Lessons from the Budokan…
It’s important to understand this process… its called shugyo. Shugyo (修行) may be defined literally as “conducting oneself in a way that inspires mastery”. While the meaning of the kanji used in “shu” was originally translated as using a brush to strike away the dust that obscures the viewing of a persons original elegance, the combined kanji of “shu” and “gyo” (carrying out, walking along) is now generally translated as simply “severe or austere training”.
The dojo is quite similar to the blacksmiths den. In it you will find many items such as various tools to create the sword. When one enters the blacksmiths den he is immediately met with the fog of hard, intensive work. Often upon entry one is in awe and inspired by the fine swords which standout in the display, usually encased and visible to the public. However if you can go deeper into the cave of the den, into the furthest corners and out of public view, you may be surprised at what you will find. You will find remains… broken pieces of metal and high carbon steel…shattered! Fragments of kawagane, pieces of shigane, would be instruments that could not handle the forging process. Its a sort of graveyard. A morgue for the weak. The forging process must be intense to weed out sickness and inferior steel. As these tools are all life saving tools they must be strong.
Those who can withstand the process and show great determination will be as a sword, polished, able to cut through ignorance, and ultimately save lives. Priceless creations which move on to be treasured by many. Make up your mind! Resolve yourself to be unbreakable. This understanding extends to all.
Train smart & i’ll c u on the mats.