Sleep plays an important role in your mental and physical health. It’s a critical process that allows the body to function and remain healthy. In the short term, lack of sleep can affect your mind and thought-processes while ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney … More Can the Martial Arts Help Combat Insomnia?
Helping veterans cope with the effects of war can be a daunting challenge. The Veterans Administration reports that every day in America, 22 veterans commit suicide. Many of these individuals are believed to have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that impacts a person’s ability to function and can lead to … More Veterans Experience the Healing Powers of the Martial Arts
Millions of Americans live with some sort of physical disability. Despite this fact, it wasn’t too long ago that a person with physical disabilities would have a difficult time finding a martial arts class that he or she could participate in. Thankfully, times have changed, and many disabled individuals are not just enrolling in martial … More Kung-Fu Helps Physically Disabled to Protect Themselves
More than 600 million people around the world suffer from depression and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, it will be the second overall cause of disability for individuals across the globe. And depression is nothing new. It is one of the oldest diseases classified in the history of medicine. Of course, seeking … More Six Unconventional Ways to Combat Depression
If you are considering taking a martial arts class to learn self-defense techniques, this is a great idea. In today’s increasingly violent world, it is important to know how to protect yourself. One of the most popular and effective ways to protect yourself is through the practice of Kung Fu. Even if you have never … More Why Kung-Fu Self-Defense Techniques Come So Naturally
Martial arts students are able to generate powerful punches and the power of these punches increases over time. Most people believe that it has to do with strength. Turns out it has a lot to do with brain power, as well. Of course, this will come as no surprise to martial arts experts who know … More It Takes More than Brute Strength for Martial Artists to Pack a Punch
If you have spent any time observing the martial arts, chances are you have heard participants shout. Many martial arts include shouting as part of their training. There are different names for the shout, including Kiai, Kihap and Chi. The shout occurs when the diaphragm contracts and it sounds as if it comes from the … More When it Comes to Some Marital Arts, Whats All the Shouting About?
Of all the New Year resolutions that were made this year, the most popular ones in the United States included some combination of losing weight and exercising more. While these are both outstanding goals, unfortunately, statistics tell us that by the beginning of February, approximately 80 percent of Americans will have given up on their … More New Year Resolutions Dont Work, Kung Fu Does
While animals are associated with the art of Kung Fu, many times people exaggerate or completely get the wrong impression of what these animals represent. The fact is, jumping around with hands shaped like claws or growling like a tiger isn’t the purpose of these animals in the art of Kung Fu. Instead, when practicing … More Kung Fu and the Shaolin Five Animals
If you are new to the martial arts, you may wonder how many times a week you should train. You are not alone. This is a question that many martial arts students ask when they begin their practice. There is no set answer to this question. Much of it will depend on the type of … More How Often Should Students of the Martial Arts Train?