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How Karate Can Help With Meditation

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Although the ancient origins of karate are somewhat unclear to us,The one thing I can tell you,is that about 1400 years ago,while teaching at the Shaolin Temple in China,Daruma Daishi used techniques that were similar to karate.Later these techniques developed into forms of karate known as Shaolin Boxing.

You need a clear mind to use Karate and meditating is the best way to clear your mind when you are in a sport such as karate.In 1955 one of master funakoshi’s last direct pupils cam to the United States and was the first person to teach karate in this country.That same year he put together Southern California Karate Association,which has grown over several years to now become a national non-profit organization.

As I meditated I continued to learn more about karate.I learned in 1961,which happens to be my year of birth,Mr Caylor Adkins,One of Mr Ohshima’s first black belts, began attending CSULB and soon formed the school’s first karate club.In 1968 after being gone for a while he returned to CSULB along with a gentleman named Mr Don Depree. Mr Depree carried on the tradition and led the growing club until the year 1992,when he entrusted the leadership of the club to Mr Samir Abboud.

Still keeping my mind clear by meditating I learned that Mr Samir Abboud was a continuing student of Don Depree since the year of 1969.Samir was the CSUBL captain of the karate club,and assistant instructor to Mr Don Depree for many years. Through meditation children and adults learn breathing techniques that help them concentrate on karate. When first starting karate you will want to start with the beginners belt.The purpose of this level is orientation.

Students will be taught the general structure of the class,basic commands,the importance of self-defense and some basic combinations of self-defense moves. By concentration with meditation the student will learn to be familiar with and to perform any of the moves on the curriculum sheet.The students also should be able to stand in a Chunbi position for 1minute without moving.Minimal proficiency will be required.

The practicing time 5-10 minutes 3-4 times a week will be plenty for the beginners level.It will usually take 4-6 weeks to start your next belt. So whether you are a child or and adult learning karate for whatever reason,remember the key to karate is first using your breathing techniques and your meditation will help you to practice your breathing.

Meditation books are also very helpful, if you are interested in learning more about meditation just go to your local library and check some of them out. Take time out to study meditation and you could be feeling much better real soon, which is something that most of us all want for ourselves. Good luck and remember that keeping a positive attitude can really make a difference in your stress levels. Please take time out for yourself for meditation.

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4 comments

  1. This is a great blog post, and it covers one of the best parts of practicing Karate. There are so many different additional benefits too. For example, besides the obvious physical advantages, Karate is also a great way to build up confidence and self-esteem. This will help you out in ways you wouldn’t even imagine. After I started practicing Karate, I found myself exuding confidence in daily life – it helped me with getting new job opportunities and performing better at interviews, but also helped me get more comfortable in the dating world. I’ve found I’m more patient and less likely to react to something emotionally.

    All because of a martial arts membership at a local gym.

  2. This is a great article. I have tried a few different martial arts over the years and one of my favourite parts was always at the very beginning or the very end of the session, the instructor would sit everyone down to meditate. It was a brilliant practice, and I have no idea if it helped with my development of the martial art (I doubt it because I never stuck with it long enough) but the meditation itself always left me feeling really good. Really positive, and tranquil, and when this is added to the fact you just exercised, releasing all those endorphins and feeling healthy, something like karate and meditation can really leave you feeling better and stronger when preparing to face the day.

  3. Karate and other martial arts are a form of mental discipline, without it we would never achieve those performances. So no surprise really that is helps meditation, as being concentrated is half the effort we need to make to meditate.

  4. Any form of physical training which requires commitment and disciplined practice is a useful tool for aiding a mindset conducive to meditation, karate and yoga in particular excel in this field! Very interesting article.

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