Sunday 19th of August 2018

The Kanji
The Kanji of Tsu Shin Gen have the philosophic meaning, “ “To see with the body-eye”. The entire body must see what cannot be seen with the eyes, and hear what cannot be heard with the ears – in other words, intuition or a sixth sense. When applied to fighting it means that one learns to be able to instinctively “read” one’s opponent. When you are fighting, if you see a punch or kick coming, it is almost too late to do anything about it. You have to sense it almost before your opponent starts his move and just react - no thinking involved."

The Celt
One of the more prominent symbols of the Tsu Shin Gen Logos is the one we call “The Celt”. This symbol has its origin from the Norse mythology and in some part the Celt mythology. In the centre of the symbol is Tyr, the Norse God of War and Combat and around Tyr are some symbols that illustrate the Running Wolves of War. Inserted in into this symbol are the Kanji for Tsu Shin Gen.

In the following text we will present our symbolic interpretation of the logo. When it comes to the interpretation of a mythological symbol, it is not an exact science. The most important thing is what values it stands for in our interpretation and what we want to convey. The following is our interpretation!
If you want to look deeper into the subject, the free encyclopaedia of Wikipedia is a good starting point -

Tyr, the Norse God of War and Combat stands for strength, courage, honesty, self-esteem and justice. Tyr also stands as a representative for the inner warrior inside you, the one who never gives into adversity and problems, always fighting bravely. Tyr stands for both physical strength, as well as for mental strength and in our interpretation he also stands for organised combat, which is exactly what Martial Arts are!

The Running Wolves of War have a lot of different explanations that are intertwined with the Celtic mythology. One of the explanations that often occurs is that they accompanied warriors onto the battlefield and feasted on the corpses. That is not our interpretation. Wolves are very social animals and only hunt for their survival. As wolves can be misunderstood so can people that practise Martial Arts. In our interpretation the wolves stand for social competence and family.

The above together with the obvious association to the Vikings makes a philosophic core for Tsu Shin Gen. Our Soke comes from England and in 1974 moved to Sweden where the Tsu Shin Gen systems were developed. The Tsu Shin Gen Association has, like the Vikings, spread out into Europe and far into Russia.  

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