The Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of Bojutsu
The bo (or staff) is one of the oldest and most versatile weapons in martial arts. Its incorporation into and eventual specialization in martial arts came about due to the prohibition of anyone but the samurai carrying a sword in Japan, leaving many defenseless. Within a few years the bo and the art of Bojutsu became one of the most effective weapons to combat the katana (sword). Bojutsu is derived from 2 words, bo meaning wood and jutsu meaning art or method. But there is far more to Bojutsu than “the art of the bo”. The combined religions of Zen and Buddhism or Zen Buddhism had a major effect on Samurai, martial arts and Bojutsu. In fact, many martial artists adopted Zen as their official religion. To these martial artists, Zen was a way of life with an emphasis on self-composure, vigilance and tranquility. Many of the most famous samurai in Japan were Zazen, or practitioners of Zen. The religion also promoted a detachment from physical possessions that elevated their martial arts to a higher plane. They believed that without Zen, a martial art was an empty practice. It was the religious or spiritual element of martial arts that elevated it to a higher dimension. Bojutsu and martial artists in general sought to find peace and self-mastery while growing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Much like the early practitioners of Bojutsu who incorporated elements of Buddhist Zen religion into their training, so too does American Bojutsu incorporate the principles taught in the Judeo/Christian heritage of the western world. American Bojutsu builds on the heritage of Okinawan Bojutsu of seeking self-composure, vigilance and tranquility and incorporates the virtues of respect, discipline, confidence, honor, character, self-esteem, leadership, control, fitness, concentration and self-defense. All of these virtues are found written in the sacred text compiled in the Holy Scriptures or Bible. Just as bojutsu’s lineage revered the faith of Zazen, so does American Bojutsu revere the faith of Christianity as a basis for the virtues taught.
At no time or for any reason does Good American Bojutsu seek to proselytize or otherwise force a specific religion on their students. However, the wisdom and teachings supporting the aforementioned virtues may be drawn from scripture as a reference and resource to establish a higher authority for the teachings of American Bojutsu. As such, classes begin with a prayer from the instructor asking guidance and wisdom for his teaching and understanding for his pupils before each class, in the tradition of the ancient martial arts. Pupils are in no way required to participate in this brief meditation but may do so if they feel comfortable. It is never the intent of Good American Bojutsu to make any pupil feel excluded or pressured. However, the spiritual aspect of the martial arts must be honored and practiced to truly train and grow as the forefathers of the martial arts intended.
A THRIVING AND ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT THAT INSPIRES STUDENTS TO BE THEIR BEST
BOJUSTU, THE JAPANESE MARTIAL ART OF THE STAFF
At Good American Bojutsu, students learn traditional Japanese Techniques as well as american style Bojutsu from an internationally certified black belt instructor.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL YOU LEARN.
Good American Bojutsu is a martial arts program for kids, teens and adults in Billings, MT. We provide exciting training in the Japanese art of Bojutsu, but more importantly in character development and leadership skills.
RESPECT DISCIPLINE CONFIDENCE HONOR CHARACTER
SELF-ESTEEM LEADERSHIP CONTROL FITNESS