Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age
Posted: July 08, 2019
We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy. However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.
1. Improved attention
Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practising a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not others – using a brain training video game, for example. AST on the other hand is about getting into a specific state of mind that allows a stronger focus. This can be done by using exercise, meditation, or yoga, among other things.
Self Defense Myths
Posted: June 17, 2019
There is a lot of information out there about protecting yourself, some are great tips, others are useless and some are downright dangerous! I wanted to discuss this today as I was watching a commercial of Dr. OZ where someone was showing the "keys" as a weapon for self defense tactic.
The use of keys as a weapon by placing the key ring in your palm and the key tips out from between your fingers is very flawed.
First think of the lagistics of being suddenly attacked and then you go into your purse or pocket to find your keys. Then you take those keys and put them into your palm, keep in mind most people key chains contain MANY keys for a person to fit their fist around. Now you need to arrange the keys so that there is one or two keys pertruding between each pair of fingers. See the lagistics with this plan? This will take you much time and effort to prepare for, if you have that much time why did you allow yourself to continue to be in that situation? Why did the attacker allow so much time for preperation? Never thought about it, well give it a go, put your keys in hand and arrange those keys into Wolverine's claws. Was it easy and quick? Now punch something hard like a bone covered in skin (A human) and see how it feels.