This is the last section of this series on Kongo-Zen. Doshin So continues... The Answer Lies in Man There are three known variables, the individual, nature, and society, that determine the conditions of mans survival as well as his fulfillment and happiness. But because it takes individuals to exploit nature and individuals to make societies, … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen, Part III
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This is a continuation of Doshin So's write up about Kongo-Zen. Kongo-Zen, which focuses its attention on man as an expression of and participant in the infinite circle of reality and as endowed with a share of its vast potentially for wisdom, strength, courage, and love that life can best be lived. It is … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen? Part II
While I was living in Japan one of the Martial Arts I studied was Shorin-ji Kempo. Shorin is the Japanese pronunciation for Shaolin and Ji is temple. Kem (Ken) means fist and po (do) means way. So altogether it means “Way of the Shaolin Fist”. Shorin-ji was founded by a man named Michiomi Nakano also … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen?
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence when able to attack, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Fein disorder and crush him.” Sun Tzu That first line is HUGE! To be successful … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Laying Plans Part II….
Martial Arts have become a lot like institutionalized religion these days. Go on you tube and there are endless videos of someone who has come up with their own system (we will call it S.W.A.T.) and they spend the whole time telling you how this or that traditional technique will not work in a “real” … Continue reading Traditional or not, that is the question…
"Methods are many, Principles are few, Methods Change, Principles stay true" I have collected many quotes over the years. Whenever I heard something that struck me as important or meaningful I wrote it down. The only problem is for some reason I did not write down who said the quotation. So I will state … Continue reading Where is the Principal???
After leaving England I was relocated to Japan for my job. The job location was on Hokkaido the northern most island in Japan. I was excited to go back to Asia because I knew that I would likely be close to a qualified instructor and hopefully be able to attend a class nearby. Also since … Continue reading Shu, Ha, Ri
When I was a kid there was an old WWII vet that ran a Judo dojo (Grey’s Judo) in my home town. He had been stationed in Japan during the U.S. occupation following the war. This is where he learned Judo and earned his black belt (I believe he was a 4th dan). A kid … Continue reading Mr. Miyagi where are you???