A project to promote the benefits of Martial Arts in helping to develop good cardiac health and to reduce the risk of
coronary heart disease -click in the general public and the martial arts
community through education of members of the public and the Martial Arts
Martial Arts is
normally associated with good health. As a community we promote this
as a great benefit of our programs. However many martial artists
although well intended often have very little or indeed archaic
knowledge of proper practise and really good information regarding
health issues. One has only to think of the bad practises that
were/are still taught in the area of stretching for example.
While as teachers we promote the virtues of good health and good health practices,often we
lack the knowledge required to impart relevant and life
changing/life saving information to our students.
One would not dream of
teaching a below par self defence course or a second rate kickboxing
course. When training a competitor for a tournament we (teachers)
plan a program which will allow our student to compete at their
Of course this training
( in whatever discipline we teach) normally has some element of
cardio work,that is, aerobic based exercise which strengthens the
heart and allows the heart to operate far more efficiently
While this is
commendable, my experience in the martial community has lead me to
realise that in general ,we lack a structured approach to the issue of cardiac care(follow link here)
teachers we strive to deliver excellence in our tuition. That
philosophy should be, I believe, developed into a holistic approach
to teaching. Many of us do advocate proper diet, good ethical
lifestyles etc. The motivation here is to raise awareness of the prevalence of
Coronary Heart Disease and how as educators in our community we can
cause massive change and success in the fight against this silent
This project will be
ongoing.My mission is to encourage implementation of specific heart
healthy exercises and educational modules in our curriculum and to
educate students as to preventive measures and also how to manage
Oh, and as a salutary warning, this (click here)
is what we need to educate against.It's a situation taken to extreme,
granted, however many in our communities are afflicted by this mentality.
What is Coronary Heart Disease ?
Follow this link
to find an excellent article on CHD.
Prevention is of course the best medicine!
For detailed information on steps to prevent CHD please click here.
Don't die of embarrassment!Here is an amusing but informative cartoon from the Irish Heart Foundation