Mushin Description for Posener’s MMA/ Martial Arts Vancouver

Mushin Description for Posener’s MMA/ Martial Arts Vancouver

Here is a description of the philosophical concept of Mushin. Sometimes referred to as no mind,  or clear mind. However, in the emptiness the mind is full and has achieved a desired state that practitioners train to achieve.

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Martial Arts Vancouver



Here is one of the better descriptions I have come across lately. Reading will enhance your study and give it more depth.


Mushin (無心; Japanese mushin; English translation “no mind”) is a mental state into which trained martial artists are said to enter during combat. They also practice this mental state during everyday activities. The term is shortened from mushin no shin (無心の心), a Zen expression meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of “no-mindness”. That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything.

Mushin is achieved when a person’s mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear, or ego during combat or everyday life. There is an absence of discursive thought and judgment, so the person is totally free to act and react towards an opponent without hesitation and without disturbance from such thoughts. At this point, a person relies not on what they think should be the next move, but what is their trained natural reaction (or instinct) or what is felt intuitively. It is not a state of relaxed, near-sleepfulness, however. The mind could be said to be working at a very high speed, but with no intention, plan or direction.

Some masters believe that mushin is the state where a person finally understands the uselessness of techniques and becomes truly free to move. In fact, those people will no longer even consider themselves as “fighters” but merely living beings moving through space.

The legendary Zen master Takuan Sōhō said:

The mind must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind. In the case of the swordsman, it means death. When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the subconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the man’s subconscious that strikes.

However, mushin is not just a state of mind that can be achieved during combat. Many martial artists train to achieve this state of mind during kata so that a flawless execution of moves is accomplished — that they may be achieved during combat or at any other time. Once mushin is attained through the practice or study of martial arts (although it can be accomplished through other arts or practices that refine the mind and body), the objective is to then attain this same level of complete awareness in other aspects of the practitioner’s life.

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Posener’s Pankration/MMA Vancouver: Kaizen Philosophy

Posener’s Pankration/MMA Vancouver: Kaizen Philosophy

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MMA Vancouver

Today we are going to explain part of the philosophical foundations of our art. For many years we have been describing our style as, ‘ A mixed martial arts style emphasizing traditional philosophy’. Sometimes these days the traditional backbone of the art gets neglected and the principle of Kaizen is an important part of the philosophy to be aware of. Other traditional philosophies will also be explained and with regular attendance and reading more will be enlightened.

This principle, which has its origin in the Japanese tradition, is central to benefiting the martial arts practitioner. It has also been applied in various business organizations to great benefit.

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MMA Vancouver



When we come to the dojo we should practice patience, awareness, positive attitude and work on making small improvements regularly; even if they appear slight because over time they will add up and be substantial.

Here is a further description for Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver.



Kaizen is the principle of constant and never ending improvement in our lives. It is a principle that the Samurai applied every morning they woke up by beginning the day with a specific goal of improvement in mind. At the core of Kaizen is patience which is required for improvement since you very rarely see the effects of your struggles rapidly. As a beginner it looks almost impossible to master the tasks that are required to earn your black belt and yet it is achieved one step at a time. There are no shortcuts, no simple ways to get there. As you strive to improve one thing at a time you slowly become the person with the skills to earn your black belt, under the careful and watchful eye of your Sensei. The modern warrior is always mindful of where he is at and where he is going at all times. Since our world is always changing around us our goals and targets are in constant motion and ever changing. A wise objective today may be a foolish goal tomorrow so it is always important that one re-evaluates their goals and and focus on a daily basis. Martial artists are capable of extreme concentration and focus on particular goals and targets. It is our goal/target selection that is always changing and we must be mindful of this in order to achieve success. When in your training and you reach the point that you have done your 100 front punches, you should always do one more in order to improve. Only doing the required amount will take you on a path of long training. That one extra punch, kick, kata is what makes the difference in your training and daily lives. This establishes the spirit required to achieve in today’s world as well as the world of the future. You must always do one more than needed to be a step above the other people as life is a competition. It is a competition that only you can fail. In your training your Sensei will give you the tools to achieve your black belt, but earning it is up to you. We can not push you to train outside of the dojo. We are not there watching the type of person you are becoming each step of the day. We only know what we see inside of our training halls…so it is up to you to attain greatness…to attain honor…to attain your black belt. Kaizen is the path and it is a path forged out of necessity and in time where anything less meant death.



In further installments we will be explaining and expanding on the 7-5-3 Code so stay tuned, keep training, and ask questions. 

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Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Ohana Tournament Results: Posener’s MMA

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Ohana Tournament Results: Posener’s MMA

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Respect- Courtesy – Challenge -Skill Development – Good sportsmanship: Good virtues to develop 

Ohana Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Tournament Results:


Artin Nazari: Silver in Gi Advanced, Silver in No Gi Advanced, Ayden Arnold: Gold in Gi Advanced (Budo BJJ), Ayden’s opponent in the No Gi Advanced was injured so he didn’t get his match.. Next time. Honourable Mention to Rodean Nazari who is new to the advanced divisions and did excellently, showing good improvements but did not place. He showed great attitude and is keen to develop the skills to do well in the advanced levels. Proud of you guys. Good experience.


Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


Here is some information on our Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver and Pankration/MMA programs:


Vancouver’s Premier Mixed Martial Arts school for children and youths.

With special attention given to motor skill development, mental focusing attributes, and children’s inherent capabilities. Youth kickboxing Vancouver Children’s and Teen classes are designed to emphasize:


The development of these qualities and principals are given extra attention because they build a strong foundation in the three battles: the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit.If developed properly, then success is assured.

We engage in a brief zazen meditation at the beginning of each class to become present, focused and prepared for what is to come in the class, and, at the end of class, we meditate briefly to lock in the experiences, center our energy, and commit to continuing making progress. As a regular practice to enhance learning, we also repeat strongly the Tenets of the School, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit, at the end of each class to solidify the development of these qualities for Kids Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver.


Our Qualification Code, which is a form to be filled out by the parent and student for advancement in rank, for Kids MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai, highlights that respect and school achievement, in addition to the development of combative skills in mixed martial arts, are highly valued, esteemed and developed.


The development of equanimity of spirit is also given special attention in order to deal with challenges well; especially in regards to winning and losing. The attributes of effort, determination, skill development and spirit are given special attention, as these qualities will lead to enduring success. The goal of truly doing one’s best, regardless of outcome, especially in regards to some combative sport applications, is given priority to help develop progress, growth and character. The consistent and continuous goal of making progress in all areas, both on the mat and off, will help develop a student’s full long term potential for Kids/Youth MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai.



5 Ways Martial Arts Vancouver Can Stop Bullying: Posener’s MMA

5 Ways Martial Arts Vancouver Can Stop Bullying: Posener’s MMA 

Martial Arts Vancouver Respect.

Bullying — it’s every parent’s nightmare when they send their children off to school. Every day, many children all over the world wake up scared to go to school because of bullies. It is a problem that affects the lives of millions of children.

Yes, the parents and the teachers are there to guide the youth. Bullying, of course, is a terrible thing and adults certainly try their very best to mediate rough behavior between children. Sometimes, however, parents and teachers don’t always recognize that bullying is occurring under their watch.

Bullying is when an individual is picked on repeatedly by another individual or group of individuals with more power, in terms of social standing or raw physical strength. One of the best ways to get rid of bullying once and for all is to enroll your children in a martial arts class.

Martial arts is for everyone, whether your child is the bully or the one being bullied. Enrolling your child in martial arts classes will instill in them the knowledge and the wisdom of self-defense, all while teaching them true values like respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, and camaraderie.

1) Martial arts teaches children respect


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Martial Arts Vancouver


One of the most important lessons martial arts teaches is the value of respect. Respect plays a huge role in martial arts training, from the respect shown to our superiors, down to the respect we show our peers. This is why Brazilian JiuJitsu classes always begin with a bow, or boxing bouts start off with two competitors touching gloves.

Respect is a key trait to develop in becoming a true martial artist, and one of the very first things we learn when we begin our martial arts journey.

When children learn to respect their instructors and their peers, they become open to looking at their own flaws and how to correct them.

Many children today who have experienced bullying oftentimes don’t realize that they are either being a bully or getting bullied. Through constant self-reflection and persistent self-improvement, children are able to take a step back and look deep within themselves.

Martial arts allows us to achieve a heightened sense of self-awareness. It brings us up with confidence, and then humbles us by pushing us to embrace our shortcomings, determine how to improve ourselves, and emerge as better human beings.


2) It gives children a good sense of sportsmanship


Martial Arts Vancouver is a great way to keep kids active.


In this day and age, a lot of fuss is made about winning and losing. One of the greatest things martial arts teaches us is that it’s not always about winning and losing, but how you play the game.

In this sense, martial arts is the perfect purveyor of sportsmanship. Whatever the outcome, in martial arts, as long as you have gained knowledge, wisdom, and experience from any ordeal, you can never truly lose. Much is to be gained from any experience, and this is something our children pick up during training.

A large portion of martial arts deals with our own self-improvement. However, self-improvement is not achievable without the help of those around us. Through martial arts, children work together to hone their skills and master their craft. Along the way, they gain a good sense of sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship is a great trait to have in life, because things won’t always go our way. When we experience defeat, it is important that we look past the result and understand that experience is much more valuable than just plain victory.


3) Martial arts empowers children with responsibility


Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver


Because we are given the ability to physically protect ourselves and those around us, martial arts empowers us, especially children, with a solid sense of responsibility.

