Zen and Ki for the Martial Artist … An AZC Workshop
- Did you ever wonder why the samurai, the world’s most respected warriors, also practiced Zen?
- Have you heard about the reputation of Zen practice to foster levels of discipline and focus?
- Have you heard about ki, read about ki and want to learn more?
- Did you realize that the Zen concept of ki is actually different from that taught in the martial arts?
But first, a quick look at Zen and the modern warrior …
So, join us for a six-week class to investigate how Zen and ki can apply to your martial arts practice.
What you will learn …
You will learn zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), you will learn a traditional tea ceremony and you will be introduced to basic chanting practice. Each of these offers the martial artist a chance to hone their discipline, concentration and focus .
The purpose here is not to indoctrinate you into Zen practice, but to provide you with enough of a unique environment for you to in a sense validate your martial arts training. In other words, has my training only made me comfortable in the small world of my own training hall, among students of like mind and doing things that I have done countless times previously. In other words – what has been the practical affect of my hours of training?
I study aikido, which emphasizes ki development, is this the ki you are referring to?
Perhaps, but probably not. In the Zen vernacular, most martial arts that teach ki, teach it as an ‘abiding ki’. In this teaching, there is a source of the ki (the one point) and there is a director of the ki (some part of the self). The director moves the ki from the one point to its destination (out your arm and to infinity, for example). The Zen concept of ki does not abide – has no source, has no director.
What should I wear? You will need only loose-fitting clothes for the zazen. You will be sitting cross-legged for up to 30 minutes at a time – jeans tend to bind.
What if I can’t sit cross-legged for 30 minutes? The bottom line is that you will need to be able to for 30 minutes without moving. For several reasons, cross-legged is the preferred choice, but there are alternatives:
- seiza bench (martial arts kneeling position, but on a wooden bench)
- seiza chair (martial arts keeling position, but a bit more comfortable than a bench)
- standard chair.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:15PM – 8:45PM
The class session if 6 weeks for a total of 12 classes.
Class is limited to 15 students.
The tuition for either session is $185, and includes the text “The Unfettered Mind”.
However, if time and interest permits, we may be able to discuss a few questions that students may have.
To register for either session, follow this link to the class registration page. Again, class size is limited to 15 students, so register early.