Three States of the Warrior’s Mind

Zanshin, Mushin, Fudoshin: Apply the ways of Karate-do to harness the Warrior’s Mind

Zanshin — The Fighting Mind

Zanshin Kanji

Both in fighting and in everyday life, you should be determined though calm. Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken. — Miyomoto Musashi

Mushin — ‘Mind No Mind’

Mushin Kanji

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water if you put water in the cup it becomes the cup and water can flow or it can crash. — Bruce Lee

Fudoshin —The Immovable Mind

Fudoshin Kanji

Mankind is divided into three classes: those who move, those who are movable, and those who are immovable. — Benjamin Franklin

Gene Crawford is a Blackbelt in Karate, CrossFit, BJJ Practitioner. Co-founder of SOCO & Period Three a web design firm & Co-owner of a Gym Workhorse Fitness.