Soft Fist training is based on the internal martial arts as practiced in the Wudang Mountain region of Northern China (similar to the technques taught to Seiyu Oyata by Okinawa Bushi Wakinaguri). The techniques are a series of movements which are the advanced level of RyukyuTe traning.
五大 GODAI means Five Great, with the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void.
- 地 Earth CHI – The earth, ground. Resistance to movements. Stability.
- 水 – Water – SUI – Fluid, Liquid. Flexibility. Adaptability.
- 火 – Fire – KA – Power, Passion, Motivation.
- 風 – Wind – FUU – Growth, Expansion, Freedom.
- 空 – Void – KUU- Also means Sky. Unlimited space, Spirituality, Creativity.
This philosophy of five elements are originated from Buddhism, different from the Chinese theory of five elements. GODAI is used in Japanese architecture and Zen gardens, as well as in martial arts training.
One of the most interesting elements is 空 – Void, Sky. It is the highest of the five. It is the empty space, stillness, silence. It is the door to connect to our unlimited power, which you may call it higher-self or Heaven. We connect to this essence of power in our everyday lives, when our mind is still and silent, through meditations, rituals, and practices.
For our everyday lives, we need to have all five elements in balance. If we have an excess, it will become a negative element and would cause unbalance in physical form. For example, stability becomes stubbornness, Flexibility becomes indecisiveness, Too much fire can turn into anger.
Note: Sanchin is the Required Kata Shinan Training in Godai