Friday, April 23, 2021

How to Use Karate to Help Children Overcome Stress, Anxiety & Fear

 



How to Use Karate to Help Children Overcome Stress, Anxiety & Fear

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Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960
Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com
Even though some adults passed through childhood with less stress and worry, a vast majority of them assume that today's childhood is devoid of worries or problems. Nothing could be farther from the truth; the current generation of children are facing a wide range of stress, fear and anxiety factors. These pressures have been accelerated by today's pandemic and lifestyle changes and the ever increasing dangers that pop up on a daily basis. As parents, guardians or generally just adults, the key question is how to help kids cope with such complex problems. The answer is Karate. It's a great solution to help solve the problem of the ever present stress, anxiety and fear in our children.
The Four leading Causes of Anxiety and Fear in Kids
Irrespective of the cultural, economic or racial divide, there are several key factors that studies have shown that are leading causes of anxiety and fear in kids. These factors include the following;
Fear of criticism from the society: it does rank at the top of almost every kids list. Most kids define criticism as the fear of either being reprimanded by teachers, parents, siblings or even schoolmates and friends. Most kids end up having low self-esteem and are continuously apprehensive about future criticism.
Workload from school: examinations have become the alpha and the omega for school going kids, the school curriculum has grown in leaps and bounds. There are more subjects, projects, assignments and exams being offered. Parents, teachers and the society in general have become more demanding in terms of results and expectations; this translates into more anxiety for kids.
Peer pressure from friends: almost every kid wants to fit into a certain grouping. This desire may force kids to participate in certain activities that their parents or the kids themselves may not approve of. This leads to bouts of anxiety and apprehension as they fear either being caught or are acutely aware of the consequences of their behavior.
Escalated dangers: more than ever, kids are now faced with numerous dangers than what meets the eye. There are more instances of bullying, sexual assault and physical harm from both strangers and people known to them. Most kids are more apprehensive about venturing outside and interacting with strangers or sadly, even close family members.
How Karate reduces Stress and Anxiety
All over the world, people have come to realize the role of martial arts in keeping its practitioners stress free. Karate ranks quite high in this regard, especially for kids. It does this through several ways;
Karate boosts the self-confidence of kids as they feel more assured about themselves because they can defend themselves against bullies and other physical assault instances. Kids who learn karate tend to face challenges calmly. They have a lot of self belief.
Karate is also known to help reduce stress. Kids start facing life practically and stop worrying about small problems.
Children who practice karate tend to have high tolerance levels and learn the importance of respect. They can handle criticism better; they appreciate the need to get better in whatever they do.
The rigors and physical body movements practiced in karate helps kids to actively keep their minds well occupied from the movements they learn.
Karate is also known to help build character and personality amongst kids. They find it relatively easy to say no to something they are not comfortable about. They are not easily swayed by peer pressure or affected by classroom stress.
Why enroll in Karate Classes at Bruce McCorry’s Academy?
With a tradition of 43 years, the academy does pride itself in having a well structured curriculum, highly qualified and very experienced instructors and is known as the leading martial arts academy in the north shore. The classes at Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts are kid's centered, giving due attention to the comfort and ultimate safety of your child. After a few sessions, one is bound to see some transformation in their child. It is also worth noting that the academy is open to both boys and girls.
If you desire the best for your children, then Bruce McCorry’s Academy in Peabody, Massachusetts is the place to be.
Enroll your child with us today and you won’t regret it.
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Phone: (978) 535-7878

Friday, April 9, 2021

North's Shore's BEST Martial Arts After School Program.



Oh no! what am I going to do with my kids' afterschool? No worries, here at Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts, we have you covered. Let us pick them up for our After School Martial Arts Program.
As a parent, one of your primary concerns is knowing your children are safe and engaging in healthy activity whenever you're not around to supervise and monitor them. You worry when your child or children isn't around an adult you can trust to ensure that they stay out of trouble. But, what if you cannot find an adult that's willing to supervise your child after school hours? A good alternative is an after school martial arts program.
If you're looking for a good after school program in Peabody, MA, Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy offers the best choice in After School Martial Arts Programs for kids. You can now enroll your kids for classes. The program comes inclusive of transport for your child from school to the academy.
Contact Bruce McCorry's now to enroll your child in the North's Shore's BEST Martial Arts After School Program. Seats are limited so please call today. (978) 535-7878
Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960
Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Martial Arts to Fight Depression/Anxiety for All Ages


 

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center

220 Newbury St

Peabody MA 01960


Phone: (978) 535-7878

Email: info@brucemccorrys.com

Web: www.brucemccorrys.com



Martial Arts to Fight Depression/Anxiety for All Ages


In our daily lives, at least once in a while we come across someone who apparently cannot cope with stress. Whether you might have noticed it or not, if you closely examine your own lives, you may probably find some day-to-day instances where anxiety got the better of you. Especially today, living life during a pandemic.. how can one not be stressed, anxious or depressed? Otherwise you possess a remarkable composure, because modern studies reveal that 77% of Americans suffer from physical symptoms of stress and 73% from psychological symptoms.

