Thread: Zen in Sports
3/18/2012 12:22am, #31
Just wanted to take a moment to say I really didn't like this album.
3/18/2012 12:23am, #32
Hmm why does Maryland always seem so far away...
April 7th: Seon Kigong Gathering During the Spring season of the Year of the Black Dragon, Gakhwang Temple will be offering special training sessions . These Gatherings will offer personal instruction from Dharma Teacher MuSsang in the art of Kigong. Kigong, or Breath Work, is an ancient system of exercise practiced by meditators, martial artists, and people of all ages. Tuition: $20
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3/22/2012 10:32am, #33
Rabbit, I can be booked for seminars.
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3/22/2012 3:06pm, #34
3/22/2012 6:07pm, #35
It cannot be overemphasized that physical training and mental training are NOT separate things. Diligent and difficult physical training is perhaps the most effective form of mental training a person can undertake. Why do you think the military puts such an immense emphasis on physical training, especially during boot camp? Sure, soldiers need to have physical ability, but the bigger picture is to be able to form the mental toughness to push through adversity, overcome pain, and keep your focus on the objective at hand.
Also, diligent training develops reflexes and synapses in the body and brain so that a person can achieve the ability to act without thinking. Why do you think basketball players continue to practice free throws throughout their NBA careers? It's not because they don't know how to shoot them, but you grease the groove to make the movements as natural and fluid as possible.
No matter how much time you spend thinking about something, if you don't perform the physical action, your brain will never be able to make it natural.
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3/22/2012 10:25pm, #36
Not to learn anything about Zen of course, but to learn more about Alan Watts.
I'd much rather make a pilgrimage to Baltimore anyway.
3/23/2012 9:12am, #37
Hmm maybe I shouldn't have brought Academia into a YMAS...
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Respiratory maneuvers, controlled breathing while in stressful physical situations; moving meditation; and rhythm induced trance are all states that can lead to Alpha or Alpha-like brainwave states (Vaitil 104-108). The Alpha brainwave is at a frequency of 8-12hz, which is indicative of relaxed yet focused sports activity (Griffiths 2). These ASC are being increasingly researched due to the importance they hold in sport performance increases. The Alpha brainwave frequency is similar to that of 'being in the zone' (Griffiths 1): the zone is a state where body movements seem to occur automatically and without conscious effort.
a) Alpha-waves lead to those "altered states of consciousness" (ASCs)
b) ASCs lead to alpha-waves
c) both have a common cause
d) Alpha-Waves are ASCs?
Furthermore, you might consider dropping neurology in this topic and go to the phenomenological level. Certain kinds of training lead to higher endurance, relaxation, better focus and a rush-like feeling (verifiable by sociological/statistical methods). Therefore there are basic similarities between methods of some martial arts and methods of religious context.
Neurology is a long way from being refined enough to make statements of the accuracy needed here.
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3/23/2012 9:55am, #38
These ASCs lead to alpha or alpha-like brainwave frequencies.
The topic isn't something I'm actively working on at the moment, it was more "food for thought" for the thread. The paper is a theoretical work, not a submission to a peer review journal on neuro-cognitive changes through physical exercise, focusing on martial arts. It's merely outlining possibilities that could be worth further investigation by tying a link to these altered states, through movements within a WMA.
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3/23/2012 10:29am, #39
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3/23/2012 1:16pm, #40
So...if I practice practice PRACTICE peforming the moves correctly, hundreds of thousands of repetitions, then when the pressure is on I will be able to execute the moves without having to think about it?
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