Anshu Christa Jacobson – Budo
PHOTO / CALLIGRAPHY DONE BY ME 2010
The Japanese word “Budo” consist of two characters.
“BU” – Although usually translated as “martial”, the original components of this character has the meaning “to stop the spear” with definite connotation of restoring peace. “BU” may also be interpreted as “valorous action” or “courageous living”.
“DO” (tao in chinese) means the way of the truth, the path to liberation or the path to enlightenment.
The two Kanji placed together “BUDO” is understood to many as martial arts or martial way,..but truly is felt as “The way of brave and enlightened activity.”
Budo has to grown with the times. This does not take rocket science to understand that you have to update the methods of how you approach combat. We live in a different time and just as we grow as a human race, the truth of Budo has to grow also. To make your school and effective method of training you can use the Godai (5 elemental principals) you can learn the deeper truth of the arts.
(1 – Chi / earth / foundation) Learn the traditional kata, understand the principals that the past masters have giving us, we cannot forget where we came from, and we have to honor the tradition, history and masters of the past.
(2 – Sui / Water / Adaptability) Train with Henka (variations) and see all of the many ways you can take that one strategy or principle and use it many ways. Explore the kata, see what you can find, this ultimately will lead you on your own journey of Budo.
(3 – Ka / Fire / Intensity) Train with Randori (chaos) this is a word that many use for sparring drills, grappling drills, nage waza drills. Anything thing that you can do to train against another live person that is trying to do the same thing to you, but you are not in a fixed position. This is how you find out how you can move freely in a real fight.
(4 – Fu / Wind / Freedom of Movment) Train in actual physical conditioning. Wind is a circular element, this represents the life time of training. Striking Bags / Bag Work, Calisthenics, Weight / Resistance training, Cardio Training, Impact / Bone Conditioning, Core conditioning. When you start you do not stop training. No matter who we are, no matter the rank that we achieve, if you stop working out, you will loose your physical conditioning, this is the element of wind, keep training over and over just like a circle it does not stop. Nothing is worse than to have to protect your family from danger and you cannot because you are not used to fighting with your heart rate raised!
(5 – Ku / Void / Connecting) This is the element of void, spiritual refinement, meditation, Kuji or whatever practice that you use to connect to the inner voice. This is very important to understand how to clear your mind and take all of the things that are listed above and connect them into one source,..your body. To do this you need mental clarity and peace. You need to know who you are with no ego, no sense of self. Just understood purpose.
I hope that this helps you all in your training.
Thanks for all of the support –
Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo