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Spiritual And Mental Benefits Of Martial Arts

Spiritual and​ Mental Benefits of​ Martial Arts
Empty your mind,​ be formless,​ shapeless like water. ​
Now you​ put water into a​ cup,​ it​ becomes the​ cup,​ you​ put water into a​ bottle,​ it​ becomes the​ bottle,​ you​ put it​ in​ a​ teapot,​ it​ becomes the​ teapot. ​
Now water can flow or​ it​ can crash. ​
Be water,​ my friend. ​
Bruce Lee
According to​ history,​ in​ A.D. ​
527,​ an emperor named Wu Di invited an Indian monk named Bodhidharma to​ visit China and​ help monks improve their health and​ physical skills. ​
After journeying throughout China,​ he came upon a​ Buddhist temple in​ the​ province of​ Henan where he found the​ monks too weak and​ helpless against marauding bandits. ​
After knowing learning the​ precarious situation of​ the​ monks,​ it​ was said that Bodhidharma meditated for nine years about what to​ do to​ help his fellow Buddhist clerics. ​
After meditating,​ Bodhidharma wrote two books Yi Jin Jing and​ Xi Sui Jing. ​
The former was about exercises for developing external strength while the​ latter was about meditation and​ breathing. ​
After finishing the​ two books,​ he wrote a​ third book entitled Shi Bao Luo Han Shou the​ Eighteen Hands of​ Lohan,​ which was about his experiences as​ a​ member of​ the​ Kshatriya,​ an Indian caste of​ warriors and​ rulers. ​
This book included synchronized defensive routines that later evolved as​ the​ first manual on​ offensive and​ defensive combat movements. ​
Hence,​ martial arts was born. ​

People often associate martial arts to​ combat and​ selfdefense...and violence and​ brutality. ​
Though this form of​ art was introduced for selfdefense,​ this combative craft is​ not just about about flying kicks and​ flashy punches. ​
Martial arts is​ about developing these skills to​ defend ones self and​ others. ​
it​ is​ a​ philosophy that stresses that people should live in​ peace and​ harmony. ​
The spiritual benefits of​ martial arts are often overlooked because of​ the​ combative and​ selfdefense skills its brings. ​
The real value of​ martial arts is​ is helping individuals harness their natural strength. ​
The power within—the spirit and​ the​ mind.. ​
Martial arts has a​ deep meaning and​ philosophy. ​
Its teachings will tell you​ that a​ true martial artist is​ the​ one who is​ strong enough to​ avoid fighting. ​

Below is​ a​ list of​ some forms of​ martial arts
· Karate empty hand
· Muay Thai Thai boxing or​ kickboxing
· Tae Kwon Do foot hand way
· Wing Chun forever spring
· Silat to​ fend off
· Aikido the​ way of​ harmonious spirit
· Judo gentle,​ soft way
· Yawyan dance of​ death
· Jeet Kune Do way of​ the​ intercepting fist
· Jiujitsu the​ soft,​ pliable method
Martial arts training may include meditation at ​ the​ start of​ the​ class. ​
it​ is​ defined as​ the​ state of​ concentration on​ some object of​ thought or​ awareness. ​
This practice is​ not a​ religious routine but a​ way of​ clarifying the​ practitioners mind and​ spirit. ​
it​ includes breathing and​ relaxation drills which is​ the​ mental preparation for the​ training. ​
According to​ researchers,​ learning to​ breathe properly is​ the​ secret to​ any physical activity. ​
it​ is​ said that it​ moves the​ bodys energy,​ therefore promoting a​ strengthened body,​ soul,​ and​ spirit. ​
Meditation according to​ health experts has many health benefits and​ is​ now being promoted as​ a​ means to​ cure physical illness and​ stress. ​
Some benefits of​ practicing martial arts include reduced emotional illness,​ better confidence,​ and​ an enhanced immune system.


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