The traditional martial arts are a way of life. In a traditional system like Donjitsu Do there are no trophies, no title belts, no fame, nor money. There is also no promise that one will ever receive a black belt or become a fighting machine. A traditional system like Donjitsu Do is not a game but a way to examine one’s life, death, and survival. It’s about seeking peace within one’s self. Even though I want all of my students to enjoy our training it is always made clear that it should not be done for fun, not as a hobby, and not solely as a way to get in shape - it is much, much more than that. There is nothing fun about fighting or harming another living thing. Born out of necessity in times of war, a traditional martial art was only pain, perseverance, and endless study just to survive the world that one lived in. In times of inactivity, the training was, and still is, a way to calm the mind, spirit, and body for the purpose of preparing for that moment when we have no choice but to use the skills we have studied. These skills and philosophies can take a lifetime to master as each of us seek our true purpose and mission in life.
In Donjitsu Do, students tend to keep their training private only revealing it to those who they feel would benefit from our way of training. Students are encouraged to avoid discussions with non-students concerning their fighting skills. For students truly dedicated to a traditional system, few will ever know they possess any combat skills. They remain a shadow until given no choice but to defend themselves or another. Unlike a sport system, Donjitsu Do is bound by no rules and a response to an attack can be ferociously aggressive. However, Donjitsu Do is not filled with rage or testosterone, but a desire to survive and protect those who cannot protect themselves; all the while always trying to avoid conflict. Our desire is to coexist with everyone, living side by side at peace.
Training in a traditional system like Donjitsu Do is difficult. The physical techniques are actually quite simple as they require no strength, just knowledge of the body and leverage. It is difficult because Donjitsu Do requires you to look within yourself and examine who you are. Within yourself is where you will find your most complex and dangerous opponent. Not until you can defeat and control your own demons can you expect to have a chance against another that would do you harm.
Donjitsu Do is a small private dojo tucked back out of the way in a rural area. Other than students putting out the occasional flier and our website, we do not advertise at all. I believe that the student finds the teacher; the teacher does not go looking for the student. Most say they just “stumbled” across our dojo. However, if you have stumbled across this information and find yourself in our dojo I assure you that you will discover there is much more to Donjitsu Do than what you came in looking for.