Meditation develops the mind. It better connects the conscious and sub conscious minds, enabling better instincts and intuition to develop.
Martial arts are effective at teaching us to take responsibility, which in turn is very good for self development (especially for children).
The void refers to emptying the mind of distracting thoughts; without which we can respond more intuitively and techniques “occur” naturally!
This is the story of how a somebody suffered a debilitating stroke at just 6 years of age and his struggle to overcome many challenges; physical, emotional, mental and even just getting a perspective on life. It details the enormous role that karate played in his recovery. It is a fascinating read from a truly inspiring individual which really does sum up what martial arts are all about.
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.
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.
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.
Mind like the moon and mind like water are phrases that you come across from time to time in martial arts and although the meaning is often described, it is seldom explained how to achieve achieve these states.
Kaizen is a Japanese method of continuous and deliberate improvement. It is also ingrained into most traditional martial arts.
It is often debated in martial arts circles what is most important, pure technique or developing a fierce fighting spirit? My answer is that it depends on what stage of your training you’re at. Find out more . . . . .