Martial arts in its many forms has been glamorised in media for its portrayal of composed, sheathed individuals who, no matter what the situation, look collected and at peak physical health, and live relatively simple lives without want for much material goods. In reality, martial artists dedicate portions of their lives, if not their entire lives, to exercising enormous discipline in conditioning body and mind. The image does not exist magically but is a direct result of what happens behind the scenes. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or energy to cultivate the myriad effects of training in a martial art but, luckily, one doesn’t have to hit concrete or do handstand pushups all day to reap the mental and physical rewards offered by a martial art. In Tai Chi it’s called "Chi breathing", where the living energy in the body is made fluid through breathing exercises. In the Keysi fighting method it’s called "visualizacion dinamica", a form of meditation much like the bunkai of ...

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