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Dara Mussar reviewed Ferraro Karate & Martial Arts
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Steve has so much heart for this community <3 Ferraro Karate is Guelph gem!

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I think it's honestly the best place to train in Guelph and probably Canada. I've had an amazing experience and everyone everyone at the dojo is great

Viresh Mistry reviewed Ferraro Karate & Martial Arts
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AMAZING Master with SOLID knowledge and passion in the arts. Very rare to find a school where the Master / Owner is physically able and engaged in classes.

Robert Cruz reviewed Ferraro Karate & Martial Arts
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Sensei Ferraro and Black Belt team are just dedicated, focused on teaching great / fantastic pure Okinawan Karate. They also focus on the art of sparring using Karate techniques we learn in our Katas! And they are dedicated not only to this fascinating world of Karate but Senseis also make sure we get mental integrity to avoid mental break down, self steam, as well as physical fitness to avoid body break down. I, as an adult, and my 9 year old daughter are just very happy to be part of Sensei Ferraro Dojo and Karate lineage. We feel the difference in our lives pre Ferraro Karate and post Ferraro Karate. Thanks Sensei and Black Belt Team of Ferraro Karate!!!

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Senior Citizens Can Benefit from Martial Arts Training!

Why Senior Citizens Can Benefit From Martial Arts

As people grow older, they begin to find ways to be more productive and make use of

their time. For senior citizens, in particular, they find that there is even more time

they need to utilize and want to do so effectively. Many will go out and find other

jobs while others will pursue hobbies and activities that they never could before

retirement. Martial arts is one activity that many seniors should take advantage of in

their pursuit of finding a participatory activity. There are many benefits associated

with taking martial arts classes.

Sustain Mental Health

Growing older can be a wonderful thing as people become more experienced and wise

in their lifetimes. However, the brain does not function as quickly or healthy as it did

during childhood. With that said, seniors tend to experience more issues such as

memory loss or slower reactions. Martial arts can significantly help alleviate these

symptoms. It does so through the discipline and constant practice of reflexive routines

that help seniors keep their mental alertness. The brain is a muscle that needs to be

exercised just as much as other muscles within the body. Martial arts for seniors is

especially important in maintaining their own mental health and awareness.

Make Friends and Build Community

As seniors grow into their retirements, their friend circles tend to decrease over time.

They are no longer going to work each day and seeing their co-workers on a regular

basis. Enlisting in and taking martial arts classes gives them a chance to make new

friends and build a community. People in martial arts classes share a common interest

in the sport. They may all have joined for different reasons, but the outcome is the

same. There are a multitude of exercises that involve partner and group activities.

This builds teamwork and each person feels connected to the entire group. They all

build a sense of camaraderie and hold each other accountable. Again, this is a great

reason for seniors to join martial arts classes because they need to be able to

socialize and feel welcomed in things that foster that type of behavior.

Physical Fitness

Exercise is vitally important to everyone, but specifically to senior citizens. Bodily

functions and strength are just not the same when it comes to a senior’s body versus

people in their 30s. In order to keep up a healthy body, a senior should be sure to

build muscle and bone strength. Osteoporosis is one of the most common conditions

that any senior will begin to experience. This comes from a weak skeletal structure.

To protect their bones, they need to build up their muscle strength. Martial arts

tremendously helps with building that muscle strength as well as a person’s overall

endurance. Heart disease is another common ailment for people over the age of 40.

Practicing martial arts will significantly reduce a senior’s risk for heart diseases

because of the physical routines associated with its art.

Martial arts for seniors should be something that many people consider to be an allaround

activity. Not only does it provide a chance for them to be active, but it can

give them multiple mental benefits as well. Giving seniors the chance to do something

once considered unconventional is an amazing opportunity to give them back their

sense of self and confidence.