Originally posted by jaemin
Btw, one of my teachers told me about
'Kyushindo' made by Abe sensei. And I
read a judo book in which 'kyushindo'
is mentioned. Do you know more about it?
If you go to www.google.com
and put 'Kyushindo' or 'Kenshiro Abbe' in as key words you'll find there is quite a lot about him on the web.
Mr Abbe came to London in 1955 to teach judo, which was the only Japanese martial art in Britain at the time. He's well known as the first person to teach aikido in this country, but he was also the first to teach karate, kendo and kyudo here.
Abbe sensei founded the British Judo Council and when I joined the judo club at my school, I was given a little booklet explaining the BJC grading syllabus. It was written by Masutaro Otani, then the president of the BJC, and printed in 1972. I still have that little booklet, so if you like I'll quote the passage that particularly concentrates on Kyushindo. Its a little flowery for my tastes these days, but very interesting nevertheless. (If only because it shows that aikido is not the only martial art ever to wax philosophical.):
"Kyu-shin-do in the understanding gained through knowledge and experience of the principles of the universe and the application of this understanding, through our judo, to our own lives.
The principles of the universe are expressed in the three precepts of kyu-shin-do as follows:-
1. All things throughout the universe are in a constant state of motion. (Banbutsu-buten)
2. This motion is rythmic and flowing. (Rutsu do)
3. All things work and flow in perfect harmony and accord. (Chowa)
The universe revolves and therefore always keeps perfect balance. All motion in the universe may be resolved, basically to a series of circular movements. It is only by applying this fundamental principle of motion and avoiding stiff angular stances that we can achieve the best judo.
The first step in Kyu-shin-do is to be in harmony with one's fellow men, be they parents, colleagues or neighbours.
The ultimate aim of Kyu-shin-do is the achievement of permanent peace and happiness for the human race. This can only be done through the cultivation of an understanding mind and reaching towards the highest ideals.
To learn and perform good techniques is not the only aim of judo. Judo is a way towards universal understanding and is just one of the many roads which could lead to world peace and universal happiness. The way of judo is not only realisation of ones aim in life but gives the training and discipline necessary to strive to make an effort in peace and unity.
Kyu-Shin-Do starts from relaxed posture, namely the perfect relaxation of mind and body. The actions of Kyu-shin-do are gentle movements, soft, quick and safe. These movements spring from a relaxed mind and body, which helps to build up strength and purpose. The accumulation of effort is a steady circular movement about the centre of gravity and radius."