Four years ago I was pondering the thought of my son moving up from the Cub Scouts into the Boy Scouts and how I would be able to keep up with him. I was overweight at 277 lbs. and in poor physical condition. A knee injury in the past had affected my posture causing me pain in my back and an inability to jog or run. With that in mind I recalled 25 years ago the training I did in martial arts. I enjoyed the exercise and discipline however, I was looking for more. I was looking for a place that would not teach these techniques in a combat environment but rather an environment that would foster balance with mind and body to provide good health.Read more
I decided to pursue martial art training as a way to achieve a goal of losing weight, physical fitness and a focused mind. After an exhaustive search I found a school that was a perfect fit, The Martial Arts Center for Health.
In three years I started to see improvements in myself. The pain in my back and joints disappeared and my posture is straight which has not happened in over 20 years. I no longer am out of breath doing the simplest of tasks and I can run again… very fast. I did a 10 mile hike with the Boy Scouts and the next day drove five hours on business with not even a hint of discomfort. I lost 80 lbs. this past year and am now 197 lbs.
I see situations and relationships in a clearer, calmer state of mind. My wife has noticed such a positive change that she has started training at the school as well. Another benefit that I did not expect is how much I was better prepared for the challenges of being a father to two teenagers. The quality of my professional life has greatly improved.
Patricia Seykora AP, Dipl Ac, DOM
In the five years I’ve been training with the Martial Arts Center for Health I have lost thirty pounds, gained balance, strength and endurance. This has really helped me in my practice. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I do a lot of specialized hands-on treatment to adjust the patient’s body. It’s physical work and now I find that I practice without feeling limited in how I am able to treat them, even seeing more patients and I don’t feel exhausted at the end of the day.
I’m also aware that my immune system is much stronger, I treat sick people all day, yet I am hardly ever out sick now. With the increased confidence I’ve seen through utilizing the knowledge and training at the Martial Arts Center for Health, I can diagnose more efficiently and find my treatments are even more effective. Therefore, patients benefit as well. They respond quickly and receive results for improved quality of life and overall wellness. Over the years, I have referred many of my patients to the Martial Arts Center for Health and find that they are not only able to learn more about helping themselves physically but they are more responsive to my treatments. They seem to retain their health improvements gained through the work that they’ve done with me by applying what they’ve learned at the Center.
I am beyond excited! Tomorrow I will be evaluating for my second degree black belt and I wanted to share a couple of things that I’ve discovered about myself. After 7 years of training at the Martial Arts Center for Health, I am still learning things about my body. As a child I could never sit cross legged and I put it down to being inflexible. Not so. I discovered last year that my L5 and S1 in my spine were fused since birth.
Today I was told by a physiotherapist that she was surprised that my body wasn’t more out of alignment, due to the fusion of these two vertebrae. I told her that I had been training at the Martial Arts Center for Health for 7 years and I explained to her a bit about what we do in our classes. She said that there was no doubt in her mind, that the training had corrected a lot of the alignment issues and problems I otherwise would have been experiencing. I might never be able to sit cross legged or execute a proper side kick, but I am amazed – on a daily basis, at what I CAN do! My other bit of good news was that 6 years ago, I had my first bone density scan and I was diagnosed as having osteopenia, a condition where the bone mineral density is lower than it should be. This was confirmed with a common test, which showed that I was losing bone. A few weeks ago, my doctor re ran that same test and I was told that I am no longer losing bone mineral (yaay!) and that in fact, my bones have GAINED density over the years. I am not taking any prescription drugs to correct this condition and as a woman entering the menopausal phase of her life, I once again truly believe it is due to good supplementation, nutrition and most importantly, my training at the Martial Arts Center for Health, where we use our own body weight to hold positions, thereby helping to strengthen and build our bones. As I look forward to the next milestone in my training, I am forever grateful for having stumbled upon this Altamonte Springs gem all those years ago.
I trained at the Martial Arts Center for Health from 2000-2002 as a teenager (starting right before the move to the current location.) Even though I had to move away for college and graduate school, the lessons I learned in those two years have helped me for the rest of my life. The principles of mindfulness and noncompetitive self improvement have helped improve every discipline I have attempted since then including both academic and physical pursuits. I have tried to bring the same mentality and mindful awareness to every discipline of movement I have attempted since, from running to swimming, biking or dance lessons.Read more
Time and geography have taken me in some very different directions than my training days at the Martial Arts Center for Health, but nevertheless, the principles I learned still hold even if the details have changed. I’m very proud to say that I completed my very first ironman Triathlon last Sunday in Chattanooga TN! I just want to thank you all for being such a huge part of my life growing up and let you know that the martial arts training was tremendously helpful to me. I love you all and am very grateful for everything I’ve learned at the Martial Arts Center for Health. And yes, I will eventually finish graduate school-soon. I will let you know when that happens! Also, I’d like to send a hello out to all the members who I trained with all those years ago.