|Posted by modern-arnis on February 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM|
An important topic, not just in the martial arts, but in life also, a simple definition of focus could be, doing one thing at a time, or paying attention to one object, situation, task, etc. at a time. Focus can be difficult for many to achieve. I have personally had problems with focus in the past, especially before my martial arts training began. In school, I would not pay attention to the teacher or pay much worth to studying and the results were of course, not very good. But, since I started training in the martial arts, my focus has improved tremendously. First Discipline in the martial arts has given me the ability to focus. Learning what my body and mind are capable of doing, when I apply myself and focus my energy and intent. Also, through partner work, pad and bag work my focus has improved. Not wanting to hurt my partner forced me to learn focus and control. Striking a small focus mitt or paddle also taught me to concentrate my body and mind. But probably the most valuable focus tool I have learned from the martial arts is meditation. Being able to breathe, relax, and focus my mind on a single object or thought has truly been challenging and rewarding. Many people feel that meditation is some mystical, mysterious practice that can only be done by monks hidden in caves, but I have found that ANYONE can gain the benefits of meditation, if they put the time and practice into it. A basic form of meditation can be simply finding a quiet place away from distractions. Sit comfortably either in a chair or on the floor on pillows. Close your eyes and find something to focus on. I first learned meditation by counting the length of my breathe, breathing in and counting slowly, then breathing out and counting slowly. With each breathe, allow your body to relax more and more. I often tell beginners that your mind is like a little child walking down the street. The child (Your mind) is easily distracted and will wonder off the path, but just like a small child, you can gently guide the child back on their path. So, when your mind wonders, gently place your mind back on your focus point, breathing, counting, etc. And the more you do this, the less it will occur and easier your focus will become. Through meditation I have received many benefits, a calmer personality, more patience, emotional control, better sleep and more. But Focus has truly been a very valuable treasure. Having better focus has helped me study better for college, learn and retain skills in training, improvements in my sparring, striking and control and much more. But the most valuable skill I have received from my focus training is being in tune to those around be and being able to focus more on their needs and assists them.
If you would be interested in learning more about Focus and/or meditation, do what I did. Nothing replaces a good, qualified Instructor. Seek them out and you will NOT regret it!!!
“If prayer is talking to God, then Meditation is listening” E. Cayce