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The Power of Martial Arts: 7 Lessons from the Kumiai Ryu Kun

The Kumiai Ryu Kun is a powerful reminder of the values and principles that are at the heart of the art of martial arts. By following these principles, we can become better martial artists and better people.

“Kumiai Ryu begins and ends with respect”

Kumiai Ryu is founded on respect. This includes respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for the martial arts. This line in the Kun can also be taken literally as every aspect of what we do at the dojo begins and ends with a bow. Going on and off the mats, at the beginning and the end of class, engaging and disengaging with a partner we always bow to show respect.

“Always start with meditation, to clear the mind of all thoughts, save martial arts”

Each class begins with a short meditation, to forget about the day past or what lies ahead, to clear your mind to be fully present in the moment, your self improvement and your training.

“Movements start with defence and end with defence”

Everything we do at the dojo is rooted in self defence. It is the main purpose of Kumiai Ryu, to provide effective and realistic self defence to all students.

“Martial Arts is like nature, sometimes soft, sometimes fierce”

When dealing with different situations, martial artists learn to adopt gentle or powerful approaches to overcoming challenges.

“Kumiai Ryu is a fraternity, where we each owe our help to each other”

The community within Kumiai Ryu is a family, each student is there to not only grow themselves, but also others; both on and off the mat.

“The power of martial arts comes from within”

Martial arts is not only about physical strength, but also strength of character. The true power of martial arts comes from the mental and spiritual aspects such as discipline, resilience, integrity and other virtues of Bushido.

“A true martial artist exudes an aura of power which others sense instinctively”

A true martial artist has a strong sense of confidence, not afraid to stand up for themselves or what they believe in. It is this self-confidence that others can recognise. This power is not forced but is a natural expression of a martial artist.

In conclusion…

The Kumiai Ryu Kun is a powerful reminder of the values and principles that are at the heart of the art of martial arts. By following these principles, we can become better martial artists and better people. The Kun teaches us the importance of respect, self-discipline, self-defence, and community. It also reminds us that the true power of martial arts comes from within.