In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I'm speaking with Saneteru (Steven) Radzikowski, founder and current head instructor of Shinkan-ryu Kenpo, a unique style of classical Japanese sportsmanship.
Saneteru has been practicing various forms of martial arts 26 years, and he has also been teaching for 20 years. Saneteru's dojo is headquartered out of Nara Japan.
The Dodo's teachings are centred on the authentic and correct swordsmanship of premodern Japan, and the spiritual development and character refinement of the swordsman.
So I stumbled upon a Youtube video of you explaining Mushin no Shin (無心の心), " the mind of no thought", and I found your explanation very insightful and helpful. And, it was the reason I decided to reach out to you. You appear to have a deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy as well as being very proficient in classical Japanese swordsmanship, and that's something we will discuss in this podcast episode
Shinkan-ryū Kenpō takes the ideas of munen 無念 (non-worldly thoughts), which is a Buddhist concept and attempts to pierce the fog of mental constructs to show the real truth of our minds and the world. The techniques of the sword and mind are shared at the same level. One does not develop only the sword without the mind in the true tradition of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō.
Mushin no Shin
Santeru (Steven) Radzikowski
You can learn more about Santeru and his Japanese swordsmanship school at his website Shinkan-ryu Kenpo.