The role of the conscious and subconscious minds has been likened to the captain and crew of a ship. But what has this to do with martial arts?
We learn more from mistakes than from success; so although we should always try our best, we shouldn’t care about making mistakes.
The void refers to emptying the mind of distracting thoughts; without which we can respond more intuitively and techniques “occur” naturally!
Anybody who is interested in self protection should be aware of the effects of adrenalin as it plays an important part of coping with a real confrontation
Being involved in a real fight or self protection incident can be very emotional charged. Bruce Lee famously made the point that we should have “emotional content” in martial arts in Enter The Dragon”. But what emotions should we have and why?
Much is talked about self protection in many different aspects, but not many people talk about how to develop, harness and use your own intuition to guide you through such an incident.
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?
Moksu (meditation) is often seen as just clearing the mind from the day’s ups and downs to prepare you for training. It does of course do that, but it can actually represent a lot more. Apart from just clearing the mind, when practiced regularly it can completely silence the mind allowing more clarity of thought and access to your intuition.
Many martial arts exercises are not directly practical from a real life self protection perspective. However, they can be very good tools for preparing your mindset (what NLP calls Mental Rehearsal).
A simple but effective technique for taking control of a situation and de-escalating verbal agression before it degenerates into a physical conflict.