The meaning of Kiyojute

The most important aspect of Kiyojute Ryu is the philosophy, which can be summed up in its title, Kiyojute.  This title has three very specific meanings.  One dealing with the physical art of self defense, one dealing with the mental aspect of training, and the third with the spiritual quality of life.

Kiyojute from a physical, fighting point of view, means to have positive energy while applying techniques in the Ju manner, meaning most specifically at this point, flexible and yielding.  What this means is that when fighting a person adapts to the situation while not opposing force with force.  This allows a Kempoka to deal with multiple opponents and overcome someone bigger and stronger.

If you have never seen Ki in action, you may not understand how important positive energy is in a fight, but having trained with Rod Sacharnoski, very possibly the greatest Ki master alive, and seen Morihei Ueshiba and Seikichi Uehara in film exhibiting not only their skill, but also their Ki, it is obvious that spiritual intent is very important in combat.

If one has a positive Ki, they will be capable of dealing with extreme situations.  Ki is directed through intent, with the stronger the intent, the stronger the Ki, the energy available for the fight.  But Ki cannot be directed by hate.  While a person can become immensely strong through rage and adrenaline, this is nothing when compared to what they can achieve with Ki.

Thus from a physical, combative point of view, Kiyojute refers to flexible skills of yielding applied with positive energy.  This flexible method of fighting can be peerless when learned properly and only applied to self defense.  One cannot be Kiyojute and use the skills in a competitive or aggressive way.  This will be explained in the section of the spiritual quality of Kiyojute, but first, lets look at the mental aspect of Kiyojute.

In training it is essential that a person wanting to know real self defense engage in positive mental and gentle training.  First of all, a person must learn to have a positive mental attitude.  If you experience pain at the beginning of a fight, you will immediately lose if you bemoan the injury and accept the pain as debilitating.  When the mind is positive, knowing that whatever happens, the individual can deal with it, then the Kempoka becomes what we could call mentally strong.

I’ve seen people take strikes that would drop an untrained person.  This was not because the person taking the strike was superior to other people, but because they were mentally tough.  They believed they could take the punishment and so were able to.  Now this is not hopeful thinking, this is confidence gained through training.  Mentally the Kiyojute Ryu Kempoka becomes confident, having a positive nature that serves them well in life.

But with this confidence comes gentleness, knowing that living a gentle life is a way to avoid conflict and violence.  Mentally a gentle person is ‘gentle within’ which leads to patience and calm existence.  When a person is patient they are peaceful, which means that they do not seek to prove themselves in combat, either on the street or in competition.  A person who has become mentally Kiyojute realizes they no longer have anything to prove.

Finally a person who achieves Kiyojute on a spiritual level is a spiritually positive gentle person.  Being spiritually positive is easy for the Kempoka who achieves the highest level of development for they have realized a personal relationship with God.  This may be expressed in several ways, such as a direct experience of the truth, a salvation experience, or being born again.  These terms are just different ways of expressing a fundamental truth, that God is and the individual has had a personal experience with Him.

Being a spiritually positive person leads automatically to the second part of the term Kiyojute, being a gentle person.  If a person realizes the truth of God then they will become a spiritually positive, gentle person for of such is the kingdom of God made.

While in the stage of spiritual youth a person might be immature enough to think that they can engage in competition and aggressive training, causing harm to others, as a person spiritually matures they begin to realize that engaging in competitive acts which leads to the harm, injury, or potential death of opponents is antithetical to spiritual growth.

Realizing that we all need an example to follow, in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo classes Jesus is noted as the personification of Kiyojute.  He is the ultimate example of a spiritually positive, gentle person.  This is the most important aspect of training in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo Bugei.

A punch is a punch, a kick is a kick, and any given technique that which it is,  but a philosophy which is positive and life affirming is the most important aspect of the martial arts of all.