Om du er på tennisbanen, hjemme eller på arbejde. Spørgsmålet er det samme: Hvordan bekæmper du din værste fjende – inde i dig selv?
Den rigtige fysiske holdning har kæmpestor betydning – også i tennis.
Hør mere hvordan muskelspænding påvirker repeterbarheden og præcisionen i dine slag.
Og hvordan kan du forbedre din udholdenhed, din mentale styrke og konsistensen i dine slag!
Vejrtrækning er en af de vigtigste fysiologiske processer der sker i vores krop.
Den måde vi trækker vejret på påvirker rigtig mange ting i vores liv, inklusivt vores fysiske udfoldelser – også i tennis.
Hør hvordan vi kan optimere vejrtrækningen for den bedste præstation i din favorit sport!
Kan du opnå bedre præstationer ved at meditere på tennisbanen? Kan man lære meditation i bevægelse?
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WHY? – is a core question, an innermost one. Why do I do what I do – work with centering, focus/defocus, balance, breathing techniques? Why do I practice my
daily routines with myself and with my students – every single day?
Well, the story is long, but the answer is easy. My inner urge led me to the place where I am now. Because I used to think too much… My head has dominated my life for decades – without giving me nearly a single break. My roots (russian
jewish intellectual family), engineering background (my father and later also myself) together with interest for life philosophy, psychology, physiology and analyzing things to death wouldn’t make my life easier in this matter.
Head predominance and my mind used to take over the control over my life – leading to a bunch of conflicts. Mind hanging in the past lead to discontent with myself and my development, mind flying into the future activated fear of not fulfilling what I intended to. So my being in the now was fragmentary when it was best – because all the good time slots were already taken..
And the now – it’s actually what was and what is 100% of the time. Nothing else but now. I started becoming more and more aware that my fragmentary being in the now was constantly stealing the biggest part of my precious life experience. It applied to my relations with my children, my girlfriend – and my daily activities, my working processes, my hobbies.
Digging deeper I also discovered other of my ‘whys’. Among them are the urge to work helping people, giving my experience away, urge to develop my musicality and my sportsmanship, to experience it on a daily basis and so on…
That was the WHY.. So I really wanted to make a change towards living in the now – most of the time. It felt like a strong inner urge, that could not be suppressed. It led me to the next question.
HOW? – was a powerful question, lying in the middle of a process flow. And it still is. I had to answer it prior to proceding to concrete actions, recalling that ‘how’ is more crucial than ‘what’.
I’m so lucky and grateful that my hobbies gradually became my daily activities – my working processes. So I felt that it would be natural answering the ‘how’ question through them. I simply had to practice being in the now throughout the day. Setting an anchor made this much easier. From my experience with martial arts i knew that a point called Hara situated under the navel was used as a centering point by masters for many centuries. I decided to use Hara as my one and only anchor point – both physical and mental, connecting body and mind. I chose it because of simplicity of use when it really matters and you don’t have time to think, to analyse and to choose – only to act. Now.
Training Hara connection led me further in exploration of new fields. I studied physiology of breathing, eastern body-mind connection techniques and applied them right away to my own everyday practice.
And that was the HOW.
WHAT? – was much simpler to answer now when my awareness about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ was clarified.
I connected all of my daily training to the Hara point, focusing my mind there while doing every kind of activity. With extensive exercise my emerging mind-body tools was enabled automatically every time I was connected to my center. It felt like having a magic micro-toolbox full of lifesaving instruments right at the top of your belly.
Over time and through daily use with students, the daily exercise evolved into my own tools and techniques DancingSword and Ki-Kaizen.
Try to ask yourself the questions above – and give the ‘why’ really good time.. Answering them helped me a lot understanding what I really want to do in my life. ‘Really’ is not just a fill-in word here. ‘Really’ means deep inside. It took me quite a long time to uncover the real answer that was sealed by many layers of routine, convenience and fear.
