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What techniques can you use for meditation before martial arts training?

Before training how long do you usually meditate? What techniques can I personally try out? Thanks.


  1. Only you can answer phyically how long you feel is nessary. The one thing that continues to work is the waterfall. Standing under rushing water only forces you to think of one thing. That or a good soak with some saka.

  2. Visualization is one good technique and I have used that before tournaments and fights. There has been a lot of research done on that and many studies show that people tend to perform at a higher level if they use it and so many professional athletes use it, not just martial artists. Another that I have used that I encourage inexperienced fighters to use in their training is writing down three to five main things that they want to work on or do. This helps keep them better focused and directed so they are not asking themselves what they should do or be working on when fighting or training. People who write things done like a task list or things to do list tend to have a higher rate of accomplishing those things. It helps keep them better focused and their mind on those tasks written down.

  3. The hardest thing to learn is to clear the mind and leave the outside world where it belongs…outside.
    You would want to start by controlling your breathing and focusing on nothing. Allow the mind to wander off into a blank state. Do not attempt to force your mind to do anything…just let it be. It is very hard to gain control with so many influences in your daily life but by learning to allow the mind to wander and become a subject of no thought you can have a clear state to take in the day’s training.
    The waterfall one is also one that I recommend to my students as well. I recommend that you may want to find a zen meditation course as an addition if your dojo does not offer meditation training.

  4. There is an interesting discussion about martial arts and Buddhist meditation and practice: the second last section in Lecture Six in the Zhuan Falun book on the web.
    Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. About 100 million people practice in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, and spirit based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.

  5. meditate for as long as your comfortable doing so over time youll be able to comfortably meditate for longer periods but the key to true meditation is comfort relaxation and a free mind dont worry about time just do for as long as you confortable any when you strain yourself you wont be developing properly

  6. Meditation doesn’t really work well that way.
    “Don’t think” about it. “Feel! It is like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
    — Bruce Lee
    Don’t worry so much about the finger (the technique of meditation). Just focus on the proper mind.

  7. When I started meditating, I learned an awareness exercise. Many people try to meditate by forcing their mind blank, but the mind is the wrong tool for meditation. Awareness is the meditative faculty that needs to be strengthened like a muscle. Once you understand your awareness faculty, you can use it and move it around at will.
    Start in a relaxed position and become aware of a particular body part, say the left knee. Don’t picture it in your mind, just become aware of it. Now, increase that awareness. After a short time, move this awareness to a different body part, say the back of your head. Become aware of it. This is not thinking about it or picturing it. Just be aware. Feel the energy within and around it. Increase this awareness. After a short time, become aware of your heart in the same manner. Increase the awareness. Let it expand outward, outside of the body to slowly encompass everything. The room, the neighborhood, the world, the universe, beyond.
    The point of this is to learn your awareness faculty and strengthen it. It teaches you how to pick it up and move it around. Soon, you will be able to pick it up and put it down at will. When you are aware, you are in the now. Your mind is not telling stories of the past or future which don’t exist in the now. You are present.
    I once read that you can meditate 20 times a day for just a minute and get more meditative time than trying to meditate for an hour while your head is chattering for 59 of those minutes. This is what I do most. Once you can enter into awareness of now at will, you can drop into meditation very quickly. When the head starts talking, it’s time to move on. I occasionally meditate for more time, but not usually more than 15 minutes. If my head starts thinking, I observe the thought, then become aware of my breathing to bring myself back into awareness of now.
    Sometimes, I meditate merely to be present. Sometimes, I do what is called contemplative meditation. This is when I want clarity of an event or situation in my life, or an action, if any, to take. I take the issue into meditation without any stories about what is happening or what I should do. Sometimes while in meditation, a solution comes to me, sometimes not. Sometimes there is nothing that need be done at that time. Many things work themselves out without our action.
    The whole point is to be present, in the now. That’s all that really exists. The past is merely a collection of memories of events and my stories about those events. The future is just a collection of memories of the past that I project about the future. It’s all just a bunch of electrons firing off in my head, in the now. Because now is all there is.
    When in class or when a situation arises on the street, it is very important to be present, in the now, uncluttered by mind chatter. This is full focus.


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