Bunbu Itchi

 Let me flow like water sublime
rolling over and around
knowing no obstacle
only ever-changing possibility
drifting with the Tao on the tides of yang and yin
no hesitation
cascading into void
carving through stone itself
humbly flowing
to a stillness so perfect
the whole world, reflected, cannot mar me
with its passage overhead

I grew up in two families: one where I lived with my mother and step-father, and one where I practiced Danzan Ryu Jujutsu. The name of the school where my beloved jujutsu family gathered is Mizu Shin Tao, or Way of the Water Spirit. I cannot pay back all Mizu Shin Tao and my mentors there have given me, but I contribute in small ways, and one of these ways is by writing a blog entitled Bunbu Itchi for the Mizu Shin Tao website.

“Bunbu Itchi” is a term I picked up from Victor Harris while reading his translation of A Book of Five Rings, and according to him it means “Pen and sword in accord”. If you’re interested in martial arts, oriental medicine, or possibly my writing please visit the website or the school.

For my blog:http://mizushintao.com/blog/

Hey, I just saw this page and I realized it needed a little update. That “jujutsu family” I spoke about–turned out not to be much of a family at all. Live and learn I guess. When your life comes apart you definitely realize who your true brothers are, and who your real family is.

For the school itself:http://mizushintao.com/

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