Empowerment Towards Perfection
The Jiko no geijutsu logo; the white surround red Samurai symbol on black background symbolises:
- White: The light of truth…
- Black: The darkness of fear...despair...the unknown...
- Red: The heart, the centre…fidelity...inner strength.
As a servant to the distressed: In times of darkness centre to your inner strength and with great grace when all is black serve your heart with all you are able!
The Jiko no geijutsu
A Style With No Single Style
The Jiko no geijutsu art form was formulated as a personal journey for the empowerment in those seeking to understand and govern their persona and be able to quickly and effectively defend themselves and the vulnerable from threat and attack. Jiko no geijutsu, a complete kata structured style is based upon three-step defensive/attacking forms with origins in:
A style of stand-up fighting founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for the ultimate truth. It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.
The art of the sword, historically practiced with wooden katana (bokken), this most often consists of pre-determined kata, and advanced training includes increasing degrees of freestyle practice.
Shaolin Wushu is a Chan ("Zen") Buddhist hard/soft and complete martial art. The origins of Wushu may be traced back to early man and his struggle for survival in the harsh environment during the Bronze Age (3000-1200 BC), a struggle said to lead to the development of techniques to defend against both wild animals and other human beings. Doce Pares: founded in 1932, (twelve pairs or twelve equals) is a form of a Filipino martial art that focuses primarily in stick fighting and hand to hand combat. In reality, the stick is merely considered an extension of the hand, and represents almost any weapon, from sticks to anything else one can place in their hand and use as a weapon in the modern context.
Founded in 1932, (Dice Pares - twelve pairs or twelve equals) is a form of a Filipino martial art that focuses primarily in stick fighting and hand to hand combat. In reality, the stick is merely considered an extension of the hand, and represents almost any weapon, from sticks to anything else one can place in their hand and use as a weapon in the modern context.
Said to be founded in Greece in 688 BC, boxing is a hand to hand combat during which opponents, throw punches and defend themselves with their arms and body.
Jiko no geijutsu is an art focused upon empowerment of the balanced persona.
The origin of Japanese martial arts can be found long before the warrior traditions of the samurai and the caste system that restricted the use of weapons by other members of society. However it is historically significant that the Samurai (saburai - to serve) perfected many of the fighting and cultural arts. Originally, samurai were expected to be proficient in many weapons, as well as unarmed combat, and attain the highest possible mastery of those combat skills. Ordinarily, the development of combative techniques is intertwined with the tools used to execute the techniques. In an evolving world, the tools are constantly changing, requiring the techniques to use them to be continuously reinvested & reinvented, wile retaining the truth of the art or arts.
Purely translated: Jiko no geijutsu is the Artistry of Self. It is a koryū discipline. One that preserves traditional and often ancient practices to primarily focus upon the mental, physical, and spiritual self-empowerment and self-improvement of the individual practitioner and those around them; with positive modifications that reflect the passage of time, to with varying degrees of emphasis on the continual advancement of the practical martial art application for self-defence and preservation purposes.
The 5 Elements
1. Mindset - Concentration/focus - the ability to think carefully about something you are doing and nothing else
2. Method - Energy/Style - the ability to harness and utilise beneficial positive energy
3. Timing - Judgement/control - is everything
4. Compassion - True concern - for the sufferings and misfortunes of others and a willingness to act
5. Management - Collective abilities - expertise in the current state of knowledge
Some Signs of a Person in Balance:
1.They understand who they are. Endeavouring to understand who you are is the beginning. When you understand who you are and you belief in your worth, flaws and all, it makes developing themself, abilities, actions, relationships and interacting with life’s circumstances a lot easier. When you’re emotionally healthy you feel good about who you are. You understand yourself inside and out including your strengths and weaknesses. Who you are on the inside is proudly displayed on the outside. You never feel as if you have to hide behind a mask or pretend to be someone that you’re not. You’re able to be genuine with yourself and with others without having any regrets. You are at peace with yourself.
2. They treat others well. If you’re emotionally healthy you have the ability to see other people with compassion and mindfulness. You essentially treat them with the kindness and respect you value and would also like to receive. You’re sensitive to the needs and emotions of others and you’re willing to help where you can. Whether it’s lending a listening ear to a friend or returning a lost wallet to the store clerk, you do what you can to treat others well. At the same time, you have healthy boundaries, and you treat others in a way that honors your core values-your kindness and consideration doesn’t come from a place of neediness to be liked or appreciated. You’re authentic in the way you relate to others.
3. They show true gratitude to others. Do you find it easy to show gratitude to those who are special in your life, and to be grateful for your life, regardless of what’s happened or happening? This essentially means that you choose to look at the glass as half full as opposed to half empty. You appreciate who and what you have in life rather than paying attention to the things you don’t. Showing gratitude is great for building healthy relationships. Your significant other, children, parents, and friends will feel valued and appreciated by you. You essentially know how to provide unconditional love to those you care about.
