Japanese Dojo

The dojo is the place where the Way is studied (practiced). In modern times, the dojo is usually perceived as a place where martial arts are taught. But the true spiritual concept of a dojo is much more precise. The Sanskrit word bodhimandala is the basis of the Japanese understanding of the dojo. Bodhimandala means …

Mokuso – The Way To Meditate

Life in the nature of the mind. Every martial arts training begins and ends with meditation (mokuso). Practitioners sit in the traditional Japanese kneeling seat (seiza). The spine is straight, the neck is a continuation of the back, the chin is slightly tucked. The back of one wrist rests on the palm of the other …

Higaonna Kanryo, the founder of Naha-te

After becoming a disciple of Master Ryu Ryuko, Higaonna Sensei helped his master at his trade during the day as a craftsman of bamboo. Training look place after dark starting with the practice of Sanchin. Then, lifting the Nigiri-game (heavy ceramic jars), by their rims, a student would practice Unsokuho (a pattern of stepping movements). …

The legend Masutatsu Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate

Masutatsu Oyama was born in Korea in 1923 and is the founder of Japan’s most famous and widespread karate style in the world. At the age of 9, Mas Oyama learned Chinese kenpo in Manchuria and practiced judo and boxing as a teenager. All this leads to training in Okinawan karate, which serves as a …