Dedicated to changing the popular perception of martial arts, from that of exercise and self-defense, to a path of personal and spiritual growth.
"You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair." These words of instruction to a medieval samurai might be said to contain the essence of Zen. To practice Zen or the martial arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserves, as if you might die in the next instant. Lacking this sort of commitment, Zen becomes mere ritual and the martial arts devolve into mere sport.
The moral code principals that developed among the samurai (military) class of Japan, on a basis of national tradition influenced by Zen and Confucianism.
A blend of martial arts and Zen founded by Peter Ralston. The site provides a biography of the teacher, a description and articles about the practice, lists recommended books and videos and provides a schedule of workshops.