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The Making of the Sensei


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One of the 12 Volumes of The Martial Arts Legacy books. Volume 1,Book 1 & 2 published."The Making of the Sensei" released as a soft copy to Oikado members. Not yet published.

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The Making of the Sensei

  1. 1. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 1 CHAPTER ONE THE TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHING TRAINING AND PRACTICE FUNDAMENTALS [I]N our Way of martial art we know that our deepest fear is not that we are ignorant and inadequate. But rather, it is in the fact of not embracing the incredible knowledge, truths and teachings that have the immense potential to unleash within us, the power that can forever change us beyond measure. Therefore, in seeking the truth in darkness becomes our feeble point of content….” THE TRANSIENT BEGINNINGS IN MARTIAL ART(S). (ICHIJI TEKINA) In the matters of martial arts the point of perceptions and standard practice of Oikado is that the depth, meaning and essence of learning should lead to transformances in the context of the  Mind  Emotions  Heart  Spirit  Body Which then would have a precipitated potential and capacity to empower the practitioner morally, intellectually, spiritually and socially. This poignant view takes into account the fact that this is a long term and intricate process that which intensely requires the special division and critical attention by the practitioner(s) into the aspects of;  Training  Practice  Research  Application Rather than to entirely focus on the conventional mechanical ritual of the techniques, form, strategy and combat. The point of tremendous influence and view about transformational teaching, training and practice is that the aspects of the techniques, forms and strategy and combat are basically the essential tools, structures and signposts that must be learned, mastered and transcended into the higher levels of conscious manifestation, participation of body, mind, heart and spirit. Thus giving transformed perceptions and perspectives that can holistically give the potential of;  Personal empowerment, consciousness and effective participation in all matters of life and the Universe. Conversely, such practitioners would ultimately achieve a congruent state of having the quality of pervasive, beneficial and influential mind, heart and spirit that would permeate into the whole environment
  2. 2. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 2 of life through ascendances into the higher realms of;  Understanding  Awareness  Appreciation  Definement  Sensitivity  Perception  Placement  Integration  Application  Participation Which faculty is very rare when one is mechanical (technical) in entirety. Transformational approach to martial arts is more inclined and motivated towards the removal and reduction of the conditions of under or skewed teaching, misphilosophy, misconceptions and skewed developments in the contextual art of the practitioner. Basically the fathom of this essence is holistically grounded than selectively orientated and predesigned. Once the negative results have been minimized, the profound and critical developments and impacts will emerge from the converging point of such transformance, which would promote and invigorate the essence of;  Development of Intelligence  Development of Service  Development of Discipline  Development of Equimmunity  Development of Moral Choice  Development of Vibrancy  Development of Dynanism  Physical Development  Mental Development  Emotional Development  Intellectual Development  Exponential Development  Experiential Development  Spiritual Development  Social participation and personal mastery. And advancement to the fact of transcendence to heights and measures that eventuate into the attainment of pure freedom. That is, from their rigid conventional adherences without losing their form, substance and essence, but leading to the highest concept of true art and artless, thence attaining the trident essence. Once the transcendent essence has been attained then the significance of the technique, form, strategy and combat become a point of reference only rather than the fact of imperatives because in this condition the practitioner would certainly be in the state of the higher  Mind  Feeling  Perception  View  Precence  Principle  Influence  Spirit Because the physical dimensions would have been subsumed by the internal dimension and prospective inner novations of immense measure and height. In essence, transformational learning and practice goes further to show that the centre focus of the interbalance between the aspects of;  Concentration on the physical techniques, forms, strategies and combat which must then be intercepted with the essentials of philosophy, morality, spirituality and social consciousness and participation. THE POTENTIAL NATURE AND MINDSET OF STUDENT(S). (ZUNO) When these developments had been initiated, cultivated and experienced within the landscape of martial art learning, such practitioners would certainly attain a good point of leverage and the advantage of immense beneficialness, expanseness and wholeness. Therefore, in the standpoint of Oikado the students and the Sensei must think and function outside the box, explore and attain the condition of emancipation from the rigid circumference of conventionality by becoming innovative, creative, experiential and pervasive, exponential in perceptions and perspectives within the potent characteristics of their true art and martial arts and pervasive participation. Therefore, hence manifesting and exponentiating their superb fabrics and qualities of;  Originality  Creativity  Artisticness Rather than to be the products of mechanical, ritualistic conformity and conventionality within and lethargy their own art and style. In the persuit of this objective,
  3. 3. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 3 the pervasive terrain and frame work of such teaching, training, practice and learning is depicted along these lines and without prejudice to their collaboration and supplement action. It is adverted that, when given the above framework and the approach being in place, it will set itself as a sringboard of which quality and interactive training could be achieved with the main point of pervasity and depth of cultivation in the practitioner, which will always and reasonably be stimulated and guaranteed in the context of;  Training  Practice  Application in the holistic context. When such holistic transformances are experienced and evident in the practitioner, then the impossible happens in that, the ordinary student will definitely become a transcendent person with resourced faculty, personality and character in the realms of martial arts, life and the entire world. On the closing note and without going into depths of merits and demerits of this approach, the important point to realize and mention is that the designs and intentions of transformational training, practice and learning are elaborated below in the following terms; OIKADO HISTORICAL DIMENSION. TECHNICAL DIMENSION. STRATEGICAL DIMENSIONS. COMBAT DIMENSION. MENTORING/ADMINISTRATIVE DIMENSIONS. COVERT DIMENSION. WEAPONRY DIMENSION. RESEARCH DIMENSION. MENTAL DIMENSION. INTELLECTUAL DIMENSION. MORAL DIMENSION. SPIRITUAL DIMENSION. SOCIAL DIMENSION. INTER PERSONAL DIMENSION. COMPARATIVE DIMENSION. NATIONAL DIMENSION. INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS. UNIVERSAL DIMENSION. STUDENT AND MENTOR.
  4. 4. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 4  Such a process and approach does not want to overshadow, displace, undermine, substitute or subsume the existing methodologies and approaches in the martial arts teaching, but rather to critically engage creative and exponential thinking and to supplement same and give another considered viewpoint in the context of elevated points of difference.  Such an approach and method is aimed at providing an alternative viewpoint, standpoint and concepts essential to the comprehensive martial arts awareness and effective participation.  Such an approach and process should ultimately provide the practitioner with the essential intellectual and perceptual freedom of the essence of concept, experience, application and exponentiation within the critical points of centeredness, roundness, fluidity, placement and wholeness. Rather than to fossify in the superficiality of the structures of the techniques, form, strategy and combat as emphasized through the conditions of;  Conformity  Conventionality. Essentially, the emphasy is on the pervasive and embracing landscape of;  Exponentially  Creativity  Originality  Transcendent Essence Conversely, the process of dynamic inquiry, implementation and articulation will be initiated in the ambit of scrutinizing the pervasive nature and essence of the masters and the teachers of the martial arts in the ideal and secular contexts because in the ultimate essence in the martial arts, there is more to it than that which ordinarily meets the eyes. THE TRUE WAY OF THE MASTERS (SHUTOKU) In beginning, the Masters of Martial Arts were basically the ordinary student(s) who underwent effective training and learning from their own teachers, the very teachers who acted and stood up as their role models in life. At the very point of being student(s), they were highly inspired, motivated and committed into whatever that was being taught and permitted to be trained and practiced in their way of the martial arts. Essentially, these became individuals who were engrossed the with earnest passion, desire, willpower and quest to transcend the parameters of the;  Techniques  Style  Form  Concept by going deeper and beyond the very appearance of what constituted their tradition. Therefore, in the persuit of this ideal, task and goal they went far beyond the structures of their system by penetrating the deeper dimensions and realms of the mind and the spirit. Consequently, they transcended the definements, measures and confinements of the structures of techniques and style, and in the same vent they acquired the grand dispensation and factors of;  Depth  Centering  Meaning  Roundness  Wholeness  Transcended Intelligence  Transcended Focus  Transcended Emotions  Transcended Application  Transcended Wisdom  Transcended Participation. As they delved into the very depths of meanings, essence and formlessness. Thereby, attaining a unique condition and state of viewing, understanding and manifesting their martial art from an elevated point of true heart, true mind and true spirit, which factors became characterized with the immense stature and quality of;  Simplicity.  Balance.  Pervacity.  Participation.  Humility.  Harmony.  Essence.
