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Inyo no ho (陰陽の法) Methods of Light & Dark

Soke Christa Jacobson

Last night in class I was trying to get across the understanding of the principals of “Inyo” (also called Yin & Yang in Chinese martial arts).  Literally meaning “dark and light” this is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn in relation to each other.

 

“For every dark night, comes a bright day” we have all heard this, but to understand it, you have to realize that for every bright day, a dark night will fall.

 

Many natural dualities—e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, earth and air—are thought of as manifestations of Inyo (respectively).

 

Inyo are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites, examples are (1) light / positive means hard or masculine but in contrast to that there is the other side of (2) dark / unseen means hidden or feminine.  This is where my warrior name from the Tomo-ryu stems from: “Anshu / Dark Master” (暗主; also interpreted as informal master).

 

Everything has both In and Yo aspects as light cannot exist without darkness and vice-versa, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time.

 

Look at the martial arts that we all train in.  Regardless of what art / school / organization we all learn many kata / waza, to learn the concepts of war.  When we are learning kata, the teacher will tell you when they “do this” you “do this” but how many really look at what “they do” as the positive and what “we do” as the negative?

 

The facts are the same attacks that we receive we are also training in our taijutsu to become effective in.  Same as life, just because someone tells you that “this is bad” remember that “this” only bad from their perception, but from your perception “it” might be the right thing to do, which is why you should always follow you heart.

 

So what is positive and what is negative?  That is a matter of perception that you choose on your path, you should never judge anyone by the path that they choose to follow, just because it is a negative thing for one, does not mean that it is not a positive thing for another.  Remember that, and learn how to follow your heart and move with the energy that surrounds and penetrates us all.

 

Everything in life has to have balance.  Just like breathing, when you breathe in, this is positive, you are taking in life.  When you exhale, this is negative, as you are letting life go.  Some see breathing as a good thing and choose to live, while others see breathing as a bad thing, and choose to die.  Understanding balance, you have to understand that with every positive is a negative, and with every negative is a positive, it is all a matter of personal perception.

 

In guerrilla warfare we are taught to take the enemies advantage, (positive) and use it against them (negative).  You grow stronger as they grow weaker.  Understanding and applying this principal all revolves on the relation of Inyo and taking what they see as their positive and making it their negative.  When you are in a negative situation in life, find the positive within it, every negative has a positive.  Find the positive and make it work for you rather than against you.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed today’s lesson, take care, be safe and good luck in your journey of Budo.

 

Anshu (暗主) Dark Master


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Purpose of the Martial Arts

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Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

PURPOSE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS
(Taken from the upcoming book from the Budo Ryu Kai)

To understand the purpose of the martial arts training we have to understand the goal towards training; Self-Enlightenment, Self-Empowerment, Self-Defense and Self- Protection of oneself and loved ones.

I was once told of an old story of these two master swords man who were closer than brothers. They both mastered the way of the sword, and prepared to start their journey of Musha Shugyo (武者修行). They were going to be separate for many years. So they met one day on the opposite side of this creek, and they agreed that they would re-unite at the same place, at the same date, twelve years later.

Twelve years later, at that date they found that the rain and the course of nature had changed that creek to a large raging water stream so there is no way that they can meet at the exact same place. As one of the samurai determined to live up to his vow and to show his incredible level of skill that he amassed over the twelve years. He took a running jump and leaped over the deadly current of the rushing water, safely on the other side. The other samurai walked upstream and hired a boatman to get row him across safely to meet his close friend.

The skills that one man spent 12 years of training and refining was duplicated effortlessly with a few pennies. Similarly if your goal is only to “win” or “kill”, than we can just buy a gun rather than investing years of training. This is why students of Budo need to understand that Budo is not just about winning. Next we need to understand that winning is more than just defeating your enemy, it is about perfecting yourself – your personal character – as well as your skills as a martial artist.

In Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu (英信流居合術); one of the seven warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu, there is a saying: Kachi wa saya no naka ni ari (Victory comes while the sword is still in the scabbard) physical skills alone no matter how highly developed are not enough. There is always someone more skillful or someone with a dirty trick that will leave you unprepared. But attitude is better than aptitude in actual combat.

Without having a strong warrior spirit, courage and determination a high level of skill is useless. So the purpose of training in Budo is to develop the mind and spirit of a warrior and such a strength of character that it wins a battle before it begins. This takes years of training to do. These skills also lead to the ability to rid your self of and not respond to hate, slander, anger, fear, selfishness and jealousy as they are counter productive and self-destructive. Simply put frustration is the first sign of mental weakness. Those that get so frustrated that they have to say and do negative things are clearly mentally weak, and as a warrior and a practitioner of budo, you should not concern yourself with this action as this will also lead you off of true path of Budo.

“Kachi wa saya no naka ni ari”
(Victory comes while the sword is still in the scabbard)

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Reflect Your Inner Self

Anshu Christa Jacobson

REFLECT YOUR INNER SELF.

Everyone of us has a essence, a soul and a spirit that resides within.
This spirit is what drives us to be who we are.

The physical realm changes as we change through life, when you are a little one, you look as such, when you become a teenager, to adult, you take the form of where you are mentally as well as spiritually. This is so that you can show the world who you are on the inside, and express with the others around you.

Some of us do many things to change our outward image to reflect who we are, such as change the color of our hair, get tattoo’s and body piercings, etc, etc. This list goes on and on, fact is everyone does these and changes the outward image to show to world or reflect the inner spirit.

When your body matches your mind and your mind matches the spirit, you have taken the sanshin (mind, body and spirit) and made them one, only at this time can you have complete happiness, control of oneself, a high level of self-esteem and awareness which leads to a positive self-expression.

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“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
– Margaret Thatcher

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In life we learn that nothing stays the same, that everything changes. As you change, as you age, you need to maintain that same level of balance in your life, letting your physical form match that of how you feel with the mental and emotional forms to maintain that balance within.

NO BODY — “fits in” — hell; we are all misfits in some realm or another, but the facts are that we are all human, we all have feelings and we all strive to have balance and happiness in our lives. For this reason alone, no one person on the face of this earth should be judged by their gender, race or religion as all of these things are just emotional outlets to help maintain the balance and happiness that we all seek.

I know today that you probably wanted me to talk about the martial arts and fighting techniques, zen and mental clarity. And although that is usually what I talk about, if you take all of that one step further we are all doing these arts for the same reason, to be happy.

Does it really matter what martial art someone does as long as it works? And when I say works I do not mean hurting another person, I mean bring the practitioner happiness and outlets towards self expression as a person.

It should not matter, martial arts is just the vehicle that you use to get you from “A” to “B” and “B” is the destination. As long as you find happiness doing the arts, that is what is of importance, not what “style” that you practice, because the facts we are all different people with different feelings, no one art can truly relate this to every person who practices the martial arts,..this is why I have always said the person is always more important than the art, without the person, the martial arts do not exist.

Whatever martial art you choose to do, do so with complete balance of the Sanshin. Whoever you choose to be, do so with the complete balance of mind, body and spirit. You have the right to be happy, and only you can make yourself achieve that happiness. I hope you all enjoyed the lesson today.

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of War

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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Oppression

“An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.” – Confucius