Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Safety is the Best Treat: Tips for a Safe Halloween

Everyone here at Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts wishes 
you a safe and happy Halloween!



Halloween cannot pass without a few scares. A good scare can be fun and kids may go out of the way to explore the mysteries that await them on Halloween night. However, a scare is not the same as danger. The many kinds of child fatalities that are reported on the Halloween eve have made the media call it a dangerous day. Getting prepared for a safe Halloween is something that the kids and parents cannot avoid. 

Here are some tips to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween!

1) Getting Safe Costume and Props

  • Make sure to go for costumes that don’t involve potentially dangerous add-ons that are sharp or inflammable. Costumes that emulate swords, spears and sabers are better not chosen.
  • Pick costumes that are comfortable to wear and move around. Skinny costumes can give skin allergies and rashes. Shaggy or hanging costumes increases the chances of tripping.
  • Try to pick masks instead of makeup as kids have tender skin prone to allergies. If you are going for makeup, make sure to test it beforehand and remove it after. 
  • Make sure to carry a flashlight, a bottle of water and some necessary first-aids. Learn to take care of small mishaps like cuts and scratches.


2) Planning a Safe Trick-or-Treating

  • Find some friends and stick together as a group while trick-or-treating. Never stray away from your band of friends
  • Ask your parents to write phone number and address on a piece of paper and give it to you.
  • Do not venture beyond familiar regions or explore strange houses or streets. Always keep to well-lit roads and never stray to darker areas.


3) Eating Safely on Halloween

  • Accept treats only from people in the neighborhood or those whom you personally know. 
  • If an unfamiliar person offers to help, it is better to politely deny the offer. 
  • If strangers or suspicious-looking people give you treats, do not eat them until you reach home. Drugged or doped treats are a common trick used by kidnappers and assaulters.
  • Choose smaller candies or lifesavers for younger children. Make sure that they don’t eat treats that may cause them to choke.


4) Never Forget Road Safety

  • Brightly colored costumes are a great way to make sure that drivers easily spot you on road. Chances of pedestrian accidents are higher when they wear dark clothes that merge into surroundings especially at night.
  • Walk along with your friends in a group. Avoid straying to the roads and keep to sidewalks.
  • Be alert to vehicles and traffic lights when you cross the street.
  • Make sure you can see properly through your costume. Avoid masks with wrongly placed eye-holes, fancy goggles or lenses and dense makeup that impairs vision.


5) Dealing with Emergencies and Dangers

  • Always keep an eye open for potential dangers. Being alert is a good way to recognize dangers before it is too late. Ask your friends to look out for each other.
  • It is great if you learn the basics of some self-defense like karate or kung fu before you go trick-or-treating. If you find yourself in some kind of danger from unknown people or situations, you can use them for distraction or protection.
  • Even if you don’t know any self-defense, do not panic. Stay calm and seek the help of older trick-or-treaters, adult passersby, or run into a nearby home to seek help.


A good scare is fun only when it is a safe scare. 

Everyone here at Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts wishes 
you a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Coping with Breast Cancer: Martial Arts and Other Lifestyle Choices

Coping with Breast Cancer: Martial Arts and Other Lifestyle Choices

By: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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Breast cancer ranks as the second common malignancy that endangers American women. According to breastcancer.org , breast cancer is estimated to account for 30% of all diagnosed cancer variants in women and one in 1 in every 8 women is diagnosed with it across the US every year. These stats are all the more sadder, because like most cancer variants, it is possible to effectively deal with and even conquer breast cancer to a great extent, if it is diagnosed early and the right lifestyle is followed. It is important that all women come to know of how to cope with breast cancer through early diagnosis and right lifestyle. October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is time to read about three key lifestyle choices that can change your life forever if you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

1. A Choice for Your Health: Everyday Living and Breast Cancer
The most effective way of diagnosing breast cancer at the right time is to undergo regular medical check-ups at least from your thirties. For someone diagnosed with breast cancer or potential risk of it, the right lifestyle can make a difference. Following are some things which you can practice along with medications or treatments:

  • Consult a dietician and make healthy diet choices
  • Avoid dietary choices that conflict with the medications
  • Unless not advised otherwise by a physician, engage in physical activities that provide exercise
  • Though natural sleep cycles may get disrupted, try not to be sleep-deprived


2. A Choice for Your Mind: Meditation and Mind-Healing
Breast cancer can sap your mental energy as easy as might exhaust you physically. If the first set of tips are intended to help with your biological cycles and physical health, you also need to make choices for your mental health and strength:

  • Meditation: Meditative techniques can be practiced alone, or as part of a larger activity scheme like martial art or yoga. In either case, meditation can easily sooth down your mind, help you to rein negative thoughts and fill your mind with positivity.
  • Mind Healing: Mind Healing sometimes includes meditation, but it is a broader term that includes many techniques and practices intended to recover mental strength and stay positive. Mind healing techniques help you to ward off issues like depression, anxiety and stress. Mind healing techniques work best paired with martial arts.


3. A Choice for Your Life: Martial Arts
Martial arts are an efficient blend of physical movements, breath and mind healing techniques, spiritual wisdom and pragmatic efficiency. Being a regular practitioner of martial art can help you cope up with a complex illness like breast cancer by boosting your physical strength and will power. Research in martial arts have progressed so much that certain combinations of martial arts and mind healing is shown to make positive changes at cellular level, which can help to beat cancer. Martial arts can also help to fight a number of symptoms and effects that accompany the diagnosis and the treatment. These include fatigue, exhaustion, stress, low morale and pain.

At dedicated martial art schools like Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA), you can enroll for programs that blend martial arts and mind healing consultancy specifically for the benefit of learners who go through tough times like terminal illnesses. 