  5. 5. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 5  Mindfulness  Patience  Depth.  Virtue.  Presence. together with other incidental attributes. Conversely, to them the point of martial arts ceased to be perceived and approached as a mere factor of methodology, style and technique but rather, the devine process of holistic function and participation enjoining the purest elements of;  Mind.  Heart.  Spirit.  Body.  Nature.  Creation.  Energy.  Universe. which elements all existing interdependently, in harmony, in balance and in wholeness. Furthermore, they becoming the individuals who abandoned the elements of self concept, ego, illusions and fragmented mind, thus and inevitably acquiring a true state of;  Great Mind.  Great Heart.  Great Spirit which became translated and manifested in the ambits of love, humility, accommodation, simplicity and peace. Therefore with this brief description, the student(s) are urged and motivated to place their higher vision, heart and mind into having a commitment in their study and training, and try to emulate the unique and grand achievements and virtues of the masters by following in their footsteps in;  Body.  Mind.  Emotions.  Heart.  Spirit. And consequently and so that overtime, they can attain the incredible condition and dispensation of beneficial essence, vision and profoundness in life and in the Universe, which they can share and serve humanity with. [O]nce the experience of consciousness is realized, one would never be the same again. When one is aware of his giftings, unique purpose and worth, he should go out into the world to serve and fulfill his own purpose for his own generation and position in the Universe…." THE VOCATIONAL STATURE OF THE SENSEI. (SHIMEIKAN) When all the preceding qualities have been taken in and internalized, it will become very much clear that a Sensei is the second best in position from the master and to the student(s) because he is basically the bridge between the master(s) and the student(s). Wherefore, what it actually takes to become a Sensei certainly entails a plurality of ingredients and factors including the technical know-how. Therefore, the factual ability to merely know how to kick and punch or winning a tournament is not an absolute defining criteria and character of a Sensei. Once more, one should have a point of higher knowledge and depth understanding of the apparent and simple truths that are inherent in the martial arts. Therefore, with such an ability and quality the individual will be poised to realize that there is an immense and vast difference in the point and fact of just knowing the techniques, other than the subtle philosophy and wisdom behind all these which is inherent in the estate of martial arts. However, some individuals will unwisely and definitely claim to have the attitude and aptitude of true understanding and yet, not having acquired the distilled remarkability of going beyond the apparent facets of such knowing and understanding, which faculty and fabric is an essential element in the constitution of the Sensei. The martial arts essence is consisting of the pervasive depth and meaning that which can and does elude anyone who approaches it with a superficial intellect, zeal, attitude and compartment of the ego. Therefore, it is important and obligatory to be able to distinguish and grasp the subtle grail, which is contained within the subtle essence of the martial arts. The pervasity and immensity of martial arts should be appreciated and absorbed with pure and open heart and mind, which are substantive characteristics towards the making of a true Sensei. This very fact stands out as it is and uncompromised at all. Therefore to persist in
  6. 6. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 6 the culture of such denials, distortions and compromises is untanable and unfortunate, especially when it comes to the tenacity and tenets of development of the human mind and spirit in the martial arts. In view of the above, it is thus become possible to encounter three types of Sensei’s who are:  [Those] of small and shallow mind(s) and absolutely content and confined within their technical abilities and conformance, and ego.  [Those] of great mind(s) and certainly armed with broader perceptions, vision and integrity, perceiving all things in the pervasive potential, ingenuity and wholeness.  [Those] of skewed and arrogant mind(s) who are obsessed with personal ego, ambition and self interest at the expense of holistic viewing, adherence, participation and teaching of martial arts in its trueness. Thence, their mind(s) is absolutely limited to the circumference of their ego than martial arts. The Sensei(s) of great mind are very few and rare indeed, because these are exceptional individuals who are never content with the platitude of a single style, concept, conventionality, and constraining philosophy. They actually go beyond the very style and concept in order to attain the highest point of tapestry, essence of synergy, placement, complementation in order to reach the panacea of truth and conscious perspectives in martial arts. On the other hand, those of small mind, to them the concepts and issues of innovation, transformance of perspectives, complementation, synchronization and exploration of concepts, techniques and principles is not acceptable because more than not, such an adventure constitutes an immense obstacles to their limited view and potential in the substantive nature of martial arts. In essence they lack the quality of resourceful faculty, expanded mind and exponential intelligence. This unfortunate position is basically founded in the fact of fear to embrace the unknowable change of mind, heart and spirit. Basically, to absorb innovative thinking and mind, cause fear in them, because such an attitude has the powerful potential of exposing their point of ignorance which then is disturbing to their comfort zone. Fundamentally, the very process becomes gnawing and judge mentality, questioning their outworn and upheld notions of technical superiority and capacity within their respective martial art style. Such an attitude and repose is depriving both the concerned Sensei and prospective students, in that it robs or deprives the student(s) of the quality of exponential learning, growth and technical diversity in the dynamics of martial arts, because an apple seldom falls away from the tree. It is through this argument and point of view that students are urged to be consistently on the lookout, alert and above all, to seek what is most beneficial to themselves in terms of technical and artistic growth and advancement in the ways of the martial arts. Rather than to engage and adhere to the persuasions of name and brand of the style and reputations of the person(s) because in life, one should not judge the depth of a well by merely looking at the surface of the water. THE VARIOUS ROLES OF THE SENSEI. (YAKU) The Sensei as an ordinary person who has social and professional obligations, in that he has a personal, social and professional life which he must attend to and at the same time consider the interests of the martial arts students who are under his care. Basically, a Sensei should play various roles in that, to the student(s) he stands out as a role model, as an instructor, father, mother, friend, counselor, healer, mentor and guardian. Thence and foremost, he must have all the capacity and confidence to play all these roles, and to secure the confidence of his/her own students and the community. The issue of assuming the position of a Sensei should not be a fact of an event, but rather a process that which is infused with the primordial interest of rendering services to other people without favour, judgementality, anticipation of reward and self-seeking objectives. It is an office that requires self-sacrifice, understanding, empathy, compromise, compassion, generosity, humility and beneficial service to the vast interests and needs of the students. Therefore, the motive
  7. 7. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 7 for profit, fame, popularity and self-ego actually defeat the fundamental essence of being a Sensei of martial arts and the profound principle of “to serve and to be of service”. [L]earn to do and to give all that which is within your own giftings and vision without a measure of qualification, for they are Mine. I have gifted everything in the Universe, differently and according to its measure, and for unique purposes ….” The inclination and viewpoint of making profit, fame and other objectives of self seeking, naturally and actually impairs, causes painful contradictions and discords within the realm, percepts and principles of martial arts. Martial arts is very much beyond what has been pointed out in the above, its all about;  Self Mastery  Self Knowledge  Compassion  Accommodation  Self Perfection  Unselfishness  Selfless Service  Humility [T]hose who are conscious of my OWN IMMENSITY will not fail to realize that in serving others they actually serve ME. For I am the total manifestation of all things. They would be content beyond measure in my dwelling for in their service greater than their life is the sacrifice…” THE ASPECT OF PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY (TSEKUGAKU) Proceeding from the above mentioned dispensation, its the essential vein of self application towards the goal of indiscriminate serving and helping of humanity. The very humanity that which is all around oneself. Therefore, the whole point is essentially about who you are, and your relationship with all that which is within and around you in the whole Universe. This a profound factor that which must be ingrained in the quality and character of the Sensei’s motives, intentions platitude of thinking, perspectives, objective and personal philosophy. If not, what then is the whole point and merit of becoming the Sensei of the martial arts? Basically a Sensei in the strict meaning and hallmark, is a teacher who is ingrained with the qualities of being a helper, inspirer/motivator, healer, counselor, friend, moulder, mentor and guardian, mother and father of the student (deshi). It is an extra ordinary office of noble trust, simplicity, knowledge, wisdom, compassion, humility, generosity, strength and guidance. ALL geared towards the development of the student(s) character, morals, mind and spirit through the holistic approach and participation of the;  Mind  Heart  Emotions  Body  Spirit Therefore it should not be permitted to become an office of pomposity, arrogance, self seeking and discords of money making and seeking of positions and fame. If these traits are allowed, then that would inevitably be the dilution and distortion of the essence of this remarkable office, and the spiritual nature that is inherent within it. Thence in the persuit of this grandeur it is stated thus: [B]y seeking the grail of perfection and wisdom in the masters, it is then that we can attain the wisdom of being true and luminated teachers, and gaining the glimpse of what is ordinary untold, in being what we ought to be ……” It is therefore, crucial that all the aspirants should make a point of reference to the inherent nature, virtues and characteristics, and essential qualities found in the masters, in order to achieve an adequate balance between what is best and worthy to pursue in the context and appropriate perceptions and perspectives. It is also vital to critically examine the basic purpose of ones intentions, potentials and ultimate objectives before one can respond to the callings of the office of the Sensei. This task of self examination is very important and will ensure that one can avoid assuming same with the falsehood of mind, intentions and character. Otherwise, one would certainly miss the essential meaning of depth, meaning of truth and meaning of the pervasive morality,
  8. 8. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 8 conscience and spiritually inherent in the martial arts dimensions. It is definitely through the exercise and process of re- evaluation physically and mentally, morally and spiritually that an individual can comfortably stand with a conscience, consciousness and capacity that is not wanting or compromised as a Sensei, and shall further be armed with the competency to execute the intrinsic dispensations of this scared position. [I]N the way of this truth know much about your heart than your mind, and be the best of what you could be and serve the Universe according to the power of the gifting that you have. Then the Universe will celebrate in you and you will be magnified in your worth and purpose….” From this overview of the self then the typical type of a Sensei that you wanted to be shall inevitably emerge and manifested in the true point of conscious definement and substance. Though sometimes, such an ambition and state of affairs may cause a great and wider discrepancy between the truth that is inherent in the Ways of martial arts and to that which is upheld as one’s own truth and self perception. THE SPECIAL DUTY OF THE SENSEI. (ZEIKIN) On the whole, the Sensei is the soil with the necessary knowledge of martial arts and has the obligation to teach and to ensure that his students do attain a higher level of intellectuality, exponentiality and proficiency in the skills of techniques, philosophical articulation and understanding. Further more, in the pursuit of this enterprise and objective, he should also demonstrate impartial commitment, devotion and genuine concern in the welfare of all his students and this be combined with a full poise of responsibility towards all in his charge and dojo. This is a duty that is done without favour and/or expectation of rewards whatsoever. A Sensei must not and should not under any circumstance endeavor into the habit or tendency of distorting the aspirations, principles, percepts, truths of martial arts in order to please someone, to meet his or someone’s personal dispositions and/or expectations. Essentially, this lethargic teaching and mis-understanding of things will inevitably cascade with tremendous long term impacts, socially, intellectually, morally, mentally, physically and spiritually to those that the alleged teaching was meant to please or militate against. The aspects of truth in the martial arts is more than emphasized because it is the vital organ and powerful essence of martial arts. In as much therefore that, the Sensei should at least and at best avoid the issues that will ultimate result in the aspect of misguided teaching, misplaced teachings or under teaching of the student(s). Once such a condition of dysfunctional teaching is ingrained, it would become irreversible and very much be of detriment and disadvantage to the students. It is therefore prudent and essential that, in the teaching of any or every principle, precept and proposition, all the the students must be encouraged to do their indispensable research and contribution into the subject matter, so that the state of collective engagements and comprehensive learning, participation, exchange and development can or is attained grandly without a point of bias, skewedness and prejudice to vital interests and truths. The Sensei must consciously alert his students about the adverse effects of myopic perceptions and thinking especially when it comes to the fact that, any technical dexterity and achievement in the tournaments does not automatically qualifies and instills an individual to acquire the status of a Sensei. A true Sensei is more than the above definements of the technique, style and tournament because he is an absolute embodiment and repository of the remarkable and distinguished attributes of;  Wisdom.  Compassion.  Knowledge.  Understanding.  Demeanor.  Selflessness.  Truth  Silence.  Love  Intellectuality.  Observation.  Humility.  Simplicity.  Experience.  Mindfulness.  Awareness.  Ingenuity.  Pervasiveness.
