Jambar Front Page Article February 18, 1983
The Nito Ichi Way of strategy (The WAY of two heavens, school of strategy, Musashi's style is Niten Ichi Ryu) is recorded in this Book of the Void.
What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. Of course the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.
painting of Daruma by Musashi.
People in this world look at things mistakenly ,and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
In the Way of strategy as a warrior you must study fully other martial arts and not deviate even a little from the Way of the warrior. With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day by day, and hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit: heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze: perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.
Until you realize the true Way, whether in Buddhism or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we look a things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit as the Way. Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly.
Then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void.
In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.
12 day of the 5th month, second year of Shoho (1645).
Teruro Magononjo SHINMEN MUSASHI
|my tattered copy from 1973|
Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
Be detached from desire your whole life.
Do not regret what you have done.
Never be jealous.
Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
In all things, have no preferences.
Be indifferent to where you live.
Do not pursue the taste of good food.
Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
Do not act following customary beliefs.
Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
Do not fear death.
Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.
Never stray from the way.
On the other hand, look at what the martial art instructors teach as compared to golfing lessons, dancing lessons, swimming lessons, et cetera. You would have to conclude that the martial arts instructor is sadly underpaid professional athlete!
"I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that might reduce my mental growth and physical health,
I will develop self discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and in others.
I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively to help myself and others, and to never be abusive or offensive."
Knowing others is wisdom; knowing yourself is enlightenment." --Lao TzuSome of the marketing affiliated organizations frown upon outside contact with any other martial arts, dojangs or events. I've gone to ATA regional tournaments where every person in the building was an ATA Member. Comparing your school and your skills by visiting other dojangs or tournaments is a no-no for ATA students.
"It is intereting that som instructors will say, "Come to me and I will build your confidence,' when their own self-esteem is so poor that they are afraid to charge for their teaching!" . . . Buzz Durkin, Seventh Dan, Uechi Ryu Karate, owner of a traditional Okinawan studio with 400 students and 127 active black belts.
"We have changed how we do things bio-mechanically because some of the traditional things were bad for the body. Changing the sit-up so that it strengthens the stomach and does not wreck the back is not sacrificing out art of tradition. Neither is doing anything that allows us to communicate better with our students." . . . Buzz Durkin, Member of the Board of Directors of The Educational Funding Company . . . (Continued in BLUE TYPE Below)
" A man who has attained master of an art reveals it in his every action." . . . Samurai Maxim
"THE WAY OF LIFE
A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus and arm without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and the strong will fall.
The sofe and the weak will overcome" . . . LaoTzu
|Defending against a knife with one of my best blackbelts Jim Cannel|
The Wisdom School of Taekwondo was about creating, developing and furthering the art that we had been taught. This doesn't mean every Joe-blackbelt should make up his own techniques. But it does mean that as a master instructor, I should leave the art better than I found it. So I committed myself to developing my taekwondo as a means of practically defending myself and into a program that other BOOMERS could practice safely and use to defend themselves. For me the days of sport karate that I so loved are over.
#3 I devote myself to creating new traditions and achievements in The Spirit of Jidokwan
|Supreme Grandmaster Chun demonstrates in NYC with Master Jim Evans.|
|Chating with Supreme Grandmaster Kim Ki-whang in Pittsburgh.|
|Anne and James Roberts|