Melding Mindfulness And Martial Arts: A Quick Summary


Mindfulness can be exercised in so many ways rather than just through meditation. Some of these ways include practicing mindfulness by moving, breathing, interconnecting, exploring, and visualizing. Try any of these ways and see how it affects your martial art training. One can also find other ways like technique training, walking, etc. to practice mindfulness. No matter which way you go for, it will definitely improve your training in no time.

When we talk about mindfulness, one word that automatically comes into our mind is meditation. Meditation is one of the most popular and renowned techniques for practicing mindfulness. Many people around the world, including martial artists and MMA fighters, practice mindfulness to gain control of their minds.

However, meditation is not the only way to practice mindfulness. If you are a martial artist, here are some ways to bring mindfulness into your training and complete your quest to control your mind.

1. Through Motion

Moving mindfully while executing martial arts movements is one way to practice mindfulness. Simply feel each of your body sensations as you begin and complete a movement. For instance, if you are executing the front thrust kick, be aware of the sensations produced in the joints and muscles. If you are practicing Tai Chi, you can notice these sensations more because of the slow movements used in the practice. Of course, we also recommend that you focus on your body sensations as you warm up at the start of every practice.

Bringing Mindfulness Into Martial Arts
Melding Mindfulness And Martial Arts: A Quick Summary

2. Through Breathing

Whether you practice Brazilian jujitsu, Kung Fu or any other form, you can bring concentration into your training by simply observing your breathing. Notice your lungs and belly expanding and contracting as you breathe in and out. You can also observe your breath while implementing your martial arts forms.

3. Through Visualizing

Visualization is not just a way to improve martial art performance but also to practice mindfulness. Although it is not easy to visualize without distraction, it is not impossible. One approach is to take some time during your training to sit and visualize the movements you would like to improve on.

4. Through Exploration

Exploring your environment is one of the easiest ways to exercise mindfulness. Observe your surroundings during your martial art class. You can pay attention to other students practicing their techniques or simply watch them meditate. You can even look outside the window and observe everything, from people to moving vehicles and everything in between. Taking a break from your martial art class and observing everything around you while breathing fresh air can be a deeper experience.

Bringing Mindfulness Into Martial Arts
Melding Mindfulness And Martial Arts: A Quick Summary

5. By Interconnecting

Martial art is a way of interconnecting with others. Whether it’s giving respect to your trainer by bowing or paying respect to an opponent, the art allows for interconnecting at various levels. All you have to do is to make this interconnection mindful instead of mindless. With each bow, notice the reaction of the other person. Observe their face gestures during a bow. Note their hand movements when you do a glove touch.

The Bottom Lines

Mindfulness can be exercised in so many ways and not only through meditation. Some of these ways include practicing it by moving, breathing, interconnecting, exploring, and by visualizing. Try any of these ways and see how it affects your martial art training.

Of course, you can also find other ways to practice mindfulness such as by sitting, running, floating, or walking. No matter which way you choose, it will definitely improve your training in no time.

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