Stress, Depression and Anxiety: Why You Need to Fight It

Modern surveys indicate a sharp increase in the societal stress factors – workplace pressure, financial problems, health, relationships, sleep deprivation and parenting are some of the top stress factors among adults. Things are not very easygoing for children as well. Competitive atmosphere, study stress, bullying, lack of confidence and peer pressure are some of the major stress factors among kids.

Stress, when constantly experienced, turns to anxiety, and begins to be triggered at vague or trivial reasons as well. Stress and anxiety can also manifest in the form of clinical depression. In whichever phase you find yourselves in, it is important to know that it is not a very happy place to be, even if you might dismiss it as quite a normal part of your daily life. Stress, anxiety and depression can lead to disruption of personal and professional lives, inability to balance work and home, alienation, isolation, sleeplessness and physical impacts.

Fighting Depression and Anxiety: Martial Arts for Stress Relief

When it comes to stress, anxiety and depression, the enemy is almost always within you. In fact, 90% of depression, anxiety and worry come not from external factors that we already pointed out, but from our own inability to cope with them. The hurdles may be anything: lack of health, lack of confidence, lack of socialization skills and so on.

The aim of martial arts is not to vanquish the enemy, but to end the enmity between you and your foe. Different martial arts can help you to overcome your personal drawbacks and limitations. Martial arts can enhance your health, fitness, physical strength, social skills and naturally your confidence level. All these equip you to do better in whichever situation you find yourselves in.

Martial arts also helps directly to calm your mind. Meditation, breath regulation, rhythmic movements, concentration and mind focus are part of many martial arts. All these can shift your focus from negative thoughts and fill your mind with positive energy.

Martial Arts to Fight Depression/Anxiety for All Ages: Bruce McCorry’s Academy

Bruce McCorry’s Academy is one of the topmost martial art schools in Massachusetts, open to learners of all ages. Former students will unanimously testify how their experience at Bruce McCorry’s has helped them to tide over their fears, anxieties and worries. Child learners have learned to cope with study stress and classroom pressures through martial arts. Adults have successfully learned to manage their profession, relationship and family through what they learned at Bruce McCorry’s. Martial arts at Bruce McCorry’s is a portal that would equip you to deal with the worries and anxieties of the outer world.

Join today to live a positive and stress-free life, and choose the same for your child! Let's do this!

Come try is for FREE. Call and schedule your trial today. We look forward to hearing from 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


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Human Interaction in the Age of the Gadget and Pandemic: Social Skills and Martial Arts




