3 Major Reasons You Should Learn Self Defense Online

Self defense does classes are a dime a dozen today. You can find them in person all over the city that you live in. However, what if you’re busy? What if you cannot get to a class on a regular basis? Those two questions are something that stops many people from going forward with learning martial arts, and how to defend against predators. It’s for that reason why many people are looking at alternative paths, including learning how to fight online. Could you learn how to defend yourself without stepping foot into a brick and mortar training facility? The short answer is simple, yes. The longer reason can actually help you realize that there are several reasons why you can learn fighting methods online.

Experts Are Moving Their Teaching Online

There was a time when martial arts teachers would open up dojos in strip malls, and random locations. However, as rents started to rise, and they couldn’t afford to keep their doors open, they ended up moving to the internet. The rise of the internet has allowed many experts in self defense to move their lessons online, behind membership walls, and through selling eBooks. These are easy to work with, and are 100% the same materials that were once taught in brick and mortar stores. This is not uncommon now, and some of the best teachers in martial arts, and self defense training are online, and can help you learn in real time, through videos, and much more.

Learn How To Defend Yourself In Your Own Time

Perhaps the best thing that you will find to be true about learning self defense online is that you pick the time frame. You select when you want to take lessons, when you practice, and when you’re working on specific things. Learning martial arts in any arena is difficult, and it’s made more difficult if you have to take a class with limited time frames. Imagine going into a dojo and having a 1 hour class every few days. If you aren’t solid on “one” thing, you cannot stop the class and get additional help, you’ll need to pay more money to take the class again or practice with the teacher. But here’s the thing, if you are going to work with an online resource, you can pause, rewind, fast forward, and refresh whenever you need to. Learning how to defend yourself online lets you take control of how fast, or slow you want to take things, especially if you are new to the world of martial arts.

Save Money In Case You Quit

If you invest in lessons in a brick and mortar dojo, you are going to spend a great deal of money. If you decide to quit, you will end up spending a lot of money, and will not be able to get a refund. It’s for that reason why learning self defense online is so grand. Saving money can occur with online solutions because you will pay less overall. When you subscribe to a membership plan, or you buy a DVD video of sorts, you will find that you will not have to pay a lot of money over time. Whether you get a streaming option, or something that is downloadable, you will be able to pay one fee and get the information that you need, instead of paying a dojo a fee for lessons, then pay again and again. Either way, if you quit, you save money by not having to be stuck in the fee structure that many clubs, dojos, and more have. Not only that, the cost of online solutions are far lower than even the most conservative of martial arts dojos.

These of course are only a few reasons why it is advantageous to work with an online source for learning how to defend yourself. Obviously, there are multiple ways that you can experience the learning process, but test the waters here. If your goal is to learn martial arts in any capacity, the online world certainly opens up to you in a grand variety of ways.

Medicine Ball-Fit To Fight

Do you know that you can improve your core strength with the use of a single small piece of readily available item of equipment? To show you what I mean, the medicine ball is ready-to-use whenever you want it and you can incorporate its easily adaptable exercises for both men and women? On top of that, you don’t have to be an expert and it’s great for beginners who may wish to train in the comfort of their own home. Okay, so what is a medicine ball? Well, believe it or not and contrary to what some people think it does not contain any medicine inside sorry folks. In brief, the weighted ball can be used for different exercises to improve your strength, overall fitness and co-ordination. It is used by many athletes not only to gain fitness but also to help with rehabilitation following a sports injury hence, its current name. Its use as a workout tool dates back almost 3000 years when it was used by Persian wrestlers but back then they used animal bladders filled with sand for their training.

Today, medicine balls are surprisingly affordable especially if you’re on a shoe string budget. They are generally made of leather, vinyl, rubber or some other synthetic material and come in a range of different weights from 2 to 29 pounds. However, some cross fit trainees sometimes use a medicine ball that can weigh as much as 50 pounds, the standard size being 14 inches down to 5 inches in diameter but again they come in various sizes to fit your particular needs. Most balls are round but some manufactures offer handles or hand grips imbedded in the balls design for a better grip which allows you to swing the ball further away from your body. Other variations include, power balls, tornado balls and slam balls. Beginners should start slowly with a light weight medicine ball maybe up to six pounds, gradually moving upwards in weight as you develop abdominal strength, core stability and more experience working out with the medicine ball doing the varied exercises for your individual needs.

Having a strong core is important for combatives or martial arts training because it allows you to do any combative moves more efficiently as the core muscles connect the upper and lower body and as such acts like a sturdy chain enhancing balance, power and stability and has a direct relation to how your whole body functions as most actions originate from within your core, a weak core will have a direct effect on how well you perform your movements. By doing medicine ball exercises you will help build strength in your abdomen and back.

