Spiritual Corner

Gichin Funakoshi has said that "mind and technique become one in true karate." We strive to make our physical techniques pure expressions of our mind's intention, and to improve our mind's focus by understanding the essence of the physical techniques. By polishing our karate practice we are polishing our own spirit or our own mentality. For example, eliminating weak and indecisive movements in our karate helps to eliminate weakness and indecision in our minds--and vice versa.

Mushin (state of no-mind):

Mushin is a meditative state during which the mind is trained to remain focused on any given task. This was first explained by swordmaster Yagyu Tajima (1571-1646).

Desires (self-gratification):

"The idea that real opponent is oneself is a very old idea in Japanese martial arts and is the foundation for the concept of DO" according to Yagyu Tajima. He had enlisted six desires or as he called it diseases that inhibit the development of true mastery, namely: desire for victory; desire for over-awing the enemy; desire to resort to cunningness; desire for displaying all that is learned; desire to be passive; desire to entirely eradicate all the desires that one has....

Silence (an essence of security):

In the spirit of true martial art, prevention of conflict and confrontation is one of the most important lessons which is gradually learned and slowly practiced by practitioners. In the words of Abdu’l-Bahá, "your silence will serve as your highest reproach of any opponent".

Some recommended books on spiritual training and practice

1) "The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: Spiritual Legacy of the Master" by Gichin Funakoshi

2) "Moving Zen" by C.W. Nicol

3) " The Book of 5 Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi

4) "Tao Te Ching" by Lao-tzu

5) "Seven Valleys by Bahá'u'lláh

6) "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran

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