Focus concerns during Muay Thai drills
I'm quite fixated on the cognitive level of martial arts and as I'm doing beginner Muay Thai at present - I'll narrow the scope only to mindfulness practice on drills/demands of Muay Thai. I'm finding that when I'm completing the drills, I'm almost on autopilot. Not really there while plowing through the drills as my partner moves in tandem. I believe this is becoming a big hinderance on the learning processes for understanding and absorbing Muay Thai. In addition, as I feel fatigued - I become less focused at which I begin to overcompensate by exerting more power in my drills rather than focusing on my form and accuracy. Therefore, I am curious to see whether users have had any benefits from any mindfulness practices to help their level of focus in their chosen martial art(s) training.
Some (slightly) supportive research
- Aikido and mindfulness. Loathes, Hakan and Kassab (2013) studied the relationship between Aikido training and mindfulness scores and highlighted that practising Aikido is correlated to higher mindfulness scores (and implicitly focus levels?).
- Mindfulness on a postural balance task. A study by Hwa Kee et al (2012) showed that momentary mindful attention could benefit balance performance during movement control.
- What might be the most optimal martial arts to improve level of focus? (I'm aware that all martial arts will involve focus/attentional exercises but there must be differences in the philosophy of each martial arts that could potentially render it more focus-oriented than another)
- How could one use informal mindfulness practice to support present-moment Muay Thai drills when one loses focus?
- What pre-training mindfulness practices have other users found to be useful in preparing for a class? (My Muay Thai training seems to be quite mechanistic in the sense that there is no education on focus skills)
I'll allow for users to refer to their own general meditative practices if they don't categorically adopt mindfulness practices.