Dao - The Way of Martial Arts

Hello everybody !!!

Dao in Chinese, or Do in Japanese, is the "Way". It is the way the universe unfolds, but also the way our lives unfold, or a particular way that we follow in the form of an art or way of life. It seems equivalent to the Indian notion of Dharma, that which maintains the Universe, but which also refers to what we have to do to uphold this harmony by our own contribution to life, our "responsibility", or the path that we tread. Many Japanese Martial Arts are called "Do" to differentiate them from pure "Jutsu", pure technique. If Bujutsu refers to the techniques of the warrior, Budo - a generic term for the Japanese martial arts - refers to the Way of the Warrior. Examples are Karate Do, the way of the empty hand, Judo, the way of suppleness, Aikido, the way of harmony, Kyudo, the way of archery, Iaido, the way of the sword etc.

Here we have a little dialogue with Vidya during her Orange Belt exam in Shotokan Karate Do and Taiji Quan held in Pondicherry on 11th June 2010 on her Dao of martial arts, her practice of Karate Do and Taiji Quan. We talk a little about Wuji, non-action, or silence, which precedes, follows, but also underlies every action or manifestation. We also explore Taiji, manifestation through the polarity of Yin and Yang.

But dialogue is not only about talking. It is also about going beyond ("dia") the logos ("Reason"). So, sitting together quietly, or practicing a beautiful art is also a way of dialogue through which we can explore ourselves, exchange with others and open up to our lives individually and collectively.

Enjoy this little dao dialogue ;-) !!!

Plenty of good inspirations and of good energies to all of you !!!



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Dao - The Way of Martial Arts

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