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The Ultimate Key to Widening Your Martial Arts Abilities: Meditation

Posted: March 19, 2019

Meditation has a wide array of proven positive effects: from reducing stress to improving one’s physical and mental health. Throughout history, meditation has always been a key element in mastering the techniques behind the martial arts.

Research has demonstrated how the two coincide, and how each can lead to an improvement in the other. By making meditation a daily routine, you will slowly begin to see results in multiple aspects of your life, your martial arts abilities included!

 


'Why Taking Up Taekwondo In My 40s Was The Best Thing I Ever Did'

Posted: February 12, 2019

Am I having a near mid-life crisis? Is that what this is? Is this the equivalent of (*gulp!) buying a Harley or red sports car and dating a hot blonde?

All of this and more (MUCH more) is what went on in my busy brain when I decided to take up martial arts in my 40s – specifically taekwondo and specifically right after I turned 4-Ohhhhhhhh.

For five years I had sat on the sidelines watching my son Lucas, 10, progress through the ranks of Taekwondo Central’s membership.


9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Posted: January 22, 2019

At a Glance


4 Recovery Strategies to Get Back on Track After the Holiday Festivities

Posted: November 21, 2018

4 RECOVERY STRATEGIES

While we want to train intensely and intelligently we also want to recover as intensely and intelligently. Having studied and applied almost every possible recovery method I can find I want to share with you a stripped down and to the point recovery plan.

Here's my recovery plan in four simple steps. (This list is compiled from multiple sources over years of doing the work so forgive the lack of citations.)


STOP BULLYING!

Posted: September 27, 2018

STOP BULLYING.

 

I want to take a few minutes out of your busy day to talk about bullying. We all have stories and I want to share mine with all of you. I was the only Asian kid growing-up in a small town in Morris County - Roxbury Township. I attended Jefferson Elementary School. Myself and another student Will - I can’t believe I remember his name after all these years – an African American were the only two students that were minorities in the entire school. I was constantly harassed and bullied during those days. I was overweight and would bring ethnic foods to school for lunch – rice, kimchi, and dried seaweed. Yes, imagine an overweight Asian kid that ate dried seaweed and smelled like kimchi walking to and from school each day was a recipe for bullying. A lot of those that have been bullied display signs of depression, anxiety, and sadness. They are angry, have nightmares and fewer friends, and have poor eating habits. As time goes on there is a drop-in grades, low self-esteem, and feelings of being helpless, and many turn to drugs and alcohol. In extreme cases there are suicidal ideation thoughts. During my time being bullied I learned to adapt and overcome.


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