As one of the highest ranking martial arts experts in the world today, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim is often asked to provide her opinion on the efficacy of the martial arts in the fight against disease and dysfunction. Recently, she was asked about using the martial arts as a healing tool for people who are recovering from addiction. It’s an interesting concept, and after giving the idea a considerable amount of thought, this is what Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim told her interviewer.
Addictions can be considered chemical disorders, in that a person who is addicted to a specific drug often has chemical damage due to the long-term use of that drug. Addictions are also due, in part, to poor habits and mental health distress and this, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, can be effectively treated with a course in the martial arts.
In her California studio, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches her students to focus their minds and use all of their concentration skills on the movements of their bodies. Students who have drug histories, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, have difficulty in the early portion of class, as they are often fixated on their cravings to use drugs. In time, however, these students achieve a sort of calm and peacefulness, and they find that their cravings seem to lessen and abate. In time, these students might lean on their martial arts movements when they feel a craving coming on. Martial arts can be a form of mental discipline, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, and retraining the brain in this way can help people to make a full recovery from drugs.