P.U.S.H. is an acronym for Peace Using Stress Healing. The name was drawn from the many similarities or shared benefits of the martial arts and yoga. One of those shared benefits is stress reduction. Stress can be very harmful to our bodies. Therefore, engaging in stress-reducing activities is very beneficial. Practicing the martial arts and/or yoga can lead one to an overall state of calm not found in many other physical activities.
However, P.U.S.H. is much more than merely a means to an end. It is much more than just martial arts and yoga. P.U.S.H. is a lifestyle. It's a mindset. It's a movement. P.U.S.H. is about pushing yourself beyond limits to achieve whatever you aspire to attain in life. There are no limits to what you can achieve...if you just P.U.S.H. beyond the naysayers, negativity, and nonsense you encounter on a daily basis. All you have to do is P.U.S.H.
Martial arts training can reduce stress, improve focus, improve concentration, improve patience, heighten self-awareness, improve self-discipline, and improve self-confidence, to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, there are many styles/systems of the martial arts, not just "Karate" and "Kung Fu." Some of the more known martial art styles/systems are Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and boxing (yes boxing is a martial art too). Here are some of the lesser known styles of the martial arts: Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Shootfighting, Sambo, Aikido, Hapkido, Silat, Kali (Also called Arnis or Eskrima), Gracie Jiu Jitsu (also known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Shotokan, Kenpo or Kempo, San Soo, Capoeira, Bando, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Savate, to name a few.
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has become very popular in the past 15 plus years. Basically, MMA is typically a combination of Western Boxing, Muay Thai, and some type of grappling art such as Wrestling/Judo/Jiu Jitsu. MMA is great for competition, and can be useful in some street survival situations as well. However, MMA won't do you much good if confronted on the street with a knife (or any edged weapon), gun, or bat/stick (or any blunt object). Therefore, it is best to be prepared for any type of attack. No one style has everything you will need to survive a real street encounter. Ideally, drawing from a plethora of various styles/systems is the best approach to learning the martial arts.
YOGA & MEDITATION
The benefits of practicing yoga and meditation are well researched and documented. However, a few of the myriad benefits include but are not limited to the following: Stress reduction, improved strength, improved balance, increased focus, increased flexibility, increased self-awareness, increased self-control, and increased concentration. There are many "styles" of yoga. Sometimes yoga is practiced at a very slow pace...holding the poses longer. Sometimes yoga is practiced at a faster pace...with more movement/fluidity. Sometimes yoga is practiced with various types of music..and sometimes without music. You can practice at a studio, park, office, home, or wherever you choose. Yoga can be whatever you make it. There is no one way to approach the practice of yoga.
In the past, many have chosen not to practice yoga because of some of the myths that surround the ancient practice. Make no mistake, yoga is a personal practice, not a competition. Yoga has nothing to do with being able to wrap your leg around your head, or doing complex, difficult poses (asanas). Yoga is for everyone, regardless of size, flexibility, etc. Nobody should feel intimidated about beginning a yoga practice. You merely do what you are able to do, and that will always be enough.