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The Impact of Martial Arts

Guest Writer: Mr. Joyce
Mike Joyce
Mr. Joyce feeling confident, strong, and ready to grow in his practice. Inspiring others to do the same is his goal.

The Chomp is excited to celebrate Mr. Joyce and his accomplishment, and we all hope it inspires you to take care of yourself, stay motivated, and set goals!

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Have you ever been stressed? Have you ever lacked motivation? Have you ever been so frustrated with a situation that you wanted to give up? Have you ever felt threatened by someone and wondered what to do?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you should consider practicing a martial art like karate. 

Karate offers many physical, mental, and emotional benefits that can help you become the best version of yourself. Karate can help you relieve stress and get you into better physical shape. Karate can help you develop self-discipline and grit. Karate can teach you the skills needed to protect yourself and also the tools needed to resolve conflicts peacefully. Karate can make you mentally tough while also boosting your self-confidence. 

I began my journey in martial arts back in the mid-1990s in California. I would get up early in the morning and take a karate class two days a week and earn one of the lowest ranks of yellow belt. I admit I didn’t stick with it as I moved, started graduate school, and began my full-time career. Fast forward many years later, and I would have an unexpected reunion with the martial arts. 

It was the spring of 2020 and the Covid 19 pandemic trapped me in my home with my 6-year-old daughter who was full of energy with no outlet for her enthusiasm and no place to go. I began searching frantically for some way to help her deal with the unknown and the fear and stress caused by the lockdown. Fortunately, martial arts came back into my life when my wife found an advertisement from Action Karate which was offering classes online on Zoom. My daughter would sign up and begin her black belt journey and inspire me to finish what I started many years ago. 

I have been training for about three years now and can say it helped transform my life in many ways. Karate has given me structure and helped me to develop self-discipline. It has pushed me to build my physical strength and challenged my mental toughness. I enjoy being surrounded by positive people both instructors and fellow students who model integrity and commitment to excellence. Karate is great for people of all ages, genders, races, and creeds. My daughter is now 10 years old and earned her junior black belt in June, and I am now 50 years old and will test for my black belt in December. I hope you will consider joining a martial art like karate as a way to improve your physical and mental health. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me!

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Laurel Rose Barrett, Editor-in-Chief
I'm Laurel Barrett, and I am in my second year as the Editor-in-Chief of The Chomp! I am currently a junior, and my favorite subjects are English and Science. My hobbies are reading, writing, and creating artistic projects, like posters and models. I am a lawyer in Mock Trial, a President of Book Club, and I am an NJ-JCL Executive Board Officer. I'm also a member of Latin Club, NHS, World Language Honors Society, and Gateway's Mentor Program. Additionally, I am the social media manager of a NJ non-profit called P.U.R.E. Girls, Inc. and enjoy volunteering at Angels Community Outreach. I plan to become a patent lawyer in the future and practice somewhere in New England. I look forward to interviewing featured teachers, writing opinion pieces, and creating book reviews for The Chomp this year! If you want to join our team, feel free to email me @[email protected].
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