  9. 9. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 9  Patience.  Peace. With the above qualities and hallmark, the candidate will have the profound advantage of being an asset and mirror to the whole society and much more transformed beyond the ordinary facets of his being, and conversely shall achieving the essential point of the “true knowing”. The state of true knowing is very much beyond the apparent scope of ordinary dimensions of appreciating things because it is consistent with enlightenment. It is granted that, some Sensei’s are of the compelling view that students should definitely be superior in the scope of combat and techniques before they become a Sensei. Those who don’t excel shouldn’t be considered to qualify for the position of the Sensei. This viewpoint may be sound and provisionally valid but subject to and it contains extreme limitations. The fact of combat ability is not entirely an exclusive determining factor more so that, such a state is dependent on the physiological attributes rather than the mental and intellectual cultivation and enlightenment, which are very crucial in the martial arts learning process. Secondly, the fulcrum of martial arts is not entirely based on combatative approach, but rather on the mental and spiritual approach whence the coherency of the body, mind and spirit are in full participation and at best play in order to acquire wholeness in the individual’s life, training and practice. This approach is quite crucial because it does not merely emphasize one plane of function over others. However, should the holistic approach be undermined and discarded that would inevitably results in an uncomfortable platitude and environment of which either, under teaching and misguided teaching takes precedent and predominance over the aspect of holistic comprehensive teaching and participation in the Way. [D]O not ever undermine, deny and constrain the unique gifts that the Universe has given you. Effect them with the commitments of truth and heart because their purpose and significance of their whatever end in the Universe is seldom known….” THE SPECIAL NATURE AND CHARACTER OF THE SENSEI. (SHEISHITSU) Another viewpoint that is very much expounded and espoused by some of the Sensei(s) is that of demonstrating the fact of popularity, publicity and fame before one can be deemed to be a Sensei. These aspects are good to cherish but and yet, what is their penultimate objective and how do they fit and suit or reconcile with the intrinsic grail of martial arts? If these traits are compatible with spiritual and moral grail of martial arts then they are fine. However and candidly stated, there is absolute doubt that they do in any way or manner with the ways of martial arts. It must be pointed out and emphasized that the correct and true teaching must be adhered to, otherwise the wrong impressions and misconceptions will be developed and cascaded to the novice, and innocent minds who would inter-alia come to believe and emulate that which is wrong. [T]hat which has reached the absolute point of great experience and embracement of the higher consciousness in the Way, does not need the mundane illusions of honour in order to become of their worth. Their worth and substance become derived in the fact of merging and celebration within the Universe...” Given the aforegoing it becomes quite clear that, the background of the purpoted Sensei in relation to his received teachings and learning, his depth and latitude of the appreciation of the philosophy behind and within the martial arts, become critically prominent and crucial. The essentiall ingredients that will determine or decide on the pattern of influence and scope of impact on the modality and depth of meaning, direction and essence of his martial art teaching to his students. However and notwithstanding the above, a true Sensei shall not endevour to allow his own student(s) to become like him but rather that they go beyond the context of what he is, by emulating the best of their own originality, excellence and brilliance. [I]N the substance of true teaching of Our Way, it is not best to permit that the masters be imitated by their student(s). Each must not compare itself and its worth with the other because they would loose focus on
  10. 10. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 10 themselves. But rather they must acknowledge that each one is gifted with the uniqueness of mind, body and spirit, and must celebrate oneself in that condition of uniqueness….” Such a Sensei would utmostly endeavour with due diligence, effort and concern that the students do eventually discover who they are and their worth, what they are capable of in terms of their own potentials in life. [I]T is truly necessary that one should fully appreciate and be grateful of his own unique gifts, in this condition he would be comfortable and satisfied with who he is. It is only then that he can attain the incredible point and leverage of alignment, complementation and celebration of oneself, with people and things. Therefore, one should never compare himself with others but his own potentials and destiny thus he would have the greatness of inner worth and peace….” Prominently, the Sensei will edge forward and agitate that such student(s) should act and live in all that they can be in their lifetime, in terms of their dreams, academics, social and economic goals within the context and scope of truth, understanding, humility and dignity. [I]n honouring one’s teacher its not only about the fact of giving gold and praise but rather of giving him the gift of being the best of what you have become, more than what you were….” The true Sensei will go further to encourage through his teachings of the way of truth that, the student(s) should understand and appreciate their essence and be empowered to serve other human beings without favour nor reward because that is an inherent duty of the martial artist. All the teachings of the Sensei should be geared and focused with absolute clarity, purpose, meaning, depth and empowerment so that in so doing he does not concase or limit the truth in order to serve his own ulterior reasons or objectives nor enhance his ego-status: [T]he rewards of great and true teachings of the Way are true in the manifestation of what is not so much in the glitter on the person .… but rather on the humble knowledge that they are doing their best to progress in life with true knowing of the truth, and according to the percepts of our Ways, and what a satiating feeling to know and to be….” [I]t is better to be remembered for what you have done for people in your lifetime through your selfless service. It is in serving humanity and the creation that one can be of great service to God and the Universe….” THE IMPACT OF THE SENSEI ON THE STUDENT(S). (EIKYO) It is quite clear that student(s) should benefit more from his Sensei not only in terms of fighting ability but rather in the supreme state of transformance. They must attain the capacity of “being”, emotionally, morally, intellectually, mentally, spiritually, physically and socially by being transformed within the embrace of wholeness in life. Therefore, just as a Sensei sees himself in the master, the student also sees himself in the Sensei because in the ultimate end both are significantly one. IF NOT, THEN WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT AND THE WORTH OF HAVING A Sensei in one’s life? It is on this premise and rationalization that students should be made aware and be urged to consistently seek a teacher who will truthfully, honestly and diligently provide them with the provisions of fulfillment development, and advancement, intellectually, physically, mentally, morally and spiritually rather than to follow the brand-mark, mundane reputation and rhetoric based on the sentiments and superficiality of style. One the other hand, the Sensei is also urged and encouraged that in his teachings of the martial arts precepts and principles, should invoke the intensed desire, willingness, sacrifice and attitude to serve and to be of service to anyone who comes to him because the consideration of service is upfront and compelling in the martial arts. In so doing, the Sensei and the students would definitely discover the incredible underlying secret of the grail of humility, service and compassion to all mankind. Furthermore, they would attain the depth of understanding and endowment of expansiveness of meaning, centering, depth and wholeness that which is constantly within and around us:
  11. 11. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 11 [I]t is not the truth that will make you whole, it is how you fit into it and make it your own point of ultimate essence and tranformances in the wonders of the Universe….” [Y]ou have no beginning nor the end, in the fact of defining yourself in the present potential becomes the greatest impediment towards your own incredible vastness in the Universe, Therefore, transcend the barriers of your own ignorance and ego in order to attain and see what otherwise has been considered to be the impossible….” In this respect the Sensei whether is great or small, must have a common duty, common sense, sincerity and passion to keep, impart and cherish this wondrous knowledge and legacy of martial arts, especially for those who are coming behind us bonded with the ultimate search and quest of this wonderful legacy. [I]t is important to do the very best that one can do for others, humanity and the Universe because we were all born to manifest the essence of God within us. In so doing, we unconsciously inspire and give to others the power to do the same….” Therefore both the Sensei and student(s) should fully appreciate the fact that the above condition can only come about when and if there are inner changing’s within our perceptions and perspectives about each other and nature and our position in the whole Universe. Conversely, a true and great Sensei will be measured and found in the power of knowledge, and its manifestation in the quality of the:  Mind  Heart  Emotions  Consicence  Spirit THE SPECIAL ENQUIRY BY THE SENSEI. (SHITSUMON) Whenever the Sensei is faced with the task of imparting the knowledge and the skills to the students, he should have his mind and faculties focused on these salient issues;  What knowledge and wisdom should appropriately be imparted in order to meet the general expectations of each student, and what will generate the fundamental point of awareness and exponentiation in them?  