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Cultural Study Choice

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"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training."

Black belts candidates will pick a cultural study topic to analyze and write a full report to accompany their testing. 

  • Bushido - The traditional military code observed by the samurai warriors.
  • Chado - Chinese tea ceremony, Links, StashTea, Japanese tea ceremony Chaji, more about the Tea Ceremony.
  • Kodo - Incense ceremony, Nippon kodo Incense.
  • Bonsai - More links, miniature trees, the bonsai web.
  • Bonkei - Miniature landscapes created trays.
  • Shodo - Calligraphy, more links.
  • Art of Sushi.
  • Yoga - Hindu art of stretching your muscles and your mind, link.
  • Ceramics/Pottery - Japanese pottery making.
  • Kabuki - Japanese drama and theater.
  • Mahjong - History and how to play.
  • Feng Shui - The art of perfect placement and harmony.
  • Haiku - Subtle 17-syllable poems.
  • The History of Ikebana - The oldest anthology of Japanese poetry through flower arranging. From the fifth to the eighty century.
  • Kado - The art of flower arrangement.
  • Kagura - Shinto dance and music.
  • Sensu Logi - Fan folding.
  • Origami - links - Paper cutting and folding Origami page.
  • Sumi-e - Black and white painting drawn using India ink.
  • The Art of War - By Sun Tzu.
  • Buddhanet - Buddhism Information.
  • Seppuku - INFO 1, How and why it was done, and the differences in styles.
  • What is Zen?
  • Uses of Herbs their in health and medicine - Index of links, info.
  • What is Chi, Ki, or Qi.
  • Mythology, Folklore, and Legend.
  • Meditation - Other than Zen... info.
  • Zen and the Gateless Gate - A dozen stories. There are myriad of fascinating Zen stories which recount actual experiences of Zen teachers over a period of five centuries.
  • The Art of Breathing - The different styles, methods and techniques, info.
  • Go Rin Nosho - 'The Book of Five Rings' by Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Yin-Yang - The original meaning of yin-yang was the sunny side-shady side of a slope. Yang is the sunny side of a slope and Yin is the shady side of a slope. Classical Chinese thought describes and explains everything in the world with Yin-Yang. The way it is related to life, how it is used in health and medicine.

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