THE MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEM OF AIBUDO

SYSTEM PATCH DESCRIPTION


AS MOST MARTIAL ARTISTS KNOW, THE WORD BUDO WHEN BROKEN DOWN IS AS FOLLOWS.  "DO" REPRESENTS "THE WAY".  "BU", THE KANJI OF WHICH IS DRAWN SHOWING TWO HALBERDS CROSSED REPRESENTS CONFLICT AND THE SYMBOL FOR THE FOOT REPRESENTING STOP IN THE SAME CHARACTER HAS THE RESULTING MEANING OF STOPPING CONFLICT.  THEREFORE, BUDO MEANS "THE WAY OF STOPPING CONFLICT".  THIS IS THE MAIN BASIS OR RESULTANT GOAL OF A PRACTITIONER OF AIBUDO.

WHEN THE CHARACTER FOR "AI" IS JOINED WITH THE CHARACTER OF "BUDO", THE RESULTING MEANING IS TO PLACE THE INDIVIDUAL IN HARMONY WITH THE WARRIOR WAYS OR *MARTIAL ARTS.  THE DESCRIPTIVE STATEMENT OF AIBUDO IS:  "THE MARTIAL ARTS IN HARMONY TOGETHER AND WITH THE INDIVIDUAL".  THIS IS REPRESENTED SOME WHAT PICTORIALLY ON THE SYSTEM PATCH WHICH IS TO BE WORN ON ALL MEMBER UNIFORMS OF 7TH KYU GREEN AND HIGHER.

THE LAYOUT OF THE PATCH HAS A LOGICAL MEANING WITHIN ITSELF.  FIRST OFF THERE IS SHOWN THE KANJI FOR KARATE, JUJITSU AND KUNG-FU WHICH ARE DIFFERENT BUT MAJOR TYPES OF SELF-DEFENSE.  THESE ARE DRAWN AT THE POINTS OF A CENTRAL TRIANGLE WHICH WHEN COMBINED ARE ALL SHOWN TO BE WAYS OF STOPPING CONFLICT AS DEPICTED IN THE TRIANGLE CENTER AS THE KANJI "BUDO".  THE SYSTEM OF AIBUDO UTILIZES MANY TECHNIQUES OF DIFFERENT SYSTEMS TOGETHER TO FORM TECHNIQUES WHICH ARE ABLE TO BE PERFORMED PROPERLY BY MOST INDIVIDUALS.  TECHNIQUES ARE VARIED TO FIT EACH PERSONS MECHANICAL CAPABILITIES.  NEXT ARE SHOWN THE BRANCHES AND LEAVES OF THE WILLOW TREE.  AS THE WILLOW MOVES WITH THE WIND AND NOT AGAINST IT, IT IS NOT BROKEN.  THE SAME PRINCIPLE IS ALSO APPLIED IN THE SYSTEM OF AIBUDO, AS YOU ARE TO MOVE WITH OR AROUND AGGRESSION OR FORCE INSTEAD OF AGAINST IT.

THE FIST REPRESENTS THAT WHENEVER ALL ELSE FAILS IN TRYING TO SUPPRESS CONFLICT, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTROL IT TO WHATEVER DEGREE IS FINALLY NECESSARY.  THIS IS TO BE ACHIEVED IN STEPS AS THE PHILOSOPHICAL ESSENCE OF KUNG-FU DESCRIBES.  THE MAIN MEANING BEING "TO PRESERVE RATHER THAN DESTROY".  IT IS TO BE PERFORMED IN FOUR STEPS.  FIRST--EVADE RATHER THAN CHECK.  SECOND--CHECK RATHER THAN HURT.  THIRD--HURT RATHER THAN MAIM.  FOURTH--MAIM RATHER THAN KILL.

THE COLORS OF THE PATCH REPRESENT THE MAJOR BELT COLORS OR GRADES OF DIFFERENT SYSTEMS IN THE MARTIAL ARTS, WHICH ARE:  WHITE, GREEN, BROWN, BLACK, RED AND GOLD.

THE CIRCULAR BORDER REPRESENTS CONTINUOUS OR THE NEVER ENDING OF LEARNING ONCE YOU ENTER INTO THE STUDY AND WORK OF THE MARTIAL ARTS.  ONCE THIS PATCH IS APPLIED TO AN INDIVIDUALS UNIFORM AND THEY EVER ONCE ABUSE WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN AN OFFENSIVE MANNER, WILL IN MOST CASES BE PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM FURTHER ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIP WITHIN THE AIBUDO SYSTEM.


*MARTIAL ARTS IS NOT A TRUE COMPARISON TO WARRIOR WAYS BUT FACTUALLY TO BUGEI, WHICH IS OF A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD.  WE USE MARTIAL ARTS AS A GENERIC TERM IN THIS DESCRIPTION AND OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH IN OUR CLASS AND SYSTEM.

Picture of the System Seal and Uniform Patch