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What is Karate-dō Tsunami?

What is Karate-dō Tsunami?

Karate-dō Tsunami (in Japanese "huge, reverting wave") is a contemporary name of a unique system of proportional self-improvement - mental and physical. Its goal is to improve and maintain the highest possible standard of human mental and physical condition.

The above-mentioned self-improvement in accordance with Tsunami system is based on gradual approaching to two mental - physical conditions, that are the primary goals of all practices:

  • bodai = the harmony of body and mind, that is the skill to control body via one's mind,
  • nehan = the harmony with environment, that is the skill of adjusting to environment and using the principles governing nature.

Bodai, which is the harmony of body and mind, is such a mental - physical condition, in which the aspirations and actions of one's body and mind are consistent. The body performs then strictly in accordance with orders of the mind, which totally controls the body's actions. The control over one's body facilitates and triggers the development of skill to control one's mind, too. As a result, bodai is based on mutually supplementary control of:

  • body actions,
  • mind.

Nehan, which is the state of harmony with the environment, is based on:

  • life consistent with biological and physical laws of nature,
  • adjustment to social order and satisfying one's needs with regard to needs of other people.
„The great wave at Kanagawa” is the famous woodblock print by the eminent Japanese painter and graphic artist Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849). He presented on this print, in a very vivid manner, a swinging element of a huge wave, whose whitecap overhangs the entire Japanese coast. The wave carries on its ridge boats with people tightly hanging on to them – these people symbolise individuals, who improve themselves in accordance with Karate-dō Tsunami system.
„The great wave at Kanagawa” is the famous woodblock print by the eminent Japanese painter and graphic artist Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849). He presented on this print, in a very vivid manner, a swinging element of a huge wave, whose whitecap overhangs the entire Japanese coast. The wave carries on its ridge boats with people tightly hanging on to them – these people symbolise individuals, who improve themselves in accordance with Karate-dō Tsunami system.

Human activities cannot be a constant struggle with nature and its laws - people should learn how to use them appropriately. Anyone, who tries to transform nature at any cost, will fail. It is possible to achieve desired results only when you understand its laws and adjust to them. The means of self-improvement, which allow for approaching the listed goals, are - simultaneously and in equal proportions:

  • Zen = mental practices,
  • Karate-dō = physical practices. In Karate-dō Tsunami system, Zen ("meditation" in Japanese) constitutes the mental aspect of self-improvement, so it refers to one's spirit.

This aspect of Karate-dō Tsunami system is based on ideas of four great religious and philosophical systems of the East: yoga, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, supplemented with the assumptions of some contemporary Western systems and supported with the achievements of modern science.

In Karate-dō Tsunami system, Karate-dō ("the way of empty hands" in Japanese) is the physical aspect of self-improvement, so it refers to one's body. It is based on comprehensive use of Far East art of unarmed combat - Karate. It facilitates a complete physical self-improvement, the development of self-discipline and the intensification of understanding the value of human life and health. As a result, Karate-dō Tsunami training consists of both physical training (Karate-dō), as well as mental training (Zen) - practiced alike. Such a unique form of classes is the characteristic feature of this system only. Karate-dō Tsunami should be approached as the way of systematic self-improvement in mental (Zen) and physical aspect (Karate-dō).

It consists in constant attempts to apply in one's everyday life these valuable principles, which govern our nature, as well as the art of Karate combat, i.a. purposefulness, reason, correctness, concentration, dedication, saving (e.g. of energy, time) or maximum simplicity. Thus, Karate-dō Tsunami can be called the art of everyday life, based on gradual mental and physical self-improvement.

The essence of Karate-dō Tsunami system is the skill to notice and appreciate the common principle of dualism, that is the occurrence of oppositions and their mutual complementing (Japanese omyo-do = the way of yin and yang). The principle is also the foundation of the existence of the entire universe, as well as of a human being. In accordance with this philosophy, a human being is composed of two elements: psyche and body.

The psyche - that is spirit or mind - is the total of innate and acquired spiritual, intellectual, emotional processes and features, as well as will. They all make up the functions of one's brain.

The body, on the other hand, is a human organism as a whole, so - in contrast to the psyche - it is the physical, material, tangible part of life. Both these goals are organically inseparable and essential for living.

Their existence is based on mutual, concordant complementing one another - so they are equally important.

In the light of this assumption, Karate-dō Tsunami system recommends not only the improvement of both these elements at the same time and in equal proportions, but also undertaking activities that will intensify the process of their supplementation - and achievement of harmony.

Practices that are most useful for this purpose are - mutually complementary - mental (Zen) practices and physical (Karate-dō) practices. In accordance with Karate-dō Tsunami system, it is possible to achieve happiness, which is the state of complete satisfaction, yet in this earthly life - but in order to succeed in that, one needs to understand its essence and appreciate its value. The conditions necessary to achieve such state are people's own attempts, based on simultaneous and regular self-improvement in two aspects: mental and physical.

However, in order for these attempts to be effective, they have to be supported with appropriately developed self-discipline. Karate is the means that can help develop it most comprehensively. Exercises proposed by this art of combat require appropriate effort and related will power and, therefore, they are an effective means of intensifying self-discipline, which is absolutely necessary to follow the path of self-improvement.

Moreover, in Karate-dō Tsunami system  is used not only to improve one's skills and life and maintain good health condition, but also to prevent their loss.

The skill of efficient self-defence, ensured by Karate-dō Tsunami, is one of the most important motives of people who decide for self-improvement. Our life and health are the greatest values that we can preserve or lose as a result of a brutal assault. When we have the right approach, Karate is also a valuable means to learn the sense of human existence and the value of life and health, which is one of the conditions to achieve happiness.

If we develop - as the training progresses - the awareness how easily, i.a. as a result of use of Karate techniques, one can be injured or killed, we can better understand and appreciate the value of life and health. This art of combat develops also respect not only for one's own life and health, but for other's, too. In this manner it helps to approach the second goal of self-improvement - nehan (harmony with the environment). Thus, in accordance with Karate-dō Tsunami system, Karate is very useful in the process of self-improvement. It facilitates:

  • physical self-improvement,
  • the development of self-discipline,
  • efficient self-defence,
  • intensification of understanding of life and health value.