Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For a Safer Halloween: Tips and Tricks for Child Safety


For a Safer Halloween: Tips and Tricks for Child Safety


Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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

There is nothing better than a good scare to turn Halloween into real fun. However, when the children decide to have a night detour on their own, things could get scarier than what was originally meant to be. We are referring to nothing other than the real dangers that lurk behind the corners, aiming at young trick-or-treaters, ranging from child fatalities to violence against children. As your child’s safety always comes before fun, these safety tips could be what you want for a safe Halloween this year.

1.    Safe Halloween Costumes: The selection of costumes for children is one early step which you need to be alert about. While choosing costumes and makeup,

o   Pick makeup and cosmetic after testing if your child is allergic to it. Also make sure to cleanse every single spot of makeup before your child goes to sleep.
o   Make sure that your child is comfortable enough in the costume: can he/she easily move around? Can your child breathe and see properly through the costume? Does your kid feel too warm or too cold wearing the costume?
o   Choose costumes that do not have dangerous substances like blades, weapons and sharp objects embedded. Make sure that the costume is not inflammable.
o   Bright costumes are usually easily visible to drivers, and thus reduces the chance of road fatalities.

2.    Safe Trick-or Treating: The second step is to make sure that your child has everything needed for safe trick-or-treating; and to alert him/her about potential dangers:

o   A safe Halloween kit must have route maps, flashlight, first-aid, emergency contacts, and if possible a cell phone.
o   Tell your child to stay close to familiar routes and check in only at familiar houses
o   Make sure that your child sets out with a group of kids, preferably a group with at least two or three older kids.
o   Warn your kids not to accept rides or favors from strangers.
o   Ask kids to meet at a pre-fixed meeting place in case they are stranded. If any child finds himself/herself alone, ask them not to panic and try to contact the emergency numbers.
o   Rode safety is an important aspect of safe trick-or-treating. Familiarize children with basic traffic rules, and tell them to keep to sidewalks, avoid roads with traffic, and cross the road in groups.
o   Tell your kids to not stay late trick-or-treating.


3.    Safe Candy Tips:
o   Since drugged candies are a prevalent way of abducting kids, ask your children to bring home the candies and eat them later.
o   It is better to say no to treats offered by suspicious-looking strangers.
o   Tell kids to save the lifesaver treats for younger children, as incidents of small kids choking on treats are quite high.


4.    Self-Defense Tips: Self-defense is the most important safety measure that will protect your child in situations where they will have to travel alone in late hours. If possible, enroll your kid for programs that will teach them self-defense, courage and confidence, like martial arts. If you feel scared to send your child alone out into the night, check out self-defense martial arts for children at Bruce McCorry’s Academy! It is never too late to learn some self-defense tactics. Stay safe and have fun this Halloween!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Girl Power: Women Only Martial Art Classes at Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy


Girl Power: Women Only Martial Art Classes 
at Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy


Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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


Pop culture has saturated us with images of male martial artist heroes, due to which there is a popular predilection that martial art is a manly art. There is nothing innate to martial arts that links it with a particular gender – it offers its physical, mental and spiritual benefits to everyone alike. These range from improved health, better fitness, stress-relief and confidence building to self-defense. So can it be easily mastered by men and women alike. However, if you are a woman who wishes to learn martial arts, then an all-women program can offer you much more than a regular program. This is why you need to check out the new, brilliant women only martial art program at Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA).

Women Only Martial Art: What Makes It Worth It
There are several differences when you learn martial arts from an all-women program, many of them benefits. The Bruce McCorry’s Women Only Martial Art provides you a real chance to experience these benefits:
  • A women’s only program offers women a free and non-judgmental space to learn martial arts, without being conscious about one’s gender. This is especially so, given that traditionally, martial arts was a male-dominated art, and some of the sexist vestiges of such a conception lives on, causing male learners to judge women learners as not equally capable of learning martial arts.
  • Martial arts can bring the inner you alive, as a woman and as a person. It can help you to be confident, achieve emotional stability, be sure of your own worth and bring out the best in you in life. In a patriarchal society, all of these values, including courage, assertiveness, confidence and self-dependency are important for women in order to live as complete and dignified individuals.
  • An all-women program can provide you a customized experience. A woman’s experience of the world is quite different from a man’s experience of the same. A range of issues, such as assaults, sexism at workplace, domestic violence, cyberspace violence, rape, wage gap and so on are experienced more acutely by women. An all-women program can give such issues more time and effort.
  • Martial arts can help you to stay physically and emotionally healthy. It improves your health and fitness in general, checking lifestyle diseases and improving cardiac health. It offers a solution to many women’s health issues as well. Whether it be physical health or emotional health, the causes and aftereffects may not be the same for women as for men. An all-women’s program can address such differences.

