We are well aware of the importance and meaning of Fudsohin and how it relates to the Bugeisha mindset.  Recently, Soke was discussing with me and the members at training regarding the importance of Fudoshin, but how we must not assume that the definition of “Fudo” is to mean, “non moving”.  As usual, Soke’s lessons are infinite and I often ponder the concept for some time before for coming to any realization.  Often the idea turns to smoke and dissipates in the wind, never taking any real form, simply scattering hints of wisdom into space.  At the time of this particular message, I was required to translate, and in my experience of Soke, the words possess no real meaning unless combined by the consistency of training to even grasp the concept and the slight chance of application. 

Naturally, we are truly in a time in the Bujinkan where “Sainokonki” is of the utmost importance.  At times, it may not even be a specific intended message, but the inspiration of the moment that is the real message.  Soke has no real intention in technique, as well as his lesson.  It is simply an inspiration released in the air with the interpretation to differ per person, depending on each individual’s Sainokonki. 

Returning to the Fudoshin lesson,  I have come the following realization as to one possible form of this concept, and for lesson’s sake have bound it to the relationship of technique.  Fudoshin is something that is developed overtime and can therefore be tied to the concept of the Kihon of Bugei and the internalization of the Kihon.  By saying internalization, I mean the actual developed innate ability to react in a Kihon fashion or from Zero.  Deviation from the form or henka is the idea of the movable aspect of the immovable.  A foundation is critical, but to deviate from the foundation or form is art.  Soke used the example that although he is not traveling outside of Japan these days, he is.  This is an aspect of the immovable, movability.

Pondering further on the concept of Fudoshin, brings to mind the Japanese warrior deity “Fudo Myo” who carries a rope in his left hand and sword in his right.  It is not surprising that this year Soke stated that this would be the year of the Sword and Rope.   The purpose of the sword of Fudo Myo is to cut through ignorance and illusion, while the purpose of the rope is to bind injustice and control violence, leading those from hell to salvation. Fudo Myo seeks to cultivate peace as does the Bugeisha of the Bujinkan.  This is an aspect of Kami Musbi, to bind to the gods.

The meaning of Budo is the way of Budo and the character for way is that of a fixed path.  In the Bujinkan we study Happo Bikken  The way of the benevolent sword.  Bugei is art and therefore not fixed, “the way” is a way of control and to teach technique or form is can be considered method of control according to Soke.

As in Fudo Myo’s purpose, it is truly far more benevolent to rehabilitate than it is to eliminate.

Bufu Ikkan