Mushin (無心) means literally: “mind without mind”. It refers to the budo concept of staying calm under stress and pressure. This calmness works like an inner silence. Like zanshin it focuses the attention of the karateka on the presents and opens the mind for changes in the situation. Once a Shotokanka reaches mushin his or her mind does not get distracted from own but unnecessary thoughts as well as unnecessary events in the environment.
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