Fudo Myoo - the immovable one from Shingon Buddhism

Fudo Myoo – the immovable one from Shingon Buddhism

Ever since I was a boy, watching episodes of Kung Fu, I have been fascinated with the spiritual aspects of martial arts. It’s an interesting dichotomy that the pursuit of the arts of physical warfare can be tied so closely with contemplative and ecstatic practices.

I started meditating as a boy at the beginning and end of karate practice. I enjoyed the breathing and focusing exercises. In college, I pursued Tantric Buddhist meditation and practiced Shaolin martial arts.

Later in life, I became a shamanic practitioner.

Martial arts are the pursuit of mind, body and spirit development. It’s not just about punching and kicking, but about developing the self. Through the ability to defend oneself and one’s loved ones, we can walk with a sense of inner peace. We gain mastery over ourselves.

Ignoring the spiritual aspect of martial arts training is perilous. You become an undisciplined weapon.

Let;’s be clear, that I do not propose you change your religion, or gain one, or give one up. My definition of spirituality is very loose: it is the connection of the self to something greater. If you are religious, that something greater could be God. If you are an atheist, that something greater could be your community, or to the greater good of humanity. There is room for everyone.

As a martial arts instructor, I think it’s imperative that I equip students with the tools to remain peaceful under pressure. Thinking clearly in the face of violence or anger helps keep my community safer.

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