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The Shin Ki Kai Mind Arts Centre, (skkmac) was established 1988, and emphasises the benefits of using martial arts techniques in a psychological environment combined with the ancient Budo philosophy. The authors listed are: DW Bijor, Dr Philip Emery, and Dr James C Austin.
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Bijor explains that the Japanese phrase 'Shin Ki' means divine heart, mind, soul, or spirit according to a highly qualified Japanese sword practitioner he knows. Mind arts refer to using artistic methods to strengthen the mind. Therefore, the Shin Ki Kai Mind Arts Centre is a place of training for the spirit and the mind. My work is concerned with essentially deadly techniques in a psychological environment to deal with affecting conditions of stress, anxiety and various illnesses while also embodying the principles of self-defence. The difference between traditional and competitive styles is the effectiveness of the techniques. In competitions, severity is a broken nose, a damaged eye, or a broken tooth. In ancient times, techniques were lethal and often incurred death. Obviously, this cannot apply in modern societies, but in the mind all things are possible. This approach arcs back to ancient Japanese Budo, and because of this, my books have the subtitle 'Modern Budo Ancient Wisdom'.
Budo is a compound of the root bu (武: ぶ), meaning war or military; and dō (道: どう; meaning path or way. It includes the ancient Indic Dharmic and Buddhist conception of "path". If we take Budo literally, Japanese martial arts comply with the concept of fighting or war, but in in law-abiding societies, or communities not involved in military applications, this definition is conflicting. To connect the word Budo to modern societies, it must carry a different meaning, and this is the aim of my work. For an overview of the book set please view or download the pdf file for free, or please click here: Books page for more about the books.
Relevant information: The writer is well placed to teach and write on the associated subjects. He has qualifications in Humanities, Forensic Psychology, Psychotherapy, Parapsychology, Acupressure, Hypnotherapy, and is a former Licentiate Master Photographer. He combines these with high degrees in Karate-do, Kobudo, and Iaido to form his fundamental philosophy. He is the Chief Instructor to the Shin Ki Kai Mind Arts Centre, (Bijor Kai) and is the UK Branch Director/President for Kokusai Budoin IMAF Japan.
Please find below information about writers and sensei at the Bijor Kai.
DW Bijor - Chief Instructor and Patron to the Shin Ki Kai: The Shin Ki Kai Mind Arts Centre, established 1988, emphasises the psychological benefits of using martial arts guided by the Budo philosophy. The Bijor Kai is the meeting place for like-minded individuals interested more in self-development than competitive sports or combat.
People often confuse martial arts and Budo, but Budo was, and remains, the founding principles of a way of life from which the martial arts derived. Contrary to popular belief, the mind is a treacherous place. We all harbour fears, regrets, losses, and disappointments below the threshold of consciousness, and over time these build up to create seemingly unrelated internal forces. Without apparent connection, irritability, mood swings, and psychological dysfunction affect everyday life. Depending on the degree of disruption, those forces induce behaviours ranging from bad tempter to outright rage. Afterwards, the reason why puzzles.
At the Bijor Kai, the aim is using techniques to overcome internal forces leading to calmer emotional states and clarity of thinking. Invariably, the inner calm leaves time for creative thinking as new and exciting ideas rise into consciousness. Conversely, untreated and suppressed ideations bring nothing but heartache and pain. At the Bijor Kai, all these inner forces draw to a point of focus through techniques. No technique directs towards another person with intent to cause harm, but rather dispelling and bring control to the inner forces. As a result, attendees develop calm personalities and positive aims that help in all areas of life. Return to books
Sensei Phil Emery - Highly regarded member of the Shin Ki Kai - Philip Emery teaches creative writing in Britain. His work has been published in the UK, USA, Europe and Canada since the seventies. The novel, Necromantra, was published in 2005 and reissued in 2015. Another novel, The Shadow Cycles was published in 2011. The radio play, Virtual Grafix, was produced by Minute Radio Drama and a short story, ID was regularly broadcast on BBC radio from 2007.
In 2003 he was jointly awarded a script development grant from the PAWS Drama Fund. The play Sirens was performed in 2006 at Leicester and Staffordshire universities. He was nominated for the Rhysling long poem award in 2000.
Two story and verse collections, The Celt in the Machine and Arabeques from the Edge of Time and Elsewhen are now out in e-book and Echoes out of Abaddon, an e-chapbook of gothic monologues, was released at Halloween 2016! The graphic novel Razor's Edge drawn by artist Toe Keen is due from Android Press in 2023. Return to books
Sensei James Austin - Highly regarded member of the Shin Ki Kai - Current academic interests include the mind-body problem, general relativity and the foundations of physics relating to interpretations of quantum theory. His formal scientific training began as a mature student reading Mathematics and Electronics at the University of Keele, UK, from which he is a retired lecturer. Prior to that, in the early 1970s, he began a career in engineering at the Michelin Tyre factory in Stoke on Trent near to where he grew up. As part of his degree, he completed a subsidiary module in the Philosophy of Science.
He also holds a PhD in Diagnostic Ultrasonics, and has published around thirty articles in a variety of fields, the latest of which proposes an alternative hypothesis for the end point of gravitational collapse referred to as "the hollow shell model". Apart from the research articles mentioned he has one book in print "The Disembodied Mind", published by Cambridge Scholars (CSP), which argues for a separate nonmaterial mind (dualism) while describing how it is related to physical reality. This work is heavily physics laden and adopts a philosophy summarised by "In order to understand what lies beyond the world we must first understand the world itself."
As a companion to this work a second manuscript has been lodged with the same publisher having the short title "Hidden aspects of time". This is a short collection of essays centred on how the mind perceives time by its experience of change, and how this relates to Einstein's geometric time. This manuscript has been accepted for publication and is expected to appear in print last quarter of 2022. Return to books
Christopher Hunter - Highly regarded member of the Shin Ki Kai - "Karate! At your age? You should be taking it easy - you don't want to be doing that after a day's work," my workmates said. I was 47 when I started, once a week, then for a period three times a week. I was told years later that an instructor had said, "He will not make it - he's too old and awkward". I'm now 69, a fourth Dan, instructor registered in Japan, and still find it enjoyable and interesting, thanks to an excellent Dennis Wilton Sensei at the Shin Ki Kai Mind-Arts Centre. I would recommend karate to anyone, male or female, of any age. It has given me good health for the past 22 years both physically and mentally. It is taught me to be more aware, noticeably when driving and riding my motorcycle, and when walking through a busy town. Working in a workshop with 30 men I saw a lot of ill-health - men just managing to get through the day. Being over 60, I have had a lot of regular checkups and have been told I have the health of someone 20 years younger. I'm hoping to carry on for another 20 years! Return to books