Text Box: Choi Kwang Do for Health and Longevity

By choosing to exercise regularly in Choi Kwang Do, and by monitoring levels of intensity, frequency and duration, people can achieve optimal levels of health. Because the techniques are humid on biomechanics, muscles, tendons, and ligaments all can work together and become stronger. Choi Kwang Do training also positively influences the functions of the organs and systems in the body, stimulates the brain, helps balance brain chemistry, increases production of anti bodies and activates more Natural Killer Cells which improves the immune system, Intensive training, on the other hand, suppresses the immune system.


When first beginning Choi Kwang Do training, students need lo put their bodies through an adaptation process. While it may take some time for an unfit person to see physiological changes, this is easily overcome because the system is exciting and fun from the first class. After a few months, you will see major physical progress: Your blood sugar levels, blood lipid lev­els, blood pressure, blood supply to muscles, brain neurotransmitter balance, and the ability of muscles and the liver to store glycogen can all improve. These changes also elicit changes among other systems and positively influence the functionality of those systems. It is these modifications that help your body become stronger, function better and dramatically reduce the risk of developing hypokinetic diseases.


Among some of the early changes beginners may experience with Choi Kwang Do are heightened energy levels, improved confidence and self-esteem, lower anxiety and an overall ability to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday living. Soon the heart rate and blood pressure can lower, and the sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous systems rebalance.


In order to bring about long-term  health benefits, the nervous system must be trained in a multi-sensory environment, and in a multi-planar fashion. Training in a noncompetitive environment ensures safety when working with a partner. Because contact is removed, the Choi Kwang Do system also is more stimulating than most

forms of exercise and requires greater levels of attention and concentration than training on your own.


Anaerobic and aerobic training are also a part of Choi Kwang Do classes because there is the need for both types of exercise. Aerobic training improves the heart's endurance by increasing the blood stroke volume., which enlarge the left chamber of the heart. Anaerobic training makes the left chamber walls of the heart thicker because of increased pressure on the left chamber of the heart. With proper cardiorespiratory training, blood capillaries actually extend and resting heart rates can lower. Without proper exercise training, blood pressure can rise as blood capillaries shrink.


The system of Choi Kwang Do is designed to stimulate and to influence us physically and mentally. Since human beings are essentially social creatures, we also need interaction with others; we need to nurture and be nurtured; play, and reduce stress. Choi Kwang Do's noncompetitive surroundings provide the environment for all of those life preservers. We understand that all of these factors can help us to learn better and live more enjoyable, longer lives.


Choi Kwang Do movements are performed in a relaxed, soft manner when they are performed in the air, but when performed on targets, they can produce incredible power because they use proper biomechanical patterns. When combined with target training, these patterns are a powerful tool to develop bone and joint strength. Both the left and right sides of the body are worked evenly, and the body is exercised in all three planes of motion.


For the brain, there is always something new to learn and enjoy, and its principles (adult pledge and children's promise) engage the mind in a positive way. By removing competition when training, stress, anxiety and tear is nonexistent. Although Choi Kwang Do is a martial art for self-defense, its goal is to avoid self-defense situations, not because its practitionrs are insecure or lack confidence but because they forgive opponents with compassion.


Because Choi Kwang Do was designed in conjunction with the science of human movement (kinetics) and is systematically progressive, its techniques are much more effective for force production and self-defense than those programs designed without scientific principles. At the same time, they are more effective for enhancing health and longevity.


The sophisticated movements are ideal for activating NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) in the brain, which is important to make neurogenesis possible and more successful. Choi Kwang Do stretches are performed gently, so are en excellent way to reduce stress. The complete systems helps avoid deterioration of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments. and the brain. Striking targets correctly will help prevent diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis.


Bone-loading has been shown to prevent hone loss as well as to encourage new growth, and Choi Kwang Do can help keep your bones and joints strong and healthy for a lifetime.


For exercise to benefit the body and mind, it needs to be enjoyable, and Choi Kwang Do training can be very pleasurable and gratifying. Just the act of training with people of like mind can create a feeling of connectedness. Friendships among Choi Kwang Do students can be life-long because of the love its practitioners feel for their art and because people quickly feel welcomed, Choi Kwang Do is a friendly, caring martial art that works both the mind and the body the ideal 21st century exercise!

Mrs. Gyum Ja Kong Starting training in Choi Kwang Do for at age 81 years old

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