Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Meditation Can Give You The "Winning Edge"!

It seems like I'm coming across more and more research into the benefits of meditation.

This article gives a particularly good summary of the most recent findings. 

It's becoming more and more accepted that meditation is a highly effective (and drug free) way to reduce stress, reduce pain, improve memory, and improve cognitive function.

Despite what the skeptics and naysayers have to say, meditation is a highly valuable way for fighters and martial artists to improve their performance.

Naysayers Gonna Naysay - 

Currently, there is a strong trend in many martial arts circles to discredit practices like Qigong and meditation - with good reason! As I've said in a previous post there are a lot of nutty ass people and con-men who are attracted to Qigong and meditative practices.

However, a few bad apples doesn't mean these practices aren't worthwhile.

Mounting evidence is routinely showing that mindfulness meditation can improve both cognitive and athletic performance.

A recent article in Scientific American discusses a region of the brain known as the insular cortex. Evidence suggests this part of the brain is a crucial factor in the performance of high level athletes. The article points out that:

"Emerging evidence now also suggests that this brain area can be trained using a meditation technique called mindfulness"

Mindfulness meditation is nothing new.

It has been a part of martial and meditative traditions for a long, long time. I wrote a short blog post on a simple form of mindfulness meditation here.

What Have You Got to Lose?

At the end of the day no amount of research, articles, or blog posts are going to convince you that meditation will improve performance.

You've got to go out and prove it works for you.

So, stop being lame and give it a try. What have you got to lose?

Train Hard,
Josh Skinner


  1. Hey Josh, I remember you from when you pulled me out of the dark era of ki-teachings and you used to send me a lot of information regarding internal martial arts. We talked again briefly on Veritas, I go by the name Shadow_Dragon. I always loved reading your websites, but I remember vividly your geocities website that I actually learned a lot of my training from. You had an entire schedule for the aspiring fighter, everything from "count to 100 meditation", to Blood Washing, strength/ conditioning training, Zhan Zhuang/ Xingyiquan, and a few qigong exercises that were particularly beneficial to the fighter. If you could format a training schedule like you did before, that would be amazing! Or just contact me via my google account and I can pick up some advice from you again- I'm an infantryman and I'm going back to Afghanistan a second time, I could really use some good training schedules that could help me prepare again. The internal aspect is exponentially beneficial, as well.
    Thanks for all the amazing information and articles.

  2. First off: Thank you for the kind words. I really do appreciate them.

    In the very near future I'll create a post that will show people how to create their own routines and programs. Look out for it!

    Thanks Again!