Martial arts gives us confidence in our skills and this sort of self-belief is accompanied by an understanding that we have an inherent responsibility to use martial arts in the proper way. We aren’t taught self-defense so that we may inflict harm on others. We are taught the ancient wisdom of martial arts so that we may defend ourselves when the need arises.

By training in martial arts, students realize the impact of physical conflict and how it affects an individual and his opponent. They gain an understanding of how our actions result in consequences and how we must always be accountable for the way we carry ourselves.

Bullying occurs when an individual fails to realize how his actions can affect others. One of the most important lessons martial arts teaches is how our actions, physical, verbal, or otherwise, have a great impact on other people.



4) It enriches our lives with a glowing, positive vibe


Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver


Perhaps indirectly, due to an overall improvement of the quality of life, martial arts is responsible for enriching our lives with a glowing, positive vibe.

Martial arts develops not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit. During training, we workout our muscles, pushing ourselves hard while discovering what we are capable of physically. We also calibrate the mind and the body to work in unison, by clearing the psyche of all negativity and stress. Furthermore, we enrich our spirit with positive energy emanating from the ancient power of martial arts.

After a few classes, students start to feel happier with their lives, as they have more and more fun during training. This is what is often experienced in the martial arts gym.

If we have any chance of getting rid of bullying once and for all, we have to start by making our children’s lives happier in general.


5) Martial arts helps children build lasting friendships


Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver


Last but certainly not the least, martial arts helps children build meaningful and lasting relationships.

Because students are often tasked to work with each other during training, they gain an unabashed sense of camaraderie with their peers. They say the most fun you will ever have is with friends in a martial arts class, and this couldn’t be truer. We are, after all, not on this journey alone.

Although martial arts forces us to reevaluate our lives and search deep within ourselves for our potential, it isn’t a solitary endeavor. Martial arts teaches us the value of teamwork, assisting others to achieve their own greatness, and being proud to help the person next to us.

Enrolling your child in a martial arts class will open up many new doors, give them the opportunity to widen their horizons, and allow them to build strong friendships. The bond between children in a martial arts class is incredibly strong.

Along with the values martial arts teaches, we have the power to put an end to bullying once and for all. Enroll your child in martial arts class today and see the difference. Never be afraid to send your child off to school ever again.


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Martial Arts will Reinvigorate your life: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Martial Arts  will Reinvigorate your life: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

In A Slump? Here’s How Martial Arts Will Reinvigorate Your Life fro Posener’s MMA Vancouver

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MMA Vancouver

Happy is the man who is living by his hobby.” – George Bernard Shaw



Do you have hobbies? Whether it’s reading, dancing, baking or working out, there’s no doubt that hobbies can reinvigorate our lives and make things more interesting – especially when we get caught up with the mundane day-to-day stuff. If you don’t already have a hobby, or perhaps are looking for one, then why not try martial arts if you haven’t already done so! Apart from the fact that self-defense is an essential life skill that could potentially save you and/or your loved ones from danger, martial arts also has heaps of other benefits to offer. Posener’s MMA Vancouver can help.


If training martial arts is something that has ever crossed your mind, then it’s time to head to your nearest martial arts gym and discover How Martial Arts Will Reinvigorate Your Life at Posener’s MMA Vancouver:


1) Because the learning never ends

It doesn’t matter whether you choose to train Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or boxing – each martial art has its own unique set of techniques and variations for you to learn and execute. So if it has been awhile since you tried something new or picked up a different skill, then why not be a student all over again? After all, life is too short to stop learning, growing, and progressing.

Because there’s so much to learn in martial arts, there’s no doubt that you’ll never get bored and always have room for improvement. Hence, you will ultimately work towards becoming the best version of yourself – in and out of the gym.



2) Because it keeps you in the pink of health


As we get caught up with work or the demands of everyday life, we sometimes fail to take care of ourselves properly. Unfortunately, this does nothing but make us unhealthy and vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses later in life. The thing is, it’s never too late to turn this around and start treating your body the way it deserves to be treated – with utmost respect and care.

If you haven’t been taking care of yourself the way you deserve to be taken care of, then why not kick-start an active lifestyle by training martial arts? Besides being a fun hobby and a great way to get fit, martial arts also boosts your immune system and strengthens your bones.


3) Because you’ll get into the best shape ever

4) Because it will always make you happy

5) Because it enables you to unleash your greatness


If you find that you can’t maximize your potential in school or work, then martial arts could be an outlet for you to do so, should you choose to make it a hobby. After all, you will have power over how much you wish to train or how far you intend to go – be it to eventually compete or to simply keep progressing till you eventually become the best martial artist you can be.

Besides that, martial arts will forge an unbreakable warrior spirit within you. Hence, you will be able to deal with all kinds of adversity and overcome the obstacles you might face outside the gym as well. As a result, you will definitely go on to achieve great things.


Are you ready to reinvigorate your life by picking up martial arts? Why not try it for yourself and pull yourself out of that slump!

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