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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
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Wu-Shin News Canterbury Japan Day - 3 March

WSCDoldlogoWe're at the Canterbury Japan Day at Riccarton Racecourse, in Christchurch, on Sunday, 3 March. Pop in and say hello or catch our Tenshindo demonstration at 12:15 (based on the classical martial art of the samurai - tenshin shoden katori shinto ryu). There's a lot happening, including these demonstrations. Hope to see you there!

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26 February 2013, 22:47

Wu-Shin News Dojo environs

Terminolgy to help you navigate your way around the dojo

pathThe dójó (dó – the way / jó – place), a ‘place of the way’, presents the new student of the martial arts (bujutsu / bugei) and ways (budó) with a fascinating insight into the traditional Japanese culture, and also the opportunity to assess what contributions oriental values may make to one’s own ethics, principles, and behaviour. Particularly as the traditional martial ways of Japan have always been more concerned with the matters of the Spirit, an aspect generally in short supply in most Western cultures. Here, in the traditional dójó of the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation, one may witness the application of the concept of ‘heigakure’ (‘that which is hidden from ordinary sight’) as well as the underlying principle that a dójó is supposed to be supported and maintained by the student body and not its officials.

To become better acquainted with this unusual place and associated concepts and behaviours, a number of the terms and activities associated with a traditional dójó are explained below.

26 February 2013, 04:45

Wu-Shin News Tenshindo Kenjutsu - the art of training the mind

The warrior class of Japan developed and made use of a wide range of weapons, including the bow and arrow, spear, naginata, and sword. Of all the weapons taught, the sword was paramount.

A famous quote by shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa referred 'the sword is the soul of the samurai'.

There are fundamentally three current approaches to training with the sword…

1. Kendo - practised widely in Japan and quite popular worldwide.  It is a system of sporting combat in which the participants wear armour and try to score points on designated targets by striking with imitation, round bamboo swords (shinai).

17 February 2013, 19:46

Wu-Shin News Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun are philosophical guidelines fostered by a dojo. The Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development has promoted the following eight precepts since its inception:

  1. Be humble, courteous, and honourable.
  2. Regulate your practice to your physical condition.
  3. Study and practice only in earnestness.
  4. A tranquil and alert mind produces reflex thought and action.
  5. Take care of your health.
  6. Lead a simple life.
  7. Never be arrogant.
  8. Be untiring and unceasing in your endeavours in spite of all obstacles.
14 February 2013, 02:33

Wu-Shin News Reishiki in practice

reiOur previous post on Dójó etiquette or Reishiki introduced the concept of dójó etiquette and why it is important. In this post we look at some specific examples of dójó etiquette in action.


Specific Reishiki...

(With thanks for D. Lowry's input).

Each art and each instructor in the art will establish a distinct code of behaviour for their students. The main thing to remember is to act at all times with full awareness of what you are doing and why. What follows is a discussion of several forms of Reishiki that are common to most dójó practising the Japanese arts.

...Bow at the dójó entrance

As you enter and leave the specific room or training area (often outdoors) you stop, bring your feet together (heels touching, toes separated at 30o) and bow toward the Embujó (central keiko area), or, in the case of Tenshindó a kneeling bow is executed in the entranceway with all your weaponry placed by your right hand side. This is often described as an acknowledgement to the dójó that you will concentrate fully and perform well and energetically, recognising it as a place where many have trained passionately for lengthy periods so as to acquire the skills that appeal to you. Many students make it a moment for a small meditation to oneself. You leave the busy, confused, and quarrelsome world outside and enter the wholly concentrated world of the dójó. This is the first step and is followed by a series of actions that remind you on a subconscious level that the outside world should be left outside.

12 February 2013, 19:00

Wu-Shin News Dojo etiquette or Reishiki

reiRight off, let's make it clear that bowing and the other forms of etiquette in the authentic martial arts (bujutsu/bugei - e.g., Tenshindo), martial ways (budó - e.g., Wu-Shin Todejutsu; the civilian defense art as taught by our Foundation) neither portray subservience nor embrace any religious connotations. They indicate respect – which is something entirely different.

The forms of polite behaviour in the dójó have meaning beyond an acknowledgment of the Oriental root of our arts.


Origins of Reishiki in the West

The etiquette observed in authentic and nominal martial arts, ways, and some of the modern combative-sport derivatives in the West is, of course, derived from their Japanese and Chinese roots. The men and women who first introduced these arts/sports to the West also brought the methods of teaching that they were given by their oriental instructors, particularly following World War II. These methods included 'reishiki' (the Japanese formal culture of respectful interaction).

After a couple of generations in the West the bowing and scraping may now seem a bit artificial. This is only natural since we express our politeness in ways other than the bow. We shake hands, and call people "sir". We open doors for people. We have dozens of ways to express politeness and respect that we think of about as often as Japanese would think of bowing (even to the telephone) - not often.

Perhaps we should examine in further detail just what it is that we are doing when we bow in such a perfunctory way, and how we can use these transplanted rituals to our advantage.

10 February 2013, 23:56

Wu-Shin News The empty cup

There is a lovely story about a knowledgeable professor from the West who seeks out a Zen master.

The professor greets the master, saying: "Hello, I'm Doctor so-and-so. I am an accomplished professor with the following degrees (which he rattles off). I'd like to learn more about Zen Buddhism from you."

The master replies: "Would you like to sit down?"

After getting a reply in the affirmative, he asks: "Would you like some tea?"

"Yes," replies the professor again.

The master pours the tea, and continues pouring until the cup is full, and then past overflowing.

The professor shouts to grab the master's attention: "The cup is overflowing! The tea is spilling everywhere."

04 February 2013, 11:43

Internal Ways Guidelines for T'ai Chi practice

Chang San Feng

→ Translations of writings attributed to Chang San Feng

→ The body must move as a single unit, at one with the breath, chi and spirit. The rooting of the feet, the strength of the legs, and the power of the waist are all manifest in the hands. There is connection within the whole body. Our movement is guided by our intention. T'ai Chi is like a great river rolling on unceasingly.

→ The motion should be rooted in the feet, controlled by the waist, and manifest through the fingers. The feet, legs and waist must act together.

03 February 2013, 11:04

Catalysts for change Looking for the answers?

"You came out here looking for the answers - really for your power.

You thought someone was going to hand it to you or tell you more stories.

I've told you all I can. It was within you all the time."

- Source unknown


02 February 2013, 23:40