I read a lot of comments on Bullshido disparaging the spiritual aspects of MA.
And while agree that people who think that a combinations of chi and farting can disable people, and that they poses deadly Dim Mak are full of 100% Bullshido there is something to be said for the mental aspects of MA.
The whole Japanese Zen samurai stuff came out of a time and place when these guy's were training to whack each other's heads off with two feet of steel.
The mental exercises weren't about achieving enlightenment for enlightenment sake but freeing themselves from fears of getting disembowelled and worse failing and dishonouring themselves. These fears could cause them to hesitate and make a mistake which could cost them their lives. So the meditation and philosophy the practiced were practical attempts to overcome these issues.
Is it relevant to today's martial artist?
There's and interesting interview on MMA Weekly http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...=1238&zoneid=4
Where GSP talks about how he wasn't mentally prepared to beat Mat Hughes
"Not to give me an excuse, but if I was going into that fight mentally 100%, I think I would beat him. I cracked under the pressure, I wasnít there (mentally), at the end of the match when he spun for the armbar. I tapped even before my arm was stretched. Because in that fight I thought Matt Hughes was killing me, kicking my ass. But, when I watched the tape I realized I was doing pretty well. I know Iím the caliber of fighter who can beat Matt Hughes."
Now I am not advocating hours sitting in lotus position or snorting green tea. But some of the old school Martial artists had some good mental training exercises which are still valuable to people today.
I think to some degree the swing to more realistic training is "throwing out the baby with the bath water" in abandoning all spiritual and mental aspects of martial arts.