14th , 2018
weeks TOTW is presented by Barb Schaefer, Ni-Dan,
Ueshiro Okinawan Family Dojo (State College, PA)
Ken Zen Sho: Strength, Spirit, and Beauty
Through karate training one can attain the highest
ideals of beauty and strength. This beauty and strength
is both inner and outer, mental and physical.
(Master Nagamine in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-do, 1976,
Did you know
· Master Ankichi Arikaki was unique as a bujin, one
who places very high value on balancing physical training
with artistic study, and was skilled across many areas:
dance, poetry, calligraphy, Ryukyu music, and sports;
· Master Bushi Matsumura was a master
· Master Anko Itosu also had a remarkable aptitude
for writing skills
The idea of ken-zen-sho captures the idea that to fully
develop as a human being we need a balance of three things:
Ken (sword/martial arts), Zen (philosophical/spiritual/mind),
Sho (brush/art/aesthetics). Our karate principles
of mushin and zanshin and others apply to any endeavor we
might undertake in life: our relationships, our work, our
hobbies, our activities. Focus your attention, clear your
mind, be present, listen carefully, be persistent, practice
well, learn from others, and apply yourself with full speed
The true study of karate must transcend the mere physical
it must become a way of life.
Earnestly cultivate your mind as well as your body
and believe in yourself.
Nagamine in The Essence of Okinawan Karate-do, 1976, p.
Barb Schaefer, Ni-Dan
Ueshiro Okinawan Family Karate Club
State College, PA