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DOSHU, L.D. "STONEY" STONE HERE, I AM VERY PROUD TO INTRODUCE YOU ALL TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, FELLOW MARTIAL ARTIST AND MARTIAL ARTS MENTOR, MARK EDWARD CODY. TOGETHER IT IS OUR HOPE TO BRING THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR, THE WAY OF BUSHIDO TO ALL WHO WISH TO BE ENLIGHTENED, AND ENRICHED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TRUE MEANING OF WHAT THE REAL WORLD OF A MARTIAL ARTS WARRIOR WAS LIKE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO, AND WHAT THAT REAL WORLD WARRIOR IS TODAY. PLEASE JOIN MARK , AND I AS WE BRING YOU ALL CLOSER TO THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND WELCOME TO "A WARRIORS WISDOM", .
Mark Edward Cody began training in the Martial Arts in 1981. He has devoted a large portion of his life to the study of martial history, technique, strategy and philosophy. In 1998, he received his Fifth Degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu. In the same year, Filipino Combat Systems Grand Master Ray Dionaldo promoted him to Guro (martial art guru) in that system. Cody is a Tactical Firearms instructor and an expert in many martial disciplines including Kali, Karate, Jujutsu, Kobujutsu and Kenjutsu. In 2005, Cody was inducted into the World Union of Sokes, Masters and Grand Masters as a Master Martial Arts Instructor and honored with a Doctorate in Martial Arts Philosophy. He is the author of: Bushido: A Modern Adaptation of the Ancient Code of the Samurai Filipino Combat Systems: An Introduction to an Ancient Art for Modern Times Wado Ryu Karate/Jujutsu
"It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters were human beings. You are a human being. If you think that you will be inferior - then that is the path you are destined to walk." -
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure
The Bushido Institute was created to promote the understanding of the martial arts, warrior philosophy and strategy. It seeks to explore the symbolism of "The Warrior" in history, myth and metaphor. The Institute seeks to break down the barriers and preconceived notions between martial styles, so that all can work together to transcend to the next level of understanding in the martial path. The Institute believes that the greatest benefit that the martial arts offer can be found in the symbolic intrpretation of martial concepts. In his book Bushido, Cody notes: "[As we look] into the symbolism of the Warrior I would like to address a line from Conan The Barbarian, the movie which launched Arnold Schwarzenegger (perhaps the most popular actor in the Warrior genre) to fame. This movie begins with the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche “That which does not kill us makes us strong”. This is one of the underlying morals of all such stories. We then see Conan as a child, watching his father forge a sword. He is admonished , “The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle...You must learn its discipline, for no one - No one in this world can you trust. Not men, Not women, not beasts, but this - you can trust...” It is only towards the end that Conan comes to fully realize the meaning of this riddle. He is instructed by his enemy “Do you want to know the secret? Steel is weak...Flesh is stronger. What is the sword compared to the hand that wields it?” Here it the great truth behind the metaphor of the Warrior. The sword, the realm of physical action and the elements thereof are dependent upon the actions of men. We must not put our trust in the physical realm. Superficially this is a message of self-reliance. We trust not the sword, but our hand which wields it. We depend upon ourselves and not upon others. Looking deeper we see that there is a spirit which animates the flesh and there is a Spirit which is the Source of all life. It is this Source from which the Warrior must flow. To know this Spirit, this Force, is to become a living blade. This is the Way of the Warrior." After six thousand years of human history, mankind is still facinated by what Mythologist Joseph Campbell called "The Heroes Journey". The Bushido Institute exists to promote the understanding of this journey. The men who codified the martial arts embraced the principles of the way of war as a path to peace. This is addressed in the writings of Karate pioneer, Bushi Matsumura. Bushi Matsumura's Letter about Martial Arts You can only understand the true way of the martial arts through determination and continuous training. It is quite interesting to note that the martial arts and the methods of scholarly study parallel each other at a fundamental level. When examining the methods of scholarly study, we find there are three distinct elements or methods: The first method is the study of powerful words, skills needed in communication and the pursuit of high-paying positions. The second method is the study of comparing the wisdom of traditional literature, and instilling a sense of duty by way of example. Despite the fact that these two methods are both unique, they fall short of comprehending the true essence of the way. They encompass only a superficial comprehension of scholarly studies, so they should be regarded as incomplete. The third method of literary study is a complete method. By understanding this third method is how we can understand the true way. Some of the things that it teaches us how to do are the following:
(1) To gain a more profound understanding
(2) To gain strength from our weaknesses
(3) To become more sincere
(4) To become more righteous
(5) To better control our emotions
(6) To have more peace in our homes This is a doctrine that can be applied to not only our country, but to the whole world. Therefore, only this study is a complete one.
If we investigate the martial arts, we also see that there are three distinct divisions or elements in them: The first method, or division, is more like a game of psychology and tactics. It actually has no practical application in fighting, but it is more like pretty dancing. It is quite superficial. The second method is nothing more than physical exercises. Its only goal is to win. In this, there is no virtue. The practitioners of this method are contentious. Many times they bring injury to others and to themselves. Very often, they cause dishonor to come upon members of their family. The third method, in contrast, is always performed with conviction. The practitioners of this third method gain a solemn enlightenment, free of strife and depravity. It promotes loyalty among family, friends and country. It also promotes a natural demeanor, which develops a gallant character. If you have an unconquerable calmness, you can overcome the enemy without force, with the ferocity of a tiger and the swiftness of a bird. Some traits of this third method:
(1) It prohibits intentional violence
(2) It rules the actions of the warrior
(3) It edifies
(4) It promotes virtue
(5) It promotes peace among the people
(6) It produces harmony in society
(7) It brings about prosperity
These are called the "Seven Virtues of the Martial Arts." They were taught by wise men, and are contained in a book called The Godan-Sho. Thus, the true way of the martial arts has more than one element in it. A wise man does not need the first or second methods. All he needs is the third method. In this method, you will find the true way. This unconquerable strength will deeply influence your judgment in recognizing opportunities and in taking appropriate action. The circumstances will always determine what the correct approach is that you should take. It might seem like I have no respect for the other two fighting methods, but my conviction is rooted immovably in the doctrine of the third method. I have revealed my words to you.
There is nothing left secret or hidden in my mind, nothing held back. If you accept and heed my words, you will find the true way.
Signed, Bushi Matsumura,