What are the best approaches and the skills that must be adopted in order to meet the above objective, and that such an approach will it meet the general anticipated standards within the time frame. Above all, that the style of the Sensei will it ultimately match and compliment that of the student’s unique personal style(s). In this very context, the Sensei must be honest and genuinely identify and accept his personal weaknesses and shortcomings.  What are the best and effective methods of learning, training and practice that should be put in place, modified and permitted within the time frame, which also can respond to the immediate potentials needs, expectations and situations between the Sensei and the student(s). THE ASPECT OF PERSONAL MASTERY (SHUTOKU) The Sensei must also bear in mind the fact that the student(s) that she is teaching and training must ultimately attain the point and condition of personal power and personal mastery within the realm of their martial arts. Therefore this condition in essence entails the fundamental ingredients of;  The innate will and intensions to acquire and expand the individual’s potentials and capacities to go beyond the current upheld self- perceptions and abilities.  The immense desire and the intensions to transcend the weaknesses and portals of inadequacy and ignorance. Thereby attaining a transformational point and momentum of depth of curiosity, power of awareness, application, pervasiveness, and broad measure of exponential thinking, function and experience.  The potential and the experience of being emancipated, inspired and
  12. 12. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 12 directioned by the profound teachings and example of the Sensei, from the condition and quagmire of ignorance, confusion and indecision.  The desire to attain the penultimate conviction, position of view and influence, and powerful vision about the ultimate transcendent expectations and outcome, in the whole dimensions of the Universe. THE ATTAINMENT OF PERCEPTIONS (RIKAI) Once the above mentioned have been put in place, in order and channeled into the correct line of in built perceptions, perspective and inspiration, the Sensei should further advise the student(s) about the condition of abandoning the facets of;  Internal and preconceived notions, ideas, assumptions and misplaced perceptions and priorities.  Proscranations and self-defensive notions, and intellectual arrogance and egoism. Which factors are essentially inhibiting, limiting and frustrating the progressive action towards the attainment of sincere cultivation in the fact of knowledge, experience, wisdom and skill of martial arts. Conversely, the Sensei and the student(s) should work on the common understanding, common ground and common vision and purpose, and both must mutually agree and adopt a landscape that can produce and unleash the hidden and immense potentials of the student(s) by stancing on the correct;  Formats.  Long-term objectives.  Formalities.  Short-term goals Upon which to work on in order to achieve a point of desired or intended empowerment and expontial mastery in the practical way. Furthermore, the Sensei and the student(s) must compliment each other in their endeavor to set down the common ground for the emergence and prevalence of the dimensions of;  Insight and awareness.  Perspective and perceptions.  Personal knowledge and empowerment.  Synergistic relationships between the internal reality and the outer reality.  Exponential and transformative thinking and pro-action.  Identification and definitions of the critical and crucial priorities pertinent to the fact of one’s path in life. Given the above, the Sensei will certainly have the leverage and vantage to produce the student(s) who have the abundant mind that which has the tremendous potential and capacity to:  Achieve the fundamental new perception and retraining that abandons the parochial style interest, mindset and image by adopting an immense and pervasive viewpoint and embracement of the inherent diversity.  Celebrate the factual, distinctive diversities of the systems of the martial arts without losing the sight of the underlying synergetic essence and commonality, thus transcending beyond the feebling confines of sentimentalism of one’s style. THE POINT OF ABUNDANCY (HOFUSA) Whence, the cumulative impacts of the above mentioned will eventuate into a very unique condition in the student(s) in that, such student(s) will acquire a cultivated point and culture of having the essence of the;  Abundant Mind.  Abundant Heart  Abundant View.  Abundant Influence.  Abundant Emotions  Abundant Thinking.  Abundant Intelligence  Abundant Position.  Abundant Presence  Abundant (Inter) Action. which factors are crucial and catalystical towards the fact and process of the making of a new Sensei. It is conceded that, some individuals would not easily swallow this proposition and fact, in that these factors may not auger well with those who believe much in the slylisticness concept. However, such individuals and/or practitioners are persuaded
  13. 13. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 13 to give opportunity and explore this line of reasoning and thinking as exposed herein, without meaning harm and disrespect to their own upheld notions and viewpoints. The main point be view in transformational learning, training and practice as is embraced and utilized in Oikado is essentially that, the student(s) should and must be taught and trained to be equipped with the essential and dynamic faculties and action to think and live out side the box of stylism in his martial arts systems. In order to accomplish what otherwise has been deem to be impossible, by being exponential thinkers, doers and human beings who are endowed with higher essence of effective transcendence physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, morally and socially. Therefore, the fact of transformationality as expantiated herein is to precipitate the fact to discover, utilize and manifest the fathoms of wholeness in the path of martial arts. It is further considered and conceded that, it is rather a miserable understanding by any Sensei and student(s), to teach and learn martial arts in the absolute entirety of kicking and punching, without first and foremost widening the circle of knowingness, and to go beyond the trusted techniques of the system. Therefore in the making of the Sensei, the contention and gravaman that the basic techniques of fighting are the ultimate best, is no longer sufficing and tenable in the context of this transformational system. Thence a contrary view and position shall be accommodated on this point especially to those who may be holding a different view but with some courtesy of reservation and reluctance on the merits of same in the cycle of contradictions. THE EMBRACING IMAGE AND NATURE OF THE SENSEI. (FUKUMU) The Sensei and the student(s) are basically one and the same thing and both must espouse the principle of integrity, sincerity and commitment in the fact of intensive and extensive;  Training  Research  Practice  Application  Analysis  Interpretation  Analogy  Conceptualization So that they can acquire the pervasive capacity of creative and exponential thinking and (Inter) action outside the box and the confinements of the concepts of stylism. From the above disposition and enterprise, they would become transcendent in the context of their broarder;  Knowledge  Growth  Experience  Wisdom  Enlightenment  Analysis  Comperativity  Creativity Which qualities are much lacking in the many who delved in the factum of entirely teaching martial arts in the technical context and environment. Wherefore it is propounded further that, both the Sensei and the student(s) should ascend into the realms of pervasive and deep critical teaching and learnership of martial arts, from the true point and dimension of awareness, wholeness and fullness. The Sensei and the student(s) should progress further into a point of acquiring and manifesting the factum of beneficial teaching and learning of the martial arts which platitude entails the essential considerations, ingredients and conditions of accommodating the fact that;  The Sensei should always bear in mind that, the very student(s) he is teaching and training the martial arts are in fact the masters of tomorrow who definitely seek to be better than him and to transcend the image that they emulate. Therefore, the Sensei must teach them with all candour, devotion and fact of worthiness, and abundant knowledge, wisdom and mutual celebration.  The Sensei should be permitting the fact that the student(s) become engaged into the actual process of teaching others the techniques, principles, philosophy and teachings of their martial arts whilst within the ambits of the Sensei supervision and the school. The significant truth and power behind this dispensation, is that the students concerned do acquire a better leverage of
