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Does anyone here practise martial arts alongside Buddhism? I seem to remember @lobster mentioning this at some point. There’s a long history of combining the two. See Shaolin Temple and the myth of Bodhidharma inventing Kung Fu:
I “practise” rock climbing, at an indoor wall for convenience and then outdoors whenever I can. I feel it commends itself pretty well as a mindfulness practise, if one chooses to perform it mindfully. I suppose the same can be said for all walks of life, but there’s something in the careful and considered movement of climbing, the edge of risk which keeps the mind centred, and the necessity of working with one’s fear. I’ve often wondered if these qualities are shared with martial arts. If so, they might explain the latter’s traditional association with Buddhism.
There is the further focus in martial arts, however, of self-defence and the prevention of violence, which I feel all genuinely wise traditions have emphasised.
So, do you practise martial arts? How does it contribute to your Buddhist practice?