Bruce McCorry’s Women Only Martial Art Lessons
Martial art is a magic art that can help you to unearth the true you and stay positive always. The Bruce McCorry’s women only martial art program evolved from the realization that this process of self-discovery and self-realization happen differently to men and women. Women only program offers you a completely free and liberatory space where you can bond with female peers of your age, share a healthy social space with them, and learn professional martial arts, customized to suit your experience as a woman and as an individual. 

With the new Bruce McCorry’s women program, there is nothing to stand between you and your martial art dream. Uncover the real you today through martial arts!

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Phone: (978) 535-7878

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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




Friday, October 19, 2018

Real-World Issues That Stress Young Kids and How Martial Arts Helps


Real-World Issues That Stress Young Kids and How Martial Arts Helps



Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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

When we imagine childhood from our adult lives, everything appears peaceful, calm and quiet. However, several studies and experts opine that childhood, for today’s children, is not probably that happy time of purely blissful memories. There are several issues that produce worry, stress and anxiety to today’s children. If you don’t equip your child to cope, these worries could leave a long-lasting negative impact on your child’s character, behavior and emotional quotient.

What Bothers 21st Century Kids: The Real Worries

  • 1   Bullying and Peer Pressure: If we look at the real-world issues that worry children, bullying and peer pressure take the first position. Bullying is reported among kids as young as 5 years, and it is a widely prevalent issue, affecting 1 out of 4 to 1 out of 3 kids in the US. Both can cause anxiety and even anxiety disorders among kids who involve with it. Both can lead to emotional and psychological harm that may stay through life.
  • 2   Parental Disagreements and Divorce: While parental disagreements that lead to divorce is an irresolvable fact of modern life, the way it stresses out the children is not properly acknowledged. This happens primarily because the parents, who are themselves passing through a turbulent time, fail to notice or amend the anxiety caused to kids. However, parental divorce is a real matter of worry for children as it upsets their whole world and brings in insecurity and uncertainty to their lives.
  • 3   Dysfunctional Families: If at least one parent in a family is abusive, alcoholic, addicted to substances, or violent, it can unsettle the functionality of the family. Kids from such families exhibit greater chances of developing depression, behavioral issues or anxiety. Even if the issues might be kept hidden, children tend to witness it somehow, although without knowing the implications, and this can cause damage.
  • 4   Assault and Violence: Violence against children is a serious concern. In US, 1 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 20 boys have experienced child sexual abuse. If we count other forms of violence such as physical assault, the number goes further up. Any kind of abuse and assault leaves traumatic impact on a child.
  • 5   Gun Violence: Another cause of worry among children is gun violence. Though instances of gun violence are not yet drastically prevalent, the few there are, are enough to make many children fear school as a potentially dangerous place. Gun violence too leaves traumatic memories on those who witness it.


Martial Arts as a Real Solution
You can help your child to cope with these issues individually through different coping strategies; however there is only one technique that will equip them to cope with them all: that is martial arts. Martial arts training makes children confident, courageous and emotionally strong. This is the key to overcoming emotional challenges like parental divorce, dysfunctional families and traumatic incidents. Martial arts is also a great self-defense that teaches them to protect themselves on ground, by making them stronger in body, mind and character. This helps many kids to survive bullying, peer pressure and assault.

At a professionally qualified martial art school like Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA), your child can learn how to deal with the world through martial arts. For your child to have a safer, happier childhood, choose martial arts for them!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Why Your Child should be Enrolled for Martial Arts


Why Your Child should be Enrolled for Martial Arts


Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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



A preconceived notion regarding martial arts for children is that it is not much more than a co-curricular pastime. However, the wide-ranging benefits of martial arts can transform all facets of your child’s life and make sure that he/she has a successful life in the future. Enrolling your child for martial art lessons could be that one decisive step that could make all the difference.

