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Meditation and karate


This photo was taken last Tuesday at the 6:30 PM class. Being grounded on the physical plane is essential to meditation. Sitting in the stillness calms the mind and can easily melt tension in the body. In karate, before and after every class we sit in meditation. For some of us, this is the best part of a class. Too often we never take the time to pause and just breathe and relax. (I remember a story from a former karate student, a family practice doctor. He told me that whenever he had to stitch someone up, he would retreat to his office and meditate first!) After the meditation we do the warm ups and then push ups, followed by cross decks and then kata and finally we end with partner exercise. The class ends with a cool down of stretches and then once again sit in the stillness. From beginning to end, the entire workout is either a moving or a sitting meditation. The good news is: Anyone, not just Bruce Lee types, can do karate. In our karate school the only person you compete with is yourself.  All it takes is a willingness to learn. For more information call Judy 321-459-3000. Thank you. Written by Sensei Judy Barnhart
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