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What is the relationship between Buddhism and Martial Arts?

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Answer by yyyyzz (wise)
Nothing.
Peace.

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I'm not quite sure on the history of martial arts and Buddhism without looking it up, but I remember there being a link between Hsien Taoism which is the religious aspect of Taoism and martial arts being used to gain immortality. That martial art later became Qi Gong. Shaolin is a mixture of Taoist and Buddhist principles, and I think Buddhism adopted martial arts to protect themselves after the rise of Confucianism, under which Buddhists and Taoists were victimised.
They never started off as a form of self defence they are forms of movement based on aspects of nature, which have been adapted to serve a different purpose.
They would originally have had the same purpose as Tai Chi, a form of physical meditation.

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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.

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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.

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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"

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