PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu parallels that of most modern forms of Budō, (i.e. kendo, judo, and aikido) and entail cultivating the mind and conditioning the body through rigorous training for the purpose of improving the self rather than to kill an enemy; a concept more commonly known as Fudoshin (不動心 – immovable mind), which refers to a state of equanimity. Based on this reasoning the name Ryushin Shouchi Ryu was selected by the founder Kawabata Terutaka. Ryushin means “Mind or Heart of the Willow tree” and gives the image of this tree which does not lose its leaves even in winter” and Shouchi which translates to “shining wisdom.” Together the actors convey the sense of “establishing in the world an immovable wisdom and everyday mind by means of a strong yet flexible body and spirit.