After long years of careful preparation, the spirit of the ancient mountain warrior is reborn! And, now it has arrived, it is up to us to use it wisely and well.
This modern association might have its origins in the 1980’s, but it is firmly routed in the traditional concept of the warrior monks of feudal Japan. Literally all of the Dojo Cho (club instructors) have been personal students of mine for over a decade, during which time they have proven themselves to be loyal and worthy disciples in every way, not just once, but many times over.
They might be my students, but they are very much their own people in every other way: Strong, intelligent and independently minded, they are linked together through the common bond of their training in the warrior arts and philosophy of the Yamabushi Ryu.
Now that we have finally moved on to the next level, we have climbed just that little bit higher and so can see just that little bit more clearly, both appreciating how far we have come, and how far we still have to travel.
I hope that each of these views will inspire us and spur us on in our efforts, and I look forward to continuing the journey with all of you.