Saturday, February 25, 2017

Touch Your Inner Energy with Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Touch Your Inner Energy with Tai Chi and Qi Gong at
 Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy 

Join Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy Today.  The Pathway to Success.
Since 1978.  
Located in Peabody MA.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong are two closely related energy-based Chinese martial arts. There is a lot that binds Tai Chi and Qi Gong together, but there are also differences that make the learning of the two arts distinct experiences. To sum up the relation between the two, we could say that Tai Chi is the most powerful tributary of a larger river that is Qi Gong. The antiquity of Qi Gong dates back to millenniums-old Chinese traditions like Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. To be specific, Tai Chi is one of the five major ways in which Qi Gong chose to develop by our times. After the 1960s, the organically evolved art forms of Qi Gong and Tai Chi were equally stressed by the government as adoptable elements in a harmonious modern lifestyle.

Two Arts to Change You from Within: Comparing Tai Chi and Qi Gong
The focal point on which both Tai Chi and Qi Gong build up their forte is the energy that powers human beings from within. The term chi in Tai Chi and in Chi Gung (or Qi Gong) is a way of paying tribute to this inner energy which Chinese traditions believe to be the source of human motivation and being - life energy, in other words.

However, centuries of divergence in evolution has made Tai Chi and Qi Gong to adopt different ways of awakening the energy within. Tai Chi has evolved to be a physically rejuvenating martial art with medicinal and health benefits that accompany it. But in Qi Gong, the healing quality takes the spotlight and the physical aspects are supposed to be associative in nature. 

Both Tai Chi and Qi Gong adopt a liquid, plastic style of movements unlike the harder martial arts that rely on angular movements. Despite this common style of fluidity and smoothness, both the arts have developed unique and different sets of movements, with all-encompassing physical, mental and spiritual advancement.

There are also similarities and differences in how the two art forms awaken the inner energy. Both are preoccupied with chi, but Tai Chi adopts a holistic approach where all the sixteen aspects of motivating one’s life energy are synchronized in every move. Qi Gong, on the other hand, believes in wakening these elements one by one in different movements associated with different parts of the body, eventually building up the whole.

Learning Tai Chi and Qi Gong: The Pathway to Your Inner Energy
A good way to choose between Tai Chi and Qi Gong is to list your personal need as clearly as you can and take the advice of an experienced instructor. A professional martial art school like the Bruce McCorry’s Academy will be able to help you as the adept instructors here can assess your unique needs and offer the best for you. The Bruce McCorry’s free trial program is your best friend when it comes to choosing because you can take in the unique experience of the martial art you have been suggested before making up your mind.

In your heavy and stress-filled everyday life, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are your pathways to return to the tranquility and harmony of your inner energy, the source which will help you to achieve self-actualization in terms of health, fitness, thoughts and feelings.  

Join Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy Today.  The Pathway to Success.
Since 1978.  
Located in Peabody MA.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Say No to Bullying with Martial Arts!

 Say No to Bullying with Martial Arts!
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

Educational experts have repeatedly tried to show us the nasty side of bullying, but still there are adults - at least some of them - who turn a blind eye on bullying and dismiss it as a problem of childhood. But, if we grasp the damage it can do and has already done, no one can be indifferent to bullying. Recently, a survey by ABC news pointed out that 16 million children bunk school for the fear of bullying, a whopping number for any of us to ignore it at all.

Why it should be Stopped: Saying No to Bullying
Though it might not be visible to parents or teachers, no classroom is free of bullying. Even if children might not confess it, it is extremely important to find out and stop bullying at once. It is today pointed out by psychologists and researchers that:

  • Bullying can lead consequences like physical assault, depression and even suicide
  • It is at once harmful to the victim and the bully and can cause long-lasting impact on both such as antisocial behavior, inability to sustain healthy relationships and social apathy.
  • Even those who witness bullying can develop skeptical and negative view of life
  • Since whatever makes the victim stand out - body nature, sexual orientation or behavioral pattern - is often dragged into bullying, victims might live their whole lives with a self-effacing notion of himself/herself.
  • The major site of bullying these days is online, where the anonymity of the bully could be easily kept and where slander could spread easily to more people. This means the damage done by cyber bullying is often irreversible.

