Friday, November 18, 2005


"Calm mind." Maintain calmness and serenity at all times, without getting flustered, angry or upset.

Friday, November 11, 2005


"Perform with all your life." Do one's best always. In ancient time, one lived the whole lifetime (KENMEI) working in one domain (ISSHO)."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Itto wa banto to kashi, Banto wa itto ni kisu

""One sword transforms into ten thousand swords, ten thousand swords return to one sword." From ITTO RYU. Many variations of techniques exist, but the ultimate winning blow is the fundamental one."

Monday, October 31, 2005

Ukou Mukou

""With form, without form." From Musashi. KAMAE is not only a physical stance, but varies according to situation, like the shape of water in various vessels. The physical KAMAE is like a castle but needs a capable Lord within."

Friday, October 28, 2005

Ichi gan, Ni soku, San tan, Shi riki

"One eyes; two feet; three tenacity; four strength." In the order of importance, (1) power of observation or perception, (2) footwork, (3) spirit or will, (4) technique or strength.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ichigo Ichie

"One lifetime, one encounter." From tea ceremony. Master prepares the tea as if this is the only time he will serve this guest in his lifetime. Be serious, considerate, careful, and do your very best.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


"Fudo or 'Immovable' deity who serves practitioners by defeating obstables and devils which hinder buddhist practice. It is said that he enters a flame-emitting meditation (Kasho Zammai) in which he exudes flame and destroys all karmic hinderances. Because he never yeilds to obstacles, he is called Fudo or Immovable. The deity symbolizes the mind that does not move, or the body that is not unsettled even when surrounded by danger."