My birth name was given by the priest of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in which the legendary samurai Sugawara no Michizane is enshrined My name means to guide people to light. A ritual handed down to the samurai family, at the age of one, let the baby choose many things such as an abacus, a doll, a sword and many other things. My brother chose the abacus, my sister chose the doll, and I chose the Sword, it was destiny
I remember when I was about 7 years old. No one there when I came home from elementary schoolI and sneaked into my father's room, which was normally forbidden to enter.The thing that should not be touched is displayed at the back. It’s Japanese sword.I pulled out a few centimeters of sheath and saw the blade. I felt fear, awe and sacredness. I remember having that feeling.
My dream was to become stronger. To be strong. Even now as an adult, that dream has not come true. There is always room for improvement no matter how skilled you are. My father told me that samurai would train until he died.
However, I’m clearly aware of the path I should take for strength. Strength does not mean winning over people by physical
Several times a year, my father's students gathered to slash the objects (wet straw) in the garden.Give a bow to the sword, bow to the object, and stand quietly in front of it.The moment the sword is pulled out, the object is cut in half and falls. The act was accompanied by holiness and tranquility.
The atmosphere is different from the samurai seen in movies and manga. Even though I was a child,
I felt tense in the solemn atmosphere. In fact, many swords have appeared in ancient Japanese mythology. And they have a noble value that is different from weapons. The sword is deeply related to the myth of the birth of Japan and has been a non-religious Japanese ethic for over 1000 years.It is treated as a symbol of Bushido, and even after the war, GHQ legally treated it as an art, not as a weapon.This childhood experiences are based on a physical understanding of the 1000-year history of the samurai. It was deeply carved into my body
In my 20’s
Because my father use to tell me to experience another world.
When I was 20 years old. I realized I haven't had much life experience yet. I wanted to express myself so I moved to Tokyo at the age of 21.
I became an artist and musician but it was not easy. I was such a naive and an idiot. I struggled and couldn’t find a light. I though it was a period of penance and storms for the samurai. Everything went wrong. I got lost. Shallow self-esteem. I was weak but I had to crawl up.
Some samurai training is called rough practice, Practicing hard physically and mentally and pushing yourself to the limit. It is a training to know all the balance. And I did
Return home and reunite with my parents.
Resumed old martial arts training and created my own methods from my experiences and austere training.
I gave volunteer lessons to dropping out students who had many problems at a school and interacted with many sick kids. The samurai's teachings with my methods and sword movements seemed to open their rebellious and closed hearts. The teaching of a samurai which is neither winning or losing nor strong or weak, regardless of experience or talent, is just to face themselves. Not compete with anyone and not compare with anyone.
From that experience, I felt the possibility of a new aspect of samurai's physical movements and my own methods. In order to spread the samurai and bushido philosophy, my methods are included the samurai had cultural diversity. Unlike sports that only seek good movements, athlete’s ages and win or lose, swordsmanship has a philosophical teaching represented by Bushido. It can be used for a lifetime, learned, and used in daily life. The important thing is not to win, but empathy. Three tomoe (three elements)
Practice Samurai martial arts again!
To be recognized and convinced by people, I have no choice but to perform my movements perfectly and have deep knowledge of Samurai history, philosophy and everything. I want to show the most beautiful sword techniques in the world. I made an effort and gained the ability and confidence to be convinced just by showing my movement.
40 years old, Experience at Asakusa Dojo in Tokyo.
When I gave a Samurai lesson to an American young guy who has ADHD and another mental handicap, He never stoped talking and never looked at me. After the lesson, his communication ability awakened and he looked at my eyes and bowed to me. He changed it. I was like “this is it!” This method works for regardless of nationality and ages, athletes, disabilities. I gave lessons to about 2000 people annually including Google entrepreneurship training
The samurai culture that the world is looking for. I want to be a bridge that connects 1000 years of history and modern day. I appreciate where I am now and the environment I grew up in. I will announce the samurai culture to the world. And I was given a samurai name Zen by my father since my family, Zen passed down for generations. Complete my mission as not to be ashamed of the name