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Genshinryu - Insight on the forming of a benevolent art.
"The essence, Philosophy and reasons for creation"

Inspiration and visions of a future art - Part One  

By Christian Whitney


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Inspiration and visions of a future art - Part One
A benevolent art is born - Part Two


The following are from the notes & writings of the founder of Genshinryu



Inspiration and visions of a future art..                                                                                                                    Part 1 of 2

My vision was to develop a Martial art that kept to the essence no matter what was happening in the world, not following fads for monetary gain or not trying to simply appease the masses. Basically, if the art was not what you were looking for at that moment in your life, it was not going to metamorphasize itself to your likes and dislikes. The art would not conform and become everything you were looking for just to get you to sign up for classes. It would have it’s essence and it would hold to it strongly and with integrity.

An art that, in the spirit of budo, had it’s core as the “essence”, as it should be. It could never be turned into a sport, as the very thought would go against it’s principles, philosophy and the founders wishes.

To try to turn it into a sport or all combat would strip the art of it’s essence, creating egos and making the art lifeless.

An attempt to modify this art (Genshinryu) into a sport could be compared to taking the beating heart out of any living thing and leaving a lifeless shell. It would be utterly and completely futile. Since, “The essence is the heart that gives life to this art.” Which is actually a very easy to remember saying. Maybe this could be used in the future in all the true Martial arts schools as a easy reminder to keep the essence?


"Martial arts without compassion and honor promises only violence.
Stripped of it's spirituality, it threatens injury and suffering to both it's
victims and it's practitioners. In the end, this higher ideal is what
separates the warrior from the predator."
~ The Martial way and it's Virtues: Tao De Gung (2003)
By F.J. Chu


This art would teach students the Martial way through Bushido, Zen and proper waza training in reality based self defense. It would always hold to the 50 / 50 balance of inner development and physical waza (technique).

Being an art of internal and external, the art would not be labeled or considered a hard or soft style, but rather both. One could be soft and flowing with their opponent’s Chi at one moment and then hard at the moment of impact delivering a devastating Fajing strike the next moment.


One may be light as a feather and swift on their feet for evasion and distancing and then rooted to mother Earth like a tree with the ability to bend and sway like a bamboo stalk in a fraction of a second.

It would be the beautiful, harmonious blending of hard and soft styles. Having internal and external principles fused together by a strong moral code that is often talked about, but rarely taught: Bushido.

The art would have a strong foundation of various strikes, kicks and blocks, allowing adaptability and fluidness of movement and eventually subconscious freedom from form.

In addition, and in honoring the past Masters of history, this art’s forming would also be for the soul purpose of “keeping the art in the Martial arts”. A distinct uniqueness to this art would be how it would promote the Martial arts, not only itself as an art, but all Martial arts that had no traces of sport and that held to the essence. Respecting the founders of the true Martial arts in history that had no ulterior motives for the forming of their art.

One might say that this new Martial art would be an art for the Martial arts. This art would assist inquiring students in their journey, showing them the way.

This would be regardless if they were interested in signing up for classes and would not matter what state or country they resided in. There would be No manipulating, no untruthfulness and no marketing schemes.

Meditation and Shaolin Iron palm would be a part of this art as the importance of both are too substantial in the development of a Martial artist. To simply be left out could not be an option for this style.

* This art would conflict with the approach that Martial sports take in how they state that nothing is made part of the subconscious and one can’t recall techniques when faced with a real situation. - This is not true.

** this is not understood in Martial sports for many reasons. One being that the sportist have very limited patience and want instant results, resulting in discrediting anything that takes any patience, dedication, time to develop or a deeper understanding.

With the freeing of the ego and development of the proper mindset rooted in Bushido at it’s core, the effectiveness of physical waza would come natural through the proper patience of training and the three step waza progression. Thus, setting proper technique with adaptability into the subconscious. Just as the spontaneity of walking, waza becomes a part of your very being.

The art would not be known for or rely only on one main focus of effectiveness such as wrist locks, pressure point applications or ground fighting, but would be known for many. The adaptability to be able to flow from one technique to another depending on the situation and the body’s natural positioning.

There would not be situations if someone was double jointed that a wrist lock would be rendered useless and the student would not know what to do. A snapping of the wrist and follow up might be used (hard approach), which would be natural to them. Remembering that the art is a soft and hard art.

Spontaneous natural reactions would be developed for all techniques.

Ground techniques would not rely on sport submission holds and teaching one to try purposefully to get your opponent on the ground. Students would know what they need to do if on the ground and be trained to get back on their feet, not making your opponent ‘tap out’ as if one was in a sport match.

The pressure point applications would be used when applicable and only the most effective would be used.

Most importantly, students when reality training, would not “set up” a move to make it work. The body would be in a position already and a move would be used depending on what position your body was naturally and currently in.


* Students would understand *Mushotoku (without desire for profit or gain & total abandonment of the ego) and begin developing it over time.

"Do not try to make conscious thoughts apply to the realm of wisdom, and do not try to achieve wisdom;
because true wisdom is *Mushotoku.

*Mushotoku is total abandonment of self, thoughts, goals, the whole mental structure that is the foundation
for the development of the ego. True compassion is this abandonment; it begins with and ends with it.

Annihilating the attached mind, adhering to nothing,
expecting nothing, chasing nothing, wanting nothing:
that is Mushotoku."
~ The Ring of the Way (1983)
By Taisen Deshimaru (Roshi / Zen Master)


The art would also not be labeled as a Mixed Martial art as that definition is related strictly to sport competition and listed as such in world directories and encyclopedias.

The art would also not be labeled strictly Chinese, Japanese or Korean as the arts that form it are from many cultures. This art would appreciate and respect the cultures of the arts that comprise it.

The required terminology (words & meanings) for each rank would be a combination of words used from all the cultures, assisting one with their academic reading outside of the Dojo. Also making them more knowledgeable in the Martial arts.

The beautiful arts of:

Aikido, Chin Na, Jujitsu, Ninjutsu, Pa Kua, Pencak Silat and Wing Chun.

would be the arts that form this new, benevolent art.

The name would be “Genshin” relating to the intuitive nature of feeling your opponent’s energy and anticipating an attack a fraction of a second before it takes place then counter-attacking immediately with maximum effectiveness. And the suffix “ryu” for system or style.

The symbol chosen to represent Genshinryu would be a purple “Enso” circle. Enso is a Japanese word that means circle. It symbolizes enlightenment, strength, the universe and the void. The Kanji characters for Genshinryu will be inside the Enso circle.

This art would show students the way of the Dragon from the very beginning.

Thus, Genshinryu’s structure and philosophy was formed.


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