We’ve had a beautiful stretch of weather in New England this week after a long, snowy winter. That’s why I couldn’t help but hold my karate classes at Gracie Farmington Valley outside! The kids loved getting to run around and play games for our warmups and after class; their parents definitely enjoyed relaxing in the fresh air, too!
My adult students and I combined the two activities. We practiced our katas slowly in the late afternoon sun. Filmmakers call this time of day “Magic Hour” for a reason: the light dripped through the trees, drizzling the park into honey colors. The lazy rush of the nearby Farmington River also helped set the tone. Our karate became a moving meditation, and I felt exceptionally relaxed on the ride home.
It is important to slow down your training once in a while, forgetting all but breath and basic technique. I don’t know much about tai chi, but watch the videos below to see what I mean. If you learn to move like this . . .
then you’ll eventually learn to move like this!
What are some ways you work moving meditation into your training? How does it help you in the martial arts?