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Who Am I? I am Earth

connects the nature of all of things, from our inner being to our outer world.

In Japanese design, the earth element is the first block and the base layer of the Gorintou, the three-dimensional structural representation of the Five Great Elements concept. The significance of the first layer is to provide a strong rootedness in order for all other elements in the structure to balance together as one. 

The role earth plays to create a structural foundation is also necessary in our martial arts training and lives. In our training, the Kihon, are the basics, the fundamentals techniques and foundation of martial arts. Strong Kihon comes with practicing repeatedly with the goal of perfection or efficiency – depending on if you are studying under the Chinese or Japanese philosophy.  When we connect the energy of the earth to our correct kihon, then good kata and kumite are able to follow.

In our lives, whether it is the start of a new year, an excitable moment, or setting the platform to defend yourself, taking a moment to root ourselves with a grounded stance and accept the earth’s energy can mean the difference between success or defeat. When we are grounded, it allows us to become present and connect to our inner strengths, and to feel the energy flowing upwards throughout our entire being. Being grounded does not mean to be stuck, rather the opposite, it is the alignment of mind, body and energetic connection between what is in us to the energy of what is outside of us. We open ourselves up to exchange the energy from the earth and let it rise up, expanding and invigorating our energetic vibration.

Below is a moving meditation exercise you can do alone or with the entire family. 

EARTH MEDITATION 

To start, everyone can stand up, feet at shoulder distance apart, close your eyes, standing up tall, breathe in through the nose filling the stomach and out through the mouth, slowing down your breathing and clearing your mind. Now take yourself away to a quiet private natural setting, imagine you are in your very special place. A place that brings you joy.  Your place is unique to you. 

Now with your very special place in mind, imagine a body of water.

Be the earth what is beneath your feet, grass, dirt, sand, rocks, feel it on the bottom of your feet, walk around on it. 

As you walk around your space be intentional as you kiss the earth with the bottom of your feet. 

Now feel yourself root into the ground, open your toes up and put the energy into every toe, your feet, your knees, hips, feel your digestive system open up and feel the flow of energy you are receiving through your body. 

Breathe in through the nose and visualize the earth’s energy rising up from the ground, through your root chakra, up towards the heart, and spiralling the energy throughout your entire body. 

As you exhale, breathe out into your grounded stance. Feel your strong body, your calm balanced mind. Now with power, intention and mindfulness move about with the stability and security of the earth below you. 

I am grounded, safe and secure.

I trust the process of life.

I am independent and stable.

I am loyal and patient. 

I am tenacious and strong.

Feel your balance back in your rootedness. Remind yourself of your core strengths, connect with your energy, balance the mind, body and spirit, feel the interconnectedness of what is within you and around you. 

Bring yourself back and breathe in and exhale out and take your connected balance earth energy into your day. 

With light,
Kohai Hadad, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo

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Dianne Hadad, Wellness & Energy Coach, CPC
647-203-4882 |  dianne.hadad@gmail.com  @warrior.spirit.circle

The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations and courses for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom, virtues and philosophies of the classical martial arts to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy. 

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The EARLIEST ACCOUNTS OF COMBAT IN ANCIENT INDIA

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The EARLIEST ACCOUNTS OF COMBAT IN ANCIENT INDIA

Goju Ryu Karate Do is a martial arts form that traces its roots back to Japan, Chin and India. To trace the origins of Goju Ryu Karate is to study the history of tree ancient civilizations and the ties that bind them together. 

Our journey begins with a study of Indian history through its scriptures and literature. Dhanurveda (the science or archery), a section found in Vedas, the most ancient Hindu scriptures (1700 BCE - 1100 BCE), contains references to martial arts.

Indian epics contain the earliest accounts of combat, both armed and barehanded. Most deities of the Hindu-Buddhist pantheon are armed with their own personal weapon, and are revered not only as master martial artists but also as originators of those systems themselves. 

The Mahabharata (one of the two major Sanskrit epics) tells of fighters armed only with daggers besting lions, and describes a prolonged battle between Arjuna and Karna using bows, swords, trees, rocks and fists. Another unarmed battle in the Mahabharata describes two combatants boxing with clenched fists and fighting with kicks, finger strikes, knee strikes, and headbutts. 

The oldest recorded organized unarmed fighting art in South Asia is malla-yuddha or combat-wrestling, codified into four forms and pre-dating the Indo-Aryan migrations. Stories describing Krishna report that he sometimes engaged in wrestling matches where he used knee strikes to the chest, punches to the head, hair pulling, and strangleholds.

The legends and myths of the Saptarishis are also filled with references to martial arts. The Saptarishis are the seven sages who are extolled in the Veda’s and Hindu literature and are considered the patriarchs of the Vedic religion. The Saptarishis are the hierarchy working under the guidance of the highest creative intelligence - Paramatma. They bring Knowledge and Energies and are naturally the most evolved Light Beings in the Creation and the guardians of the Divine Laws. 

The earliest list of the seven sages is given by Jaiminiya Brahmana 2.218-22: Vasishta, Bharadvaja, Jamadagni, Gautama, Atri, Viswamitra and Agastya. 

Agastya, also known as Agasti and Agathiyar was the son of Pulastrya and grandson of Brahma the Creator in the Hindu Trinity. His is regarded to have living in the 6th or 7th century B.C and specialized in language, alchemy, medicine and spirituality - yogam (self-realization) and gnanam (pure consciousness). 

Source: A History of Goju Budo
by Kohai Prashanth Raghavan, 3rd Degree Blackbelt

 

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