Types of Do

Japanese term, written in Kanji (Chinese character) Do (ppronounced as Doo) is translated semantically as the Way, the Path, the Truth, the Art, Tao and many scholars had implied the diverse epistemological meanings with reference to one's interpretive subjectivism of Do concepts associated with human pursuits. We strive to achieve highest human potentials physically, mentally and spiritually through artistic endeavors, and through its process we find deep meaning of self-worth, reason for existence, priceless joy of human fulfilment, effortless spontaneity of skills mastery and invaluable appreciation of opportunities beyond expecrations of all artificial outcomes and accolades. When one is totally engrossed with a discipline exclusive of all else, his energy, mind, body, spirit, skills, and every metaphysical part of his existerence, we say it is the beginning of a complete oneness that he is no longer a separate entity from the encompassing truth in the universe.

If we are to underpin the driving force within our consciousness of such laborious effort for a lifetime, we can focus on the crystalized values of Do that brings integral whole of unending relationship between a man and a chosen art form one intends to pursue. It deciphers the scope of understanding more than science of mechanical principles, ordinary cognition, skills prowesses, affective and mental domains.

Irrefutably a concept of Do has had a profound impact in the past cultural history of Japan and it will undoubtedly have irrevocable future influence on human endeavors in terms of philosophic values and spiritual experiences associated with a chosen artistic discipline. For instance, we can find the aspect of Do directly linked with unique definition of traditional art forms such that Ikebana, art of flower arranging is called Kado which means the way of flowers: Chanoyu, art of tea ceremony is called Sado which mearans the way of tea: Shigin, art of singing poetry is called Oindo which means the way of singing poetry: Shodo, art of calligraphic writing: Kyudo, art of Archery: to name a few. Many surviving art forms of today have evolved historically from the medieval and ancient times as a result of amalgamation, adaptation, refinement of cultural attributes that had persisted over time. Some were foreign origins and some were indigenous to the native people. Like the modern Japanese language system, all cultural forms had undergone significant amounts of osmotic integration, adaptation, and even selective elimination.


It is a cogent conviction of the masters of the Way that one should find the total and complete self in the chosen activity as the Do of his ultimate experience, then he discovers his infinite potentials, limitations, and continuous transformations through its process. Simultaneously, its entire process re-transforms the Do with all undiscovered elements of the self. It is a process of integrating one's total being with an artistic discipline. Consequently, the Do's essay was concerned more than sheer technical effectiveness in the battle ground. The emphasis was laid clearly on the perfection of the self through the process of such battles. In that sense, Kata (Form) learning in the traditional art forms in every cultural context is a simple methodical stage which one can enter into a zone of gradual self-actualization.


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 Quintessence Of Japanese Classical Martial Arts: Historical And Philosophical Perspectives
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Hamada, Hiroyuki Teshin (2003101), Quintessence Of Japanese Classical Martial Arts: Historical And Philosophical Perspectives, Retrieved on 2018-10-20
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