Do or Jitsu in Budo or should I say Bujutsu

In the martial arts there are many ways and many applications to a technique, it depends on what is wanted to be achieved and what mentality the practitioner is training in and wanting to achieve. Ju-jutsu, judo, Kenjutsu, kendo, Karate jutsu, karate-do and many more. The question is WHAT IS IN A NAME?
More than you could ever imagine. Grasshopper.
Many instructors today have opinions about everything and many are armchairs critics, they are either “purest of this or other art” Many state that in their particular country there are not “jutsu” practitioners just “do” practitioners.
“What is the difference?” some may ask.
You may get an answer similar to: “in iai-jutsu you must actually draw blood each time you draw the katana”
So this maybe correct that there are not jutsu instructors or students because they will be seriously injured or killed.
There are extreme cases of confusion cause by misuse of jutsu and do to define Okinawan or Japanese martial arts.
The most common misuse in todays times of information overload and everyone being a expert in their field is to describe a combat approach as jutsu and the sports approach as do.
How many times have you heard an student stating that his instructors teaches the version of his particular martial arts as ” Killall Ryu” or “Killall Jutsu” because his instructor can kill anyone with a single blow. In the other instant another student will brag that his teacher only teaches do, which is for human and psychological development and to attain a higher and very important and secret spiritual attainment. All this “snake-oil stuff that has infiltrated the martial arts is a lot of BS.
To understand the implications of the words jitsu and do, and how they apply to martial arts in the modern world, we must go back to two simplier words, gyo and shugyo. This may also clear up a great deal of debate that a practitioner can only “practice” or “master” one art or sport.

Gyo in its literal translations, refers to practice or behavior. When you enter a dojo for the first time, you begin gyo. If you are a lazy, or selfish, or have any faults, that is you gyo. Budo training must or should teach you to change your gyo to something more beneficial or desirable. When analyzing the kanji for gyo when notices that it immediately looks like a intersection or crossroads, so it is clear when anyone come to a crossroad their have to take decisions and action must be taken and constructive activity must be emphasized in ones life study or activity undertaken by the individual. There is also an element of stability in the writing of the kanji and this is what we strive to attain by the practice and activity of Budo, a stable, mind, body and spirit. It is at this point that the student wants to become like the master. But it is important that the Master also is cognizant to always looking at himself and becomes a figure the students want to emulate.

Next Blog will explain Shu Gyo and Jutsu. Until next time sweat everyday train everyday.

WKF showing there true colours

As predicted the WKF and its President says one thing to the IOC but does something completely different in practice. As was stated in our previous communication the WKF has informed the IOC that selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be open to all karate-ka and will allow all karate-ka from throughout the whole world irrespective of affiliation to try out for selection for Tokyo 2020 provided they comply with the tournament which has been accepted by the organizing committee and the IOC Programme Commission. What is now happening is WKF is insisting that only its members will be allowed into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which is rather different to what was stated before Karate’s acceptance into 2020 Olympic Games. All karate lobbied for karate to be in the 2020 Olympic Games, the numbers that the WKF count as members are all karate and all clubs but many of these are not members of the WKF. It is important to understand that if one determines the different organizations existing today coordinating karate then one realizes that many karate-ka are being left out. Even the Okinawan Karate Federation is not part of the WKF. Interesting that the IKO under Shokei Matsui is now prepared to change their Full-Contact karate philosophy to be selected for the Japanese team and have struck an agreement with the Japan Karate Federation (JKF, who are members of the WKF to allow the members of the IKO Matsui Ha to be selected for the Japan team. We personally don’t believe that this will be possible. Also, the inclusion of karate is ONLY for 2020, if they want to be part of the future Olympic Games they have to reapply and the host City must be prepared to expand the sports and pay the expenses. This was possible in Tokyo as the Host City agreed to this and include another 4 sports to get Karate into the Olympics, this has been done to boost the medal count of the Japanese as the Japanese karate practitioners are automatically included in the Olympic selection and are guaranteed participation. It is envisaged that Japan will get a minimum of 7 medals in karate, this will augur well for them as South Korea normally get a majority of their medals from taekwondo. Again politics in the sport!

We at the United World Karate Federation have made unity and development our cornerstone and we will peruse this until all karate is united under one organization and caters for all karate styles and all karate competition formats. We will in the next year be again inviting all world federations to start this process again, as the application for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics will be open, and we need to make a case to the IOC for all included in the next appearance if karate is accepted again to participate.

So join us in the quest and let’s get karate united in all aspects of its operations and presence worldwide.


Until next Time keep on uniting and developing karate worldwide.