In the classical representation of the warrior, the cherry blossom represents the beauty and transience of life: during flowering it shows a charming spectacle in which the samurai saw the magnificence of his figure reflected, wrapped in the armor, but it is enough a sudden thunderstorm that all the flowers fall to the ground, just like the samurai could fall down by a stroke of enemy's sword. The warrior, accustomed to thinking about death in battle not as a negative fact but as the only honorable way to die, reflects this philosophy in the cherry blossom.
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In the Budo's concept, formerly in the past Bujitsu, are included all those practices (martial arts) designed to follow the way (do) of internal knowledge, without distinction of styles. Into Shinken Dojo two distinct and apparently different martial arts are practiced, but they have many points in common, so, it's almost impossible to split them. With the mixture of kenjutsu and aikido practitioners get a different level of perception and a unique state of awareness. Practicing Shinken Shobu Ryu means achieving a "wholeness" and a full zanshin.
Kenjutsu Shinken Shobu Ryu
Kenjutsu is an ancient Japanese martial art that includes the katana's techniques. Katana is the typical sword used during the close combat.
The Shinken Shobu Ryu is a particular kenjutsu's style founded by Master Davide Pollione, inspired by the original purpose of fighting with the sword, to defeat the enemy in a battle, in life or death choice condition. This particular style brings out the essence of the Bushi, the ability to prevail in every situation and every type of combat. In the study of the techniques the practitioner has the opportunity to learn a very effective fighting method to defense and to attack, gaining the ability to defend themselves even by adversaries equipped with different weapons. The techniques used are a set of movements of different styles blended appropriately to extrapolate a harmonious form, but powerful and lethal at the same time.
"The greatest effort is in following the image of how we want to be, losing awareness of what we are instead, because we are, often, much more than what we would like to be.” - Master D. Pollione
In 1917, Master Ueshiba Morihei after graduated from the school of Daito Ryu and studied different forms of Jujitsu, acquired different techniques and theoretical ideas from other disciplines, became aware of the difficulties to disclosing a martial art combat-oriented only. He thought that the ideals to following the way, the "DO", were more suited to a modern society. So in 1938 he began teaching his new "way of divine harmony": the Aikido.
“The secret of Aikido is not like moving your feet, but how you move your mind.” - Master Ueshiba Morihei