Friday, April 8, 2016

Martial Arts, Self-Defense and the Mind

Martial Arts: The True Mental Value and Bruce McCorry's Training 



Self-defense is often defined as the physical defense of one's body. This is ironic, because the human self is not just a matter of human body – it connotes our identity, self-esteem, space, privacy – in other words, self is as much mental as it is physical. True self defense, therefore, should be redefined for its mental and physical values.

Self Defense and the Mind: How the Body Leads to Mental Well-Being
How do training methods like martial arts, which apparently look like physical training, can ensure mental well-being of learners? In the case of martial arts, partly the answer is that it is the only self-defense that departs from a purely physical training to the meditative values of self-defense. But that apart, Gavin de Becker, in his work The Gift of Fear, argues that physical training for self-defense can have a direct mental impact as well. In other words, martial arts is that self-defense training which ensures your well-being through both physical and meditative methods.

Martial Arts, Self-Defense and the Mind
How can martial arts conjoin self-defense to human mind? Here are some aspects:

1. Strike the Balance between Body and Mind: Do you really like to do something, but your body refuses to follow? Do you hate your body for not being the mental ideal of a human body? If the answer is affirmative, you need to strike the right balance between body and mind, and martial arts can teach you that.

2. Self-Confidence and Self-Worth: Self-worth is a positive self-esteem, which tells you that you are worth something. It spills out in the form of self-confidence. By teaching you how to be the master of your body and the space it occupies, martial arts teach you self-worth and confidence.

3. Reclaiming your Space and Voice: The space you occupy, including your privacy, is a major element of your mental well-being. So are your own opinions, your right to say no to something. When these are impinged upon, the first shock falls on mind. Martial art helps you to be in control of yourselves in both these.

4. Mastery over Emotions: Relations have taken a backlash in an age which does not know how to be composed emotionally. Martial arts can tell you how to be emotionally balanced in relationships with your partner, family, friends and the society. Martial arts do this by inculcating values like courtesy, respect, nurture and care.

5. Eliminate the Structures of Power: Domination, whether physical or mental, begins from a fundamental inequality in the power possessed by two individuals. This may be anything, from an attempt to crush someone's opinions to physically assault a person. Martial arts give you the physical strength and the emotional poise to be in control of your mind and body.

The Mental Worth of Self-Defense: Bruce McCorry's Academy
Bruce McCorry's Academy of Martial Arts gives you programs that allow you to recover that lost oneness between your body and mind. Our programs in Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Kung Fu and Taekwondo are based on the unique training-meditation formula that helps you to be the master of your mental well-being. Be a part of Bruce McCorry's and join the legacy of confident and happy learners who discovered the mental potential of martial arts at the academy!  www.BruceMcCorrys.com

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