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





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Benefits of Karate for Kids

Karate for Kids: Changing Your Child's Life, One Move at a Time

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

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




Karate is a Ryukyuan martial art whose origins date back to 14th century. However, if you are in search of a martial art that has the most relevance for the adults and kids of the contemporary age, probably Karate is the name that follows. Particularly when it comes to martial arts for children, no martial art addresses their needs and offers solutions to their concerns like Karate does.

 A Martial Art of Change: The Unique Benefits of Karate for Kids
What Karate offers to children is not just a martial art to practice in their free hours, but an entire way of life that can change their life. Here are some of the specific ways in which Karate can become the best choice ever you made for your kids:
  • Better Academic Performance: If your child constantly under performs in his/her class, perhaps Karate is what he/she needs. A child's academic performance could be affected by more than one factors: inability to take in facts, poor memory, lack of motivation, lack of confidence, physical tiredness and exhaustion being some key causes. Karate is a martial art that can improve each of these faculties and help your child to realize his/her maximum academic potential.
  • Athletics and Sports: Another aspect of your kid's life which Karate can change forever is his/her athletic ability. Karate makes the body stronger, fitter and leaner and thus gives them the right body coordinates of a sportsperson. It improves health in general, boosts energy and reduces chances of illness bouts. Honing one's athletic skills like this through Karate can be of use in a number of other fields as well. For kids who aspire to take up physically demanding arts like dancing, or physically adventurous jobs, this can be a great training.
  • General Self-Defense: With Karate, finally you can stop worrying about the safety of your children. Studies have proven that kids who learn Karate are generally more alert to their circumstances, quick to spot potential danger or unnatural behavior, more responsible in choosing non-dangerous options, and resisting and defending himself/herself if necessary. In this world where a child's safety is threatened in more than one way, it is a must that they know a usable and effective self-defense like Karate.
  • Fight Bullying: This leads from the former, but fighting bullying needs more than a general ability to defend oneself. It requires the courage to accept one's differences and weaknesses and know that this does not make them inferior. It requires confidence to stand up to bullies and friends. It needs determination to fight challenges. These are some qualities that Karate can teach kids.

Karate for Kids of All Ages
Karate can work magic in your child's life, if he/she gets to learn it in the right time from the right instructors. The guidance of a professional martial art school is the best way to identify the right time to introduce Karate to kids and lead them through the martial art. Many renowned martial art schools, like Bruce McCorry's Academy, focus in providing Karate lessons to kids of all ages so that children can learn to master Karate in a way that changes life. You can never make the wrong choice while choosing Karate for your children. Do it today.
Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cardio Kickboxing to Fight Holiday Weight Gain

Cardio Kickboxing to Fight Holiday Weight Gain


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

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

The end of the year never fails to make most of us happy. With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching, it is time to call for a break from our daily schedule and enjoy the days with some nice food. The rich food culture that we associate with Thanksgiving is rooted long in our past and it is interesting to look at how the changes in this could affect our holiday health and lifestyle.

Thanksgiving and Changing Food Customs
As it is well-known, the recorded beginnings of Thanksgiving go back to the celebration of gratitude by Pilgrims following the traditional harvest seasons of 17th century. Thanks to the dinners that celebrated the plenitude of harvest, it is almost impossible to separate the holidays from the luscious dinner that is the core of today’s Thanksgiving. However, according to Kathleen Walls whose work was shared in Smithsonian, the earliest Thanksgiving dinner couldn’t have been much more than wildfowl, venison and bread or porridge made of grain. It is evident that even today’s ‘traditional’ cuisine that comprises of potatoes, yams, cranberry and pumpkin were not as elaborate, let alone the delicacies that we pack our dinner tables with. And this is bound to affect our holiday lifestyle and health.

Changing Lifestyle Patterns: Health and Holiday Weight Gain
With the changing food customs, our lifestyle too has changed. Thanksgiving weight gain, something that could have been unimaginable to a 17th century American, is our reality. Between the months of November and December, an average American can gain up to 7 pounds of excess weight. This can further go up in the case of people who already suffer from conditions like obesity. It is reported that even young students, whose body is very unlikely to undergo mass weight gain, adds up to two pounds during the end-of-the-year holidays. And to make it worse, this is irreversible. So are its consequences - over the years, holiday weight gain gradually leads to unhealthy lifestyle conditions like type 2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol, hypertension and obesity.

Obviously, the single Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t do this to us. It happens as a result of a number of things: the seasonal break from physically and mentally taxing activities, the disruption of daily diet and regular workout if you have been adhering to one, and yes, the holiday food culture.

