The practice of Tetsudo requires mind and body to join together in perfect focus on the same point in time and space, thus giving the person the opportunity to experience themselves as a whole, unified and complete being.
The mainstay of Tetsura’s ideas was that an art form should provide students with the means by which they can develop and improve themselves as a complete human being rather than just a one-sided physical specimen. It is only through the development of the whole being that a person can develop in a civilised way worthy of their unique position in this living world.
To most people the idea of motion is simply the movement of an object from one point in space to another. In a wider sense however, motion is Universal and everything in nature is in some way associated with motion. The very concepts of time and space are associated with motion, and it would be true to say without motion, the very nature of our physical, psychic, and intellectual worlds cease to exist. Motion is the fabric upon and around which the cosmos is built. The very process of life and living is based on motion. Thus to feel and experience motion is to feel and experience nature itself, and this provides a basis for the development of a greater harmony and integration between the individual and his environment.
So often we limit ourselves in the number and variety of exchanges and inter-relationships we make with the environment, because we think ourselves incapable of doing more, that is to say, we limit ourselves, due to lack of self-awareness, and a true appreciation of our capabilities. Examples of self-limitation range from many people’s inability to break a brick unaided, to their difficulty in forming satisfactory human relationships, from problems in starting and setting up a business venture, to doing odd jobs, like putting up shelves.
Guru B. S. Dhaliwal.