Our Philosophy - Adapt or Die
The underlying aim of the Maai-Hyoshi Dojos is to produce a complete martial artist. Physically, this is done by practicing all forms of combat. Nothing is omitted. We use strikes, locks, evasions, blocks, throws, breakfalls, counters, weapons, ground fighting, etc. Mentally, the completeness is achieved by studying the strategies, tactics, history, traditions and attitudes of various schools of Budo. We also study teaching methods, physiology, psychology and organisational skills. To grow spiritually, we use sensory skills, Ki training, meditation and spiritual 'pressure' training.
The philosophy we use to achieve this is basically summed up by the Nin symbol - perseverance (hence why we wear this symbol on our Gi's).
In our training, and our lives, this means:
This means we know, that at any one time, a truly balanced person knows their own capabilities, realises how much they have improved, but sees how far they have to go. We strive to develop the quiet determination to always be the best we can be, be happy with that, but also know that tomorrow we're going to get the chance to be better.
All of this takes a special kind of strength, of honesty and of determination.
This is Nin