Tetsudo develops the person as a unified whole. Some people are very identified with their minds, and some much more with the physical self.
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 themself as a whole, unified and complete being.
The mainstay of Tetsura’s ideas was that an Art-Form should provide for students the means by which they can develop and improve themselves as complete human beings rather than just one-sided physical specimens, for it is only by the development of the WHOLE BEING that man can develop in a civilised way worthy of his unique position in the 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.