Martial Arts: A Single Solution to Fight Bullying
There might be therapies, counselling and help groups that promise to help the victims. But all of these measures talk about bringing the victim back to life once the damage has been done. Sadly, often this is too late. Martial arts is the only one solution that promises a different solution.

Martial arts is the only remedy that helps both who turn out to be bullies and those who become victims of bullying. Often, bullies are born because of insecure family circumstances, narrow tolerance toward differences or because of an inherent desire to dominate others. Martial arts is a perfect way potential bullies can burn off their frustration, excess energy and the desire to overpower others. Martial arts make potential bullies calmer, broadminded and tolerant individuals who do not feel the need to intimidate others. This means the more children learn martial arts, more the chance that bullying will be prevented.

This is nothing compared to how martial arts help the victims. Martial arts instills courage, self-confidence and assertive nature in potential and actual victims of bullying. Kids who learn martial arts have a greater chance of standing up for themselves or their friends when bullied. It is one way of preventing the damage that could be caused by bullying. In case of those who already have been victimized, martial arts can help them to take the shame not too seriously or lose their strength in the face of challenge. 

As adults, the best you can do to root out bullying from the schools in your neighborhood is to direct your kids and others to learn martial arts. Empowering and positive martial art lessons from quality institutions like Bruce McCorry’s Academy can save the lives and the future of many children.

                     Save your Child today by saying 
                NO TO BULLYING with Martial Arts NOW!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Coping with Anxiety and Social Disorders through Martial Arts

Coping with Anxiety and Social Disorders through Martial Arts 
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts

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(Peabody MA)
(978) 535.7878

Popular depictions of martial arts have always generated the impression that its glory is about overpowering the enemy through violent force. Though force-based self-defense is taught under martial arts, nothing can be more wrong than to say that martial arts are inherently about violence. At its heart, martial arts are not about subduing your enemy. The real values taught by martial arts aim at subduing your own inner weaknesses so that nothing stops you from being the best version of you.

The Power Within: Martial Arts to Fight Anxiety and Social Disorders

Many of us fail in our purposes and do not reach our goals because forces within us prevent us from making the best use of our potential. It is not often in life that we might find ourselves physically fighting with an opponent. But at every step, we find ourselves in conflict with the obstacles within. Martial arts is the easiest mantra to overpower them. Some of these are:

Anxiety: Being anxious about situations, relationships and actions often prevent us from taking risks and achieving what we should. The martial art combo of physical movements and meditative techniques is a powerful way to control anxiety and learn to be calm in stressful moments.

Social Anxiety: One particularly difficult form of anxiety is social anxiety, the unreasonable panic that some people feel in situations that demand social presence. To cope with social anxiety what one needs is confidence, sureness of mind and tolerance toward criticism, all of which martial arts can help you imbibe.

Shyness and diffidence: Shy and diffident people might not find themselves panicking socially, but nevertheless they might feel strong reluctance toward situations that demand assertion, public speaking, expressing opinions and so on. Martial arts instill confidence and daring in shy and diffident persons.

Anger: Nothing helps in anger management like martial arts as it teaches you a sober and tempered view of life. Coping up with anger is a sure step to success in career and life as anger is one major factor that wrecks relationships and successful professional life.

Introversion: It is today known that introversion is a normal way of being and not a disorder. Hence it would be wrong to wish that an introvert should be changed at all. Nevertheless, it is sadly true that ours is a world that considers extroversion the norm and has made everything from classroom activities to career dependent on values like public speaking and group work. Martial arts help an introverted person to find peace with his/her personality and still navigate the extrovert’s world without struggle.

The known cures to social disorders like counseling, psychiatric therapy and personality development courses try to change you from outside, by changing your behavior and attitude. But martial arts touches your body, intellect and emotional sense at the same time to change your life from within. At a recognized martial art school like Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) you will find instructors who will pay personal attention to your needs and suggest the right mode of martial arts that will lead you to true life. 

Martial arts can help you conquer your inner struggle that prevents you from being fully you and achieving that is rightfully yours according to your merit. 

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(978) 535.7878