Misha Sakharoff, Ki-Kaizen instructor
Read more about Simon Sinek, but StartWithWhy.com
that these hours must only consist of technical training related to this particular field of activivity – and during the dedicated training session? Or could we boost the process by adding other kind of training – outside the training session and during the normal daily activities?
I had always had a strong urge for growth and personal development. Maybe because I’ve been the shortest boy in class. Maybe this urge was almost encoded on a genetic level to help me get stronger in the hostility of soviet environment where jewish roots were mirrored by my passport. It sounds kinda nerdish, but as 10 yo. boy I could spend hours with so differnet hobbies as studying latin names of african antilopes in public library, playing in the nearby chess club or thoroughly designing sport cars at graph paper.
Benefits of consistent inconsistency
I didn’t become neither a biologist, linguist or car designer. But my curiosity and deep rooted urge for personal development have over time certainly brought me some interesting places. I can clearly see that what I am now is the result of many different hobbies replacing each other – let’s call it consistent inconsistency.
I still have different hobbies that help me thriving without the urge to buy a TV-set gets nearly unbearable. With time I became a pretty skilled practitioner in several fields. I saw that skills as eg. multiple voicing at piano or posture from singing could positively affect my tennis playing. I started wondering – WHY?
I tend to answer this quite straight – because practicing many different kinds of activities developed my skill of awareness and relaxed concentration. With many good derivatives as focus/defocus, balance, centering etc. Though it’s hard to define which skill is primary and which is secondary.
Living silence or stillness in action
In martial arts, eg. Aikido, the skill of relaxed concentration in activity is called “living silence” or “stillness in action”.
Having become aware of this I now use relaxed concentration conciously while practicing my hobbies – which have now become my living source or my source of living. I found many confirmations to my own findings. For example, sports psychologists say that tennis and golf are 80% mental and only 20% technical, meaning that technical skills mean only a part when you are exposed to the stress induced by competition – sometimes almost a minor part. Multiple options, risici, analysis, tactical thoughts, expectations, to name only a few, are all aspects of your mind activity the are able to take over your technical skill and let you fail. Which they do again and again with most of us.
Well I found out that this “stillness in action” is a cure. And the most crucial point is, that practicing it in one field of activity affects the other!
A couple of questions could arise her:
– Does it mean that practicing “stillness in action” while washing dishes, walking the dog and making love would affect my tennis playing?
– Does it mean that I could boost the process of becoming a true tennis master by adding training of relaxed concentration, “living silence” or “stillness in action” in all my daily activities?
– Does it also mean that by adding this activity outside the training session and during the normal day I could make a significant daily contribution the those 10.000 hours required to become a master?
The answer to all the three questions is YES!
I hope this will inspire you, I will appreciate if you will contribute your comments and personal experiences. Stay tuned!
Misha Sakharoff, Ki-Kaizen instructor
Ok.. let me narrow it down. I got this vision of playing tournaments around the world – how great it would be. I saw myself together with my coach getting ready for the next match.
I must admit that playing tennis is one of the things in my life i enjoy the most. I actually enjoy it so much that during the last couple of years it gradually became a normal and integrated part of my day – being on court everyday from 7 or 8 in the morning. Together with pure enjoyment of game I practice tasting my own medicine – my job as mental trainer and stress management consultant requires trying off the new methods on myself. Miscere utile dulci – to mix the useful with the sweet, as Horace would say.
Today I’m 47 years old. If I have a chance of becoming the best in the world in tennis it would be in the category under 50 or later – depending on how fast I improve my game. The experts in talent development say that it takes approximately 10.000 hours to become a master in your particular field of excellence.
Other experts say that some fields of excellence as e.g. tennis and golf are 80% mental and only 20% technical. I’m eager to believe from my own experience, that it does not only apply to tennis and golf, but also to the other fields of human excellence – from making good food to making good sex. This is called Pareto distribution or just 80/20 law.
So do I have a bigger chance to succeed with my vision of becoming a best player in the world if I make use of Pareto distribution in my daily training?
My next blog article will answer this question.
Coming already this week – stay tuned!