Meaning of Suigetsu

Our shihan in Japan, Osano-sensei, wrote the following to explain the name of the main organization in Japan, Suigetsujuku Bujutsu:

“水月塾の「水月」とは武術の極意を表す言葉。我は水、敵は月。我心(水)が澄みきっているときは敵の動き(月)をはっきりと捉えることができる。しかし、我心が乱れている(波)ときは敵の動きを読む(映す)ことができないために不覚を取る。”

“Suigetsu” from the association name “Suigetsukujuku” is a word expressing the martial arts superiority. I am water, and the moon is our enemy. When the wisdom (water) is clear, you can grasp the enemy’s movements (moon) clearly. However, when your heart is disturbed (waves), you cannot read (reflect) the movement of the enemy and your actions will be slowed down by cognitive processing.”

Considering the name of our branch, Hekisuikan, “sui” (水) reflects on having a pure character and mind.