When I was younger, I was basically a perfectionist. I wanted all things to be perfect. I can remember times that I expended tremendous energy attempting to keep things in perfect order.

Then naturally, as I matured and developed in life an in Budo, I was able to see that actually imperfection dominates and therefore should be welcomed.

In a recent conversation with Hatsumi Sensei , we discussed and how this concept relates to Budo, to life and to all the arts. There is no perfect person, therefore there is no perfect Budo and ultimately there is no perfect Gokui.

I like to think of it this way; perfection is something that does not have a long life span. It is perfect for an instant and then is gone again, falling back into imperfection. Perfection is therefore not stable nor reliable and can give a false sense of confidence. If you see perfect technique then most likely it is false and unreliable and will most likely fail to imperfection. If imperfection is not welcome then you will not be stable when perfection fails.

A flower blooms into perfection for only an instant and then will begin to wilt back to imperfection. What is hidden is what is beautiful and that instant it is gone. –Hisureba Hana. -Perfection comes at times when you least expect it and flows in and out depending on luck and-never via control.

Therefore in training, if you strive to allow for imperfection and are mature and realistic enough to accept that nothing will go the way it is expected, then you will have a strong foundation in execution with a solid foundation of Fudoshin. Fudoshin is clearly more critical than technique.

Simply appreciate it for the instant it is there, but know that it will be gone again and cannot be relied upon or controlled.

This is also connected to incompleteness and can be seen as basically the same thing. Incomplete technique allows for imperfection and therefore fudoshin. Complete technique can be seen as fixation, and this mind is dangerous and limiting.

Imperfection is everywhere and CAN be relied upon. Consistency and satisfaction in imperfection will develop a state of fudonshin and calmness of heart.

Bufu Ikkan