Why Make the Choice: Martial Arts and its Benefits for Children
·         Martial arts help children to do better in studies. It is not a myth that martial arts make kids sharper. The mind-and-body training that a martial art learner undergoes improves memory and helps kids to perceive and analyze things quickly. A quick, sharp mind will definitely help them to get better grades.
  •  Martial arts aid children in sports. It can make children fit, athletic, agile and coordinated – each of which is a great asset for those who want to do well not in sports, and in other physically demanding activities such as athletics, dance and so on.
  •  Martial arts boost health and fitness. For children, this means that they will be protected from lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and potential cardiac risk from quite early in their lives. Martial art learners rarely tend to be overweight or prone to illnesses in future life.
  •  Martial arts is a great self-defense. It teaches children to be physically strong and courageous, and equips them with useful self-defense modes. Kids who learn martial art are more likely to defend themselves in situations of bullying, assault, or a crime perpetrated against them. Martial arts also teach them to stay away from other concerns of school and teen life, such as peer pressure, drug abuse and risky behavior.
  •  Martial arts help with stress-relief. No one can manage their turbulent emotions like stress, anxiety, worry and fear like martial arts learners. All of these affect kids even more than they affect adults. Therefore children who are early martial art learners grow up to be more emotionally balanced, mature and capable to face challenges than others.
  •  Martial arts can instill values in children. A martial art is not just about moves and meditation – it is also about an inherited value system that forms its core. Learning an art also causes children to imbibe the values respected in its doctrines, like mutual respect, cooperation, goodness, and kindness.


Martial Art for Kids at Bruce McCorry’s Academy
Given that why a child should be enrolled for martial arts is no more a question, it is time to choose the right place. If you are looking for a place where your child’s holistic growth and development – physical, mental and emotional – will be safe in the hands of experienced teachers, Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) is where you should come.

Bruce McCorry’s Academy has a wide range of program choices for children. Children can particularly be part of two great programs – the afterschool martial art program and the summer program – so that their martial art schedule will be a complement to their regular school activities. At Bruce McCorry’s, your child will get a personalized martial art experience that would be just right for your child – neither too much nor not enough. Fun and enjoyable activities packed in a professionally designed syllabus make Bruce McCorry’s the hub of quality martial arts for children.


Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center


220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Teen Suicides: Finding a Solution in Martial Arts



Teen Suicides: Finding a Solution in Martial Arts



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

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

For most of us, suicide is a solution that cannot even be thought about, however harsh might be the problems faced in life. Therefore, it is most disturbing to note that 3041 young people between 9th and 12th grades attempt to kill themselves every single day in the country. Sadly but not surprisingly, teen suicides remain the second major factor for death among teens and young adults aged between 12 to 24 years of age according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This article explores why teen suicides are an increasingly damaging menace, and how alternate systems like martial arts can be effectively used to prevent teen suicides.

Causes for Teen Suicides: Some Highlights
While there are a diverse number of reasons that can be said to trigger suicidal thoughts among children and teens, the following can be highlighted as some key factors:
  • Teens and young adults might find it hard to fit in among their same-aged peers for any number of reasons, ranging from body image issues like obesity, different sexual preferences and racial and class-based distinctiveness.
  • Another major cause for teen suicides is the stress created by academic pressure in school or college, as well as unhealthy parental expectations, and sometimes, unfulfilled academic and career ambitions.
  • Bullying is a major trigger that leads to depression and suicide, especially in the young teens who find it hard to manage classroom menaces like harassment and peer-pressure. Though only closely related, sexual harassment, drug abuse and assault also are major causes for teens and young adults to develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Often, the inability to manage an emotional challenge like a broken relationship, an academic or personal failure results in suicidal thoughts.


Fighting Back: Martial Arts for Emotional Health
If there is a solution that can touch the root cause of the problem and heal the issue of suicidal tendency among teens, it is martial arts:
  • Martial arts can generally teach teenagers to embrace their true selves, thus helping them to fit in better with their peers while being their true selves.
  • Martial arts is a great booster of study skills. It improves memory, retention, recalling and calculating skills, all of which will come handy in improving study skills. Further, martial arts provides the emotional strength to tide over unnecessary stress caused by adult expectations or thwarted ambitions.
  • Martial arts is a great way to instill courage, confidence, strength and presence of mind in children and teenagers. Martial arts being a great self-defense, its learners rarely feel the need to be threatened by bullying or peer pressure.
  • Most importantly, martial arts teaches children and teenagers the emotional stability and perseverance needed to face any unexpected challenge unfazed. Most teen suicides are the product of either one unpredictable moment of vulnerability, or the result of slowly building depression. Martial arts give the courage to fight both of these.

