Zen has been linked to some styles of karate for many years, but it is usually
poorly understood, and quite often misrepresented, with there being a tendency
towards thinking that Zen meditation is hard concentration and confronting
your fears. Furthermore, Karate will usually be practiced in an aggressive,
militaristic way, which would contrast completely with a Buddhist view.
In my understanding, Zen practice is a method of becoming aware of your
essential nature through mindfulness and self knowledge. This can be achieved
via meditative practices focused on feelings in the body, thoughts
and emotions. As such, a Zen Karate class attempts to give people the space and
opportunity to do just that. Meditating whilst moving is basically what Zen Karate
is all about.