What is the relationship between Buddhism and Martial Arts?
Answer by yyyyzz (wise)
In some forms of Buddhism and Taoism, meditation plays an important part of their daily discipline. But meditation tended to involve sitting for long periods without moving. It was found that certain types of martial art helped them to maintain their posture, flexibility and health. Also, since they were not allowed to carry weapons because of their religion, the ability to defend oneself with just bare hands and quick defence was encouraged and cultivated. In parallel with this development, other people also were developing other forms of martial art for self-defence. Over time, the different forms merged but in certain forms, the link with religious discipline never went away.
Buddhism is a a practice of mind.
Martial art is a practice of physique.
There is no relationship and there shouldn't be.
Having said that, some martial artists try to bring mind practice to improve their physical practice.
Externally, it is self defense;
Internally, it is self discovery, self discipline, non-violence and peace;
"No opponents under the heaven not because one is the strongest and best fighter but rather because one is at peace with oneself and all under heaven"