The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Eps 086 – Can the martial arts help build resilience?
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Ninja Nguyen who is based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ninja had his first martial arts class in his native Vietnam when he was just four years old. At the time the country was still at war and, while his parents covertly smuggled his older brothers out of the country, he continued his martial arts training. After a few years, he and the rest of his family fled their home and spent time in refugee camps in Malaysia and the Philippines before gaining entrance to the United States in 1980.
In this podcast, Ninja talks about the massive lifestyle change he found when his family moved to the USA. Ninja continued his martial arts training and, it was through this, that he learnt English and he discusses how important this was to settling down in his new country. He also discusses how the routines of the martial arts can be applied to other areas of life, teaching skills such as listening, focus and commitment and that understanding yourself, controlling your thoughts and your emotional state are as important as physical movement.
Ninja feels that the martial arts are not about fighting each other but about being a better person and can contribute to mental, physical and spiritual health and, that it’s life-changing principles can make you stronger in heart, mind, and body.
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Ninja’s book ‘Step on the Mat’ is available at https://www.amazon.com/Step-Mat-Life-Lessons-Ninja/dp/1544513216