Personal and Financial Self Defense Moves for Life
Don’t Get M.A.D. (Money Anxiety Disorder), Get Focused!
Recent studies have shown that eighty percent of the U.S. population is stressed about finances and that money issues are the leading cause of divorce. From this overwhelming feeling of financial malaise a new ailment has been identified - Money Anxiety Disorder, (M.A.D.).
Getting M.A.D. comes from fear; you’re afraid that you might lose your job or that your income (or your spouse’s) might be cut. M.A.D. also develops from a feeling of helplessness or lack of control over your financial destiny. When you’re afraid, anxious and off course, all of your power sources—your mind, body and spirit—become weakened and out of balance.
The study of Karate and other similar martial arts can provide a way to lessen your stress, boost your strength, find your balance, and gain control.
After I had back surgery (16 years ago), I read that Karate was a wonderful physical rehabilitation method because it strengthens and stretches every part of your body. Shortly thereafter, I was at a pre-school function for my youngest child where a friend was raving about a Karate school and sensei (teacher) that her son loved. So, the next week I took that first step and paid a visit to the dojo, (school or “place of the way”).
One saying in Karate is, “on your journey, the first step is the hardest“. When I became a student, I was given a white belt, which signifies a new and clean beginning, and I began a journey that I’m still following, one that has pushed me through four more surgeries and a divorce.
Sixteen years later I have a second-degree black belt. The black symbolizes the years of work, sweat and dirt. I have also become stronger and more flexible (mentally and physically) and have attained a sense of balance in my mind, body and spirit.
Karate, meaning “empty hand,” is an art of self-defense that requires constant practice of blocks, kicks, punches and forms (kata). In order to successfully perform these moves you must have focus and power in your breathing, in your mind and in your body. Karate moves are very circular and graceful - fluid like water. Of the four elements: earth, fire, air and water, water is the most powerful. You must practice these moves thousands of times until your muscles remember them and your mind is clear.Continued on the next page