Martial Arts of Ft. Wayne

“Banpen Fugyo (10000 Changes No Surprise)”

Toshitsugu Takamatsu-O'Sensei

“No one possesses the knowledge concerning the events of tomorrow. This means that we do not know when our life will cease. However, you should not be surprised by any kind of happening. Whether a change in the divine process occurs, a cutting action is attempted by an opponent, or natural catastrophes take place, you should never feel such a thing as surprise. This is the spirit of Banpenfugyo. ‘Banpen’ means “change” and “Fugyo”, “never surprised”. What one should have in mind, first of all, is caring for one’s own life; this is common sense. Health, both physical and spiritual, is needed in order to prevent accidents. Due to the impetuousness of the youth I made lots of errors until the age of forty. Now, every morning I massage myseIf using an ice cold towel and go with my dog for a walk. After that, I dedicate some time to painting and writing. Those who are evil minded will always do bad things. Even the bad intentioned ninja would be banished. This is applicable to any martial system.”

Zentai Martial Arts, Fort Wayne Indiana

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