To enable our clients in developing self-efficacy and self-confidence. We use the principles of the Martial Arts to teach coping skills which allow them to deal with their mental health issues and promote positive social behavior. Our goal is to have a healthy mind in a healthy body.
When we experience an event, sometimes called a trigger. We automatically have a perception as to how this affects us. Is this good or bad, how should I react to this. That brings up an automatic thought which leads to an emotion or feeling and then we have an action in response, we do something.
In experiential therapy we start by doing an activity or behavior first. This changes the way we feel, which changes our thoughts and thus affecting our perception. We all know that after a good workout at the gym or playing basketball, we always feel better. This is because the body and mind are geared to heal. They heal best when the metabolism is pushed to the point where it cycles through the energy our body has stored.
The best way to produce serotonin, the number one feel good hormone in our system, is through exercise, especially exercise done in a unique way. We do this by punching and kicking on targets, getting our frustrations and anger out on a target.
We want everyone in the class to have a good time. We want everyone to get some good exercise and develop some self-confidence. We also want them to learn how to focus, be disciplined in applying particular skills. We focus on cooperation and not competition. We start each class by reciting the student creed:
As a student of the martial arts I will use my self-defense skills only in defense of myself, my family, and my country.
Martial arts training is a high-energy training that can increase strength, speed, flexibility, and cardiovascular health along with the benefits like: