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THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
SUMMARY

 

The Eightfold path to black belt (shodan)

 

#1  SANCHIN

THE PERSONíS HEART IS SAME AS HEAVEN AND EARTH

(White)

RIGHT UNDERSTANDING

 

Study of:

1. Karma, the law of cause and effect
2. Etiquette and hygiene in the dojo, home, school, and life
3. The importance of respect, especially to parents
4. Walking and stepping
5. Chart one (exercises), Chart two (blocks, punches, kicks)
6. Earth, Sun, Moon, Tides, Gravity, Season, Ecosystem
7. Right Understanding, the first step
8. Sanchin kata, form, breathing, with no rigidity

 

#2  SEISAN

THE BLOOD CIRCULATING IS ALMOST SAME AS THE MOON AND THE SUN
(White)

RIGHT THOUGHT

 

Study of:

1. Anger, cruelty, and sense desire
2. Yin and Yang, forces of creation
3. Importance of physical health
4. Complete mechanics of training and instruction tips
5. Okinawan, Japanese language, (Hogen dialect)
6. Taoism, Confucianism, the Tokugawa
7. Zazen (sitting meditation)
8. Yo-Ibuki, the stalking breath as it pertains to
9. Seisan kata

 

#3  SEIUCHIN

THE MANNER OF DRINKING AND SPITTING IS EITHER HARD OR SOFT
(White)
RIGHT ACTION

 

Study of:
1. Compassion, fairness, and gentleness
2. Consequences of our actions
3. Diet and physical health
4. Progressive resistance training, prepubescent and adults
5. Language and Zazen
6. Soft Seiuchin kata, breathe with each combination
7. Hard Seiuchin kata, breathe in four sequences

 

#4  NAIHANCHI

THE PERSONíS UNBALANCE IS THE SAME AS A WEIGHT
(White)
RIGHT SPEECH

 

Study of:

1. Importance of acting in an honest manner to others
2. Importance of being honest with ourselves
3. Mental health, a personís unbalance
4. Environment
5. Introduction to pressure points and nerve meridians
6. The mechanics of balance
7. Languages and Zazen
8. Naihanchi kata
9. Completion of Yo-Ibuki, the stalking breath

 

#5  WANSU

THE BODY SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHANGE MOTION AT ANY TIME

(Green)

RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

 

Study of:

1. Occupational skills and employment
2. Opportunity, and the pursuit of it
3. Any occupation causing suffering to others
4. Self-hypnosis
5. Language and Zazen
6. Kumite, with emphasis on Yo-Ibuki
7. Wansu kata

 

#6  CHINTO

ACTION TO HIT IS WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS
ITSELF

(Green)
RIGHT EFFORT

 

Study of:

1. Positive thinking and using our mental powers
2. Balance of our mental energy
3. Herbal medicine
4. Emergency response procedure including CPR
5. Advanced meditation
6. Language, Zazen, self-hypnosis
7. Chinto kata, breathing disappears

 

#7  KUSANKU

THE EYE MUST SEE EVERY WAY

(Brown)

RIGHT MINDFULNESS

 

Study of:

1. The Minds Eye
2. Pose, equilibrium and balance of the mind
3. Night vision and exercise
4. Our eyes and their care
5. How our eyes function
6. Language, Zazen, self-hypnosis
7. Self realization (ring)
8. Right meditation
9. Kusanku kata
10. Zen, the art of being aware

 

#8  SANCHIN

THE EAR MUST LISTEN IN ALL DIRECTIONS

(Brown)

RIGHT CONCENTRATION

 

Study of:

1. The care of the ears, and their function
2. Listening skills as they pertain to combat
3. Listening skills as they pertain to communication
4. Talking in the dark
5. Dynamic tension
6. Self-hypnosis as caused by oxygen narcosis
7. Trance inducing to others
8. Sanchin kata with dynamic tension and Yo-Ibuki

 

SUANSU
THE KATA OF TATSUO SHIMABUKURO, NOT OF THE EIGHTFOLD PATH

(Black)


Study of:

1. The science of kumite

 

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