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Kyushindo Budo
the kyushindo philosophy of martial arts

Extracts from 'Kyu Book' essays (unpublished ) by Sensei Ray Wood, edited by Gary Robinson


kenshiro abbe The specific theory or system of Budo (martial arts) created by Abbe Sensei is termed Kyushindo.

Kyu: means desire, yearn, sphere or circle, search or study,

Shin: means the heart, spirit, true inner nature or nexus point, universal truth or law, to be true to oneself.

Do: means the way or path, sense of a total path. A way of life - or self-discipline.

Kenshiro Abbe
Founder of Kyushindo Budo

This Japanese Kyushin philosophy is derived from three fundamental precepts, which are:

1. Bambutsu Ruten... all things existent in the universe turn in a constant state of flux. All things in the universe undergo a succession of change.
2. Ritsudo... this motion is rhythmic and smooth, flowing.
3. Chow... all things act, flow, work in a perfect accord/harmony.

Abbe Sensei began working on his theory as far back as the 1940's. Kyushindo as a philosophy was not the pure invention of Abbe Docho (creator of a system) but a harmonising or converging of various systemised Japanese thought and theory in fields as diverse as cosmology, physics, science, organic mechanics, philosophy, religion and Budo (martial Arts). To attain perfection in technique means to attain to perfection as a human being, and through your studies to become a better person and a useful and positive factor in society. Kyushindo teaching is firmly based on moral law and cultivation of human character. The teaching strength of Kyushindo discipline lies in understanding the inner principle behind violence and aggression; that is, all violent and aggressive acts are fundamentally immoral.

Kyushindo is not so much a technical system as a state of mind. Abbe Sensei was greatly concerned about the modern trend towards materialism and it was as a spiritual alternative to this that he saw as the great value of Kyushindo. In essence, Kyushindo is so broad that it does seems that each person that studies it in any depth is inclined to perceive it in different ways and as different things! Perhaps it is all of these things - perhaps it is none; that is not for me to say, however it is clear that modern science, physics and cosmology along with the Samurai Warrior Code and the Buddhist doctrine of Nichiren had significant effect on Abbey Sensei's own thought process.

To understand Kyushindo is to understand the Universal Laws and the principles that make up those laws. We all have the power within ourselves to do, or be whatever we choose to be, yet it is wise to also to accept the wisdom and knowledge offered by masters and teachers that are endowed with considerable personal experience. This guidance will manifest into our Budo techniques.

If we were to perform a certain technique ten times over, we would in effect be demonstrating ten different techniques. No two will ever be exactly the same. Universal Laws and the principle of motion dictate that this is not possible in the human person. For the same reason it is impossible to achieve the "perfect" technique.

Motion gives us life and motion takes it away. It gives us the past, present and the future. What happened a second ago has become the past, the present is now, and in a seconds time we will be in the future. What we consider to be right or wrong will be determined in the future according to [past experience? Ed.] (i.e. according to Sensei's KA & RW) Universal Law.

For men and women to fulfil their full potential, they are firstly taught by their superiors the basic fundamentals of a chosen vocation, whether that be business or martial arts. The "Way" is shown. How they choose to understand the significance of this guidance is entirely unto them. The choice may be the dedication to being near perfect, all well and good, but that is dictated by self-determination. We all have the ability to progress, and become a better person for our efforts. The ultimate aim of Kyushindo is to be in harmony with ourselves and with those around us, and help to make the World a much better place in which to live.

The objective of Kyushindo is to show everyone what is possible for the human race to achieve. By teaching unselfish and friendly co-operation it can bring about mutual understanding and happiness. With the spreading of these ideas, there can develop freedom from the selfish and immoral behaviour; prejudices and misunderstandings that lead to violence and suffering.

do it for nothing,for nothing  - do it!

Do it for nothing,
For nothing - do it!



Kyushindo is not so much a technical system as a state of mind. Abbe Sensei was greatly concerned about the modern trend towards materialism and it was as a spiritual alternative to this that he saw as the great value of Kyushindo.

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