      Martial art lessons for children and teens at Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) focuse in building core emotional strength in the learners, so that they can bravely face the challenges that would meet them in daily life. To make your kids mentally and emotionally strong individuals who do not fall prey to suicidal tendencies, substance abuse or similar destructive behaviors to which they might be prone during teenage, choose Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts

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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Say Yes to Martial Arts, Say No to Bullying


Say Yes to Martial Arts, Say No to Bullying



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

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

Bullying is probably that menace without which our children’s school lives would be ten times better than it is today. In 2006, PACER’s Bullying Prevention Centre started observing October as the National Bullying Prevention month, due to increasing instances of bullying among under-17 age group. Since then, anti-bullying organizations and several others have been engaged in coming up with a solid solution to fight bullying. Among the several proposed solutions, there is adult intervention, awareness building, counselling and self-help. However, no single solution has been proposed that can address the issue at its root. This is evident when we see that:
  •          28% of US kids between 6th and 12th grades have been bullied (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011)

  •          30% of children in US admit to bullying others (Bradshaw et al., 2007)

  •          70.6% of children have witnessed bullying (ibid)


This is why martial art as a potential solution to prevent bullying becomes important. As this article shows, martial arts can be an effective and useful self-defense for those kids who are the victims of bullying. Interestingly, martial arts also help those who involve in bullying as bullies and witnesses.

Martial Arts to Fight Bullying
Martial arts for children are commonly looked upon as a beneficial co-curricular activity, or at most an effective physical activity for children. However, martial arts are much more than that, and its many benefits equip children to deal with bullying in different ways.
  1.  Self-Defense: Martial arts teaches kids to defend themselves. It makes them physically stronger, alert and courageous. Kids who learn martial arts tend to resist bullying rather than meekly undergo it. Often they also stand up for their friends and classmates.
  2.  Confidence: Martial arts can alter the diffidence and vulnerability that is often a character trait of potential bullying victims. Martial arts make children assertive, bold, confident and strong in character. This makes them less likely victims of bullying.
  3.   Emotional Strength: If a child has already faced bullying in his/her past, martial arts can do much more good to him/her than a counselling session can. Martial arts can help them to deal with their emotions, get over the past, and manage stress.
  4. Channelizing Energy: As psychologists try to point out these days, the bully needs help as much as a victim. Potentially authoritative and narcissistic behavior in bullies often point to crucial issues in early psychological development, dysfunctional parenting or similar factors from the child’s life. Martial art is the only solution that can help the bully. It helps to channelize their energy to positive ends and help them to deal with the emotional confusion that may otherwise surface as a display of power.


Martial Arts for Bullying Prevention at Bruce McCorry’s Academy
If you are up for transforming your child’s school years by introducing him/her to martial arts, Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) is the place you must check out. Programs at Bruce McCorry’s provide your child with a customized experience of self-defense-oriented martial arts, taught by experienced instructors. You can choose to couple your child’s program with extremely useful consultancy programs like mind healing in order to equip your child to deal with the different concerns in their school life, ranging from bullying and peer pressure to study stress. This October, say yes to martial arts and say no to bullying.


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

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



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Coping with Anxiety and Violence - Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts


Coping with Anxiety and Violence - Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts



Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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



A glance through the newsfeeds in the morning will tell us that we are living in a time marked by violence. If we look at the available statistics, though violent crimes showed a moderate decline from 2016 to 2017, still, US reported roughly 1.25 billion of such crimes in the last year alone - quite an alarming number when we consider that only the most aggravated crimes, such as murder, rape and assault, are counted as violent crimes in state’s parlance.

In spite of the freedoms that we talk about, our everyday lives are definitely marked by the anxiety induced by the culture of violence. To give concrete examples, Teen Vogue reported in 2018 that the recurring instances of gun violence are inducing anxiety and post-traumatic stress among a large number of teens in the US. Self.com noted in the same year how domestic violence is a major cause for anxiety, stress and PTSD among women. Living in the age of violence-caused anxiety calls for coping strategies which will empower and heal us at the same time.

