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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Martial Arts New Year's Resolutions for 2012?

2012 is now five days old. Have you made a martial arts-related New Year's Resolution? Are you hoping that this year is the year you will start learning Wing Chun -- or for those who are already training, that you will take your training to the next level?

The great thing about Kung Fu is that it produces benefits in the three most important dimensions of an individual's overall wellness: the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the individual. Simply put, Kung Fu strengthens one's mind, body, and spirit.

Physically, martial arts practitioners increase their overall fitness. Flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular strength all typically improve.

Spiritual benefits are experienced by martial artists as well. Kung Fu class provides respite from hectic lives where phones are always ringing, e-mail inboxes are always full, and too much is never enough. At the kwoon, these distractions are forgotten, allowing us to empty our minds and focus on self-improvement.

Psychologically, martial artists are boosted by the release of endorphins and other chemicals that produce natural feelings of well-being. Wing Chun's emphasis on realistic combat training also calms natural fears about self-defense situations, and therefore, greatly increases self-confidence.

At California Academy of Martial Arts we welcome the many new students who enroll in order to fulfill their New Year's Resolutions. Don't wait, because after all...

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.” --Bruce Lee

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

P.S. Thank you to all who contributed to our Christmas charity drive. We were able to donate several bags of groceries (all purchased by our Kung Fu Kids at our local Albertson's) and a generous gift for an underprivileged 13 year-old girl to Burbank Temporary Aid Center. There were many children, veterans and elderly people waiting at the center when the instructors dropped off the donations. It was a humbling experience and we can't wait to collect more donations soon.