4. They are in touch with their emotions. Yet another sign of great emotional health is that you accept your emotions as a natural part of life. You know how to connect your emotions without letting them overwhelm you. You understand that there will be periods of ups and downs in your life, and you find ways to understand your emotions so that they do not intervene with your day to day life. You know that your emotions are linked to your beliefs and are simply an indicator of the thoughts that you have about a situation. Your emotions help guide you to look deeper into your psyche so that you can experience a sense of inner peace and joy.
5. They lead a life of passion. Do you use your skills and abilities to help or support something that you believe? Maybe you volunteer your time to children, are active in your community group, or compete in a marathon to support a good cause? Someone who is emotionally in tune likes the idea of being connected and a part of something that is larger than themselves. They have a big picture approach to life and fidelity.
6. They cherish the moments in their life. What do you value in life? It has been proven that those who hold a higher value on things such as obtaining riches, being famous, or the most attractive are often not very emotionally balanced. However, those who value self-fulfillment and helping others are said to be happier and more content with life. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have financial goals and things that you desire, it simply means that you value the experience of living life and being with others as opposed to obtaining things or reaching a goal to prove your worth and value.
Jiko no Geijutsu Embraces the Philosophy of Shared Success
The philosophy of shared success, ‘view the glass as half-full, always with enough to share’, combines essential knowledge, positive thought, intuitive design, and positive practices to achieve continually improving, holistically sustaining circumstances. The focus upon people, planet, prosperity and respect, rights, recognition is one of positive, insightful observation envisioning our world as a single biosphere of which human society is simply an element.
Shared success is the enabling and delivery of empowering knowledge and practical solutions transfer to allow all elements to be considered in a single sustaining intergenerationally sustainable ecosocietal prosperity advancing model, which fully embraces the concept that the Earth is a single biosphere, evoking harmonious approach to people, planet & prosperity, (ecosocietal prosperity) through enduring partnerships, assembling ethical/moral, cultural/societal and physical/spiritual patterns which function to benefit life in all its forms.
Realisation of achievable cooperative positive reality
Empowerment Towards Perfection
The Philosophy of Shared Success
We need to embrace and accept the past, present and future as one interactive time sequence. One-time; where the past affects the present, as the present affects the future. Societally, we can all be powerful positive influencers of the current and future position. It is a priority to make one-time decisions that positively improve all-time outcomes giving greater consideration to our biosphere which provides for all life. One-time positive-creative energies, focused in shared success are achievable in all we do. As we all look to society as a single one-time collective, we will empower intergenerationally sustainable ecosocietal (mutually beneficial ecological, economic, and societal) solutions delivery. We need to consider that true sustainability, is only achieved through ecosocietally sustainable practices that enhance intergenerational ecosocietal empowerment. Intergenerational (one-time-all time) ecosocietal empowerment, therefore, is more than engagement or participation. It implies synergy, shared responsibility and mutually beneficial positive action for improvement. A process of redefining & redirecting energies’ focus to achieve a sustainable greater good. It recognises that as some people are empowered, others will positively share and constructively engage and participate. The complexities of local and global dimensions add to the process of intergenerational ecosocietal empowerment. In today’s world, the local and global are inextricably linked. Action on one positively influences and impacts on the other. Intergenerational ecosocietal empowerment recognises and strategically acts upon inter-relationships ensuring solutions are focussed upon both local and global levels, with the local application delivering the greatest immediate effect, leading to global improvement opportunities. To think one-time; one-time sister, one-time brother, one-place-everywhere; sets one-time as the very fabric that binds us in the expanse of all-time: simply the energy charge holding the current and the future. The practice of shared success, is the innovation of beneficial advancements through positive-creative sustaining activity. A direct focus upon 'greed free agreements' that deliver reciprocal benefits in economics, ecology and society through positive actions in practice, arts, language, lore and law centred upon the intergenerationally sustaining delivery of functional ecosocietal symbiosis; the core of intergenerational ecosocietal prosperity. Culturally valued societal mutualism is paramount in developing and maintaining intergenerationally achievable advancements in government, industry and community, while reducing unnecessary erosion's in ecology, culture and economics. The immediate and long-term objectives are to improve ecocultural stability and ecosocietal resilience in a prosperous framework of:
- Ethically & Morally: Inspired belief in the achievement of beneficial change through positive creative activity
- Culturally and Societally: Mentored appreciation and application of dynamic societal heritage through respect rights and recognition
- Physically & Spiritually: Enduring ecosocietal value of functional design leading to sustaining, beneficial outcomes The philosophy calls for an appreciation and respect for all life, and teaches that people should: Lead by example, Express benevolence, Show mercy. The principles emerged as a code of conduct for Japanese people at large, influenced heavily by the extension of the Samurai, Buddhism and Confucianism. The notion of the Samurai was cemented as the epitome of refined truth and honour.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition because they somehow know what you truly want to become.
Empowerment Towards Perfection