karate programs at Bruce McCorry's. Choose Karate for yourself and your loved ones for a better and happy living!   

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts is online at   Take advantage of a free trial offer and see what Karate can do for you. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Stay in Shape During the Holidays with Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

Stay in Shape During the Holidays with Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

Even if you might not have noticed it, November and December are the two months where your fitness plans and weight charts go haywire. Surveys have proven how November and December are the months that cause the largest weight gain. We eagerly look forward to these holiday months, but once they are passed, we can only think with regret of the flouted diet charts and unattended gym sessions. But if you plan right, this year you can have a perfectly fit and healthy body without ruining your holiday fun!

Holiday Weight Gain: Facts to Consider
It is calculated that the two months of November and December contribute a weight gain between five and seven pounds to an average American. Perhaps the most disheartening aspect of this is that holiday weight gain is irreversible. It is harder for you to lose the weight gained during holidays. Eventually this will lead to an accumulated weight gain over years, which cannot be shed. 

Secondly, even though 5-7 pounds is the average value, this can be even more for people with obesity. Even young and physically active students are recorded with a weight gain up to two pounds during the holiday months.

Reasons for November-December Weight Gain

Major clues to the holiday weight gain phenomenon are these:

1. High-Calorie Diet: Holidays make you relax upon your food habits, and we don't mind celebrating for a while. The major villain in holiday diet is food enriched with sugar and fat – mostly chocolates and processed meat. 

2. Breaking Regular Diet: If you usually stick to a less rich diet, this is doubly difficult for you. Human body always maintains a set point, an equilibrium of fat deposit. When you suddenly switch from non-fatty food to fatty food, your body will store the whole of excess fat for future consumption. This will directly go to the irreversible fat deposit in your body.

3. Disrupted Workout Pattern: Breaking and restarting workout is more dangerous than never working out at all. Each break in workout brings with it a rapid weight gain. Even when you restart workout, it is more difficult each time to shed these pounds.

Celebrate without Spoiling the Fun: Martial Arts at Bruce McCorry's

The only way to keep your weight scale on control is not to give up on physical activities during holidays. But even when you realize this; it is simply difficult to keep up your daily workout and diet patterns during holidays. But what if you have something easier, quicker and more enjoyable than workout? That is where martial arts come to the rescue.

The learners at Bruce McCorry's Academy (Peabody, MA) will tell you how martial arts are not just easy to take up, but more effective than workouts when it comes to fitness. Effective martial art programs can make you shed the excess fat quickly and more completely than workouts. Bruce McCorry's has a wide range of programs and schemes. Even three hours of martial arts a week can help you to keep balance on your fitness and health. Now it is your time to think whether to gain weight in an irreversible way, or to say no to weight gain altogether during holidays. Why spoil the fun of the holidays when you can have a perfectly toned body without compromising on health and fitness? Stay in shape during the holidays with martial arts!   Makes a great gift idea too ;)  Visit us online at or call today (978) 535-7878