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The power of the forest

2. december 2012 in 17:53 | Pavel Bařina | comment: ( 0 ) | visited: 923 | mark: Warning: Division by zero in /www/shinten-blog.cz/shinten-blog.cz/engl/include/znamkaPocet.php on line 48 0
  A training in the forest, or generally outdoor, has always been an important part of martial art practice. It sharpens senses and hardens the body. Trainings in Dojo or in a gym are important, but frequently offer kind of sterile conditions. A training on an uneven forest ground may be literally shocking for those accustomed to flat surfaces in the cities.

 

A training in the forest, or generally outdoor, has always been an important part of martial art practice. It sharpens senses and hardens the body. Trainings in Dojo or in a gym are important, but frequently offer kind of sterile conditions. A training on an uneven forest ground may be literally shocking for those accustomed to flat surfaces in the cities.

In today's world it is increasingly harder to keep in touch with nature and gain energy from it. We are more and more absorbed by civilization, in both the good and bad manner. At least from time to time we should “immerse” ourselves in a forest and let our senses grow strong.

For me, one of such “immersions” into nature is the regular training seminar in Šumava. For a week (and formerly a fortnight) you have the opportunity to look inside your soul and learn how strong you really are. Various thoughts and emotions rise which you have to cope with. To learn and take a lesson from them. There is not any good in fighting with your own thoughts and emotions; it is better to let them flow and - the same way as in taijutsu - to keep the right distance and learn.

You will also find out how oversensitive your body is. Even mere walking in rough terrain can be troublesome to many people. If you add a combination of annoying insect, bad weather and sleeping in damp tent, it brings real discomfort to most of us. It is surprising how many of young students who come to my trainings are disconcerted by these things.

In a document I have seen recently there was a South American Indian whose words captured my attention. He was talking about how people living in the country and in harmony with nature adapt very easily to city life, but it is quite difficult vice versa. People have to learn quite a lot of things to be able to survive in nature.

An outdoor training will hold the mirror up to you about how strong you really are. And I think it is an important point in martial art study.

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