Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Giving Meaning to the Magic of Christmas through Martial Arts

A Tradition of Togetherness: Giving Meaning to the Magic of Christmas through Martial Arts
                   
 

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

Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com

 December is inarguably the time of togetherness and celebration. Even through the roots of the tradition go back to the Biblical references to the birth of Jesus Christ, it can be seen that Christmas started evolving into much more than a religious event in America by 1800s. Penne Restad, in her Christmas in America: A History noted how Americans started conceiving Christmas as a national holiday of togetherness and happiness from mid-19th century onwards, thus reinventing and unifying the diverse religious traditions through which Christmas was celebrated till then.

Since then to this day, Christmas connotes a million things to each American. Among them are spending time with family, hoping for the health and happiness of the near and dear ones, finding joy and hope in the warmth of togetherness, and celebrating love and goodness. Today, it is these values, central to the tradition of Christmas, which acquire significance in a society where the meaning of relations, love and family are changing. These values are exactly what constitute the meaning and the magic of Christmas.

Martial Arts: A Meaningful Gift that Honors the Magic of Christmas
Christmas is not just a time to pray for the health, well-being and happiness of those whom we hold close to our hearts – it is also a time to gift these meaningful and priceless virtues to your loved ones and family. It is exactly because of this that martial arts become the most meaningful gift that honors the magic of Christmas.

When you gift your loved ones an opportunity to experience and learn martial arts, you are gifting them:
  • A chance to lead a healthier life – because martial arts help the learner to live with fewer chances of lifestyle diseases and potential health risks
  • A chance to lead a fitter life – because martial art is the easiest step to kick obesity, tone muscles, and cultivate a body that you will love to live with
  • A chance to lead a successful life – because martial arts boosts study skills, improves confidence and teaches useful values, it can help the learner to lead a successful academic/professional life
  • A chance to lead a happier life – because with martial arts, the learners learn to kick stress, manage work, family and relationships better, and worry less.
  • A chance to lead a meaningful life – because martial arts help the learners to identify their true passions, set achievable goals, work persistently for them and realize their dreams.
                
Gifting Martial Arts to Your Loved Ones through Bruce McCorry's Academy
If you wish to gift to your loved ones something as beneficial and meaningful as the chance to learn martial arts, it is never easier. With the help of Bruce McCorry's Academy (Peabody, MA), you can now gift martial arts to your friends and family irrespective of their age or condition.

Bruce McCorry's Academy offers martial arts programs for children and adults, spanning across a wide spectrum of choices. The different schemes for pre-schoolers, schoolgoing children, teenagers and adults, as well as seniors are comprised of choices from more than ten distinct martial arts. They are arranged in useful time frame and can be customized according to the need and capability of the learners. With Bruce McCorry's martial arts, it is time to learn to live happier and healthier lives. 
         Now is the time – celebrate the magic of Christmas by gifting martial arts to                  those who make your life meaningful.

                            

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

Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Programs – Many Problems, One Solution

Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Programs – Many Problems, One Solution

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

Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com


Discussions that champion the importance of afterschool care and supervision are a regular part of any parents’ forums these days. The debates seem to surround the pros and cons of afterschool care, but it is hard to miss the fact that afterschool care has evolved as much discussed topic among parenting circles in the last decade. If we are to sum up the arguments that crop up in these discussion forums, we can see that the afterschool hours are probably the time which raises the largest concern for the parents of school-going children. The problems faced by kids in these hours are many, and they need constructive solutions.

It Is Not Okay to Leave Kids Alone: Afterschool Perils Faced by Children
In any culture that values the independence, privacy and the holistic growth of children, it is quite natural to think that there is nothing wrong in leaving kids to look after themselves during the afterschool hours. However, a closer look reveals the other side of the picture.
  • Younger children who spend afterschool hours alone at home are more prone to hazards caused by fire, water and electricity.
  • Children who hang out with friends at public spaces are no safer. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 3 to 7 PM timeframe reports the largest number of juvenile crimes and incidents of victimization.
  • Among this, the instances of bullying in public spaces are at alarming numbers.
  • These perils extend to teenagers as well. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System noted that risky social behaviors ranging from alcohol, drugs and risky sex peaks during afterschool hours.
  •  For both kids and teens, afterschool hours are a time of lost opportunities as well, since this time can be constructively used for learning skills and non-curricular talents.
  • As this shows, kids and teens from 6 to 16 years of age can greatly benefit from some kind of afterschool supervision.


Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Programs: One Solution to Many Problems
It is not that easy to decide on the best afterschool care that your child can get. However, think of an afterschool program that offers not just a safe harbor for kids in the afterschool hours, but also benefits them in terms of health, fitness, academic excellence, athletic abilities and self-defense. This is exactly what you get from the Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Programs in Martial Arts (AMP).

The Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Program has the following benefits over a regular afterschool course:
  • It is not just about afterschool supervision. It teaches the basics of martial arts through a nationally recognized syllabus, adapted to meet the needs of individual learners.
  • It supplements a child’s health and fitness through introducing them to mild martial art forms.
  • It augments a child’s academic excellence through enhancing their memory and study skills.
  • It improves the social and communication skills of children by boosting their confidence and  teaching them values of respect, coordination and cooperation.
  • It is a powerful course in self-defense.
  • It is a fun and enjoyable program that does not burden the learners.
  • It channelizes the energy and spirit of kids and teenagers to constructive and productive activities.



What Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Program offers is a single solution to the many problems faced by your child in the afterschool hours. Never lose the opportunity to become part of Bruce McCorry’s After School Program!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Living Fuller Lives with Cerebral Palsy: Strategies Beyond Treatment

Living Fuller Lives with Cerebral Palsy: Strategies Beyond Treatment



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

Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com


Cerebral Palsy is considered to be the most common condition of motor disability that affects children. In the US alone, around 10,000 kids born every year carry the chance of developing the condition. With the emergence of better clinical and lifestyle facilities, cutting edge research in medicine, and many relevant studies on extra-clinical arts of living that can improve the quality of life of people with disability, it is possible to help children who deal with cerebral palsy to live fuller lives.

Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy: Causes and Symptoms
Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that is caused due to the damage suffered by a child’s brain while still in the mother’s womb or within a short time after birth. While the seriousness of the condition and the particular nature of symptoms might differ from child to child, in general, it affects motor abilities and muscular strength. Some of the most common symptoms apparent in kids with cerebral palsy are:
  •    Problems related to motor and muscular abilities which include difficulty in moving, difficulty in controlling voluntary muscles and movements, stiff muscles, difficulty in accomplishing tasks that need deftness of limbs, spasms and visibly different posture.
  •      Difficulty in controlling oral muscles and legible speech
  •      Difficulties in learning particular subjects that require neurological skills
  •      Affected hearing and vision

Unfortunately, a complete cure for cerebral palsy is yet to be invented, however, there are clinically proven methods with which specific problems associated with cerebral palsy can be minimized.

What Lies Beyond Treatment: The Need to Address Everyday Challenges
If you ever come across Cerebral Palsy Guidance, a most unique initiative that seeks to assist the parents of kids with cerebral palsy, it is hard to miss the name of Alex Diaz-Granados. Alex, who introduces himself as a “Miami-based freelance writer, online reviewer, and aspiring novelist” developed cerebral palsy due to an unfortunate brain-damage he suffered as an infant. While acknowledging that his condition has impacted his personality in many ways, he rarely lets the disorder define his life. Today, with a college-level reading comprehension and excellent writing skills, he is a leading blogger and a journalist, plays a major role in the initiatives of Cerebral Palsy Guidance, and has successful career and a relationship.

One of the key issues highlighted by Alex Diaz-Granados in his cerebral palsy initiatives is the bullying and harassment faced by children with disabling conditions. It raises questions about those everyday challenges of cerebral palsy that fall beyond biological symptoms and clinical treatment. It shows how along with working on neurological and muscular improvement, kids with cerebral palsy also need assistance with conquering emotional turbulence, developing courage and confidence, building a positive attitude to life, defending themselves, and never losing faith in life.


Can the solutions be sought in non-clinical strategies? Writing for USA Today, Dan Vergano for instance explored in detail how a martial art like Karate could characteristically improve the life of cerebral palsy victims, drawing examples from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This indicates that one tactic to living a fuller life while living with conditions like cerebral palsy lies outside clinical treatment. While it might not be equally effective for everyone depending on their condition, alternate strategies like martial arts, mind healing and therapeutical arts could redefine the lives of many out there. 


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

Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com