Extracts from 'Kyu Book' essays (unpublished ) by Sensei Ray Wood, edited by Gary
||The specific theory or system
of Budo (martial arts) created by Abbe Sensei is termed
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.
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
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)
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!