Martial Arts to Cope with Anxiety and Stress
Living in these times means that as individuals, we will have to devise strategies of dealing with our own personal worries, and of fighting back in a moment of emergency. Martial arts is probably a good answer to this dilemma. As most people see it, martial art is not just about self-defense or fitness – it is in fact the only solution that will enable us physically and mentally to deal with the violence around us and the psychological damage it causes.
  •     In terms of physical benefits, martial arts makes us fitter, stronger in body, quick in movements, and alert to our surroundings. It enables us to physically resist a potential assault better. In the instance of an attack, it would be harder to subdue a martial art learner than a usual victim.

  •       Self-defense is also about our mind as it is about our body. Martial arts can teach us to be confident, courageous, alert, and quick in thought and response. The moves in martial arts sharpen sensory perception and make quick reflex actions possible. These come handy when you have to defend yourself.

  •    A lot of martial arts training is about disciplining, soothing and healing your psychological and emotional terrain. If you are constantly bothered by anxiety and stress caused by the violence around you, or if you are dealing with post-traumatic psychological issues linked to instances of violence from your past, martial arts can help you. Martial arts can teach people to manage stress, deal with anxiety, muster courage, and cope with consequences of violence such as PTSD, depression and suicidal tendency.


Self-Defense Martial Arts for Kids and Adults at Bruce McCorry’s
A great benefit of martial arts is that it can be easily mastered by children as well. If you want an easily learnable and effective martial art program open to both children and adults, Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) is your destination. Bruce McCorry’s Academy offers personalized and brilliantly beneficial programs in martial arts for children and adults. At Bruce McCorry’s, you will learn strategies that fuse the physical benefits of martial arts with its mental benefits, all taught by renowned martial artists. If you have been affected by the violence all around, martial arts is your answer.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Afterschool Martial Arts: What Both the Parents and Kids Need


Afterschool Martial Arts: What Both the Parents and Kids Need




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

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

The school year has kick-started with all its rush and hurry, and this is the right time to think of an afterschool program for your child, that is, if you haven’t yet thought of one. If there is one perfect choice that both school-going kids and their parents direly need alike, that is an afterschool program. And if you go for an afterschool program in martial arts – that ultimate activity that can bring about miracles to the life of your child – nothing can ever be better than that!

Afterschool Martial Arts: Why Your Child Needs It
There are several reasons why your child genuinely needs an afterschool program – that too, one in martial arts – more than anything else:

  •    According to studies, afterschool hours are the worst time to let your child go unsupervised at home or loitering in the streets, as crimes against children peak during these hours. Apparently, afterschool hours are the time in which majority of the incidents of violence, assault, bullying, substance abuse, molestations, rapes and juvenile crimes happen.
  •          Afterschool martial arts doesn’t just keep your child safe, but it also provides them with a productive way to use their time. Studying martial arts makes them healthy, fit, strong, sharp and athletic. It channels their excess energy to right pursuits, and it helps to manage stress, improve confidence and build self-esteem.
  •         Martial arts in an enjoyable, fun martial art school is always the right thing to clear one’s mind and refresh one’s spirits after a stressful day at school. So does it provide the necessary physical activity that a child needs after many sedentary hours at class. Afterschool hours are also the right time of these.


Why Parents Need It: Taking a Break with Afterschool Martial Arts
If your child really needs an afterschool program in martial art, you need it all the same. Whether you acknowledge it or not, parenting is an exhaustive and tiring job – one that keeps your senses, attention and priorities always occupied. Sending your child to an afterschool program is a great way to take a break from 24X7 parenting, and spend some quality time with yourself or your loved ones, without being bothered by the constant needs of children, all the while knowing that they are happy, contented and safe even without your supervision.

Afterschool Martial Art Program (AMP) at Bruce McCorry’s
One of the best afterschool martial art programs available in Massachusetts currently is the AMP run by the long-standing martial art school, Bruce McCorry’s Academy, at Peabody. Bruce McCorry’s is one secure place where you can send your children without fearing for their safety or comfort. It is one place where your kids will get to experience professional martial arts from internationally acclaimed masters, in a fun-and-activity filled martial art package. The phenomenal success of the program lies not just in the systematically perfected syllabus, or the warm campus atmosphere where kids will love to spend time, but in the amazing quality of the program and its children-friendly nature.

Never fear for the safety of your child, as we even provide free transport from your child’s day school to the Bruce McCorry’s campus. For once in life, let us take your kids, and let yourself take a break!

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

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