  14. 14. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 14 understanding and believing in themselves because at best, everyone learn better when she/he is teaching others and living what is being taught. Conversely, such students would ultimately acquire a finer point of expansive awareness, creative application and the manifestation of their creative force, self-knowledge, self-contentment and celebrance. Given the above main factors, both the Sensei and the student(s) would further appreciate the fact that in the making of the Sensei, numerous variables and principles become directly and vicarious involved, and invigorated in the varying measures and intensities. This is so in order to produce a dynamic faculty, character and personality of the individual. Some of these special variables and precedent conditions entail the following;  When one teaches others he learns better and becomes more empowered in all the aspects of intellect, faculties, performances and expression which then become grounded on the point of essence understanding. Being more understood and in trustworthiness, thus promulgating the pervasive fact of appropriate influence, appropriate capacity, appropriate contribution and participation, and appropriate difference within and beyond the factors of the;  Circles of influence  Circles of concern  Circles of indifference  Circles of prejudice  Circles of bias  When the student(s) become precipitated and urged to become the teachers of what has been taught, they become transformed in their pervasive point of awareness and understanding of all the things that are there to be and on how they ought to be. From this position of transformances they would begin to live that which they have learnt and practiced thereby becoming grander students who will follow with the point of creative wisdom, patience and humility.  The Sensei and the student(s) when in the proper context of true self application in martial arts, they would realize that it is but a thin line that which separates each other, and that both must exist in the fact of mutuality and co-efficiency. The fact of being a true teacher lies in the power of the teacher seeing himself in the student(s) and for the students in their teacher. Therefore, both the Sensei and the student(s) must celebrate each other and their worth in the point of consensus.  When the Sensei imparts his knowledge, same must be quality knowledge which has the capacity to empower the intellect of the student(s) and qualitatively elevating the status of knowledge and awareness of the student(s). So that such student(s) can gain the maximum leverage of being quality teachers of tomorrow in their own right, initiation and intellectual potential.  When the Sensei is engaged in the critical process of empowering his/her student(s), there must be the immense focus and dynamic effort on enabling the very student(s) to unleash the dynamic underplay of their own; Intelligence. Visualization. Talents. Potential. Opportunities. Capacities. Rationalization. Exponentiality Which must all be integrated into a magnificent point and efficacy of realizing and manifesting the powerful influence of the individual(s) creative force. This creative force is very crucial for the outburst of the individuals conditions of exponentilality that which permeates with decisive and profound impacts on the student(s);
  15. 15. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 15  Personality  Character  Abundant Mind  Abundant Heart The Sensei and the student(s) must actually and definitely believe in what they are learning, training and practicing. Precisely, the Sensei must have a stronger and bolder belief in the very teachings of martial arts that which he/she espouses and imparts to others. The fact of belief in oneself is the most critical quality in the process of making the Sensei and same can be reinforced through diligent study and practice. If not, what then is the point of being a Sensei and to begin with, isn’t this the fact of blunt fallacy. It must be understood that in the matters of martial arts, the fact of conscience does matter because of one’s conscience is the repositions of the truth(s) of martial arts. Further to the above, the Sensei and the student(s) must note and acknowledge that, if their conviction is strong, bold and informed then their abundant mind will yield immense influence of creativity, wisdom, character, competence and wholeness because the main truth is that, each one of us gives his/her own life to that which he/she believes in. Basically, it all centers on the fact of choice and the point of appropriate awareness and understanding.  The Sensei and the student(s) must acquire the fundamental aptitude to realize that life is not a career but rather a process of attaining the purpose of existence. Therefore, the point of such understanding and through the teachings of martial arts, they must be able to confer and affirm the fact of validation of each other’s potentials, efforts and worth so that everyone can celebrate his or her own uniqueness in the dojo, and in life and in the pervasive point of holistic embracement.  When the Sensei is teaching the student(s) he/she should have in the upper mind, the fact that the quality of his knowledge and teaching would be the catalyst and pivotal instrument that can invigorate and sustain the student(s) change, focus, creativity and leverage towards the attainment of best standard performance, discipline and converging point of inner change. In this very context, same must capacitate, precipitate and transcendence over the prevailing and limiting mindset by attaining a transformative point of understanding, view, articulation and expression so that they become imaginatively brilliant, creative and functionally. Thus becoming more boundless in the environment of higher intelligence, self definitions and effective participation.  When the Sensei is with the student(s), he must at all time stimulate and sustain them in an environment that which is grounded in the principles of creative; Participation Consultation Consensus Mutual Respect Celebration of each other. And at the same time being fully aware of the competing tendencies of the positions of the Sensei and that of the student(s). Thence the status of credibility and pervacity can be manifested and maintained without any effort and coercion. The distinctness will be experienced in a subtle of minds. THE VITAL STATURE AND QUALITY OF STUDENT(S). (HINSHITSU) When the Sensei is teaching and assisting the student(s) in the whole scope of training and practice, the special focus should not be entirely on the external flair of techniques. In that, they shouldn’t dilute, hyprocritize and overlook the underpinning meaning, essence and wholeness of the various aspects inherent in what is actually being executed. Therefore, the special emphasy should be entrusted, sustained and articulate in and on the fundamental premise that, the higher essence in the study of martial arts is to appropriately,  Train  Practice  Research  Analyse  Meditate  Apply
  16. 16. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 16 assertively with an open mind, complete awareness, resourcefulness, passionate heart and vision, and true spirit. Inherently, the Sensei and the student(s) will over time realize the inherent contradictions and pressure of conflict in all their endeavors. That which must be resolved, pacified and overcomed in the mind. Thence, one’s mind must always be resilient, pervasive and resourceful within the framework of synergism. The Sensei should further note and appreciate the fact that once the conditions of exponentiality had been acquired by the student(s), such student(s) will be capacitated with an immense attribute and endowments that are consisting of;  The power of freedom.  The power of choice.  The power on intelligence.  The power of artistic essence.  The power of expression.  The power of boundlessness. Which of ingredients are fundamental in the production and capacity of self determination, realisation in the context of martial arts. Correspondingly and with great impacts, the above endowments will enable the student(s) to become more than ever, to be beyond the concept, technique, strategy and the general confines of the style (box) and thus attaining a sustainable position and condition of being exponentially dynamic and boundless. On the overall, the Sensei and the student(s) should inter-alia realize that in the very process of training, learning and internalizing the martial art’s techniques, principles, teachings, precepts, theories and forms they should have distinctness. This distinctness will be experienced in a subtle point of immense space, which divided what is there in the box of martial arts and the appropriate response(s) to same exponentially. Both the Sensei and student(s) whenever they indulge in their learnership and practice they must invoke the use of the fundamental powers so that they can acquire the extraordinary eloquence of function and mastery over time. THE DYNAMICS OF FUNDAMENTAL POWERS AND ELOQUENT FUNCTIONS. THE IMMENSE SPACE OF ATTRIBUTE  The power of Intellect  The power of Clarity  The power of Sincerity  The power of Conscience  The power of Thinking  The power of Choice  The power of Image  The power of Honesty  The power of Moderation  The power of Decision  The power of Integrity  The power of Ability  The power of Compassion  The power of Discretion  The power of Change  The power of Reformation  The power of Assertion  The power of Being THE TEACHINGS OF THE MARTIAL ART(S)  THE TRUTHS  PRINCIPLES  PRECEPTS  REALITIES PHILOSOPHY THE STUDENT(S) RESPONSE TO THE TEACHINGS  OIKADO
  17. 17. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 17  The power of Manifestation  The power of Introspection  The power of Prudence  The power of Concession  The power of Adjustment  The power of Reflection  The power of Devotion  The power of Correctness  The power of Curiosity  The power of Intercession  The power of Rightness  The power of Appreciation  The power of Differentiation  The power of Mediation  The power of Diligence  The power of Content  The power of Truth  The power of Synergy  The power of Balance  The power of Promptness  The power of Interaction  The power of Simplicity  The power of Gratitude  The power of Patience  The power of Complexity  The power of Waiting  The power of Intelligence  The power of Recognition  The power of Amending  The power of Realization  The power of Preferent  The power of Modesty  The power of Honour  The power of Understanding  The power of Compromise  The power of Acceptance  The power of Healing  The power of Tolerance  The power of Accommodation  The power of Intentions  The power of Application  The power of Will  The power of Attention  The power of Service  The power of Reciprocation  The power of Courage  The power of Fairness  The power of Observation  The power of Perseverance  The power of Goodness  The power of Responsibility  The power of Action  The power of Peace  The power of Ingenuity  The power of Mercy  The power of Aspiration  The power of Discernment  The power of Prayer  The power of Dreams  The Power of Sharing  The power of Appropriateness  The power of Visualization  The power of Relocation  The power of Awareness  The power of Inspiration  The power of Confession  The power of Desire  The power of Submission  The power of Negotiation  The power of morality  The Power of Charity  The power of Forgiveness  The power of Creativity  The power of Originality  The power of Wisdom  The power of Grace  The power of Humility  The power of Stillness  The power of Freedom  The power of Love  BODY.  MIND.  SPIRIT. CREATION UNIVERSE CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE.  HEART. EMOTIONS.
