Category Archives: Philosophy / Spiritual

Philosophy of Karate and other martial arts

Moving Meditation: Kata/Forms/Patterns

It’s often said that Kata/Forms/Patterns is like moving meditation; but what exactly does that mean? We look here at the aims of meditation and how performing kata can have similar benefits Continue reading

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Spirituality In Traditional Martial Arts

Many traditional martial arts talk of mind body and spirit or spirituality, but what does that actually mean? Continue reading

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Being “Present” (In The Now) And Martial Arts Training

Many self development/spiritual teachers’ talk about “being present” or “living in the now” (which is the same thing really). It’s also part of Zen, which is often goes hand in hand with martial arts. But what does this actually mean, how can martial arts training help you achieve it and what benefits are there for you from both a self protection and everyday life point of view? Continue reading

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Striving For Perfection: Combat Effectiveness And Spiritual Development

Most traditional martial arts place high importance on perfection of movement. Why should this be when real fighting is far from perfect. This post looks at the advantages of striving for perfection of movement both in terms of combat effectiveness and spiritual development. Continue reading

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Martial Arts In Times Of Peace

Martial arts tend to take on different meanings during times of peace compared to times of war and chaos. Is this a good or bad thing? Continue reading

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