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  • Nature of the Mind – Part 2

    In part 1, Master Tim shared his thoughts on the nature of the mind in this day and age. The mind he spoke of was the thinking mind that is rather limited in its perceptive abilities. This is the mind that constantly worries about everyday life and creates problems to solve. This is the mind that can completely take over one’s life if mental training isn’t put in place. This month, Master Tim of the Twinsburg Academy of Self-Defense will speak of the Bigger Mind. While spiritual teachers of all cultures speak of this mind, each has their own term for it. In order to avoid confusion, the following discussion will focus on the Big Mind (capital “M”) while ....

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  • Master Tim Discusses the Nature of the Mind and of Mind Development – Part 1

    René Descartes, widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy, is responsible for the now famous phrase, “I think, therefore I am.” While this statement was made over 370 years ago, it has become an extremely important idea, helping to shape the logical thinking process of nearly the entire globe. However, despite Descartes’ invaluable contribution to philosophy as we know it, there is now a commonly held belief that he may have gotten it wrong. The consensus of Descartes and most 17-20 th century philosophers was that the human thinking mind was the greatest creation in existence, capable of overcoming any and all obstacles in its path. Many today ....

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  • ARE YOU A SEEKER?

    Starting this month (April), we will be embarking on a 3-month, 3 BLOG series that you find somewhat unique for a martial art school to present, but it is a core and essential teaching and philosophy of our school. So, stay tuned for this truly important information that you may find will help to give you some much needed peace-of-mind in these troubling times. Big changes in our society are upon us the likes of which most of us have not experienced in our lifetime. Turmoil and chaos can be catalysts for growth when you fearlessly embrace their possibilities. Master Tim *** Sometimes, we all feel as though every day is a struggle. We feel like life is pushing us around, ....

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  • Start Your Journey of Self-Discovery Studying at The Academy of Self-Defense Schools

    Unless you’ve taken the time to do in-depth research, chances are that you’re unaware of the primary reasons why people choose to study martial arts. Though you may assume it’s because those who take such classes want to learn self-defense, it goes much deeper than that. Throughout history, martial arts have been used to prepare students for war, competition, or as a means for self-development. While competition remains the focus of many martial arts schools, this isn’t the case at The Academy of Self-Defense schools in Akron, Twinsburg and Mayfield Heights. As the name implies, these schools teaches self-defense martial arts and believes that martial arts can be ....

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  • Meditation Improves Your Health and Wellbeing

    Stress, anxiety, and fatigue are feelings that many of us experience every day. With all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to find a minute to simply stop and breathe . Unfortunately, not taking time out of your day to rel ax and calm down can further increase all of the negativity around you—causing illness and even strain in your relationships. It’s importan t to take care of your body, as well as your mind. Otherwise, you may find yourself in poor condition, both mentally and physically. The benefits of a daily meditation practice are truly amazing, ranging from a boost in your immune system to a happier outlook on life. And that is ....

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  • The Academy of Self-Defense Masters Offer Words of Wisdom

    In a world of karate movies and MMA fighting, it should come as no surprise to learn that many people decide to begin martial arts training for the wrong reasons. Teenagers and adults often visit their local Northeast Ohio dojo with the belief that they’ll be taught the same moves they’ve seen in action sequences on TV. However, learning how to handle a dangerous situation is very different than learning how to get in a fight. Parents often enroll their children in martial arts classes because they’ve heard that such extracurricular activities can lead to an improvement in behavior, self-confidence, taking responsibility, and coordination and this true. ....

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  • New Year, New You!

    A lot o A lot of people begin each year with a list of things they plan to accomplish or try over the next twelve months. Among the most popular resolutions are those that deal with health and wellness. In fact, you probably have something similar on your own list. Whether you want to enroll in a new fitness program to increase your strength and flexibility, or simply desire a more active lifestyle, you may be interested in engaging yourself and your kids in something new and different such as Jiu-Jitsu, T’ai Chi, or Aikido. Luckily, The Academy of Self-Defense schools in Akron, Twinsburg, and Mayfield Heights offer a number of Chinese and Japanese martial arts classes for ....

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  • The Academy of Self-Defense – Hidden Gems

    W hen something new and different comes along, we all jump at the chance to experience it firsthand. For instance, it’s no surprise to see a long line forming in front of an event center that is hosting a visiting entertainer, doctor, or even a martial art expert. Unfortunately, we often get so caught up in the novelty of it all that we tend to forget there are plenty of talented individuals right here in our Northeast Ohio region. Those who are interested in martial arts should remember that NE Ohio is home the Academy of Self-Defense — three reputable schools staffed by some of the most highly praised and highly ranked martial art instructors in our area. These ....

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  • Why Your Child Shouldn’t Skip Martial Arts Classes During the Holidays

    "As the holiday season approaches, many parents find themselves in a familiar predicament. The bustling holiday schedule, family gatherings, and the overall chaos that can accompany this time of year often lead parents to consider pulling their kids out of extracurricular activities, including martial arts classes. It’s understandable; the holidays are a busy and sometimes overwhelming time for families. However, as a child development expert, I want to encourage you to think twice before making that decision." - Melody Shuman, School Owner, Child Development Expert, CEO Shuman Concepts, Inc. Here are some compelling reasons why your child should continue attending martial ....

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