The study of Budo
Extracts from 'Kyu Book' essays (unpublished ) by Sensei Ray Wood, edited by Gary
The attainment made possible by the true study of Budo is
the real and natural heritage of all human beings. No person
is to be barred from such studies, unless acting to the detriment
of Budo. Kyushindo Budo therefore recognises no distinction
of age, sex, colour, creed, or previous affiliation within
the ranks of its adherents.
By aiming at education and development of the individual
to the highest level of human attainment, Budo under the Kyushindo
principle shares many aspects with religion, although having
no principle of worship, or dogmatist belief, its ideas need
not conflict with any faith held by the student.
As the object of Kyushindo Budo is to attain to the highest
spheres of human existence, a student's sense of respect,
modesty and affection must always overcome the instinct to
The highest purpose of Budo is to awaken your spirit to the
direct realisation of true nature. This "true nature"
cannot be claimed as the special privilege of any one system
or belief. This realisation/method is not something special
that a teacher may give or guarantee to induce. Neither is
it possible for it to be bought and sold. Every sentient person
encloses this true nature within and each must 'discover'
enlighten for themselves. A teacher or a system can only serve
Everyone has a fundamental right to this self-knowledge,
in the way that each individual has the right to free speech
and freedom of action. Knowledge of others comes from the
knowledge of the self, and it is the self that is the object
of the training. The idea of overcoming others is a wrong
motive for the undertaking of such studies. The truly skilled
student of Budo overcomes others merely as an incidental result
of performing correct techniques, the real achievements lying
far beyond such trivialities. The true student of Budo never
has a need to fight others, except within the disciplined
formal process of training. The most unpleasant fact to have
to face is that your apparent progress in Budo is only as
real as the effect it has upon your everyday life.
From the circulation of blood in the human body to the burrowing
of a mole into the earth, the shape of the spiral is obvious
in the movement patterns and structural patterns of the natural
world that surrounds us. A chilling gust of wind lifts powdery
snow from a mountain peak in soft swirling clouds. Falling
in slow spinning arcs a withered leaf ripples the surface
of a quite pond. The seas are lifted and the boundary between
land and water disappear as the tension of the atmosphere
is released in the awesome power of a hurricane.
As you recognise the harmony and power of this movement you
can understand the creative process from which all things
evolved. Budo is creation, the creation of harmony and justice
from violence. A positive energy creating light from the darkness.
The physical movement must embody the principles of the spirit.
Negative power is to be met, not with conflict, but joined,
interpreted and redirected through the power and balance of
spiral movement. When the partner attacks meet them with the
confidence of insight. Draw them into your centre and recreate
the dynamics and power of the galaxy movement. Through the
dictates of the spirit, the body can create the force of gravity.
It can create a vacuum, surround itself with a magnetic field
of energy. This can only be accomplished through intimate
and functioning knowledge of the principles of balance, the
reactions and relationships of energy, i.e. the Universal
Kyushindo Budo promotes flowing and fluid movement and emphasises
deflection and avoidance as the concept when force meets force.
Kyushindo takes a long time for a student to realise its fundamentals
and concepts, so it is not for the student seeking instant
Learning Kyushindo Martial Arts is a matter of self-discipline
and hard work. There is no easy way of learning; you only
get out what you put into it. Black Belt standard is regarded
as a good beginner.