Sunday, August 02, 2009

Mental states in martial arts

There are several important mental states that are cited a lot in martial arts, including...
  • Zanshin - the remaining mind; quiet awareness; follow-through; connectedness
  • Mushin - mindlessness; doing without thinking; appropriate automaticity
  • Kime - explosively focussed concentration; expending all of your physical, mental, and spiritual power on one action in one moment.
Are these three states-of-mind compatible or mutually-exclusive? Can they exist in the same mind at the same time or does the mind flit from one state to the next as necessary?
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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