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How to use Martial Arts to beat depression

Thank you so much to [High Risk] Bipolar Cat  as she will be featuring me on her blog. Also, thank you for taking the time to read it.

You may be asking yourself: what does beating people up have to do with depression?

This is a good question. But before we get to the solution, please let me explain my situation.

I was born in Jamaica and live there until I was about 7 years old.

My family moved around quite a bit when was young, but we settled in South Florida as I entered middle school.

I cannot say, for certain, if this influenced my  anger and depression, but it does explain why I keep people at a distance.

I was taught, in my Jamaican culture that a man is supposed to be “tough”.

I soon learned that you had to be even tougher growing up as a black boy in the United States.

I confused this “tough guy” mentality with anger. So, instead of dealing with my emotions, I are suppressed them until they finally exploded.

During my outbursts, I “saw red” as they would say. It is hard to describe that “feeling” in words.

It was like you have tunnel vision to the thing that triggered you and nothing else matters.

Subsequent to these outbursts, I would fall into days of depression.

I think many of us have negative thoughts sometimes, something along the lines of “nobody likes me” or “I make everyone around me miserable.”

These thoughts overwhelm you, and it feels like you are sinking into a deep, inescapable hole.

It seems impossible to get out of the hole. Everyone seems far away. You get the feeling that nothing or nobody can help.

Quite often, I would turn to alcohol as a way to relieve the feelings. However,  alcohol only made things worse.

The alcohol would increase the frequency of my outbursts.

For 28 years of my life, I lived with this anger.

At the request of my girlfriend, now my wife of 7 years, I spoke with a psychologist.  he informed me that anger is a form of depression that I finally understood what was happening to me.

What an eye opener!

We also came to the conclusion that the only thing that consistently helped me with my depression was and still is martial arts.

Martial arts allowed me me to vent my frustrations in a positive way.

As long as I followed the rules in the gym, I could punch and kick as much and as hard as wanted.

I give thanks to my instructors, who guided me on my martial arts journey.

I went on to train and compete in several Muay Thai and MMA fights under the Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy.  I also competed in several Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

I believe that these fights helped me live a healthier lifestyle and focus on a particular goal (i.e. winning the fight).

Martial arts has given me the strength and perseverance to meet any challenge and overcome any obstacle. It has indeed made me a stronger person.

Martial arts also gives you a community of like-minded people that have the same goals.

The people you meet in the gym can become your family and support system.

If you find the right martial arts school, you know you can always go back, and your family will be there to support you.

I am now a coach and Muay Thai instructor.

My main goal is to spread the positive impact that martial arts can have on people’s lives.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this blog.

If you are curious about how martial arts can help you, please continue to follow my blog at fightingiseasy.wordpress.com.

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Brand New Muay Thai class

I am excited to announce I am teaching a brand new Muay Thai class on a Thursday nights at 830 pm at the Woodside Boxing Academy located at 41-25 58th St.
Woodside, NY, 11377.
We will be training on Thursday nights at 830 pm.

The class is for all ages and levels.
If you are in New York, stop by and give it a try!

Technique of the Month_Elbows

Muay Thai is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs”.
It is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” because we use our 8 limbs (i.e. arms , legs, knees and Elbows) as weapons to attack our opponent.
Today, I will break down the Muay Thai slashing elbow or “Sok ti” in the Thai language.
The slashing elbow is a short range weapon.
By short range, I mean we have to be close to our opponent to utilize it.
For a better picture think:
Using an axe (short range).
vs
Swinging a baseball bat (long range).
Throwing elbows can be dangerous and maybe for good reason.
Elbows are meant to draw blood or strike precisely to cause instantaneous knockouts!
In a professional Muay Thai fight, elbows can end a fight in an instant. That is what makes them so exciting.
Quick note:
In practice, we do not spar with elbows until after years of practice. Once a student is considered “advanced”, elbows can be used in practice. Even then, we usually use elbow pads for protection.
So, back to the slashing elbow.
The slashing elbow is executed quickly and efficiently.
While being on the receiving end may not be all smiles, throwing them can be fun.
You can ask any of my students that have done padwork with me.
Here is the breakdown of the the video shown above.
1. I make sure I am at the right distance to throw the elbow.
2. I bring my elbow up by my ear.
3. I chop it down to the pad and bring my hand back to my head.
There you have it.
That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai elbow.

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Technique of the Month Muay Thai Jab

It is with great pleasure to present you with the first technique breakdown in our “Technique of the Month” series.

I will share as much of my martial arts knowledge as I can without straying off topic, as I can go on and on for days about this subject.

This will give some insight into the technical aspect of martial arts to the uninformed, beginner or advanced martial artist.
I am sure that the advanced martial artist will appreciate the technical breakdown of the techniques.

So, let’s begin, shall we.

The first technique we will cover will be the Muay Thai Jab.

There are several types of jabs in boxing, Muay Thai and other forms of martial arts.

For example, in boxing, these can include the “basic jab”, the “step jab”, the “power jab”, the “counter jab” the “up jab” along with several others. These jabs can be used for offense and defense.

In Muay Thai, we focus on a long range jab. This is the technique we will cover today.

Now, the Muay Thai jab, in itself, is a very simple, but effective weapon. The motion itself is literally straightforward. Take a look at the video clip of me demonstrating the jab.

The fist travels in a linear fashion from my temple to a fully extended position and return It to the start position. There are some other subtleties, but that is it really.

The difference between the basic jab and the Muay Thai jab is the slight extension at the shoulder. This extension allows the jab to travel farther than the normal length of my arm.

The Muay Thai jab can be quite deceptive and I often catch people off guard in sparring and it has helped in some of my fights.

In a Pro boxing match, you will often hear the commentator mention that the boxer with the better jab will end up winning the fight. And it is usually true. But, let’s get back on topic

Another reason this jab is utilized by Muay Thai practitioners is that keeps heavy punchers at bay, so to speak.

Let’s say I am fighting a person that throws big punches in “bunches”. I can utilize one or two quick jabs to create distance or snap their head back and throw off their rhythm.

The Muay Thai jab also allows you to keep enough distance between you and your opponent to throw those heavy kicks that are so effective in Muay Thai.

In Muay Thai fights, big kicks mean big points on the scorecards. Plus, no one likes getting kicked. Lol.

That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai Jab. If you are interested in learning more about my programs, please check out my Website.

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That’s it for now. Remember to keep fighting for what you believe in.

Technique of the Month

I hope you had a safe and Happy New Year.

By the way, if you do not recognize the picture, I had an afro before I had dreads.

Ok, so let’s kick off 2017 strong by setting our goals for the year.

One of my goals is to be more active with video and social media and provide more insight into the martial arts world.

As you know, part of our mission is to spread the knowledge and benefits of martial arts.

I have thought about this for some time and decided to share some of the knowledge that I have picked up over my 24 year span as a martial artist.

Starting in February 2017, my newsletter and blog will feature a new technique every month in a series adeptly called “Technique of the Month”.

We will start our discussions with techniques in Muay Thai, Boxing and some self-defense.

We will touch upon other martial arts. There will be video and picture demonstrations as well.

There is much to share and I am very excited to share this knowledge.

If you are interested in a specific technique or marital art, please feel free to let us know by replying to this email.

Ok, before I finish up, I would like to mention something of vital importance.

For a limited time, we are offering free trials in both our Personal Training and Online Personal Training programs.

Click Free Trial or email info@fightingiseasy.com.

That’s it for now. Remember to keep fighting for what you believe in.

-John