Human Interaction in the Age of the Gadget and Pandemic: Social Skills and Martial Arts
Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960
Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction,” stated Albert Einstein much before each one of us came to own one gadget or another. The day he feared has finally come. The social price we pay for technology is irreplaceable, and this has affected the generation of our children more than anyone, as they were almost born into technology.
Asocial Beings: the Impact of Technology on Communicative/Social Skills of Children
Several studies have shown that the constant exposure to gadgets, devices, social media and mediated entertainment impacts the social and communicative skills of children in many ways.
  • Within a family, the intrusion of technology actively reduces the quality time that parents and children spend together. On one hand, this lack of interaction results in strained and unhealthy relation between family members. On the other, children never pick up the social skills of interaction and bonding that holds the key to any successful family, thus impairing their ability to bond with people through their life.
  • The same can be said for classroom relations as well. Kids who grow up addicted to devices and gadgets find it difficult to make friends in classroom. They hardly find companionship and enjoyment in real interaction, and resort to social media if they can. Even more so during this pandemic, and kids are forced into virtual classrooms.
  • Some modes of mediated technology like video games are actually shown to cultivate apathy, indifference and lack of compassion in children. Children who grow up indulging in these often tend to view their peers and younger ones with similar apathy.
  • Over-indulgence in technology can impair those communicative skills which are academically important. It is often remarked that tech-savvy kids find difficulty with elaborate writing and speaking activities that need complex expression and social interaction. This can greatly affect academic performance in a classroom.
Finding Voice: Martial Arts to Cultivate Social Skills
Enhanced social and communicative skills are often counted among the benefits of learning martial arts. Years of experience with kids’ martial art lessons at Bruce McCorry’s Martial Art Academy has shown how this actually works out in a regulated martial-art learning environment. Children’s martial art lessons at the academy in the past have yielded the following results:
  • During the lessons, children who were regularly exposed to peers and seniors started picking up social cues and interacting more, as the social situation demanded this.
  • The inbred values in martial arts such as respect, companionship, trust, and helpfulness were seen to have a positive impact on the social profile of children.
  • Martial art sessions helped young children, who took part in preschoolers’ and children’s martial art programs to pick up language, social decorum and discipline quickly.
  • Kids who took martial arts willingly disengaged from over-indulging in gadgets and media.
Taking part in martial art lessons with your kids and family is a unique and new experience that you get at the academy. Martial arts will help your children not just to become more social, vocal and interactive – it will persuade them to stop living a glued life to technology. Studies worldwide have shown that regular martial arts is a huge factor that helps children to get over their addictive obsession to gadgets, social media, video games and the internet.
To see your child switching off that device and finding his/her voice in the world, enroll them in martial arts today!
Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960
Phone: (978) 535-7878
Email: info@brucemccorrys.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Importance of Staying Positive and Happy

The Importance of Staying Positive and Happy




Across the world, humanity is going through tough times. The Covid-19 bout, spreading across countries and continents, have created a crisis unprecedented in the living memory for people and our nations. In times like these, with the bustle of everyday life coming to a standstill, it is easy to lose our spirit and feel anxious, disheartened and dismal. However, staying positive and happy is more than ever important in times like these, for yourself and those around you.

Positivity, Well-Being and Health: The Importance of Staying Happy

Scientists and doctors have explored the links between psychology and health, noting that positive vibes can have a positive effect on the human immune system. A very interesting study, as reported by Mark Holder in Psychology Today (Reference), suggested that the immune system of those who feel happy and positive might be able to fare better when exposed to the virus that causes common cold. While no conclusive research has come out regarding Covid-19 in particular, there are several reasons to think that trying our best to stay positive and trying to spread a little happiness for those around us could be the best thing we can rely on, in these times.

While the healthcare system is trying its best to care for those who have unfortunately come down with the flu, the rest of us are bound to our homes, some in the company of immediate family members, and many on their own. This is major reason why we should be trying to stay positive. Without an active effort from our part to engage in activities that lift our spirit, and dwell on thoughts of hope and goodness, there is a chance that many of us might succumb to conditions like anxiety, stress and depression. These are boosters of physical illnesses as well. If unchecked, these emotions could lead to anything from migraines and panic to and hypertension and cardiac risk. An active effort to engage in activities that break stress could avoid these dangers, especially at a time when getting healthcare and emotional support might be difficult. 

Therefore, in spite of how we feel, it is important that we make an effort to take some time out. If we look around, there is so much we can do to feel positive and send happiness around, without stepping out of our homes: we could take care of our health and fitness, find some time for self-care, revive some of our hobbies, read some happy books, tend to the houseplants, catch up on movies that give good vibes, spend quality time with our near ones, or if they are away, send happy thoughts to them over phone. The list can go on.

Consciously trying to stay happy and positive might sound impossible with many around us grieving, and nearly all of us living in the fear of impending ill-health bout or recovering from one. However, hoping for the best, and trying to lift the spirits of those around us could be the only thing that can boost morale of the times. Although people cannot physically come together in a crisis like this, the positive vibes and moral support we send and lend each other, could be the only thing that can emotionally pull us through, while staying safe, alert and healthy.

Sincerely,
Master Bruce McCorry & Staff

Thursday, October 8, 2020

How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages

Celebrate the Spring with Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts for Adults
How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages


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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com
The season of new beginnings and fresh starts is just about here, and it is time each of us made most of the season, bringing our lives in tune with ourselves and with the life around. If you are wondering how to awaken the new inner self and embrace the season this spring, adult martial arts at Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) is here for your help.