Keep Fit around the Holidays with Cardio Kickboxing

The importance of watching your weight and keeping fit around holidays is well evident from these. You might have found it difficult to do so, but thanks to modern workouts like cardio kickboxing, kicking the holiday weight and staying fit is never easier. Cardio kickboxing, a martial art with a contemporary twist, blends traditional martial arts with modern cardio workouts and fitness strategies. A professional cardio kickboxing session like the one offered by Kickboxing Peabody, the unique kickboxing wing of Bruce McCorry’s academy helps the learners to stay fit around the year, without compromising their love for food. It gradually helps to reduce the pace of weight gain, and fight its consequences as well. 

With regular sessions of a cardio kickboxing, it is possible to stay out of the holiday weight gain without giving up the food cravings. Start today,,, Check it out today!  www.brucemccorrys.com  and www.kickboxingpeabody.com

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

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






Friday, November 10, 2017

Energy Healing with Tai Chi and Qi Gong: The Bruce McCorry’s Miracle Combo


Energy Healing with Tai Chi and Qi Gong: The Bruce McCorry’s Miracle Combo


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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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Tai Chi and Qi Gong are two variants of an Asian martial art form developed four centuries back in China. However, to the wonders of modern medicine, this ancient martial arts were shown to be carrying within them the key to unlock many of the dilemmas faced by 21st century medicine: lifestyle diseases and terminal illnesses. Bruce McCorry’s Academy’s (Peabody, MA) own attempt to combine the martial arts of Tai Chi/Qi Gong with the effective technique of energy healing has shown amazing results for those who battle different kind of illnesses. If you are fighting a health concern and think that nothing can improve your life, may be your answer lies in this miracle combo initiated by the Bruce McCorry’s martial arts team.

Clinical Benefits of Tai Chi-Qi Gong: The Magic Martial Art of Modern Medicine
Modern clinical research into Tai Chi/Qi Gong has discovered a number of clinical contexts where the martial arts can offer great help. General medical work on martial arts pointed out how they can broadly help with health, fitness and stress-relief, which holds true in the case of Tai Chi and Qi Gong as well. In addition, one group of researchers who examined Tai Chi/Qi Gong in particular as alternate healing systems pointed out that regular training in Tai Chi/Qi Gong can be structurally developed into martial art therapies that can help patients of Parkinsonism and bone-related conditions of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. This meant that the arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong can help seniors with physical and nerve-related ailments in more than one ways.

The breakthrough in the therapeutic research on these martial arts came with a study carried out by Fudan University, which argued that the arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong are specifically useful for patients who battle terminal illnesses like cancer. It was found that these arts can help to deal with depression, stress, tiredness, pain and irregular sleep cycles all at once, which meant that many of the side-effects of treatment could be eased with the help of Tai Chi. Finally, Linda Carson’s project for the University of Calgary showed that the arts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong can bring about physical improvement in conditions like cancer by helping to alter cellular structure. These studies raised Tai Chi/Qi Gong into the supreme health martial arts of 21st century.

Unlocking the Miracle Combo: What Energy Healing Can Do With Tai Chi
An intriguing question that Bruce McCorry’s Academy took up was how Tai Chi’s clinical properties can be used to the maximum advantage of learners. The answer lied in energy healing, a rare art that helps to direct internal energy through meditative and physical movements in many ways. Given that the Chi/Qi in Tai Chi/Qi Gong stands for the vital life energy, Bruce McCorry’s Academy of Martial Arts now offers lessons in Tai Chi and consultancy in energy healing simultaneously. As proved by the example of many students who took the two together, it was found that the coupling of Tai Chi/Qi Gong and energy healing can prove life-altering because they cater to the mind and body of the learners alike.
For those who want to improve their health in general, and for those who want an effective aid in their battle against diseases including cancer, the miracle combo of Tai Chi and energy healing at Bruce McCorry’s can prove life-changing.

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Peabody MA 01960

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Defeating Stress with Martial Arts: The Bruce McCorry’s Method

Defeating Stress with Martial Arts: The Bruce McCorry’s Method


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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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It is not that uncommon for us to feel stressed at times in life and then not take it seriously. However, with the end of the year drawing near, 2017 looks like an alarming year for Americans in terms of stress. Studies and reports in the past one year has shown that:
  • In the past fifteen months leading up to November 2017, the overall stress level among Americans showed an increase for the first time in the past decade (Coping With Change, American Psychological Association)
  •  An average of 75% of adult Americans experience stress that ranges between moderate and high levels (American Psychological Association)
  • Number of those who experience job and work stress in America has touched the mark of 80% (American Institute of Stress)
  • One-fifth of children in the US feel stressed, but only 3% of parents are aware of what their child goes through (Stress in America Survey)
  • It seems that stress has finally evolved into one of the major health issues for Americans. This demands both attention and action.