  18. 18. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 18 It must be noted that in the province of the subtle space, lies the ground of the tremendous power of choice that which the respective student(s) must use, resort to and invoke in order to be allowing. In that the said martial arts, could bear any value and meaning unto himself. Thence it be noted that the power of choice lies in the heart of the student(s). It is this latent power that each student should be encouraged to utilize with consciousness and wisdom, and with considered discretion and responsibility because such power can impact on one’s destiny in all the facets of one’s life. Therefore, both the Sensei and the student(s) can through the fact of using this latent power, become more than what they are, and before they can attain the creative influence over their environment and life. Therefore, in whatever the choice and decision that the Sensei and the student(s) can make, these fundamental powers will always be sounding in the context and ambit of being positive or negative, and thus demanding the factum of responsibility and intelligent sincerity. THE POINT OF TRANSFORMATION (HENKA) When the above ingredients had been imbued and integrated in the scope of training and practice, they would essentially transform the nature of the student(s). They would provide new defined dimensions of the;  Mind  Heart  Emotions  Spirit  Body which are the five basic and universal dimensions of being whole. Out of this very fact and ground of attainments, the same student(s) would transcend further into the levels of higher consciousness, participation and interactiveness. It is a standing principle in Oikado that, the Sensei and the student(s) should always maintain a sustainable balance and condition of intense training, practice and integration of the body, mind and spirit through the vision of transforming their essential nature. Once there is this change in the point of wholeness rather than fragmentations would be experienced and manifested, so that each and everyone can acquire the immense capacity and fundamentality, and essence of  Meaning  Creativeness  Greatness within their scope of sequential development in  Personality  Character  Intellectuality  Intelligence  Artisticness  Exponentiality which factors in the ultimate, totally translate into the acquisition of the dynamic state and essence of realizing the profound manifestation of the creative force. And its inherent qualities of advancement into the point of the higher self, which is the greatest and unsurpassed gift of difference that anyone can ever aspire for and acquire in the realms of martial arts. essentially that the above become the integral quality and process of approaching the leadership, scholarship and mastery in Oikado. It is imperative for the Sensei and the student(s) to realize further that the fundamental essence of Oikado entrities both to engage in the study, training and practice of martial arts with an absolutely emolument heart, mind and spirit by embracing holistically and contentedly the aspects of the techniques, faculty and scholarship with the quality of embracement and indulgence. Thus they would quickly gain the immense power and capacity of master minding the whole reservoir of the martial art resources thus achieving a profound and resourceful ground upon which to exponentiate into higher levels of difinements and definity. It must be borne that such a commitment is very crucial because it would lead to greater and splendid grounds that which eventuate into impacting the deeper dimensions of the  Heart  Mind  Emotions  Spirit  Body
  19. 19. This is Oikado… The Making of the Sensei. 19 Conversely, the Sensei should always instill the fullest realization in his student(s) that our martial arts should be approached and traversed in many dynamics, the dynamics that have profound effects on the individuals,  Faculties  Intellectuality  Perceptions  Perceptiveness  Interactions so as to initiate a powerful springboard for the essence of awakening, transformation and reformation. Other than to have a tacit ground that produces in substance, dyfunctionality, vagueness and wooly attainments in ones martial arts. Therefore in the compendium and intricases of the above, the appropriate definement in the pursuit of undergoing training, practice and comprehensive leanership in our Way is propounded in the compendiums of learning the profound lenents of; 31 OIKADO (The Compendiums of Learning) SCHOLARSHIP. SKILLS. THEORY. REASEARCH. ANALYSIS. CONTEMPLATION. STUDENT PHILOSOPHY SENSEI INTERPRETATION. DEFINITION. EVALUATION. PRINCIPLES. TECHNIQUES. METHODS. SELECTION. TACTICS. VARIATIONS. OPTIONS. IMPLEMENTATIONS. APPLICATION STRATEGY. TRANSFORMATION. EXPERIENTIATION. EXPONENTIATION. GROWTH. MANIFESTATION .  REFORMATIONS.  HARMONIZATION.  RE-FORMULATIONS. RESTORATION. INTEGRATION. CONNECTEDNESS. PARTICIPATION. MATURATION. WHOLENESS. RESOURCES. ENVIRONMENT. UNIVERSE BODY. MIND. HEART. SPIRIT. TRANSLATIONS. EMOTIONS.
  20. 20. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. In the cumulative effect of transformance, great dimensions of reformations and re- formulatives will take ground and that such a Sensei and student(s) can definitely stand out balanced, empowered and in total awareness of the differing points of the outer reality and the inner reality. And thereon, they would begin to profoundly experience the immense elements of;  Real Synergy  Real Participation.  Real Difference.  Real Inter-Action  Real Magnificence  Real Contribution  Real Significance  Real Substance  Real Presence  Real Greatness  Real Worth With an unending quality and choice of the mind, heart, emotions, spirit and conscience which are the truthful and holistic cornerstones and hallmark of the discipline of martial arts. [I]n Our Way, the individual must always be aware and appreciate the fact that he is standing between the Earth and Heaven, in the centre of the Universe by being part of the whole. Therefore, to dwell in all these dimensions one must give out unresevedly his own heart and mind….” The Sensei of substance will not be much focused on the fact of his own advancement in terms of rank status and large studentry. He must be fully focused and committed into the fact of teaching others, his own study and practice which factors will enhance his own quality and substance of worth. Therefore, it is imperative to point out that in the fact of attaining higher rankings(s) in the martial arts, the promodial factors that are essentially considered are as follows;  What is the extent and depth of ones contribution towards the fact of teaching students and others the very discipline of martial arts. Conversely, the turnover point of such students into higher levels of gradings in the martial arts becomes crucial.  What intellectual contribution does one give into the intellectual realm of the martial arts, in the context of theory, philosophy, application and social participation and development(s).  What is the extent and measure of ones contribution in the overall activities of the martial arts in the context of tournaments, gradings, training others and organization.  What is the context and measure of ones active interest and participation in the advancement of martial arts in the technical, theoretical, intellectual, social context, and as an instrument of empowerment to the general society and humanity. Once the Sensei is aware of these vital ingredients he will stand out unique and assured that he or she will capture the attention and recognition that will merit same, to be advanced into the higher ranking status in the fellowship of martial arts. The above position is very simple to appreciate in that, in life the more you give into something the more the rewards become harvested, this is a principle of life and it can not be changed nor negotiated. The Sensei and the student(s) should note and realize that transformational teaching, training and practice as expounded in the Oikado martials and urges the manifestation(s) of the effective change of paradigm to transcend with eloquence the limiting structures of the technique(s) and stylism. It ushers the dawn of new beginnings in the essence of perceptions, thinking and interactions in the culture and discipline of martial arts.
  21. 21. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. CHAPTER TWO THE TRANSCENDENT STUDENT(S), FUNDAMENTALS [I]n the ways of our Way the seeker of the truth is unbounded in mind and heart, he goes beyond the fact of illusions and content of his own ignorance for he does not seek with the persuasions of his ego and mind, but of the heart and spirit. The incredible wonder and brilliance that which is there can only be comprehended in pureness and emptiness of the mind and spirit…” THE CONVERGENCE OF STUDENT(S) PERCEPTIONS (RIKAI) The Sensei should always anticipate a critical point of convergence in the development of the student(s) under his charge, which condition would manifest the fact of transcendence in the student(s). In this stage, a noticeable change would be observed in the student(s) within the inner and outer dimensions, bringing about a condition of effectiveness and clarity in the subtle qualities of;  Analysis  Vision  Talent  Power  Equanimity  Participation  Balance  Centering  Wholeness  Mindfulness  Silence  Patience  Alignment  Passion  Courage  Conscience  Principle  Presence Which factors are inherently found in the heart, mind and body of person who has experienced the fact of inner shiftings. These very SHIFTINGS ARE IMPACTED UPON AND IMMENSELY BY THE POWER OF AWARENESS THAT WHICH IS FOUND AT THE DEEPER LEVELS OF THE HEART, MIND AND BODY. Once this point of transformance is realized, the student(s) would have delved beneath the surface of his person and attained a position of reflection on who he is inside thus causing same to regain the substantive essence, sense and capacity of being aware of his own “being” and specialness as a seeker of the higher truth in the way of martial arts.
