Jiu-jitsu puts you completely in the moment, where you must have a complete focus on finding a solution to the problem. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems.- Rickson Gracie
In this fast-paced world, you do not know when an opportunity can come that can change your life forever. A healthy body and sharp mind can easily open doors of success. Easier said than done. According to medical researchers, human mind either stays in the past or the future. It is every human being’s dream to make his mind stay in the present state so that he/she can give the best in any situation. In any circumstances, you have to adapt yourself to the present and that is only when you can give your best. In this article you will be given information on how you can tame your mind as well achieve your goal by practising any martial art.
It is told by using meditation that you can control the mind. However, ask any person who has practiced meditation for a decade and he/she can tell you, ‘Meditation cannot be done. Meditation has to happen.’ What better way than a physical activity so that even the mind can be trained as well as the whole body including the brain? Here we can know the importance of an martial art.
The importance of any martial art can be felt if we understood the concept of the mind. Martial arts are not only to improve body strength and train in self-defence, but also to enhance body balance, meditation, proper breathing, stamina, flexibility and principles of humanity to promote spiritual development of an individual. The benefits of training are similar to any form of exercise as it involves sessions of warm-up, stretching and training styles.
For achieving success in life, you have to have a steady mind. A human mind is powerful and has unlimited potential. Any religion in this globe has always stressed on the power of mind. We have two types of mind; one is the normal one and the other is the subconscious mind. You would be surprised to know that the subconscious mind is more powerful than the normal one.
But How Do You Train The Mind To Do What You Want? – By Martial Art
Now, that is a million dollar question. You have first to believe that the mind can satisfy all the goals if you can use as per the required conditions. That is where the subconscious mind comes to the fore.
The subconscious mind can be best defined as the translator of conscious mind. It has been known since ancient times, that if you are confident, the subconscious mind as well as the conscious mind can be tamed to a great extent to achieve any goal you want. We will see how the body can be used to tame both the minds in the article.
To keep these two minds under control, you should refrain from giving importance to negative emotions such as fear, depression, anger. All the three and many more can be effectively kept under control if you practice any martial art. Medical research has proved that continuously attending self-defense classes can help you in having a positive attitude and the ability to face any unforeseen negative situation.
The story of martial arts dates back to the age where men became hunters. The man began to practice swift movements for safety from wild animals and over time as civilizations began to appear, martial arts were formed in various countries. Similar to any technological updates, a lot of modifications have also happened in any martial art, but only for the better. There are new styles that have become famous out of combination of several ancient traditions such as Bruce Lee’s own art – Jeet Kune Do. The whole world has become global and Karate, as well as Kung Fu, has been accepted in western countries.
Gain Physical And Mental Strength By Practicing Any Martial Art
1. Mental Benefits
When you practice any martial art, you can remain composed and alert under any situation whether it be of praise or great pressure. The basics of any martial art are such that you have to participate a lot in teamwork, group activities. Any martial art MASTER will emphasize more on a group accomplishment rather than an individual.
In any martial art, your progression is marked by grades (by belts of different colors). Usually, you will start with a white belt and move upwards until you get the highest degree. To achieve the highest grade is an achievement as you have to focus on discipline and strict lifestyle regimen. The statistics are staggering – out of every 1000, only ten percent may reach the highest grade.
2. Psychological Growth
Every human being has two eyes, two nostrils, two ears but one mouth. Any martial art adheres to a code of conduct where the student has to respect the rules and regulations. Competitions are conducted among individuals not for the sake of winning, but for harmony and knowing every style. Any martial art is a spiritual journey where with the proper guidance of the MASTER you will learn to respect even your enemy’s views. As you move from one grade to another you will learn that your confidence comes not from physical strength but a deep understanding of self-knowledge, humanitarian views and the laws of the world.
Every person who has made it successful in life, in any field, has always emphasized the importance of concentration on the goal. Practicing any martial art enhances your ability to remain focused and become an avid listener and speaker to progress in your chosen path.
3. Physical Benefits And Mental Growth
Medical research has proved that while doing any physical activity for health benefits if you are in a positive mood, benefits will be more. When you do any physical activity such as jogging, running (learning by yourself without the guidance of a MASTER), you are not gaining new knowledge. You can improve your stamina; your body moves from one place to another and you stay fit, that is all.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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
But the knowledge of any martial art is an ocean. You keep learning new techniques not by sitting in a stationary position, but by practice. And when you do physical movements with the help of your brain, over a period, your body will become an adaptor – it will adjust to any situation. Let us say for example, you are a black belt in any martial art and you are riding a bike. By mistake, the bike skid, your practice of martial art has put you in fine shape, you quickly adapt and you take a roll or dive and save yourself from major injury. Consider with that of a person who has never faced any negative situation – he/she may suffer major injuries. This is just an example!
4. Achieving Success And Advantages Of Practicing Any Martial Art
The way you respond to a situation is based on your life’s experiences and the past. When you encounter a new situation, if you have attained success in the past, you will look forward to the experience in zeal. If you have encountered an insult or failure, you will plan properly but your mind will be ready to accept defeat.
Martial art changes the concept of mind to such an extent that it makes you believe that you can do anything. For example, you will be afraid to take a roll, but in a martial art class, not only the MASTER but also the persons who practice along with you will encourage and make you give your best.
This is the biggest advantage of any martial art. You are made to come out of your comfort zone, your fear, consciousness is thrown in the burner and you are made to feel easy. The same roll, which made you feel afraid, you will become an expert through regular practice and your confidence grows multi-bound.
Over a period, you believe that when any idea, when put with right effort and focus, will give success. This is the biggest advantage of practising any martial art. Your attitude changes as well the patterns of behavior.
Your mind is always wandering. Humans can control Mother Nature (unless in situations of floods, cyclones and other disasters), but they have never been able to conquer the human mind. The mind always wanders, and you move from one idea to another. In a martial art session, the mind is brought to a standstill to follow the instructions and your body is made to sweat. You slowly improve your stamina, and when you have exerted yourself to the limit, you can notice that the mind has become calm using doing martial arts physical movements. This can be ‘called’ as meditation. In short, meditation can be defined as a phase of mind in which thoughts never flow. The mind is present, the body is present but you are shorn of these two – this may be called as the highest level of meditation and you can achieve this phase by practicing any martial art.
5. Accepting Failure
True strength is not always shown through victory. Stand up, try again and display strength of heart.- Rickson Gracie
In this world, you cannot get success at every point. The most successful persons in life are those who have bounced back after suffering failure. It is time taken to analyze and make proper plans after failure for success that makes us go to the winning streak. In martial art to understand and know the techniques better you learn to spar or work out with your teammates. You can end up winning or have a failure. The MASTER will guide you to the basics – there is no victory of failure – it is just a situation. If you have suffered failure, Mother Nature is waiting to give you HER BEST. So keep on the path and you can smell victory and reach your goal.
So, what are you waiting for? Enroll in any martial art class near to your home and reap the benefits.