- The Origin of the name SHIDOKAN
In 1956 Grandmaster Katsuya Miyahira built a wooden Dojo and he called it SHIDOKAN. SHIDOKAN refers to the Dojo and the place dedicated in building a kind and benevolent character. He explains the origin of the SHIDOKAN this way: It was from the widely read analects by Confucius. Confucius was a great philosopher who had a huge influence on his country'scholarships, taught and popularized an ethical system concerning with building proper character in people. Analects was one of his work where from its earliest publishing been highly respected and has a profound influence on the spiritual thinking of people in China, Japan and in other parts of the world. Grandmaster Katsuya Miyahira took the name SHIDOKAN from Chapter 7 verse 6 in book 4 of the 20 volume collection that reads:
"DETERMINE IN YOUR HEART TO FOREVER FOLLOW THE WAY"
"STAY CLOSE TO THE SUN OF VIRTUE AND DO NOT STRAY"
"TRUST IN THE POWER OF BENEVOLENCE FOR SUPPORT"
"TAKE PLEASURE FROM THESE ABILITIES"
The philosophy of this passage means enjoy the abilities you develop in your training as a means to perceive greater abilities namely benevolent(goodwill) and virtue(moral excellence,your character).
Therefore SHIDOKAN means...
The physical discipline of practicing Karate builds charater and is the starting point from which you can develop a higher form of kindness deep within your soul, and must never give up trying to actualize this virtue and bring it into your life, right here and right now, to make of yourself a person worthy of emulation.
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