  22. 22. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. It is also pointed out to the Sensei that, once the inner shiftings had been effected in the student(s), that very aspect will go all the way down to remove the aspects of inner conflict and bring about the effective point of inner realization of a reality beyond the physical context in the third attention. Thereby causing the impetus and moment of pacification and emancipation from the painful inhibitions and consequences from;  The cycle of ignorance  The cycle of denial  The cycle of Ego  The cycle of alienation  The cycle of illusions  The cycle of obsession  The cycle of attachment  The cycle of prejudice  The cycle of hopelessness  The cycle of inadequacy  The cycle of violence  The cycle of fear  The cycle of aversion  The cycle of opinionation. Thence as a seeker, he would come and arrive at the point of spiritual realization and essence in a vision beyond the dimensions of any reality. Conversely, a student in this condition would emerge without a desire, a will and need for the notions, sense and instincts of hostility, resentment, fear, anger, animosity, self doubt, hopelessness and violence because in the deeper point of his heart, mind, spirit and body, he would have glimpsed and delved in the essence of peace and worth that is found nowhere else other than within. It is therefore through this significant transformation within, that the student(s) would gain the powerful entrance and abidance in the condition of unique reformation. It must also be stated that, once the student(s) has gained this ascendance into the inner chamber of reformation, the fact of inner shift and realization will cause the hallmark of;  Spiritual Realization,  Spiritual Value,  Spiritual Force,  Spiritual Vision,  Spiritual Participation. That which is very much immense, precise and dynamic, and effectively going far deeper into removing the superficial emotions and personality of the student. This state going far deeper into the heart of reality thereby changing the whole equation of perceptions and perspectives of the student(s). Consequently, such student(s) will further attain a supreme condition of depth of complete awareness and essence that which would cause the precipitation and the gathering of the power of change. When the power of change has taken over, the placid conditions of wholeness would be acquired and bringing about the manifestation of;  Physical Intelligence  Emotional Intelligence  Spiritual Intelligence  Mental Intelligence  Moral Intelligence  Universal Intelligence Which would take deep root and precedence in the essence of the abundant heart, mind, spirit and conscience within the finer fabrics and provinces of pure;  Silence  Pacification  Knowing  Healing  Humility  Harmony  Participation  Prayerfulness  Service  Peace In the vastness of the present and the Universe. These elements and power can only be found at the deeper levels of the heart, mind and body that has been transformed. Wherefore, the Sensei must always appreciate the fact that, once the student(s) has attained this status of transcendence, the student(s) would have directly, absolutely and decidedly broken down all the barriers of the circle of ignorance, definements and limitations which fact of attainment is very much pivotal and precedent in the process of making the Sensei. The transcendent student(s) will further exhibit the subtle essence of incredible attributes, characteristics, propensity, sense of worth and profound personality that which is contained and expressed in the whole state of;  Beautiful Mind.
  23. 23. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei.  Beautiful Heart.  Beneficial Presence.  Limit  Dynamism.  Discipline  Standards  Reformation  Vibrancy  Pervasive Purpose  Beneficial Participation Which are the deeper points of enlightenment, inner peace, and power of awareness and awakening. Therefore, when the student(s) is armed with the above attributes, he will certainly standout to be distinctly endowed with the irreversible quality of immense exponentiation and personal power and mastery in his martial arts. This state will be combined with the fact of total inspiration and vision in life. When all these have been cumulated, their total impact in the mind and heart of the student(s) would make same to ultimately achieve what otherwise had been considered the impossible in one’s life. That which is the extraordinary fact of living with the brilliance of true mind, hear, spirit and transcendent perceptions. Furthermore, the Sensei should always insist on the student(s) to maintain a true position of total abstinence and zero tolerance to the use of alcohol, drugs and other substances that which may adversely impact the nature and quality of life. Furthermore, the student(s) must fully appreciate the fact that they do have a social, moral and legal duty to help all those who fight the abuse in whatever form of drugs, because all life must be nurtured and preserved accordingly. THE TRANSCENDENT INTERACTIVE TRAINING AND PRACTICE (KOERU) The student(s) should necessarily be exposed to the below overarching teaching and interactive training framework. This exposure is vital in order that they become engrossed with technical concordance, diversity, variability and exponentiality, depth and essence of self-efficacy in relation to the various aspects of techniques, strategies, applications and expression. The fact of their regimentation should be intensive and extensive in order that their powerful point of potential and exponentiation can be released with frugality of dynamic significance and magnificence in context of form and formless. Therefore, the Sensei must ensure that he canvasses the structural layout in order to complete the very process of making a blackbelt student. Similarly the student(s) should ensure that such an exposition is given to them during their learnership and training phases. However, in the event of human limitations being present in the capacity of the Sensei, respecting any of the structures laid out, the Sensei should not hesitate to enlist the assistance of other Sensei(s) who may have adequate competency in the particular area of deficiency. Conversely, once the student(s) realizes this caveat, they should consult with their Sensei and seek supplementation or resort to schools that offer specialization on that particular aspect. This condition is acknowledged because of the dynamic principle of common but differentiated capability and capacity which is inherent in Oikado. Therefore, the regimentation process should proceed as following:  Theory(s)  Philosophy.  The First Attention  Technique(s)  FORM(S)
  29. 29. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei.  THE CONCEPT OF STYLISM AND EXPONENTIALITY. (YARUKATA) The Sensei should advert the student(s) to the issues and fact of the concept of the style and stylism. The starting point is to show the historical evolution of respective style(s) and then their substantive development into which new concepts, interpretations and preferences became attached and ingrained into the new or existing creation. In synopsis, the Sensei and the student(s) should be aware of the fact that a style is composed of the skills, techniques, values, principles and philosophy inherent to its character. Basically, a style is made up of a group of preferred techniques and skills which had been created and borrowed elsewhere, incorporated and aligned to format and formulate a distinct methodology of creative function, application and conceptualization, which then is circled in the concept of a style. Essentially, there is no style that which is pure or original. All styles emerged from other styles thence in their nature and context are hybrid characters, thus the reason that there are more of commonalities than differences. It is incumbent to find some martial artists placing much focus of their time, energy and intellect into the fact of trying to define, defend and maintain their stylism. Thence such individuals are considered as conformist and positionaries. But then there are those martial artists who transcend the circumference of the style(s) by becoming visionaries, innovators and revolutionaries. These are considered to be the transcendentalist because their dynamic perceptions go beyond the limitation of the style. It is the transcendentalists who outgrow the fact of definement, confinement and limitations of their own style(s), and bring about new dimensions of concepts, methods, technique, theories, principles and application in the context of new martial art styles or systems. The Sensei and the student(s) should further note and bear in mind that, due to the above dispensation one would find that the dichotonomy emerges and exists between the;  Stylist (positionary),  Non – stylist (visionary) and this position has been prevalent throughout the history and nature of martial arts. Therefore, the Sensei and the student(s) should not come into a point of surprise to find that there are those martial artists who find their absolute worth and substance in the fact of stylism and assertion of the superiority of their own style(s) over others. In the same tone undermining other systems. This position though deplorable, is premised along the factors of viewing the nature and essence of martial arts in the narrower scope of intellect and mindset. A mindset of this nature is more limiting and posing denial of the pervasive interconnectedness and wholeness of martial arts. [A]nd what a sadness it is to see an insect fall into a cup of milk and in that act sounding in its contentment that, it has inherited the absoluteness of the Universe...” On the other hand, the Sensei and the student(s) would observe that the martial artists of great mind, regenerated thinking and interactive focus would regard the fact of a style to be a collection of tools and structures. And that these enables the practitioner to transcend to higher and deeper dimensions of physical, mental, moral, intellectual and spiritual empowerment, worth and sustainability. Their minds and essence of intellectuality had outgrown the boundaries of the style (stylism) by becoming exponential, creative and pervasive thinkers, innovators, creators and philosophers who are beyond and out of the ordinary because they have acquired the unboundness of true mind and spirit. [T]he mind that has attained its creative essence and potential can not be compromised and stalled. When motivated by its own powerful vision it would go into the infinitive Universe to acquire its incredible substance and reality…”
  30. 30. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. Conversely, an open-minded Sensei will definitely teach the student(s) to attain a true condition and position of exponential thinking and action, regenerative mind and concepts, creative function and participation, attainments of personal empowerment and originality rather than to make them become ritualistic, mechanical and structures of comformity in what they are learning, training and practicing in the context of the martial arts and from him. THE NATURE AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS OF THE STYLE. (KOSEI) The Sensei and student(s) must always appreciate the fact that a style has several modules or segments that which a student(s) should study, train, practice and apply before same can advance into the next advance stage. These units are vital segments or sections that must be mastered before one can graduate into the position of being a complete and competent student in his martial arts. Some of these modules can be long or short, and can cover a wide range of theories, applications, skills and techniques but then the main point being to give the student the fact of diversity, exponentiality and comprehensibility through the fact of interactive training and practice, which would produce a point of dynamic competency. Generally, an experienced Sensei will have the ability to instantly identify any student in his class and collates same with some particular module(s) in order that, the concerned student can fit in out rightly, while in others the progression may not be the case or similar. Given the above, it is also pointed out that the modules that are presented can not suit each and every student. Some students will be good at some modules while others will not. This is due to the principles of common but differentiated ability and capacity because each individual has his unique potentials. These then translate into standard performance variance(s), to interact and entertaining variances. Furthermore, the student(s) should be urged to entertain with other students from different styles or systems, the point being that, out of this creative exercise the very student(s) would acquire an immense opportunity and capacity of;  Comparative observation and analysis.  Comparative leverage and modifications.  Comparative perceptions and exponentiality. which comes from the fact of exchange of techniques, skills, theories and concept. In truth, there shouldn’t be any condition of phobia(s) and bias because from ancient times this position has been the trend that impacted on how the martial arts developed to the present day. In the same theme, the student(s) should also be adverted to the fact that the condition, position and stature of masterhood does not become acquired from a single source, style, teacher and philosophy. All these ingredients must blend and integrate in order produce the grand status and quality of variability, and the ultimate best of the product out of oneself. Therefore, the student(s) is encouraged to spread out his learning and training landscape so as to be inclusive rather than exclusive and selective because nothing is irrelevant and inessential. Once the student(s) have gained this very capacity and propensity, they would definitely become endowed with the achievement, experience and exponentiation of;  Diversity of thinking and wisdom.  Diversity of function and application.  Strategically perceptions and perspectives.  Centredness and roundness.  Depth and Wholeness. Rather than the facest of superficiality and constraintment from the limitations of boundaries occasioned by their preferred style or system. Furthermore, the student(s) should realize that styles are tailored differently in order to meet varied conditions, Objectives, preferences and activities thence one would find that styles or systems are of;  Full contact or non-contact nature.