There is a wide range of exercises you can do such as holding the weighted ball while doing squats, crunches, medicine ball push-ups and raising the ball over the head and lowering it back to chest height the start position (military press), to name just a few. Doing medicine ball exercises translates to the strength of effort you use in every movement, plus, it also teaches your body to react to abrupt stimuli changes if you exercise with a partner particularly useful if you train in combatives or martial arts. Other moves like torso rotations, and wall throws can also help hand- eye co-ordination and ability to quickly change direction. Studies have shown that the medicine ball can help a person generate maximal power and improve athletic performance so you see; it has a proven track record. In short, the varying motions work different parts of the body simultaneously and freedom of movement as previously stated, will allow you to tailor the exercises according to your needs.

Most important, make sure you warm up thoroughly 5-10 minutes to avoid injuries unlike some beginners who choose not warm-up before they start working out with the medicine ball and thus, end up injuring themselves in the process. Don’t you be one of them you need to understand that you must first prepare your body and mind for the strenuous activity to come by starting slowly with a little static stretching of your muscles and limbs maybe include a little light cardio exercise to increase your heart rate and body temperature but don’t try to run before you can walk remember, if you are injured you can’t train so it doesn.t make any sense to go at it too hard right from the start it’s counter-productive, be patient and you will make progress your body will tell you when you’re ready to progress further.

The good news, medicine ball exercises are not complicated but you need to choose the right size and weight for you to start out with depending on your fitness levels to avoid any repercussions later, last but not least, before you start any exercise program make sure you are physically able to do so or seek the advice of a medical professional beforehand additionally, if you’re seriously interested I would advise you to refer, delve into books on how to train with medicine balls as well as, the many types of exercises you can perform with it plus, the correct techniques to use, there are many such publications available to choose from by doing so you’ll also discover the many benefits of adding to your training program the time-tested medicine ball.

All in all the medicine ball is a great piece of kit it’s inexpensive and you can do a wide range of functional movements with it to help improve your fitness level, strength and flexibility. There you have it, so are you ready to work out with a medicine ball? If the answer is yes, it’s time to sweat a little bit remember, you learn by doing, victory want come to you unless you go to it.

How to Achieve Success Now

There is a vast amount of talking in the present day about “Freewill” and “Fate.” It seems that the majority of society believes that their surroundings and circumstances – their state of affairs – are caused by the subtle, mysterious workings of an omnipotent power, over which they are powerless.

The name of this power, they call “Fate.” And while they vastly disagree on exactly what it is, what it does, and what makes it operate, they do, nevertheless, agree, excluding the acts of
God, that it somehow controls their actions, movements, and circumstances; predestinating them to a prescribed state of affairs – each to his or her own varying degrees of wealth or poverty; health or sickness; happiness or sadness, and a score of other things in between.

While there is, admittedly, some circumstantial evidence that is habitually construed to support their belief in “Fate,” there is no actual concrete proof that could justify a dogmatic view in favor of it. However, the same cannot be said of “Freewill.” There is just too much available tangible evidence to ignore its validity. And because of this fact, the minority – those individuals within it who actually believe in “Freewill” – the belief that we are independent agents responsible largely for our own state of affairs, feel strongly that claim to a belief in “Fate” is a pretentiously evadable tactic used by those within the majority to deny responsibility for their state of affairs – their particular levels of poverty or wealth, happiness or sadness, etc., and to justify their failure to take corrective action to better their state of affairs.

So numerous are the examples that could be given, if space permitted, that support the validity of “Freewill,” and which examples would work, perhaps as well, I have nevertheless chosen Henry Ford because his story is most remarkable in that it embodies, as nearly as possible, the actual essence of “Freewill.” Henry Ford made a monumental decision at the young age of 16 that he wanted to become an apprentice mechanic. Now that does not sound like a monumental decision, but it definitely was in the case of Henry Ford. Unknown, perhaps, even to Henry Ford, his decision was destined to strip “Fate” of its theoretical power and become a perpetual herald to the eminence of “Freewill” – to the fact that an individual, not “Fate,” is responsible for his or her own state of affairs.

Consider carefully the importance that one farm boy’s decision would have on this nation and the world. Because of this decision, Henry Ford would become the founder of Ford Motor Company; and although Eli Whitney was the first to introduce the assembly line method of production, Henry Ford, because of his monumental decision, was to become one of the first to apply the assembly line method of production to the mass production of affordable automobiles and is credited with contributing to the creation of the middle class in American society. Henry Ford’s achievement was labeled “Fordism” because it helped to revolutionize industrial production not only in the United States but also in other countries. Henry Ford did many other things, but this suffices to point out that his decision at age 16 to become an apprentice mechanic was a monumental decision, and it gives validity to “Freewill.”

While most of the world knows of Henry Fords achievements, they do not know of the problem that Henry Ford faced at age 16 when he made his “monumental” decision to become an apprentice mechanic. Here was the problem that confronted Henry’s decision; and regrettably, it is still a problem that challenges many of us today – Had Henry earnestly believed in “Fate,” as the majority does, he would have given up on his goal, resigned himself to the life of a farmer, accepting his “Fate” – a farm boy.

