Just Imagine how our Self Defense Martial Arts classes may help you gain control of your PTSD. We know now that PTSD can affect anyone. There is no longer a stigma attached to those with PTSD. It is now readily accepted that many who experienced a traumatic event also get PTSD. Everyone's PTSD is different and requires unique solutions.
The Good News is that we may be able to help you. Okinawan Self Defense Karate classes helped me, and some of our members, take control of life because it makes us focus on our mind and body coordination during class and all that other stuff is pushed into the background at least for a while. This benefit initially lasts for an hour or more after class and the benefits seem to get longer and stronger the more you practice. Maybe it can help you gain control of your life, too. Come in and try a couple classes to see if it helps you control your PTSD.
There is no guarantee our classes help everyone.
(I am not a Mental Health Professional! This is just my experience.)
How would you feel if it helped you? We hope it does help you control your PTSD and get your life under control.
If I offer you a couple Free classes, will you come try to see if it helps you? You don't have to mention PTSD, or anything, just say you want to try classes.
Then if you are interested in continuing we offer 6 weeks of trial classes for only $99, plus a Free Uniform. At the end of that time you will know if this is helping control your PTSD.
(See a Mental Health Professional before you do anything.)
We have generous active duty military, first responder and family discounts.
We have fun, cooperative classes where we help each other improve, workout, laugh, frolic, and have fun. Plus, everything we learn can be used the same day for self defense purposes.
We don't expect anyone to know any of this stuff when they start. If they have previous experience, great! If not, better yet!
We punch, kick, and block plus use responses to grabs, pushes and pulls (joint locks, throws, pressure points, etc.) that you would use in most self defense situations. Yet our focus isn't on the punching and kicking aspect, but on learning to gain control through the "uke" or receiving/responding to/neutralizing an unexpected attack.
These techniques, and more, are all found in our traditional Okinawan kata (programmed movements). We spend a lot of time on classical kata forcing the body to respond to the mind's will and we constantly refine, interpret, and improve that body/mind relationship using natural body movements. Each time you successfully refine a technique it is a personal victory and achievement worthy of celebration! Some of us recognize the achievement, others are so small, that you keep it to yourself yet appreciate and celebrate your own accomplishment. While I have done this since 1969 I continue to refine and improve, just like my 86-year old instructor continues to refine and improve after 70+ years of karate practice! Karate provides you constant challenges and constant personal victories, too!
Kata is moving meditation with a self-defense purpose. For some of us this helps control our PTSD symptoms, too. Come try us out.
If you want to compete, go elsewhere.
Our classes are not for competitors or winning trophies.
We really don't care who is toughest, strongest, fastest, or better looking! Our focus is surviving an unexpected violent encounter and that also helps us control our PTSD.
If you are like me, competitive classes to see who is tougher, stronger or faster brings my PTSD roaring back quickly to the forefront and I find myself quickly raging down a dark emotional hellish out of control path I must avoid to protect my sanity and those around me. Traditional Practical Self Defense-focused Karate helps me maintain control. If I have a bad day, or things aren't going right, I learned to do karate. The mental focus required to do karate, kata, bunkai and kumite properly allows me to stay in control. I hope it works for you, too.
When you try a couple Free classes, there is no obligation for you to continue. I GUARANTEE no one will ever twist your arm to convince you to sign up for a 3-year contract! (I do all the selling and we don't have contracts!) If what we do isn't for you, there is no issue or concern. I understand. We understand.
We hope our classes might help you control your PTSD, but we have no expectations that it is for everyone. Even if you don't continue with our classes we will all be happy to have met you and shared time together. Come in and try a couple classes to see if fits into your routine. If it doesn't, it just means you have discovered one more thing that doesn't work for you. If you keep searching you will find what helps you control your PTSD.
Some PTSD sufferers claim Yoga, Meditation, or Tai Chi also help them. Anything that helps you calm yourself and give you a sense of control over your immediate environment may help you. If you think our self defense karate classes aren't for you please consider Yoga, Meditation, or Tai Chi to help get your PTSD under control.
There are two types of PTSD sufferers:
1. Those that recognize they need help and do something about it, (Be Sure to Contact a Mental Health Professional FIRST) and
2. Those that either ignore their PTSD, or just do nothing about it and hope it goes away.
(I am part of this latter group and luckily Karate found me. Sometimes stuff still sets me off, but I learned to get back in control through karate practice.)
If you are ready to see if this helps control your PTSD, come try a few FREE Classes. No appointment necessary. Plus you are under no obligation to continue. We know we can't help everyone, but we hope that maybe we can help you.
(Call if you want to talk first 703-310-9596)
7:00 PM Sunday thru Thursday, plus
10:00 AM Saturday
The following is copied from:
PTSD Guide for Veterans, Civilians, Patients and Family
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people – soldiers and civilians – develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about, but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.
Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters and many other traumatic events.
Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event.
Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.
If you think you may have PTSD see a Mental Health Professional. There is no longer a stigma attached to seeing a Mental Health Professional. It is recognized that people have life experiences that affects them mentally; some less, some more. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can get your act together and move on with your life.