Kikusuikai

About Kikusuikai

Kikusuikai's General Principles

One, We Love Our Country

The Kikusuikai was founded by a group of sincere patriots. We love our country, Japan. We love the history of its people, we believe in the relationship shared by the People and its founder, the Emperor, and our belief that the prosperity of the Imperial institution and the People's are inextricably linked lead us to use Lord Kusunoki's Lotus banner as our symbol. The saying “Where the Lotus Flag stands, we the Patriots shall be” represents our self-awareness and ambition.

Two, We Highly Value Etiquette

As all organizations cannot be expected to succeed should their constituents fail to show proper courtesy, so too will violent and irresponsible be nothing but poison for society. Etiquette is the first step on the road to protect each other. A martial artist without courtesy is nothing but a madman with a sword. This is why we who follow the bushido must follow the rules of Etiquette at all times.

Three, We Aim to Embody the Real Spirit of the Warrior

Throughout the millenia of Japan's history, the corner stone of the Japanese People's spirit has always been the bushido, which is embodied in the Japanese sword, nihonto. By entrusting ourselves to the nihonto we strive to be as close as possible to our forebears' spirit, which allowed them to defend themselves, their family and the People, and have dedicated ourselves to learning the ways of Iaido. This is why the goal of our Iaido training is none other than the true embodiment of “” (bu), the Arts of war.

It is said that the original meaning of the kanji is “~߂” (hoko o tomeru), which means “stopping the lance”. In other words, the real Arts of war is not about enjoying constant warfare and violent actions. Even should an opponent taunt you and challenge you to a fight, tactics such as feigning retreat and using your opponent's resulting moment of carelessness to strike a decisive, crippling blow or, should you be forced to fight, taking the lead and dealing a pre-emptive blow to your opponent and thus saving yourself are all part of the essence of Iaido and are consistent with the spirit of the bushido.

Therefore, one who decides to follow this path must endeavor to warmly exchange with others, be ready for self-introspection and to mind one's own actions, cultivate a steadfast mind and inner energy, and should be ready to bring forth the results of one's training at a moment's notice. Iaido should not be learned because of how it looks or on a whim. The secret to this and many other secrets is to let go of one's sense of self.

Four, We Aim at Simplicity and Fortitude

In this era and this world obsessed with material things, we reject the frivolous, we call for more simple and sound customs and we sincerely desire to contribute, in our own modest way, to the prosperity of the nation.

Five, We Devote Ourselves to Learning

It is said that in the old days, warriors had to devote themselves to the arts of war as well as to literature. To be able to deal with situations with correct consideration and judgement, and to behave and react to events in an reasonable manner, one must not neglect constant study and work. The scholar or the employee who neglects study or work in favor of the sole practice of martial arts must be warned about the mistake of confusing the important and the trivial.