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The 5 Spirits of Budō

The main purpose of judo is to develop a strong character. There are 5 stages to build a strong character.

  • SHOSHIN (初心): Empty mind, the beginner’s mind. High awareness and high motivation are necessary.
  • ZANSHIN (残心) : Lingering mind. Focus is necessary in this stage.
  • MUSHIN (無心) :  No mind. In this stage the person loses his ego and his fears.
  • FUDOSHIN ((不動心) : Strong mind. In this stage no attack can change the emotions of the fighter.
  • SENSHIN (先心) : Purified spirit. This is the spirit that brings together the whole universe. The highest level of mind state.
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