Martial Arts and Spirituality
When you practice martial arts in your own defence, you confront the possibility of death. Being confronted with death suddenly brings you much closer to your maker, but this should not be the only way martial arts make you recognise your own spirituality.
So in order to grow as a person, we find that strength not only lies in muscle mass, but also in spiritual growth. By utilising martial arts, we can focus on the internal once we master our bodies. So when you practice, focus on the internal and growth, as any martial art you choose will help with spiritual growth.
Taking time to fit and spiritual is an opportunity not to be missed, so when you feel the need take a break from binge TV watching or from playing online slots for real money in Canada, try out a Martial Art.
Here are our top 2 Martial Arts and schools for spiritual growth:
Tai Chi is often considered the martial art most connected to spiritual growth and healing. Many say this as the straightness of the spines of the martial artists is thought to be linked to openness and mediation.
When used for fighting Tai Chi is called Tai Chi Chuan, but many people across the globe use the more popular Tai Chi. The choreographed moves of the different styles (Chen, Yang and Wu) are practised by over 200 million people worldwide, to reduce stress and build stamina.
Tai Chi energises your body by giving you more chi, which is the force that makes you feel alive and vital.
The philosophy of Tai Chi is that using hardness to resist force leads to both parties being injured in some way. Therefore practising Ta Chi teaches you to meet hardness with softness, to deflect and follow the motion of the aggressor.
Top Tai Chi schools in Canada:
Canadian Tai Chi Academy – this school has quite a few locations but it bases its Martial Art on the teachings of Master Moy Lin-Shin, who modified traditional Yang style to achieve the best health benefits, which would also strengthen the mind
Tae Kwon Do
The roots of Tae Kwon Do can be traced over 2000 years back to Korea, with its basis in the martial arts of Taekkyeon, Subak and Gwonbeop.
Tae Kown Do was developed in the 40’s and 50’s by combining these traditional Korean Martial arts with Karate. This martial art has grown in strength since the 50’s, and was made an Olympic event in 2000.
The Philosophy of Tae Kwon Do varies according to the style practised but the basics of the belief are the five commandments of Hwareng:
These tenets not only support a sound body to fight, but sound mental acuity to remain in control, mindful and aware. The main aim is to develop a peaceful society, where all members are mindful and behave rationally.
Top Tae Kwon Do schools in Canada:
Raymond Mourad Twakwondo Academy – this school is owned by Master Raymond Mourad who has a 7th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a 13 time national champion. He was also the Canadian National Teams Head coach from 2006 to 2007.