Picture of Shihan

March 2001

Volume 3 Issue 3

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on               

2.  Precept

3.  Recent Advancement

The true martial arts will go on, no matter who or what tries to change or control them.

Aibudo Kanji

Funakoshi's #15 Precept

"Think of your hands and feet as swords".

          Funakoshi wanted all practitioners of the arts to view themselves as weapons--not just to know the damage they can inflict, but also to know they should use caution and restraint so they do not accidentally harm others.

          Excerpted from the article by Frank M. Kushner in BlackBelt Magazine, dated December 1999

Adreanne Bailey

Advancement to:

4th Kyu Brown

A little more of the ridiculous

     Remember the "Horse kicking" last month?  Here is some more of the same. 

Quote:  "Your punches and kicks should stop one to two inches short of actual contact with your partners body, although you may make contact with his uniform.  It is this ability to stop short of injury that makes karate so popular.  Otherwise, few karate students would survive"  Unquote.

     A while back we had a conversation, whereas "safe karate" was brought up.  The above is a good example of where karate is headed  today in many dojo's and organizations.  Our society is becoming soft towards discipline and accountability and shying away from true justice.  The slap on the hand and the "time-out" isn't working.  There is not enough "pain" involved for a long time remembering.  The "safe karate" that is being instituted today to evade possible lawsuits, is only going to hurt the practitioners that will, maybe someday, need it to save a life, possibly theirs.

It is said:  (By whom?)

The end point is the beginning, and the great virtue is simplicity.

The first technique is the last, the beginner and the master behave in the same way.

Knowledge is a full circle.

Assailed with doubts and misery, his mind and spirit in a whirl, the student is gradually guided to realization and understanding by his teacher.

Learn fierce techniques of horrible war, until eventually sword becomes "no sword", intention becomes "no intention", a spontaneous knowledge of every situation.

The first elementary teaching becomes the highest knowledge, and the master still continues to practice this simple training, his everyday prayer.

An historical perspective:  Aikido

     Morihei Uyeshiba founded Aikido, because he felt something was lacking in the arts at the time.  The same was true at the entering time of Aibudo.  Uyeshiba believed that "today's victor will be defeated tomorrow, that the stronger man will ultimately meet someone stronger and that brute force must end in frustration".  He also believed that "no matter how fast one may be, there are limitations to physical abilities".  Before he had put together Aikido, he was extremely dissatisfied with his achievements.  He felt that his most formidable opponent was himself.  The real purpose of the martial arts must be to purge oneself of petty ambitions and desires and to obtain control of one's own character before attempting to defeat others.  Then, and only then, should one use his fighting ability, and then only in defense of that which is right, never for personal gain or ambition.  He believed that a doctrine which does not teach spiritual principles is not a true martial art.  He felt that from the perspective of the whole universe, the struggles, victories and defeats of men are more than insignificant, they are non-existent.  The results of the above concepts, and others, led to the development of Aikido.  He was a very modest man, who even with the skills he had, considered himself  to be only a student of Aikido.  If that be the case, then what or who are we?