While most of Henry’s family and acquaintances saw Henry as a farmer, Henry was busy seeing himself as what he wanted to become and having the courage to take the necessary action to achieve it. This wasn’t always easy for Henry because his decision was not immediately accepted as popular by his family, especially by his father who, at first, was very obstinate about what he wanted Henry to become – a farmer; However, through the demonstrated determination to achieve what he wanted, young Henry’s father, as did other family members, gradually came to accept and even to appreciate Henry’s decision about what he wanted to become; and they saw living proof through Henry’s own example, that each individual is a “Freewill” agent responsible for his or her own state of affairs – that an individuals state of affairs is determined most largely, not by “Fate,” but by specific actions that an individual chooses through “Freewill” to exercise.

Maybe you are still undecided about what goal you want to achieve, and/or you are still uncertain about which is right, “Fate” or “Freewill”? If so, then you are not alone. People will continue, at times, to have questions about which goals they should pursue and will continue to debate and disagree on the preeminence of “Fate” and “Freewill,” as they always have. It may prove of benefit in helping you arrive at your own decisions about “Fate” and “Freewill,” to weigh the known facts. Namely, that while there is, admittedly, some circumstantial evidence that support a belief in “Fate;” however, there is no actual concrete proof that could justify a dogmatic view in favor of it – the same, however, cannot be said of “”Freewill”. There is such a vast amount of tangible evidence in support of its validity, and the fact that you can change your state of affairs by taking appropriate action; that we cannot ignore the validity of “Freewill;” neither can we ignore its claim to preeminence – consider the example of Henry Ford. Add to this, the fact that there are dozens of others, like Henry Ford, whose names I have not mentioned; whose stories I have not yet told.

Maybe you have an inward desire to be or to achieve some cherished goal, as did young Henry Ford who more than anything else wanted to be a mechanic apprentice. It may be a simple
goal that everyone expects of you, or maybe your goal deviates a little bit, or quite a distance, from what is, or what you perceive is expected of you; and because of this, you are not exactly sure on how to proceed. In either case, do what young Henry did – listen to your inward yearning to be and to achieve what you want in life; not what someone else wants or expects of you – but what you want. And when you are firmly convinced about what goal you want to achieve, go after it like young Henry did; and like Henry Ford, do not alienate yourself from friends and family. Instead, let your determination win their approval and support.

By recognizing and acting on his right to be a “Freewill” agent, young Henry Ford, with his newly acquired skills, was better suited to repair the farm equipment and still, at the same time, disciplined enough to exercise his obligation to help around the family’s farm on his return visits and stays at home. The decision of one 16-year-old farm boy has benefited not only Henry Ford and his immediate family; but it has, and perpetually does, continue to benefit America, the world, and you and me.

Can you imagine the magnitude of the potential loss that we would have endured were it not for the fact that Henry Ford chose to exercise his right as a “Freewill” agent? When you do likewise, what success story will you one day have to share?

Good luck in your journey for success.

Business Plans – 6 Empowered Actions for Success Now

We’ve all heard the song line, “life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” But plans, made with the right intention behind them, can be business plans fueled by empowered actions for success now. For all the plans owners make for their business, many are not fulfilled. Just as many more are simply extended to-do lists. Putting the correct energy and intention into the focus of your business plans will make a clear difference in seeing them manifested in the way you choose.

1. Start from the End. Visualize what the final results of your business plan will look and feel like to you. If this sounds backwards, think about it. How can get there if you don’t know what there is? Imagine the feelings you will have and even the sounds and smells associated with your success. Then take this ideal scenario and write it down. Keep it handy and look at it whenever possible.

2. Show Your Benefits. Get clear on how the plans for your business will benefit you. Often plans are made with other silent agendas, such as what our relatives or competitors will feel if we achieve this goal. Do the plans really support you and your business needs or are they vanity plans meant for someone else?

3. State Your Plan’s Purpose. To avoid unnecessary busy work, it’s a good idea to examine the purpose behind your plan. Sending out X number of business brochures to Y number of contacts by Z date, may look good on paper, but what is the true purpose in doing it? What is the result you expect to get from the action plan?

4. Get Clear on Your Intention. There are many possible intentions for being in business. What is yours? Is it for fame or to be self-employed? Do you want to build an empire or simple provide for your retirement? Any of these intentions are perfectly good, but each has an entirely different approach to planning.

5. Define Action Steps. Now that you are clear on the foundation of your business plan, write down the necessary action steps that will take you to your desired end result. This is where it can get tricky. Be aware and awake as this is where some can allow distractions to keep them off course. Distractions can come in many forms, some actually disguised as opportunities. Go down this check list you just created for your business to insure you are not going in the wrong direction when something comes up.

6. Focus Daily on Achievements. Keep daily notes of all your accomplishments and refer to them often. Focusing on all your good results will help maintain a positive frame of mind during challenging times. Remember that you get what you put your attention on, so even though problems need to be addressed, keep your attention on what is working well for you. Watch your business plans be empowered actions for success now.

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