[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/AlCase28.jpg]With all the excitement of the UFC MMA type of fighting, most people have not seen the incredible qualities of Martial Arts freestyle. When one undertakes training in traditional Karate or one of the old Kung Fu methods, certain things happen that are beyond human understanding. This article will go into what actually occurs when one trains enough to gain a ‘zen mind’ in combat.
First, it should be known that fighting is fighting. If one is training to learn just by fighting, they will not come into the qualities I will be talking about here. There is a difference, you see, between training oneself to enjoy combat and beat an opponent, and gaining the ability to stay aware, and grow even more aware, in the middle of combat.
Thus, one should focus on learning traditional forms, learning the fine points of body control, and thus how to calm the mind. Further, one should learn freestyle by taking small but progressive steps. This is the only way to gain the zen state of mind I am advocating.
When ones training kicks in and they start to appreciate a calm mind in combat they will notice that freestyle is not a matter of reaction, but of reflection. One sees what is happening, and a plan comes to mind. This plan is a picture, an image, of what is happening, and what is to be done about it.
The trick is to be able to recognize this picture and to pay attention to it, rather than to push it back. The picture might be a quick snippet of a vision, almost too fast to see, or it could be a full blown cartoon overlaying reality. One must then practice relaxing, no matter what is about to happen, no matter what one has seen in the picture.
Many people, especially when first experiencing a vision before combat happens want to do something. They want to initiate a response before the action has occurred. But if you move before the action has occurred, the opponent may not initiate the action.
So one has to be patient, and this frequently involves ‘pushing down’ an energy building in the chest. The body wants to get going, but the mind must stay sane. The key is for the person to tell the mind to sit still, and to tell the body to wait.
So when does a fighter start moving? If they are relaxed and secure in what they have seen they will move with the action, and not before nor after. This takes some mental focus, but that is what training the mind in martial arts freestyle really is.
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