From the standpoint of integrity, responsibility
and balance, we, as students of the martial arts, must know the
self-defense applications as well as healing skills. Balance, is
one law of the universe. The pendulum swings until balance is achieved.
One of the many qualities of the martial artist is the awareness
of causes and effects of actions taken or not taken. Responsibility
is the "capacity to respond". A warrior is not only able
to respond to what comes towards us, but to stand behind our actions
and be responsible for all we do or don't do. Our ability to respond
impeccably and with integrity brings us to the warrior's arena.
Philosophically, we view the use of violence permissible
only as a means of self-defense. Once our opponent has surrendered,
we have an obligation to help him. Fighting is a necessary policy
only when there is no other solution. We stress "no injury",
the ability to use skills necessary to subdue the attacker without
causing serious injury. Serious injury or even death can occur,
but that is not our intention. We have mentally and spiritually
conquered the attacker's will and fighting is no longer necessary.
If you can help him recover, you may be able to affect change in
the attacker. In this manner, our ability becomes a strategic tool
with which to accomplish larger goals in life.
Healing involves the principle of reciprocity.
We need to become aware of strengthening our ability to equally
give and receive. Healing also is the ability to connect. These
aspects play an important role in our martial arts study. The techniques
in this art have the ability to injure, externally and internally,
in a self-defense situation. In the practice of these techniques,
we do not injure, but can create a state of energetic imbalance
in our partners. When energies in the body are out of balance we
experience a variety of symptoms. For this reason Seikendo (sei=correct,
proper; ken=health; do=way) has been established. Seikendo, the
way of correct health.
Seikendo is a synthesis of various healing arts.
These arts are: Shiatsu (Japanese finger pressure therapy), basic
massage, Regenesis (energy application based on Western medical
theory), Chi Kung (a Chinese healing art cultivating the body's
internal energy), and theories of Oriental medicine. This art blends
Western and Traditional Oriental Medicine. It is a combination
of scientific theory and experiences gained through centuries of
practice. Seikendo contains exercises and meditations for illness
prevention. These are done on a daily basis, if one chooses. Given
our fast paced lives, these are designed for maximum benefit and
require little time.
The techniques used to balance and heal another
are varied and depend on the symptoms. The ability to diagnose
certain conditions and apply appropriate treatment is practiced.
Seikendo works with 14 keiraku (meridians, or channels of energy).
Energy is also applied directly to internal organs and accessing
points to various systems of the body. By practicing in this manner,
we can prevent illness and disease, and tune ourselves to the subtleties
of the body. In order to accomplish any of this, we first learn
about energy (ki), the qualities, textures, the drawing out of
and its extension and projection. As we access the healer within,
we affect the balance of giving and receiving, of the warrior and
the healer. We connect our mind, body and spirit and experience
the same in those around us.