by Hironori Otsuka

"MARTIAL ARTS" What does it mean?

There are many meanings. For example; BUDO, BUJUTSU, BUGI, KAKUGI, BUSHIDO, which are all Martial arts. But what is the meaning of Martial arts. Today practitioners of Martial arts have many meanings. As a sport, as a health control, to improve the spirit or as a business, but what is the reality?

As the founder of Wado-Ryu wrote in a poem.
"When you practice Wado-Ryu as a martial art, it not only means committing yourself to the way of Wado-Ryu, but also committing yourself to a certain way of life, which includes "HARD TRAINING" ; overcoming obstacles in life and finding the way to lead a healthy and meaningful existence in the time you have on this planet. Through this way of life you can reach the centre of "WA" and lead a life of wholeness. This is the reality! Therefore, to categorize the purpose of training in Wado-Ryu, one must find centre of "WA" through HARD TRAINING. Once you have entered the centre of "WA", you will find many other ways to grow and improve your way of life. It will help you grow in all areas of your life.

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Courtesy International Federation of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Organizations

NOTE: 'HARD TRAINING' is one of the precepts of virtually all Martial Arts. Until you push yourself through many personal barriers, spiritual, physical and psychological, then you will not truly fully understand your Martial Art.
Sensei Adam W. Carter - shuriway

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