Earlier this year, a good friend of mine set up his own dojo to share the knowledge that he has gained studying and practising martial arts. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending his first seminar at his own dojo and watching him teach his students, some of whom are teachers in their own right.
This was the first of a series of seminars that will take the students through a level of progression that was taught to him by the Shihan (master teachers) in Japan. The teachings aim to provide life skills by explaining the importance of balance and self-discipline.
Onmyō is the older Japanese character reading of inyō, more commonly referred to in the West by the Chinese expression “yin-yang”. Meaning ‘shade’ and ‘light’, the concept of Onmyō expands to include female-male, positive-negative, inner-outer and life-death. In fact, it encompasses all of the opposites that are both hidden and seen in the universe and it is cyclical in nature. At a deeper level, it embodies harmony. Essentially, it is to reveal the hidden and to ‘see’ the obvious with fresh eyes and new understanding that we patiently persevere in our training.