I have been fortunate enough to train with a great many and varied group of martial artists ranging from doormen, military personnel, street fighters and martial artists of different styles from novices to European champions
but throughout over 40 years
in sports I found that it was always my mind that let me down, (not completely true, age has meant that my body tends to let me down too nowadays!) I found it difficult to get into the zone, a mode where I could move naturally, this meant that some days I could move wonderfully and others I would be truly awful. This is where meditation
has helped me over the years and been indispensable in my training and evolution, as science has proven the brain has plasticity, meaning we can literally alter how we think, how we act/react and how we view the world we live in. Over the years I have developed ways of getting past being an introvert, shyness and a lack of confidence as well as ways of increasing my focus, to the point that my ability to focus is now seen as an asset… not bad for a creative kid that had terrible focus and drive.
So now I use methods a thousand years old alongside a study of modern practices of the mind and body. Always keep in mind to question everything: What? Why? Where? How?
Soooo what is the secret of the masters?