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During a keynote presentation on October 9 — at the Southwest Conference on Disability 2013 — I shared that I discovered that I needed to be healed in my mind, body, and spirit. I also shared that I discovered different ways in which I found healing in my mind, body, and spirit. My training in martial arts has been one of the ways that have been used to bring about healing in my mind, body, and spirit.
Several lessons that I learned through my journey in the martial arts have changed the way in which I live and experience my life. One lesson is the metaphor of the process. The process is more important than the destination – ranking or belt color. What I gain through the process of learning and discovery is what changes my life, not the destination. The second lesson is found in what my Sensei shared with me early on in my training at the martial arts school. He said, “What I do is give you ingredients. Your job is to use those ingredients to bake a cake and in the process become a black belt.
As I have trained in various martial arts disciplines – focusing on mirroring my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body — I have experienced ongoing improvement in my balance, hand-eye coordination, body coordination, speed, agility and body awareness on both the dominant and non-dominant sides of my body. My training and drilling during the course of the past 16 years in muay Thai kickboxing, components of western boxing, wing Chun, kali, jeet Kune do and modern arnis (single and double sticks) have all helped me to develop as a martial artist and an individual beyond my training in the martial arts. I have subsequently been able to do and accomplish things with my dominant and non-dominant sides of my body that I never dreamed possible.
My encouragement to you my friend would be to start – if you have not already begun – a process of neuroplasticity – the brain’s natural ability to form new connections in order to compensate for injury or changes in one’s environment” (Dictionary.com). Do something to train and mirror your dominant and non-dominant sides of your body. Stay committed to your process as you discover, combine and gather more ingredients. And as has been my experience — over time — you will learn how to use and combine those ingredients to bake different cakes — accomplish different goals. In the process, you will find that you are able to accomplish things that you never dreamed possible.
During my keynote presentation, I included a short video presentation to share how the concept of neuroplasticity has been helping me to improve my dominant and non-dominant motor and fine motor skills on both sides of my body. My motivation is to encourage you to start a regimen – if you have not already begun – to improve your dominant and non-dominant motor and fine motor skills on both sides of your body. Don’t worry how the ingredients are going to fit together. They will in time. This has been my experience, as I have stayed committed to my process. To watch the video, please click on the image
As an Update: It is now the end of May 2014. During the past 7 months — since the above video presentation was made — I have continued to train using both single and double sticks 4-5 times a week. As a result of drilling from between 50 – 60 minutes during each training session, I have seen marked gains far beyond what it saw in the above unreal media presentation. By continuing to do a bazillion drills — during each training session – my hand-eye coordination, speed, accuracy, agility and precision has steadily improved in both my dominant and nondominant hands. Because of my ongoing progress, I have been able to combine the individual skills that I drill, into mirroring form — in both my dominant and nondominant hands. Because of my ongoing progress in my stick training, I am able to accomplish things with my nondominant hand, that previously were out of my reach (practically and figuratively speaking). To watch the 1 minute and 50-second demonstration made is August 2014, click on the below picture.
Note: At the encouragement of a friend I created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007. Since the inception of Second Chance to Live, I have written articles and created video presentations. To make these articles and video presentations accessible, I have created 2 different Site Maps. A Site Map of my Articles and a Site Map for my Video Presentations uploaded to You Tube. I have 1228 articles in my Site Map for my articles and 218 video presentations in my Site Map for my You Tube Presentations.
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In the Years since writing this Article
I began my process of using repetitive mirrored movements through different martial art disciplines in October of 1998.
In August 2013 a friend of mine made a video presentation of the progress that I made using the principle of neuroplasticity. Other friends have helped me to make video presentations of my progress in each year since 2013. Below are links to YouTube presentations of the progress made using repetitive mirrored movements. To watch the progress made using the principle of neuroplasticity over the past 5 years, click on the below links.
Strategies for Achieving the Goals we Set through Using the Principles of Neuroplasticity
Below is a link to a powerpoint presentation that I created and am available to present at coming conferences
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