Jikishin Dojo

Michal Kapuscinski
Jikishin Dojo

The name Jikishin Dojo is taken from the Japanese language so it can not be translated literally. The word “Jiki” itself means “straight”, “honestly” and “direction”, while “shin” means “heart”. Therefore, the entire Jikishin name can be translated based on kanji, in which we write it, as: “a simple, honest message
flowing from the heart. ” I called Dojo because because I trained in Shisei Ryu School, I have matured to these values, always guided by honesty in everyday training, and hence in life. Trainings in Jikishin Dojo are always a time for me, in which I share the technique and information I have learned. All this makes me very happy because it results from my passion, that’s why I thought it was a message from a sincere heart.

There is a well-known saying in Zen: “Jikishin kore dojo narii”, which means: “A real spirit (pure heart) is a place of training”. These few words accurately describe our dojo.

By developing Jikishin Dojo, we follow the principles of our School. For members of Jikishin Dojo, personal development and upgrading of technical qualifications are largely targeted by the traditional Menkyo Kaiden system. It results, among others from introducing the student to the possibility of self-realization, where the emphasis is on the responsibility of the adept, who should find his own place on his own. Getting a degree in Menkyo speeds up the process of showing the true self. Thanks to this, you can avoid false “obedience” and disingenuous willingness to cooperate and maintain contact with the source of your knowledge (master), only for gaining a degree (dan). Following the path Menkyo commits to contacting the school master, as it requires constant return to the basic techniques. This allows you to look at them from the perspective of the gained experience and carry out a re-analysis of their message.

In conclusion, it can be stated that training in the Menkyo system at the Shisei Ryu School does not consist in assessing student achievement, but in enabling the discovery of further advancement levels and their understanding. Therefore, following these values, training at Jikishin Dojo requires a lot of self-discipline and wide perception. At each level of advancement, our work is focused on many details, but we strive to free ourselves from the form of technology and, consequently, to the individual ability to apply it in a specific situation.

Jikishin Dojo