I took up martial arts in 1989 after being inspired by a motivational speaker at a company conference. In 1996, after receiving my black belt, I opened my own karate club along with two partners. In 2007, I started teaching on my own. Martial arts has been a big part of my life for the past 28 years. and now that I am retired, I still practice every day.
Practicing techniques, particularly strikes and kicks, helps me in four ways. First, it is great exercise, an important part of my exercise program. Second, it helps me when I am struggling to perform a task, for example, when I’m cutting an avocado in half. I stop for a moment, throw a couple of karate strikes as fast as I can, while yelling, after which, I find it much easier to complete the task. Third, being able to perform karate techniques at full speed gives me confidence that I can recover my health; if I can perform karate techniques normally, it tells me I can overcome slowness of movement, loss of balance, freezing and all the others symptoms I experience. Four, it has slowed the progress of the condition.
If you’re not sure what to do, just throw two boxing punches as fast as you can while yelling, ONE-TWO!
I believe very strongly that training in martial arts is one of the reasons I’ve been able to effectively manage my condition without medication.
Wishing you a joyful day!