Kudo is a style which has various techniques from muay thai, boxing, jujutsu, sambo, submission wrestling and other martial arts. One of the purposes of martial arts, especially “Budo” is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilise that strength for the improvement of our community. The goal of Kudo is to come as close as possible to realistic, real fighting, with appropriate protective clothing. To achieve this, Kudo is fought with very few regulations, and has specialised techniques and actions. The techniques of Kudo include the entire spectrum of a real struggle-fighting standing up, throwing techniques, grappling and ground fighting.
What Kudo means
One of the purposes of martial arts, especially BUDO (Judo, Karate-do, Kendo, Aikido, “Kudo” and so on) is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilise that strength for the improvement of our community. *As is well known, the word “do” in Budo means “a way of life”.
Also it is a useful method of cultivating the youth who will contribute to the society through the tough times and events in their life. Nowadays, education for the youth in the world is on the verge of decay. Budo is, we can dare to say, a vital “tool” to discipline them and a guide even in ourselves.
So we have to evade being misunderstood about the value of “Budo” due to bad impression that mere martial arts apt to give people as “violence without philosophy”. Choosing this philosophical word “KU” as our motto/idea, we name this Budo, “KUDO” means three important philosophical concepts:
A view of life/world as something transient and empty” In other words, anything that has a shape be crushed or changed in its form someday .(Therefore it is no good for us to attached or obsessed by things).
Interdependancy. All things exist only because they depend on each other (Therefore one should not be Self-righteousness, or self-conceited). Above mentioned two idea lead to following third one.
Having an open mind, impartiality, liberalism” We can gain all things if we try to do so earnestly, but in order to be free, we should never persist with them, even day by day affaires, separating ourselves from prejudice, bias and so on. This perspective may be expressed “Open-Mindism (Grand master Azuma’s Original term). But It never means the way of “Self-centred”, “egoistical” but “Open mind with generous”, “humble heart in robust belief”.
So for those who choose “Kudo” as Budo of our life, should think much of these three words. That is to say, if we meet the any kind of difficulties we must face them positively and never evade without challenge against them in order to gain the ultimate, highest truth.
Kudo / Daidojuku Founder & Grand Master Azuma Takashi