Sakamoto-Sensei classifies the
kata of his system into four groups: Basic, Kei-I I,
Kei-I II and Koryu. The basic kata are Seisan and Niseishi,
and are performed pretty much as they are in traditional
Chito-Ryu. Kei-I I kata are inspired by the moves of
animals and Kei-I II kata express human emotions.
The following comes from a poor translation of Sakamoto-Senseis
description of his system. We apologize for not doing
his words justice. The translation will be redone when
time and money permit.
Basic theory of the Kei-I Kempo
In our world, there are five kinds of spirits that
are symbolized by wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
Everything, animate and inanimate, is brought into
being and given form by means of one of these five
spirits. A form has both yin and yang (negative and
When the positive (yang) met the negative (yin), with
these five spirits in harmony, "I"(meaning,
mind) was born to become "form." Then the
road to be followed by human beings was made: "Kendo"
for men and "Kondo" for women. Finally,
this famous definition was developed: "Ten"
(Heaven) is the big cosmos (Daiten), and "hito"
(people) are the small cosmos (Shoten).
Animals got a partial measure of "ki" (spirit)
and "ri" (reason, logic), whereas human
beings got the full measure of both. Animals, who
only received partial ki, can live harmoniously with
the "law of the nature" given by Heaven.
The human beings, on the other hand, who got full
ki and ri from Heaven, are completely ignorant of
how to make good use of the ri. Human beings have
to study more about ki from the animals, who know
the "law of the nature," and they must investigate
more about the ri, as well as the "law and logic
of Heaven" (governing all animate and inanimate
The meaning of Kei-I originated in the "Five
Yin-Yang (Negative-Positive) Samskara" theory,
which explains the growth and change of all things
in the world.
Go-Keiken and Purposes of Training
1. Ryu (dragon)-kenheart & mind
2. Ko (tiger)-kenbone
3. Hyoh (panther)-kenmuscle & power
4. Ja (snake)-kenspirit
5. Tsuru (crane)-kenenergy
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