Wa | Pono | Harmony
We chose three words for this year’s theme to mirror the component cultures of our Japanese-Hawaiian-American martial art. Each term has overlapping definitions and unique cultural aspects, but together these terms represent different ways of approaching the concept of “we versus me”. Professor Okazaki tells us that the pathway to completion of character includes being grateful for the gifts of nature, family, teachers and to foster a spirit of social service. That the “we” of interdependence is to be valued over the “me” of independence. That we should acknowledge what we have been given and think of ways we can give to others, to be of service. Our jujitsu practice teaches us to go around conflict not only in applying our physical techniques but also to use these strategies to strive for harmony in all areas of our lives. Examining the meanings and cultural contexts of the terms in our theme can help us better understand the Danzan Ryu tenet of service above self and how embodying these principles leads to harmonious relationships, co-existence and co-prosperity for all things in life.
Sources include: Esoteric Principles (George Arrington’s book), The Meaning of Pono (Kumu Kea) and Behind the Japanese Mask (Jonathan Rice)
We are going virtual!
Pacific JuJitsu Kai has volunteered to host an online version of our flagship event.
April 9-11, 2021
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