To receive the TOMOE Warrior Award, a karate-ka must understand the concept of TOMOE.
Can you imagine fighting a real person with a samurai sword in his hand! That is exactly what the TOMOE warriors did. This award is given by Grandmaster Jerry C. Piddington. Believe it or not, Mr. Piddington has fought in the street against knife, gun, and club to survive, hence, the TOMOE award came into being. It is a special award given to students who have a warrior spirit. The TOMOE is the symbol of the fighting spirit of Okinawan warriors who defended their homes and families in time of war. The victory symbol was put on their shields used for defense against the sword. It means the constant motion of our universe, the eye of a hurricane, the wheel is always turning, leading to the only certainty - at some time this human life will come to an end. To place too much importance on this fragile butterfly life was deemed fatal. It is far better to aim at honor and respect, which has strength in unity flowing in one direction for a better society, even if in pursuance of this, it becomes necessary to give up life - thus the warrior defeats his greatest foe - FEAR! Fear of death, which if unconquered, could cause that slight hesitation in combat that might be fatal.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
FIVE KATA TOMOE
(Silver TOMOE pendant)
TEN KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE pendant)
SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE
(Gold TOMOE pendant with a diamond in the center)
SIDEKICK KARATE/AKANA SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE WARRIORS:
(Gold TOMOE inside triangle with a diamond and ruby)
The pyramid is one of the forms most frequently used throughout history to symbolize spiritual completeness, for example, the Holy Trinity in Christianity. Mind, Spirit, and Body are symbolized with the pyramid. The pyramid also symbolized Mt. Sumeru, the center and the home of power in the universe according to eastern tradition - not the power itself, but the source of the power, the home of the winds, souls and god. The power of the mountain is expressed in the human body of the master who stands atop it.
The TRIANGLE (pyramid) represents the goals of every master and every student of every school of martial arts: to attain mastery, to stand firmly upon the summit of existence.
PINNACLE TOMOE WARRIORS:
For All Ranks
Do as many kata as you can. Breaking required!
Two Kata/Five Kata/Seven Kata/Ten Kata/Seventeen Kata Awards
Tomoe Certificates and Patches awarded.
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