5 Secret Ways Martial Arts Changes Lives
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Thank you for stopping by our Bowling Green martial arts school's website. I'm so glad you're reading this far, because I'm about to reveal why our classes are life-changing for people of all ages in our community...
Many people think martial arts is all about self-defense and getting fit. That's totally normal if you think this too! It's a HUGE part of martial arts. But it's not the whole story...
There are some secret benefits to practicing martial arts too. Benefits which students find absolutely life changing and addictive once they start.
Below are just 5 of the many hidden benefits. Whether you're interested in adults classes for yourself, or classes for your child, you can expect to experience the following boosts to your life and well-being.
#1: More Passion & Drive in Your Life
Do you want to recapture that spark? The powerful drive to change your life and take charge of your dreams can be renewed.
Martial arts ignites passion more than anything else. It gets people excited about life! It's one of the greatest things to see as a teacher, when your student's eyes start lighting up more and more.
You'll move your body in new and exciting ways while becoming more confident in your abilities than ever before. Watch out world - we have a martial artist in the making!
#2: Greater Self-Esteem
Martial arts is full of challenges, and you have to dig deep and try hard to overcome them. But the harder you work, and the more you practice, the easier those challenges are to overcome.
However, tackling big obstacles has another side effect: it makes you realize how much you're actually capable of. Maybe you're not aware of how strong you really are, or of how much you can achieve.
As you start doing things that you once thought were "impossible," your image of yourself will completely transform. Your confidence and self-esteem will soar.
#3: You're Part of an Awesome Family
Martial arts is all about community. We call each other brother and sister, we help each other out, and most importantly...we cheer each other on as we succeed together and as we struggle to get to the next level together.
One of the greatest things about our classes isn't what happens "in" them but what goes on outside of class time.
New friends are made and people are constantly supporting, motivating, and inspiring one another.
#4: Get Leaner, Fitter, Stronger
It's no secret; you'll get an AWESOME workout in our classes. But it's not like other workouts! For starters, it works your entire body: your arms, your legs, your core, and everywhere else. It's also not like a traditional workout where you just do pushups and sit-ups and run for a while.
It's a series of challenging techniques that work your body while you have FUN. The moves are so exciting and packed with action that the time flies by. Before you know it, you just got an amazing workout, and your body will reflect it.
People often get leaner, fitter, and stronger within the first few weeks!
#5: You'll Really Have FUN!
These classes are NOT military-style where someone shouts at you and forces you to do a bunch of things you hate! Nope, these classes are filled with high fives and action packed drills.
Laughter can be heard throughout every class, people can be seen smiling, and the time flies.
We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you. That goes for both kids and adults.
Ready to take charge of your life? Give us a shot, we've got your back. Here's how:
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I hope you'll give us a try. I'd love to meet you in person.
Dewayne Noss, Founder
United Martial Arts Association
As long as people have been fighting, there has always been the ‘classic’ match-up, that of the boxer vs. the slugger; Mohammed Ali vs. Joe Frazier (or Sonny Liston). Ali might have been strong, but it was his movement that made him great. He was hard to beat because of his ability to “float like a butterfly”.
We’re all fascinated when a ‘David’ beats a ‘Goliath’. It fosters hope that the little guy can defeat the big bully. It is upon this premise that our system of Shaolin Chuan Fa is based. We learn many combinations of techniques imitating various animals, not in hopes of actually performing them on someone in a real fight (that particular series of moves may not fit the action), but for the purpose of having these movements become like second nature to us. In this way, when we are fighting, the appropriate move and counter will just ‘pop out’ without our having to think about it. This is the way our techniques will become effective in ‘real time’.
If you’re not familiar with brain architecture, let me give you some basics. We have three major sections to our brains. There is the medulla oblongata, or brain stem, which takes care of all autonomic functions like breathing and temperature regulation. (Wouldn’t it be difficult if we had to concentrate on making our hearts beat at the correct rate for the exercise load we’re experiencing?) Then there is the cerebrum. This is the folded, convoluted outer section that we all recognize as the brain. Here is where our thinking takes place and where all voluntary actions originate. When we learn something, we must use the cerebrum to analyze and process the information into memory.
The section of brain that we’re interested in for martial arts training is the cerebellum. It is interesting that the word cerebellum comes in part from the Latin “bellum” meaning war. The function of the cerebellum is to memorize physical coordination. Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? Had to concentrate on it at first, didn’t you? That was the cerebrum analyzing and processing the data into movement patterns for the cerebellum. Once an action has been done many times, the cerebellum memorizes the movement patterns and will then reproduce them faster and more accurately than you could by using the cerebrum alone. Voila’, bicycle riding without thinking.
In war, or fighting, we face our most important use of the cerebellum. Our lives depend on how well we coordinate when we fight. That is why, in the martial arts, we spend so much time doing techniques on each other. Our judgments about which kick or punch to use and from what range to use them must be automatic. If you have to think at all — you’re in the past. Effective fighting is beyond the speed of thought. If you iterate anything in your mind as you fight, you’re not up to speed. In fact, fighting is as close to the concept of ‘no mind’ that I’ve ever come.
What is ‘no mind’ ? This is a Zen concept that allows us to exist in the present. Most of our thoughts have to do with the past or the future, i.e. what I did yesterday or just minutes ago, and what I will do tomorrow or just minutes from now. We actually spend little time in the present; that is why we don’t hear the sound of the grasshopper at our feet, because we are off somewhere in our minds.
Through settled or seated meditation some people are able to eliminate extraneous thought. This form of quieting the mind has never worked for me. I find the concept of moving meditation much more valuable and applicable to the martial artist. Fighting should also be viewed as moving meditation. When you fight, you must be completely immersed in the present, reacting to what is going on right now, and you must be on ‘automatic pilot’. This is the only way your reactions will be on time!
With that in mind, let me describe the three stages of learning how to fight. In the first stage, you don’t know what to do and consequently can’t do it. You look untrained and you’re feeling pretty clumsy! In the second stage, you figure out what to do, but processing takes too much time and your technique doesn’t score – you still look like a novice. Then, as if by magic, suddenly you start to fight well. Now your automatic responses are coming to you within the time frame demanded by the fast pace of fighting.
You are a trained martial artist! Walk in peace, for you are now dangerous. Use it wisely—hurt no one who doesn’t deserve it. If you have been well trained (and you have if you study with me), the big bully is still a formidable opponent, but you can and will defeat him! Don’t think about anything—just do it—and let the force (of your cerebellum training) be with you.