Why the Ensō

The ensō circle is traditionally hand-drawn in one (or two) uninhibited brushstrokes. In zen, it expresses a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

It symbolizes elightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, the void (mu). The circle is open, or incomplete, to allow for movement and development on the journey for perfection. This is related to the idea of wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection

Each ensō, once drawn, does not change. It is custom to artist who draws it. It lets you see into the character of its creator. It represents our innermost self. It is a manifestation of a single moment in time. 

We strive to bring these principles into our training. Once you step onto the training floor, you let go out of the outside world to develop kime (focus). If the mind is free of distractions, you are in turn free to connect with your body and let it become an extenstion of your mind. Each movement you do should be a glimpse into your soul.