by Nilo Rivera

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BN ID: 2940013930469
Publisher: Nilo Rivera
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 71 KB

About the Author

Kaicho Founder and Chief Instructor of Genjokoan Karate Organization© founded in 2010. As a Karateka, I possess over twenty-years Karatedo experience, starting in 1982 at the Kyokushinkai Kan Honbu Dojo, and have 12 consecutive years in teaching. The style is a mixture of Kyokushinkai Kan, World Oyama, Western Boxing, and Buddhism.

My journey into Martial Arts or Karate began in the summer of 1982 at the Kyokushinkai Kan Karate Honbu Dōojo (Headquarters' School) in Manhattan on 6th Avenue, which opened in that year/summer. The aforesaid style means “Ultimate Truth” and “Society” in a “building” and is a compilation of Goju-ryu, Shootookan, and Kenpo, which was created by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, who also engaged in intense Shugyo (Deep Mind and Body Training) or spiritual discipline as well. At the dōjō, I trained directly under Mas Oyama’s protege, then Saiko Shihan Shigeru Oyama, but now known as Soshu Shigeru Oyama, an 10th dan and highest-ranked master and World Chief Instructor of Kyokushinkai Kan Karate directly under Sosai Mas Oyama. This was my introduction to Karate/Martial Arts, which I am very fortunate about and of course humbly grateful for as well.

And in the latter part of 2010, after more than a decade of engrossing myself in academia and literature, such as philosophy, psychology, physics (quantum), and Buddhism, not to mention, conditioning myself, i.e., spiritually and physiologically via Zazen , Shikantaza (just sitting), chanting Nembutsu, and training and refining Kihon (basics) and Waza (techniques), a new style came to fruition itself that incorporates all the physiological and psychological tenets of all three disciplines that I have learned (i.e., the two different Japanese and Okinawan based karate styles that were under the same master or teacher, which also included aspects of self-defense and the aforesaid Western boxing aspect that is coalesced).

Consequently and henceforth, Genjokoan Karate was manifested; it is balanced or interconnected by Buddhism and its Zen attributes (qualitative characteristics); i.e., to find the Middle Way or Two Truths, which is balance that is only cultivated through one’s Zazen (meditation) and the “Dropping off Mind and Body” (Shinjin Datsuraku), or forgetting the ego and delusional thoughts or neuronal secretions of one’s brain.

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