The Benefits of Martial Arts in My Life
As a child I grew up in rural parts of America feeling like I was different from the other kids. Being small and deathly skinny, my preschool experience was extremely stressful and traumatic. During my formative years I was faced with the usual sources of low self-esteem: disapproving authority figures, preoccupied caregivers, constant bullying, and constant moving from state to state.
It wasn’t until the middle of high school that I began to break free from my insecurities that plagued me for most of my life. I started training in my parent’s basement with free weights and I began learning martial arts through videos. As my physical appearance began to improve so did my emotional state. By the end of high school, I had a really good group of friends that helped me feel popular about myself, and even had the confidence to begin pursuing love interests.
After high school I began taking in-person martial art classes. Martial arts training has been a main stay in most of my adult life. Not having the confidence to stick up for myself or being fearful for my life are only reminders of how far I have come to peace of mind.
How the Corporate Lifestyle Ruined My Body
Before I entered the corporate world, I was an avid Colorado outdoors man. I was extremely active in sport climbing, cycling, hiking, camping, and martial arts. After I moved to Oregon and stepped into the corporate world things slowly started to change. Road-rage and explosive mood-swings became a common theme. All I wanted to do was sleep after my commute home. I started to gain unwanted weight. As time continued to pass, I developed chronic lower-back pain. I was making my family miserable. I looked bad and felt even worse. I realized that I was in desperate need of help.
I returned to martial arts. First in the form of qigong and meditation, which I learned from my father when I was a teenager. My energy level started to come back as my insomnia improved and my stress levels came down. Everything just got better. After a while, I learned that I could no longer train in martial arts like I used to without my back giving out on me. I hit a wall in chiropractic help. I had x-rays and MRI’s, but nothing significant was found to explain my pain. I took it upon myself to figure out my back problems. It took me many years of setbacks, hard work, and a certification in personal training to rid myself of my corporate body.
I am inspired by my life experiences to help people overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals in the pursuit of happiness.
“The repeated performance of an action creates a mental blue print causing the formation of subtle electrical path ways in the brain, somewhat like the grooves in a phonograph record. Your life follows the grooves that you yourself have created in your brain.”Awake: The Life of Yogananda
I created Regroove Fitness in the spirit of helping people feel better about themselves and improving their lives.