The Shurenkan logo was designed to represent the ideals we endeavor to teach
our students. The logo consists of two main components, the renge
or lotus flower and the kanji (pictograph) for the word
The lotus is a beautiful
flower that emerges from the mud to stand tall and untainted in murky
waters. The leaves and flowers of the lotus are coated with a waxy substance
that makes them resistant to muddy water, while its strong stem allows it to
maintain its integrity.
The world we live in can
oftentimes be a harsh and difficult place. Without the proper skills, we can
easily drown in the "muddy waters" that surround us. Training at Karate-do
Shurenkan develops the mind, body, and spirit so that, like the lotus, we
too can rise up through the mud...beautiful, resilient, and unstained.
The character included in our
logo has several different pronunciations: HATSU, HACHI, and saba(ku)
are but a few. The Naka Kazuhide Dictionary, defines this character
as "to handle things well; to deal with skillfully; to manage; to
solve; to manipulate." The character may also have the connotations
"to move; to work; to drain." In Japanese martial arts, this character is
most often seen in combination with other characters, as is the case with
the words ashisabaki (footwork) and taisabaki (body shifting).
This character is included in our logo, because
skillfully shifting the body to manage an attack
lies at the heart of our karate. This strategy is essential to many
Japanese budo such as judo, kendo, and aikido. By
controlling one's body position we
weaken an opponents attack and strengthen our own.
In life, this same strategy provides a way to
successfully meet the challenges encountered at home, work, or in school.