No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;

Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.

On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.

On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Original Senshido Kanji... a little history.


This painting hung over my office door at the Senshido school from mid 1994 until the day I closed shop in mid 2006. It looked allot cleaner back then of course, but it's since followed me through 2 divorces and 4 moves and is sharing its experiences with the stains and creases found on it.

This painting was given to me by a friend's wife who was a Japanese artist. He told her about me and the school as he and I shared many similar views, at least then as I've only seen him twice since and met him one day when he simply came into Senshido to chat, and trained and sparred together several times that summer.

So one day he comes in and gives me this painting and tells me it says Senshido in Japanese Kanji, it was painted and given to me as a gift for luck and prosperity and if there is such a thing, the painting worked miracles.

I have used the Kanji in several of our past advertisements, a run of T-shirts, as well as have it tattooed on my back. 2 other Senshido instructors and a few of our students also got it tattooed on themselves... today, it sits above my home office, temporarily as I get ready to leave the country for a few years.

Be prepared to see more of it in the future as it is in the process of making a come back ;`)

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