Make this October unique by making the right choices.

 Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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The Power of Martial Arts

The Key to Life: The Power of Martial Arts

 Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
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We live in a time obsessed with changing our lives. New beginnings are what we constantly seek for. Images of beginning anew, making a difference and letting go populate our everyday. It is there in the books we buy, in the quotes we repeat, in the media, in our New Year resolutions, even in our Facebook cover photos and WhatsApp statuses. There are many out there who promise to help us to make a change, but without surety. That is why we need learn about the one path that is scientifically shown to bring about small differences that together make a big change to our lives. This key to change is martial arts.

Martial Arts: The Key to Success
Success means different things to each of us. For a child, it can be doing well in school or activities. For an adult, it can be a good career, a stable relationship or a happy family. However you interpret success, martial arts can be the key that opens the door to a successful life.
  • Martial arts boosts health of the body and brain. Children who learn martial arts therefore tend to succeed in academics and other activities like sports or arts. 
  • Through the mental and physical acts that make martial arts, adults can learn to control emotions and attitude. As this reflects in activities, they tend to be successful in their work and life.
  • Martial arts boost confidence, self-esteem, competitive spirit and persistence. These are the core values that will help you to achieve your goals in your profession and passion.

Martial Arts: The Key to Balance 
Those who succeed in their goals often fail in life because they lose the balance. Balancing your life implies more than one things, which martial arts can help with.
  • One is to find the right balance in taking care of your body, mind and spirit. The blend of physical activities and meditative techniques in martial arts does this for you.
  • As it improves both your outward behavior and your inner self, martial arts will help you to balance your priorities between you and others.
  • A third way in which martial arts help to find balance is by improving your personal and public life. As much as it makes you a good competitor for the outer world, it helps you to build your relationship with your partner or family.

Martial Arts: The Key to Happiness
The greatest power of martial arts is that it can help you to be at peace with yourself while helping you to achieve what you want in life. There are specific ways in which this becomes possible:
  • Through improving immunity and reducing health problems
  • By de-cluttering your mind and providing stress-relief
  • By providing an outlet for your frustrations and worries
  • Through regulating mood swings and cultivating a positive attitude to life


These claims sound like miracles. But they are real, as proven by multiple studies. Martial art changes your life one step at a time, by slowly transforming your physique, mindset and attitude. With good instructors to help, martial arts can turn the life around for anyone. Therefore, all-encompassing martial art programs like the ones at Bruce McCorry’s Academies take care to cater to all. Everyone, from children, adults and seniors to those who suffer from terminal conditions and those with special needs can open new doors of life through right martial arts. Make the right choice and find your key to life.

 Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

Web:

Friday, October 6, 2017

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Resist Domestic Violence through Martial Arts this October 


By: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

Web:
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This is a significant moment for the anti-abuse movements across the nation, as this October marks three decades since the month has been declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, the campaigns that have been going on since 1980s haven't helped in erasing the issue, as the contemporary stats prove. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV),
  • Even today, 20 people in US get physically abused by intimate partners every minute
  • Every day marks 20,000 incidents of domestic violence reported over phone to anti-abuse hotlines
  • 15% of all violent crime in the nation is done by intimate partners

This indicates the need to make people aware of the perils of domestic violence without delay. Even more, it indicates the need to equip people to recognize and resist instances of domestic violence, as and when it is happening to them. Martial arts can play a great role in this.

Knowing Domestic Violence and its Consequences
Domestic violence is a broad term that denotes a wide range of abuse and victimization that happens in the private sphere, often between intimate partners. Though everyone might casually know what it is, it is difficult to recognize it when it happens to you or to someone close. That is why these facts matter:
  • Domestic violence can take lethal forms like homicide and rape. However, it may also take other forms - of physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual violence, verbal violence, stalking and harassing to name a few. Even seemingly trivial ones like threat can have lethal consequences for the victim.
  • Though intimate partners are the usual culprits, violence from any family member can be counted and reported as domestic violence.
  • Women and children are statistically more victimized. However, as NCADV reports, men too are victimized in domestic circumstances and can be subject to domestic violence.
It is crucial to know the ways in which violence happens, because it can have drastic aftereffects for the victims and perpetuators. Its consequences range from suicide and depression to stress, trauma, anxiety, neurological disorders, addiction and economic consequences. Impact of domestic violence may last generations as dysfunctional domestic situation pass on negative emotions to kids.

Resisting Domestic Violence through Martial Arts
Fighting domestic violence can be a lot easier with martial arts at your side. Most often, help reaches too late to the victims of domestic violence. Martial arts can prepare the learners to recognize and resist domestic violence before it is too late. With this in mind, many notable martial art schools like Bruce McCorry's Academy focus on martial art lessons that build physical, mental and emotional strength.
  • Martial arts helps learners to be alert to potentially abusive behavior within the domestic sphere.
  • It makes the learners physically capable of resisting abuse. Kids, women, men and seniors can benefit from possessing a self-defense like martial arts.
  • It can teach confidence, self-esteem, courage and dignity. These values come crucial in knowing and resisting domestic violence.
  • As it is a powerful stress-buster, martial arts can help cope up with the mental consequences of domestic violence in past and present.
  • Emotional stability is a great factor of staying strong and resisting. Martial arts teach this.
  • Martial arts can also help the perpetuators of domestic violence, as it will teach them to deal with their own emotional and mental insecurities and treat others with respect.

This October is to teach ourselves to recognize and resist domestic violence whether it happens to us or to those around us . Say no to violence and say yes to life.  
Whether it's Karate, Kung-Fu, Taekwondo, Tai-Chi or Kickboxing, we can personalize a program for you.

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

Web:
                                                           www.brucemccorrys.com