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Believe it or not, but fancy moves aren?t the only things you can learn from martial arts. Few people are aware that martial arts is more a mental activity than physical and if you want to learn how to improve focus, enrolling in a martial arts class is just the way to do it.
Know Your Goals
Some people choose to study martial arts because they wish to have the ability to defend themselves, others do it to build self-confidence, while some are simply looking for a challenging way to stay fit. In your case, you want to learn and improve focus, and that?s just good as any reason. What matters is that you know your goals. Keep them in the forefront of your mind because they will help in understanding and acquiring new skills.
Learn to Relax
This again may come as a surprise to you, but when you are doing martial arts, you need not be stiff and tense. What you are instead is relaxed but prepared.
Relaxation is also one of the keys to learning and improving focus. Think of the times when you were asked to complete difficult tasks at work. Didn?t you have an easier time thinking up solutions when you were relaxed and free from pressure?
Before you can work on your focus, work on becoming relaxed first. Shake your body loose from tension and free your mind from worries. Only when you do that have you truly achieved complete relaxation.
Learn to Meditate
Yes, it?s true: meditation is not just for monks or yoga-loving people. Meditation is also an essential part of martial arts and it is critical in helping you gain better focus. Relaxation is the first step in meditation: once you?re relaxed, you can then start to meditate.
In meditation, you allow your mind to explore in its own. You also absorb chi or energy, and this will make you physically and mentally stronger.
Break Boards with Better Focus
Breaking boards have long been a popular trick in martial arts and you can do it, too, if you?ve got great focus. You will need proper training for it first, of course, but any sensei will tell you that your age, size or level of proficiency in martial arts wouldn?t matter. Focus will get you to break those boards in no time.
When breaking boards, you will need to determine the appropriate amount of striking distance you need from the board. You can?t be too close or too far. Secondly, you need to visualize the entire process and this is where focus kicks in. You need to trust in your capabilities; you also need to focus not on hitting the board but on getting your kick 2 to 3 inches past the board.
Do that and you?re sure to impress everyone with your focus?and board-kicking skills!
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