When considering martial arts, it’s easy to think of the physical side of a class like jiu-jitsu or karate while overlooking the more mental or spiritual aspects of the art. Once you’re in class, however, you can completely see how it takes both physical and mental abilities to remain focused, take in what you’ve learned, and create an output that’s better and better with every class.
Working on Focus
Meditation is all about focus, and in many ways so is martial arts. Focusing in class and being able to hone your attention to one single act is one of the main ways that martial arts challenges its students. In that very same way, meditation is about calming your mind, focusing on one thing, and clearing out every other thought that isn’t helping you in the moment.
Discipline in Every Aspect of Life
Taking the time to meditate daily takes discipline, and so does showing up to class. Perfecting martial arts or meditation requires a rigid mindset that proves you have the drive and dedication to succeed. With martial arts, discipline is ingrained into every class and interaction you have with an instructor, while meditation requires self-discipline that requires you to be true to yourself and your intentions.
The Right Mindset
Martial arts and meditation are two practices that require focus, discipline, and self-control. Once you’ve learned the meditation style that works for you and become an expert in quieting your mind, you can translate that over to your martial arts classes, ultimately being able to show up, pay attention, and retain the information being passed on to you.
When you take the time to meditate, you’ll see your ability to focus during class improve over time. Whether you’re new to martial arts or working on your next belt, try meditation as a way to reach the next level, and you may be surprised by the results!
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