The fact that keiko is fundamental for Japanese cultural arts, reflects the respect Japanese have for their best traditions. Summer Training in the hottest period (Shochu-Geiko) and Winter Training in the coldest period (Kan-Geiko) is a part of this great heritage.
There are many reasons for these trainings under extreme conditions, as well as trainings in early morning and at midnight, but one that is very present, is that it gives people the opportunity to be in direct contact with themselves and with nature. The practice of Budo, that contains the best of the traditional art, implies a way through which human beings can grasp and comprehend their roots and return to nature.
When we resist nature or we ignore it, we are incapable of really feeling what human life is, thus we give way to selfishness and dehumanization, something we all are afflicted by. We must then return to nature.
By Humberto Heyden sensei.
Translated by: Mogens Gallardo.
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