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Paula Lydon 12-24-2002 08:30 AM

oxymoron
 
~~I am seeking the word or term in Japanese that would describe a state of relaxation with a sense of intensity/alertness. Is that zanshin? Sounds like an oxymoron but I know these states can exist together; I've felt it. Any ideas? Thanks!:D

Heckler2 12-24-2002 05:23 PM

zanshin
 
Zanshin can be translated to remaining spirit (literally), or "combative awareness".

In my definition, zanshin is when you stay aware, and don't turn your back instantly to the opponent for example. Zanshin is being aware and relaxed at the same time. I hope i described it right, there is 1:24 AM, and english is not my strongest side ;) :D

Steven 12-24-2002 05:42 PM

Re: oxymoron
 
Quote:

Paula Lydon wrote:
~~I am seeking the word or term in Japanese that would describe a state of relaxation with a sense of intensity/alertness. Is that zanshin? Sounds like an oxymoron but I know these states can exist together; I've felt it. Any ideas? Thanks!:D

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Bronson 12-25-2002 09:05 PM

Zanshin is the word we use to describe that feeling/state.

Bronson

PeterR 12-25-2002 09:36 PM

I have heard Zanshin described as "presence" rather than just "combative awareness". In most cases we are encouraged to finish our techniques with zanshin which speaks to "remaining spirit" I suppose. However zanshin is also what you try to have before a technique is executed and even outside of a combative situation.

For example - walking into a room at a party where you are aware of all that is occuring (especially the girl in the red dress) and your presence is felt by all there (especially the girl in the red dress).

I agree with Bronson.

mike lee 12-26-2002 04:10 AM

the way of the ninja
 
For me, zanshin is all the time even when I'm sleeping.

It also allows me to enter a party, have a drink and sit down, all totally unnoticed as if I am invisible. Then, just at the right moment, a friend notices me and says, "Hey! How long have you been here? I didn't even see you walk in!"

That's my art. That's how I practice zanshin.

PeterR 12-26-2002 07:11 PM

Re: the way of the ninja
 
Quote:

Mike Lee (mike lee) wrote:
It also allows me to enter a party, have a drink and sit down, all totally unnoticed as if I am invisible. Then, just at the right moment, a friend notices me and says, "Hey! How long have you been here? I didn't even see you walk in!"

:D


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