You might be expecting a long justification that you should train here, at DTG. Well, before going any further, you must understand that DTG means this: We don’t care where you train. Truly.
Train here, train elsewhere, so long as you are satisfied with the training you receive and you are getting yourself ready to protect your, ‘precious cargo.’
It is entirely your choice and decision because you will pay the consequences or enjoy the rewards when you fail to meet or meet and overcome, the life threatening challenges the crisis many believe is coming in the foreseeable future will present What’s more, DTG supports your decision whether you engage us to train you or not.
One might ask, ‘where do these guys get this mindset?’
Simply, from our study of various martial arts spanning a good length of time.
Oral tradition states that Dojos of old sometimes hung a rather esoteric sign outside that passersby could clearly see before they entered. This sign was not hung at ‘money belt’ or ‘faint hearted’ schools whose primary objective was increasing revenue. It was hung only outside of Dojos where the training was very demanding physically, intellectually, and required the utmost dedication from attendees. The student had the responsibility to earn the knowledge he would gain through dedicated training. The sign contained no words. In place of words, it simply depicted three symbols: a sickle (Kama), a rice bowl (wan) and the phonetic symbol for the sound “nu” as you can see from the image above.
These symbols form the phrase, “Kamawanu.” While there is no direct translation, the phrase is interpreted variously as “It doesn’t matter” and “I (we) don’t care.” Martial arts oral tradition has a more figurative interpretation: When displayed outside a hard-core Dojo, the phrase, “Kamawanu,” was to be interpreted as:
“We don’t care if you enter or not, we don’t care if you challenge us or not.”
Entry and challenge of the students at such a dojo, let alone challenging the ‘master,’ could be a life altering exercise, to say the least! An even more modern interpretation that might fit any school that is concerned with imparting the skills necessary to stay alive could be:
“We don’t care whether you train or not.”
Interpreted in this manner, Kamawanu can be used to issue a challenge to the reader as a means of motivating self-improvement in knowledge and skills and thereby rising above the level one is at, where ever that may be. It also means that your existence is your responsibility. There is no free lunch, as the old axiom admonishes all of us. To accept a challenge such as this, the person must have the inner strength and confidence to willingly and without reservation negotiate the hardships that are inherent in learning the skills we, and other schools offer physically, mentally, emotionally, and philosophically.
If you accept that challenge and learn to meet the requirements, you may culminate your training by achieving a mindset where you no longer care if you’re challenged or not because you know you can meet whatever comes your way so long as you breathe.