Yakusoku 約束 – the need for trust.

Most Japanese to English dictionaries list Yakusoku as – Noun. やくそく 約束: a promise, an arrangement. A simple word that has extensive and profound meaning in methodologies of Budo and Bujutsu. A physical, practical term as well as a social contract. In karate, yakusoku kumite are prearranged exchange drills between the defender Tori (the taker or...

Kenkyo 謙虚 Humility

True Humility Is Not Thinking Less of Yourself. It’s Thinking of Yourself Less. C.S. Lewis Although humility and ego might initially appear contradictory, like good and evil, they are in fact dualistic elements to be balanced through martial arts growth. If self-effacement aligns with respect, restraint, kindness, patience, diligence, honesty, decency, charity, and temperance,...

RANK AND REWARD

When the Father of Canadian Karate, Tsurouka Masami sensei, returned from Japan in late 1957 and began teaching, he used a different rank model than the one employed today. Students advanced from white, to green, brown, and eventually, black belt. When I started practicing Chito-ryu, the system expanded to six kyu: white, yellow, orange,...