Moving Meditation: Martial Arts Kata/Forms/Patterns

It’s often been said in the martial arts that performing Kata/Forms/Patterns (Kata for convenience) is like moving meditation; but what exactly does that mean?

What Is Meditation

Well first let’s look at meditation then see how performing Kata can be similar. Meditation is a practice which (amongst other things) aims to silence the mind and help focus the intention. There are many variations, but (put very simply) one of the most common methods of meditation is simply to sit and focus all your minds attention on the breath so as to “distract” the mind from other thoughts. With time and practice, you get used to distracting the mind till it gets used to becoming quiet and absent of thought. Continue reading “Moving Meditation: Martial Arts Kata/Forms/Patterns” »