Millions of people around the world are interested in Martial Arts training because of its well-known health and fitness benefits, but only a small number are able to complete the physically and mentally demanding years of training necessary to earn a Black Belt in traditional martial arts (usually four to six years). Grace Martial Arts Fitness allows people of every physical condition to improve their health and fitness in a positive and supportive atmosphere while learning the many extraordinary fitness exercises of martial arts. A strong body and mind should be everyone’s goal!
Our interest in fitness begins with a person’s ability to “function” in daily life, including routine movements and exercise. Functional Fitness is also known as General Fitness.
Functional Physical Abilities
Functional Motor Skills
Functional Range of Motion
The next area of interest is improving health through good nutrition and healthy movement.
Health-Related Physical Fitness
Body Composition (Muscle-to-fat ratio)
Improved Immunity and Reduced Risk of Illness
Improved Sense of Well-being
Muscular Fitness (Strength and Endurance)
Reduced Risk of Injuries
Another aspect of improving health through physical activity is non-performance components that relate to biological systems. Experts believe that habitual physical activity that is healthy in its nature will have an outcome of improved health.
Functional, Health-Related and Physiological Fitness are affected by Physical Fitness (ability of the body to function at optimal levels).
The Type of fitness necessary for participation in individual and team sports is known as Skill-Related Physical Fitness (also known as Performance-Related Physical Fitness).
Skill-Related Physical Fitness
Martial Arts Fitness has been part of every civilization in human history. People developed self-defense and martial skills for the preservation of individuals and families as well as communities and countries. The physical movements necessary to perform the skill sets for the many types of Martial Arts developed during the past several thousand years are based on healthy movements that strengthen the body, mind and spirit in every way imaginable so the participant can perform those skills at the highest level possible.
Grace Martial Arts Fitness is a comprehensive program of Martial Arts for children, youth, women, men, couples, families and seniors. It’s been taught in churches, schools, youth and community centers, gyms, YMCAs, hospitals, public venues, homes and backyards. Participants will find it’s fun to improve health and fitness in a Christian atmosphere!
Mark McGee is Director of Grace Martial Arts Fitness. He has been involved in Martial Arts Fitness for 57 years and has 7th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Degree Black Belts in various martial arts systems. He is also a Senior Instructor in Hwa-Yu T’ai Chi Ch’uan. He is certified in Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts, 15 Animal Kung Fu and Hwa Yu T’ai Chi Ch’uan under Chief Instructor and Grand Master Robert Xavier. He is certified in Meihua Chuan Kung Fu and Matsumura Seito Shorin-ryu Karate under Grand Master Stephen Van Camp. Mr. McGee is Director of Grace Martial Arts and Grace Martial Arts Fellowship and is a teaching member of Karate for Christ International and Confident Kid Martial Arts.
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