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How come meditation is used by folks with in the ranks…?

…of advanced levels of certain martial arts? Is this for mental exercise or more for a religious belief??? I have heard of meditation used by only a handful of boxers, but it sure seems common in the oriental martial arts for sure.


  1. Im of shinto religion, and i am trained in the arts of Battojutsu, ninjutsu and shotokan karate. I only normally meditate to collect my thoughts, or for just relaxing purposes.

  2. It has a purpose and fulfills a need for many that know how to use it and various aspects of it. I once read an article about the US Olympic team who did a study on visualization when TKD was first being introduced. There was a direct correlation between those individuals that meditated and did visualization and how well and often they scored as opposed to a test group that did nothing but trained. Along with that I can personally tell you that my fighting improved after listening to some motivational tapes that were based on sparring and enhancing your performance in martial arts. I used them for about a year and after that did not need them any more. The mind is a powerful thing and fighting is as much mental like a chess match as as physical. Your opponent is doing things and has his strategy and you have yours but as the fight progresses and things change and certain adjustments have to be made you literally are thinking sometimes as much as two or three and sometimes four moves ahead while at the same time concentrating on doing the things that you are doing right at that second. Doing all this and keeping your focus and concentration while getting hit and hitting someone else is something that most good fighters have to be able to do in order to succeed and survive.

  3. I have used meditation for years. And not for just the arts. It can help with stress and to work out problems I may be dealing with.
    I know that some instructors teach this as a way to train and I have used it for this when I was injured and could not train in an fiscal manner.
    I also use this manner of training when I am working on a move that can lead to injury. It helps me build confidants and a feel for the way I need to move. I find it helps me master moves faster then if I use only traditional training.
    I also know that this is part of some religions.
    I would not be surprised if most hi level martial artist use this method of training.
    Hope this helps.

  4. Every culture around the world has always had as its two main forms of unarmed combat, boxing and wrestling. As a matter of fact, you wish to know the two oldest sports of the human race? Boxing and wrestling; they are it. No one knows which of the two came first, what is known for certain though, based on reliefs, sculptures, etc, is that people the world over have practiced it for centuries. Now, where China is different; Daoism, Buddhism, and crime.
    China, much like India, was never nearly as war torn as Europe was, that is the reason both those regions grew to such enormous populations. And no, China’s population never shrunk to a million because if it got that small it would not have its present numbers, first of all, second, the civilization itself would have collapsed from not enough people to run such a vast area. I mean one million people spread out across an area as large as the U.S., and the civilization is bound to collapse and well, China has been here for 4,000 years so, forgive me if I disbelieve anyone who said it ever got that low.
    While China did not suffer from warfare violence, it did suffer from crime violence. Crime is always a guest in China; because of the massive population, and the fact that the cities have always been tightly packed, the more people you cram into a place the greater the odds someone will screw with your life and destroy you outright. Next thing you know you’re on the street, being forced to steal or even kill to survive. Because some emperors were tyranical, and poverty wide spread, in those time periods crime and lawlessnes worsened. Everyone has this stereotype of Chinese people as being quiet, gentle, nice folks, good sense of humor, intelligent, when the truth is some of the most dangerous criminals in human history, and most Chinese will be ashamed to admit this, have been Chinese.
    Crime, is the dark side of Chinese culture over its 4,000 year history, and as you know, China’s population is huge; while most are “small,” and “skinny,” again the stereotype, China has its share of large men, many of which were bullies. You ever see Blood Sport? Remember that Bruiser Chong Li played by Bolo Yeung? HE’S NOTHING, compared to some of the blood thirsty crooks the Shaolin have had to deal with; you thought a movie character was scary, imagine if that guy were actually real.
    To alleviate their pain and suffering many Chinese turned to Buddhism, since the native belief system of Daoism had become a chaotic hodge podge of confusing paths and schools that few people understood, many charlatans and scam artists sought to take advantage of people, and because Buddhism was better organized and enjoyed the support of the emperor, temples sprang up. However those temples were easy prey for bandits who often raided the then defenseless monks. It was at this time when Daruma, or Boddhidarma, or Damo, an Indian monk from the Tamil region stepped onto the scene. When he arrived at the temple in China he saw that many monks were falling asleep, unable to endure long bouts of meditation. Thus he taught them all sorts of neat little Indian fitness tricks, Yoga being among them.
    One day as chance had it, a band of crooks attacked the temple and as with all such stories Daruma manhandled all of them all by himself. Hearing that such raids were frequent, Daruma agreed to train the monks in martial arts. For reasons no one knows, he only taught them very basic forms. Also for reasons no one knows, when he taught them a few moves he went and hid in a cave for 10 years where all he did all day was meditate. As to why he didn’t starve to death, it was allegedly the monk’s incredible spiritual power. When he emerged, Shaolin Kung Fu was born.
    Damo, what he looked like; he had a “fierce” appearance, wild hair, skin so dark it was almost ebony in complexion, and ice blue eyes. There are even wild theories that the man may have been black, but lets not go there okay?
    Meditation has been a part of the east asian martial arts tradition since Daruma transmitted his knowledge of Indian martial arts, as well as forms he developed himself while in China during those 10 years of meditation. The reason Shaolin Quan (Quan means “fist”) does not look like any unarmed Indian style, is because Daruma created it from scratch plus many techniques from native Chinese styles were incorporated into it. We know, that India’s warrior caste, as well as some Tamils, had a cultural influence in South East Asia. You look at Muay Thai, and you look at unarmed Indian martial arts and they look similar, however you look at unarmed Indian martial arts and Shaolin, and they look nothing alike, even though Daruma was indeed from India.
    Be that as it may, meditation has been with the east asian unarmed combat styles since people began their practice.

  5. Martial Arts is about self control. When you demand personal performance beyond the ordinary you need incredible focus. Meditation helps in several ways. It helps train you to focus. It can calm the thought process and keep the mind from wandering during great stress. It can be used to get you beyond pain and fear. It can help you get beyond your immediate stress. It can be used to visualize combat so it can be used as practice. The mind body spirit connection is well known in the Martial Arts, particularly in those who are seasoned.

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