The outer circle represents the endless circle of learning
that is a part of this traditional Martial Art. Circular
movement is exemplified by the circular design of the
The words following the curvature of the emblem
reminds us that the style is not rigid, but instead
flexible and open to change towards improvement.
The black belt in the center highlights two points. First,
it is an obvious, visible goal recognized by the Martial
Arts community. Secondly, this belt is empty;
emphasizing that a black belt in and of itself is
worthless, but rather it is the person inside the belt
that is significant. This also serves to remind the
student that the weight of the rank always applies –
whether wearing it or not.
The colors of the emblem have a particular significance
as well. The color white represents purity, which is a
quality we strive to achieve for body, mind and spirit.
Black, which is the absence of color, represents the
state of mushin (no-mind) that can only be achieved
through endless, intense physical training. Together,
black and white demonstrate the principle of in and yo
(opposites). Finally, the gold lettering. This color is
closely associated with the Sun. To us, it signifies the
shining light of enlightenment we hope to achieve in
time through our continued study and practice of the
Later, the gold lettering was replaced with red. The
color red symbolizes courage and dedication. Without
these, no progress towards our goal of enlightenment
can be made.