  31. 31. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei.  Combatative or non-combatative nature. And furthermore, that some styles can adopt the preferential plane or symentry of linear, circular, and or a combination thereof. But what is of great significance is the fact that the student(s) should transcend the limiting perception of the style and methodology so that they can gain the point of absolute originality, ingenuinity, creative thinking and function in the state of Artlessness. THE ESSENCE OF TRANSCENDING INITIATIVES IN TRAINING (SHINSHU) The study and the training in the martial arts should not be a fact of division and skewed perceptions. It must be a volatile process that invigorates the powerful potential to become a better person in the community, society and the world. It should also provide the ambience of critical and right thinking, action and intentions for the beneficialness of all humanity. Thus touching on the foundations of true consciousness within oneself, thereby transcending into the higher realities in life and of oneself. In the ways of the Oikado, it is known and acknowledged that in order to transform into these heights it is not an overnight thing, because it takes an aspect of an extraordinary initiative to do so overtime. However, the most essential requirement in an individual is to acquire the potential to be the seeker of the truth, to have the courage and the desire to embrace and to serve it, then all things will begin to fall into place. Therefore and given this huge dispensation as found in the ways of Oikado, the imperative is that the teachings and the training, the practice and the application of Oikado should always be done in the best ways and with the most tenent of graciousness to the mind, body and spirit. The signifance of this approach is to allow the gradual realization and maturation into the discipline that which has an overwhelming and profound impacts on the character and personality of the individual. Thus the significance being understood and appreciated as a way that is integral into ones life. Therefore, Oikado does encourage the vitalistics of;  Giving acknowledgement and validity to all martial arts styles and teachings.  Encouraging that the growth and maturation of the student(s) can only be guaranteed when same are permitted to study and train in other styles and tradition in order to acquire the great experience of being and diversity  The realizations that when all things are done with open mind(s), virtues heart and questing spirit, there is no barrier that is too great and impossible to overcome. Thus in the leanership and practice of the martial are everyone should transcend the perception of the self, preference(s) and preconceived notions so as to allow the overwhelming experience of wholeness and boundlessness. It is further pointed out that, given the magnificence of the teachings as found in this discipline of Oikado, absolute devotion in the intellectual exercise and physical exercise should be done with the depth of affinity and conscious commitment. The Sensei and the student(s) would in the course of their social and martial arts interaction meet those who will disavow the nature, meanings and significance of these teachings. But then, in whatever situation and the end, no one should be discouraged because sometimes to breakdown the walls of ignorance, annoyance and self ego takes more than an act of teaching and of experience. Therefore, one should extend one’s compassion and understanding to all those whose point of view may hold out differently. But if none is in silence and not contradicting such teachings, it should be understood that same is affirming them and may not have not the courage, the sincerity and the boldness to openly say so. The reasoning to all the above is grounded on the fact that, many of us fear so much to be change because on the substance of
  32. 32. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. change we begin to be aware of who we are and of all our limitations. Therefore, all those who are in the ways of our martial arts should attain ultimately, the full realization that at the bottom of all things it is more about oneself and the power of regaining one’s divine consciousness, thus entering into the transcending reality. The truth is therefore this, the Sensei and the student(s) should always view and maintain the transcended position and acknowledgement that;  The techniques of the style, character and nature are basic tools and springboard towards the attainment of higher mind.  The leanership of martial arts should transcend the barriers, structures, concepts and cultures of the style and tradition so that the powerful dispensations of great and true experience could be attained.  Through true experience, effectiveness the overwhelming consciousness can be acquired and utilized in order to eventually become the first of the many to reach, embrace and integrated into the Universal Consciousness, through one’s absolute potential of the hearts, mind and spirit. Conversely, the student(s) who have right thinking capacity and profound faculty should not, and entirely be content with the superficiality of the techniques, styles and traditions but rather, of the substance therein that which can and does empower them to become completely different and be dwelling in their greatness in the dimensions of their hearts, mind and spirit without half measures and pretences. In the overall, the student(s) in the martial arts should be guided by the powerful realization and conviction which inter-alia contains these fundamental truths and principle in that;  The words that are uttered will certainly shape one’s future.  The thinking one has will impact on the reality that is currently experienced.  Whatever that which is being thought of will certainly produce a new reality.  Whatever action or omission done will certainly impact on the definements and meaning of one’s destiny.  That in truly believing in something and deeply committed into it, that will manifest it ultimate reality in one’s lifetime.  That when doing something and in the deeper point of sincerity and vision, it will begin to manifest itself in one’s character and personality as a profound reality. When the above mentioned had been internalized, the full process of transformation will gain deeper and greater momentum in one’s martial arts, and thus redefining the student(s) mind heart and spirit with unique and powerful quality that which is beyond the finest. Therefore once this very point is attained, the emergence and merging of mind and spirit will gravitated to a remarkable condition thus producing a magnificent difference in the student(s) life. Consequently, enabling them to enter into the frontiers of the Second Attention.
  33. 33. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. CHAPTER THREE THE PROTOCOL OF PARTICIPATION, FUNDAMENTALS “[W]hen in the midst of chaos the apparent aspect of order can not easily be discerned, therefore transcend the point of chaos and order then you will be in the essential state of higher freedom and vision….” THE ESSENCE OF PROTOCOL(S) IN THE DOJO. (GAIKOGIRE) The Sensei and the student(s) always train and practice in the environment of the Dojo (school) and with the very system of participation special procedures and rituals ought to be followed in order to produce effective:  Organisation,  Participation,  Discipline Which would be beneficial to the progress of the individual and the Dojo. It must be emphasized that the Dojo is the epicenter of Martial Arts activity and all the standards required must be identified, implemented and honoured by all the members of Dojo. Therefore, the reference to same is regarded as the protocol of participation, which required strong commitment, preparedness which is and presence known as:  TSUKENI ITTE KYNI AWASA Conversely, the Sensei and the student must observe these protocols so that their actions and non actions can progressively advance in their study and teaching and practice of the Martial Arts. THE MARTIAL ART TRAINING IN THE DOJO (REIGASHO) It is fact that, the learning training of the Martial Arts is done inside a school which is called the Dojo. The Dojo is where the discipline of Martial Arts is imparted and it has its unique spheres of protocol. Etiquette and rituals which create the proper environment for learning. Every Dojo has its own rules and regulation especially designed for the practitioners and visitors. This is regarded as special and ordinary protocol which must be adhered to by all the concerned. However, a Dojo must be very clean, the uniform of practitioners be clean, and there should be no vulgarity and other misconducts. When entering and training in the Dojo, one should not put on his/her shoes. Furthermore, there should be an atmosphere of serenity, welcome and courtesy in the Dojo. When an individual
  34. 34. This is Oikado…. The Making of the Sensei. enters the Dojo, he must bow (Rei), he must also bow to his/her colleagues (Otagai-ni- Rei) and this procedure prevails even when leaving the Dojo. THE BASIC INTERNAL ARRANGEMENT OF A DOJO. (TEHAI) The Dojo is designed so that there is the;  The Front Wall.  The Back Wall.  The Upper and Lower Sides. And each section or side having its own significance and factors of etiquette which must be observed. When the practitioners are doing the line-up and other rituals, their point of constance reference is the front wall, this is called the Shomen. At this wall a picture of the founder of the style/school, national flag, a statute of a deity can be placed as a focal point. However, this preference varies according to each school and countries. This focal point is called the Kami Dama, more often than not, many Dojo’s do have an alter where the focal point is put and the alter is called the Shide THE DOJO LAYOUT (INTERNAL)  SHOMEN. DOJO ENTRY  THE ALTER (Shiden)  THE UPPER SEAT For Teacher. (Kamiza)  THE LOWER SIDE. For Lower Ranking Students) (Shomoseki)  LEFT  THE UPPER SIDE For Advanced Students (Joseki)  RIGTHT  THE LOWEST SEAT The Centre line of the Dojo is called the Lower seat (Shimoza), both advanced and junior student line up at beginning and end of sessions. Seniors in the front then juniors after. Then the bowing is done. THE FRONT WALL (SHOMEN)