Meditation & Martial Arts

Why meditate? It is not that important to your martial art training is it? A lot of people would rather be getting a sweat on and kicking and punching and whacking those burpees out! They never think to start or end a lesson by simply sitting down and concentrating on their breathing and on calming their mind. A martial artist should have a calm mind both inside and outside the dojang. Meditation is sometimes perceived as a magical phenomenon that only spiritual people practise. However this is untrue. Meditation is simply concentration and breathing control. You are learning to focus your mind on only one thing and that is listening to your breath. All other stresses, thoughts and worries s

What is the best age to start martial art training?

What is the best age to start martial arts training? Is it when you are 4 or 5 and then you have all of those years to practise your skills? Is it when you are a teenager so you have lots of energy to put into your training? Or is it as an adult when you are better able to understand that martial arts is a lifelong journey and understand the philosophy in more depth? To me there is no correct answer and every single scenario has it's advantages and disadvantages that we'll discuss below. STARTING AT A VERY EARLY AGE (3-7 years): Most parents want their children involved in a martial art at an extremely early age. The positives is that they learn balance, coordination and discipline but the d

Why Ki Calling (KIHAP) is crucial in your martial art training.

Ki translates to ENERGY so the word K-iHap, meaning to shout when you strike a target, basically translates to energy shout. You are delivering your energy to the target. it's not designed to scare your opponent, it's purely to help you. It is sometimes underrated hugely in training. Here is why you need to practise it. The reason why it's so important in your general training is that believe it or not your Ki Hap is designed to improve your mental state of mind. It needs to be practised, the same way you would practise a front snap kick. With time and effort it builds confidence in your technique, and when you are confident in your own abilities it leads you to become confident in decision

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