SEISHINKAN’S 4 LEVELS

For decades, I resisted any and all attempts to define the Northern Karate system in simplistic terms. What martial art do you teach? Karate? Certainly. What style? We practice Shurite forms….and Nahate kata…and Hakutsuru and Nipai. Kobudo? Yes. What type? Matayoshi…and Ryukyu…and Yamani…and Mura. Some BJJ/MMA? Absolutely. What about Indonesian and Filipino combat systems?...

Kyudo Mugen 究道無限 The Way of Learning Has No End

The great Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If there is no end to learning, the greatest investment you can make is in your personal enrichment. Does this equate to higher education?  Perhaps – particularly if formal schooling catalyzes growth. However, pursuing a degree is costly and requires a significant time commitment. Credits are earned through a fixed curriculum, and...

Mekata 目 形  Way of Looking

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. (Wayne Dyer) Mount Fuji is affectionately referred to as Fuji-san.  Along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, it is one of Japan’s “Three Sacred Mountains” (三霊山 -Sanreizan) and a place of scenic beauty, history, and even, superstition.  Prior to the Meiji era (1868-1912), general travel was reserved for samurai and the ruling class.  Most of the population, comprised of farmers and merchants, had to be satisfied...

Ichi-go ichi-e, 一期一会. One meeting. One chance.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. In the classic 1961 movie Yojimbo (用心棒), the man with no name confronts a gun-wielding adversary. From a considerable distance, the sword master has to face not just a superior weapon, but a likely death. In a matter of a millisecond, all is lost or gained. This is ichi–go ichi-e, 一期一会. One meeting.One chance. Although our lives may not be as dangerous or dramatic as the stuff we see on the...