Do you know that some forms of meditation and martial arts have existed during ancient times? It is believed that many martial art practitioners or warriors would use various breathing techniques to calm themselves before a battle. That said, meditation only became an essential part of martial arts many centuries later.
In the development and rise of meditation in the East, it managed to quickly find a place in the practice of martial arts. In addition, if we look at most traditional martial arts, you’d often see many philosophical concepts behind them which include the concepts of improving both mental and physical capabilities of the practitioners.
And in martial arts, they teach the importance of having a calm mind and gaining control over the emotions as they are essential to execute moves the proper way.
And in order to do so, most martial arts incorporate various breathing techniques that can be considered as meditation where this form of meditation is often seen in martial arts such as Karate, Kung-fu and Tai Chi. At the same time, the processes and methods of meditating vary from different styles.