- Symbol Meaning
Our symbol represents all areas of our art; the physical, spiritual, psychological and emotional as well as our theory of martial engagements.
The Ying-Yang symbol represents the dichotomy or duality of man. Man possesses the potential for good as well as evil. Sometimes there is a very thin line that divides those parts. It is because of this, the Kyu Shin Ryu practitioner strives to always allow the good in him or her to shine through, even in times of difficult circumstances. It is by allowing this good to shine through us that we bring harmony and balance to ourselves, the immediate environment and the world that we live in. We must strive to benefit the world with goodness that lives inside of us. We strive to respect and honor those around us, and respect life.
The Ying-Yang symbol also represents the balance between hard and soft in the theory of martial application in our art. The art of Kyu Shin Ryu begins by training students in the striking arts which by nature and tradition are seen more in karate styles such as Ryukyu Kempo and Goju Ryu karate and even Tae Kwon Do. The student is gradually introduced into the arts of Judo, Jujitsu, Aikijujitsu and Aikido as their training continues. By the time the student reaches intermediate to upper grade Mudansha level they should be able to transition between hard and soft techniques and respond instinctively (this is called Mushin), given on what the situation may call for. The intensity of the technique will be contingent on the level of threat that is present to the practitioner.
The circle in the Ying-Yang symbol represents the circular theory that is the core of application to aikido throws, and joint manipulation techniques. This stands true also for the application of many Judo and Jujitsu techniques which use circular theory for application of techniques.
The triangle represents the strength that provides us with structure and integrity. Triangles have historically represented structures of strength and power, while at the same time possessing aesthetic beauty. Triangles possess strong structural integrity with solid bases. Kyu Shin Ryu fighting theories are based on the premise of utilizing circles and angles to execute striking techniques, blocking techniques throwing techniques, etc.. Practitioners of Kyu Shin Ryu use the premise of utilizing critical angles of entry ( based on the angles of the triangle) when applying striking, blocking and many kicking techniques. We believe strongly in the concept of deflection and redirection to utilize the opponents strength against them. We also use these angles as entry points for many of the Judo and Jujitsu throws as well as pressure point strikes and applications that we utilize in the system.
Circle and angle theory is also utilized in weapons training as well. This is especially evident in our stick and knife fighting drills and skills. You may view some of this in action in the self defense section of this site.
"The art of governing body, mind, and spirit."
Flow Like Water;
Crash like thunder;
Relentless as the waves against the shore.