DAITOKAI INTERNATIONAL

Daito-ryu Aikibudo Association

OLD DAITOKAN DOJO

IMAGES OF GLORIOUS DAITOKAN

RARE PICTURES

The images contained in the video were kindly given by Kato Shigemitsu (1940-2013), and were digitized by Certa Shihan. They represent 40 years of history of Daitokan dojo of Abashiri and its practitioners.


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DOJO SHUGYO-KUN

The training rules at Tokimune Takeda’s Daitokan dojo:
1. The Dojo is a place of the spirit, we begin with courtesy (rei) and end with courtesy;
2. The Way becomes profound, single-mindedly condition and train yourself – never give up;
3. Pride is the beginning of inattention, and the origin of destruction;
4. Always be serious, sincerity is first;
5. The ultimate level of the Way is Harmony, that is the goal of this Ryu.

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THE KAMIZA OF DAITOKAN

Kamiza (上座) is the Japanese language term referring to the "top seat" within a room, meaning the place of honor. The antonym, meaning "bottom seat," is shimoza (下座). In a room, the kamiza is the seat or position that is most comfortable, usually furthest from the door because this is warmest, and was safest from attack back in the feudal period.

   The sheet hanging in the shelf of the kamiza contained a philosophical phrase or a Zen motto, it changed every month.

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