Therapeutic Martial Arts

  • Friday, April 16, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Live Event via Zoom


Program Information:

Title: "Therapeutic Martial Arts”

Presenter:  Dr. Erik Reznik, PSY.D.

Date:  April 16, 2021

Live Event: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

(Announcements, virtual networking) 9:00-9:30 am; (Presentation)

9:30-10:30 am

*Your Zoom link will be sent out at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.*

Presentation Summary:

The Therapeutic Martial Arts program introduction course familiarizes participants with a uniquely innovative program, which combines eastern and western philosophies and combination of several evidence-based clinical approaches.  Participants are introduced to research and application of Therapeutic Martial Arts.  Additionally, techniques of stress management, anger control, improvement of self-esteem, and goal attainment will be discussed.

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will be able to understand the differences in eastern and western philosophical approaches in dealing with health issues.
  • Participants will identify the process of emotional response and regulation, as well as the new stage approach of psycho-physiological response.
  • Participants will identify new techniques in applying Therapeutic Martial Arts with individuals with mental and physical ailments.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Eric Yuri Reznik was born in Kiev, Ukraine (USSR), in 1966 and came to the United States in 1978. He obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida International University in 1990. He obtained a master's degree with honors (1994) and a doctorate degree (1999), both in clinical psychology, from Miami Institute of Psychology (currently, Carlos Albizu University). Since then, he has maintained a successful practice in clinical psychology.  Currently, Dr. Reznik maintains a full-time clinical practice at Be Well Rehabilitation and Counseling Group, Inc., in  Hallandale, Florida. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Barry University. Dr. Reznik has published “Saminchilu, The Way of Life and Love, Pain, Deceit, and Other Human Mysteries”.  He is currently developing the Complete Mental Status Evaluation assessment scale.

Dr. Reznik began martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do and Saminchilu Chuan Fa Gung Fu achieving a black belt of third degree and nine stripes (equivalent to the fifth degree in Karate). Dr. Reznik is proficient in other Martial Arts systems. Throughout his martial arts career, he ran several dojos in the South Florida area and was the head instructor of the Saminchilu system. He also competed in local, national, and international competitions, including FBBA, WAKO, BBL, NASKA, USKA, U.S. Open, and the first International Martial Arts Competition, held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1992.  Between 2001 and 2007, Dr. Reznik was inducted into the Eastern International Martial Arts Hall of Fame for such honors as Humanitarian, Instructor of the Year, and Martial Artist of the Year.  He continues to train with different systems and runs his own competitions.

Dr. Reznik engaged not only in physical aspects of martial arts but also in philosophical and therapeutic aspects. In 1999, he published a dissertation on therapeutic martial arts dissertation. As a result of his work, he was invited to present his dissertation and its application at many national conferences. Additionally, he ran several programs in therapeutic martial arts in such facilities as Children's Home Society, Child and Family Enrichment Program, Family Service Planning Team, and Our Kids of Dade County. Currently, his dissertation was rewritten into a book, which is available in print.

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