The Anti-Stress Mantra for Adults and Kids: Martial Arts to the Help
The question of stress needs to be addressed because if left unattended, it can lead to serious consequences. This could begin with trivial symptoms like physical aches and elevated blood pressure, but stress carries the threat of evolving into complex conditions like toxic stress that can be lethal to one’s health and life.

Finding an anti-stress formula is not that easy, because it is hard to pinpoint the causes and nature of stress in each individual. It could be triggered from issues that are mental, personal, social, work-related or health-related. It sweeps over one’s body, mind and consciousness. An effective anti-stress formula should be able to address the particular nature and extent of stress faced by an individual and help him/her to fight it.

That is why martial art becomes a unique anti-stress mantra.
  •          Martial art movements help to ease tensed muscles in a soothing way.
  •          It can accentuate the release of brain hormones and thus help to relieve stress.
  •          The meditative quality of martial arts rhythmically ease your mind and release tension.
  •          Martial arts work by increasing the confidence and courage of the learner. This comes to help in dealing with most situations that provoke stress.
  •      Martial art improves general health and strength through physical movements and mind-healing techniques. Even patients who battle life-threatening diseases can use martial arts as an aid to relive stress and gain strength of mind.


The Bruce McCorry’s Method: A Unique Martial Art Formula to Battle Stress

Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) has always kept pace with the most recent research in martial arts, and this has helped the academy to evolve unique lesson methods that can help you battle stress. The lessons intended for adults and kids provide a customized experience. In this, the learners can learn to identify the cause of their stress and learn physical and mental techniques to qualitatively reduce stress. The lessons at the academy draw from both traditional martial art wisdom and the newest clinical studies to ensure that kids and adults get to learn how to use martial arts practically to defeat stress. It is time to recognize that ignoring stress can lead to serious mishaps and take action to defeat stress. Let martial arts be the way.

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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Why do we Bow in Martial Arts


Why do we Bow in Martial Arts: The History and Importance of the Act of Bowing

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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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If you have ever watched martial arts or its representations in movies, it is hard to miss the practice of bowing that martial artists often do. Some learners who are new into martial arts often bow mechanically, without understanding the significance it has in martial arts or without knowing how such a simple act can help the person who does it. If you are a martial artist or want to be one, knowing the significance and benefits of bowing can help you to advance both in martial arts and life.

A Practice with a Past: The History of Bowing

Bowing is a customary way of acknowledging each other or showing mutual respect in many Eastern cultures. Its roots could be specifically Japanese, to the rules of manner and demeanor that developed in Japan under the influence of Confucian tradition. This traditional etiquette could have been present along with the various self-defense and military techniques from which early Asian martial arts took birth, thus one forming an integral part of another. In modern martial arts cultures, therefore you find the practitioners often bowing to the instructor, to each other, while entering and leaving the arena, before and after a particular practice session and so on. The exact nature and traditions of bowing change, depending upon the martial art under question and the tradition from which it hails.

Bowing Myths: What It Is Not

There are many myths surrounding bowing, which makes us feel alienated from the custom. Some of them need to be busted to understand the act of bowing:
  •       It is an Asian counterpart of a handshake or hug: This is a common myth. A bow is NOT just a counterpart of handshake or hug, which respectively indicate acquaintance and/or intimacy in Western cultures. The bow can connote these, but can also mean respect, gratitude, acknowledgement, humility and much more.

  •         Bowing is religious: This too is a myth. Bowing is a cultural and social expression and gesture. It is often adopted into religious contexts, but intrinsically it is not religious.

  •       Bowing connotes inferiority: It does not. It indicates your humility and recognition of another person’s worth, but it never connotes your inferiority because in all bowing situations, two persons bow to each other and not one to another.


Bowing: What It Is and How It Can Help

It is important to separate bowing from its myth and know it for what it is.
  •          It indicates respect/gratitude toward the person across you.
  •          It connotes your humbleness in front of the vast knowledge that everyone embodies.
  •          It connotes the spirit of positivity that is innate in competition.
  •          It indicates your integrity and sincerity as an artist.

At professional martial art schools like Bruce McCorry’s Academy, bowing forms a regular part of martial arts etiquette. It helps to create many values in learners, especially kids. Learners can clear their mind and focus their attention before a class through bowing. On a practical level, bowing helps to improve social skills, boosts respect for others, respect toward the work that you do, integrity toward duty, and gratitude for the blessings you have been given. By practicing bowing in martial art sessions, you can grow as a person dedicated to your own passions and humble to acknowledge another one’s knowledge.


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

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

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