How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages
If professionally approached, martial arts for adults can work wonders in your life and help you change every aspect of your life in the positive manner. Here are some of the reasons why it is exactly what you need at this time of the year to feel your best.
  1. Feel Healthy: Adulthood could be the time when you feel that you are moving away from that healthy, capable self you knew once. Martial arts is the right way to keep in control your spiraling health quotients. It is the perfect way to check physical discomforts, curb lifestyle health conditions and feel super healthy.
  2. Feel Fit: Feeling fit is an integral part of in tune with the fresh season of spring. Looking fit and toned is never easier when you have martial arts at your side. With martial arts, you can easily cut down body fat, burn calories and make your body match the one in your dreams. A few hours of regular martial arts can help you achieve your weight loss goal as well.
  3. Feel Young: Adulthood is in itself nostalgic, often leaving us longing for the young, energetic, never-exhausted self of the past years. Martial arts is the only one health and fitness regime that caters not just to your body, but also to your mind and emotions. Feeling young, energetic and fresh therefore comes natural to martial art learners.
  4. Feel Stress-Free: Spring is one of the seasons in which the nature is at its best. With life all melodious and sweet around you, it is the right time to feel relieved of all stress and discomfort if you prepare your body and mind a little bit. Martial arts, with its age-old stress-relief methods is the perfect way to feel at ease with your life and responsibilities this spring.
  5. Feel Awakened and New: When the nature renews itself around you, it is hard to feel laid back and discontented. With a true adult martial art regime under the guidance of professionals, you can rebuild every aspect of your life and renew yourself as a self-actualized person in tune with your true self. At the dawn of a new decade when everything feels like a new beginning, this is exactly what you need to feel super and in connection with your life.

Adult martial arts at Bruce McCorry’s Academy infuses the experience earned from four decades of its legacy into every lesson. With a team of dedicated instructors ready to give you customized care, and with a brilliant syllabus that caters to your exact needs and goals, you will never experience adult martial arts like in Bruce McCorry’s anywhere else. Make the call today and take the first step to change your life and celebrate this spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Staying at Home for Children with Autism: Positive Living in the Times of the Pandemic



Staying at Home for Children with Autism: Positive Living in the Times of the Pandemic

                April, being the autism awareness month, has always been special and meaningful to those within the autistic spectrum and their families. This April has however turned out to be different, with the Covid-19 pandemic tightening its grasp upon countries and societies across the world, making life full of challenges for many out there. This can be trying times particularly for those families with children in the autistic spectrum. Read on, for some insights into the possibilities of positive living in the times of the pandemic, for those who live with autism.

Dealing with Autism in the Pandemic Months
                An invasive way in which the coronavirus bout has brought our life to a standstill is by forcing us to stay at home. While this can be difficult for all who find social interaction important, this can be especially trying for families with children in the autistic spectrum. It becomes a major hurdle for those kids who are used to attending special schools, as they might have to go without the regular professional care they used to receive. Children with autism often tend to find the presence of one or two people in their lives more comforting than the rest, and for many, usually a trainer or an educator fills this space outside their immediate family. Missing these people could have a great toll on them. The homeschooled children might also find these times unsettling, as the stay at home orders have necessarily upset this routine as well. Unsettled routines and unfamiliar scheduling of time are not necessarily something that kids with autism can easily keep up with, because regularized living is a great source of calmness as it makes life predictable for them.
If the children within the spectrum find the lockdown challenging for these reasons, this can be a difficult time for the parents too. With the option of school unavailable and the professional care absent, parenting at home could become difficult. In emotionally charged times like these, with the parents themselves vulnerable to the negative news spreading all around, dealing with their children’s mood swings and meltdowns could become more difficult.
While a single solution seems unrealistic, some sure tips are these:
  • Routinizing the lives of children by engaging them in any meaningful activity that they love could help. A hobby or activity that they are really into, like drawing, games, or martial arts could help children by channelizing their energy.
  • In the times of the pandemic, many institutions provide online means of taking part in activities and lessons, which can be accessed through internet. These could help.
  • Keeping children in contact with their trainers and educators, if they are available, through video calls could be helpful.
  • Less media exposure in this age of disaster news could further help both parents and children, by reducing the anxious energy at home.
  • Parents should also actively try to seek out whatever time they can find for self-care. Several online communities for parents can act as enormously helpful support groups in this regard.
In times of a crisis like this, positive thinking and conscious choice of positive emotions could be the only means to get through. Let this autism awareness month take us all a step closer to positive, meaningful and stress-free living.