Updated: Apr 27, 2018
In the dojo we have been testing our mindsets and finding ways to develop that much needed mind set to enhance our practice.
Many karate ka (me included) train a lot on the physical aspect of our practice and can neglect the mind set practice to strengthen that mind and body link.
In general, terms the mind will give up long before the body and having a strong mind can give you a step up to be the best you can be.
Heijoshin - Ordinary mind 平常心
This is looking at something for what it is, without things like fear, doubt or emotion.
Having this calm mind set can allow you to analyse a situation you are faced with and make a logical decision or action.
Shoshin - Beginner’s Mind 初心
In my opinion, this is one of the most important mindsets, the open- minded attitude.
I am a firm believer that there is always something more to learn and one should never have prejudgements and keep an open mind.
Even as you progress through your karate journey, keep that open mindset you had when you first walked ino the dojo.
It’s never the end!
Mushin - No Mind 無心
This is that empty feeling where you are fully focused on an activity and what a lot of people refer to it as being ‘in the zone’.
You don’t have to forcefully think about what comes next in the kata you are performing or what technique you are going to throw next in kumite, it just happens!
One of the best way to train this mindset is during Mokuso (“meditation”), have a go!
Fudoshin - Immovable Mind 不動心
This is not letting any influences or more importantly, negativity effect your mind, having an immovable and focussed mindset.
An example of this is a marathon runner.
These amazing athletes run over 26 miles when the body is begging it to stop!
The only reason they don’t stop is they have that conditioned mindset to push through the pain and discomfort to reach their goal.
Lets show this in the dojo!
Zanshin - Remaining Mind 残心
This is keeping that awareness and focus of your surroundings and most importantly remaining alert.
This is very important in and out the dojo as this is, in my opinion, one of the best forms of self-defence.
‘Don’t be there!’
All these mindset’s play a very important part in our martial arts practice and trying to develop these and noticing the overlap can only help you grow into a more rounded practitioner.
To finish here is a quote from Funakoshi Sensei that illustrates the importance of all these mindsets.
“Always be ready to release your mind.”
The Journey Continues…