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Is meditation an important part of martial arts training?

I have been reading some info on martial arts philosophy and the history of the arts and it seems that to truly get the full benefit and become truly skilled that one must meditate on a regular basis. I’m not sure how that ties into my physical practice. Any insight to those who actually use meditation as part of their practice?

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The mental aspects of fighting are as important as the physical aspects. The brain controls everything and how you approach certain aspects of fighting and your understanding of them as well as how well you are able to sometimes overcome involuntary, reflexive actions for instance can be important. Visualization is one aspect of this that has always been stressed in martial arts and many of your professional sports teams have now been using this technique to improve their level of execution and play for twenty years. For an experienced fighter fighting is as much or more mental and just carrying… Read more »

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It depends on what you mean by meditation. When I started martial arts years ago, my teacher had us meditate by focusing on our breathing and trying to clear our mind of all thoughts. That did nothing for me, and I seriously doubt it would improve anyone’s athletic performance. There is a huge mental aspect to any sport though, so mental training is important, but I think things like visualization and positive self-talk help far more than sitting in the dark and trying to zone out.

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Meditaion can help with all martial arts. It helps u focus and clears ur mind of random thoghts. It is an essential part of Internal martial arts and iron body training.

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As Bas Rutten said on Inside MMA a little while ago, fighting is 95% mental. You have to be confident and focused. If you watch the movie “Choke” with Rickson Gracie there is a segment on meditation.

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not with me. for those “internal / soft” arts maybe.

I’m not into those kind of things.

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Mental toughness and preparation are very important to any martial arts discipline, if meditation helps you achieve mental fortitude than yes it is very important.

Personally, I don’t meditate due to time constraints (poor reason, I know), but I would like to start.