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Origin of Name Shido-kan

Grand Master Katsuya Miyahira explains the origin of the Shido-kan this way. The great Chinese philosopher Confucius, who has had a huge influence on his country's scholarship and thought, taught and popularized an ethical system concerned with building proper character in people.

The widely read Analects by Confucius has, from its earliest publishing been highly respected and has had a profound influence on the spiritual thinking of people in China, Japan and elsewhere.

Grand Master Miyahira relates that he took the name SHIDO from chapter seven, verse six in Book Four of the twenty volume collection; which reads…

Determine in your heart to forever follow the Way.
Stay close to the sun of Virtue and do not stray.
Trust in the power of Benevolence for support.
Take pleasure from these abilities.

The philosophy of this passage means "Enjoy the abilities you develop in your training, but also use them as a means to perceive greater abilities, namely, benevolence. Benevolent kindness will be a rock that you can lean on in difficult times; and virtue will protect you from the rain like an umbrella if you do not forget to keep it with you." And, of course, never, never, stop practicing.

Therefore, the meaning of SHIDO is that the physical discipline of practicing Karate builds character and is the starting point from which you can develop a higher form of kindness deep within your soul. And one must never give up trying to actualize this virtue and bring it into your life, right here and right now, to make of yourself a person worthy of emulation.

Thus, SHIDO-KAN means the place dedicated to building a kind and benevolent character through the practice of Karate.

*Benevolence With love as the foundation, to be virtuous and gentle of spirit to all people.
*Virtue The way in which you conduct yourself during life. Your character.
*Excellence The Master, or Sensei, is a cultured man of wisdom and learning worthy of society's respect for the man he is.
 
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