Hello BKJJ friends! You may notice that there are some changes to the logo on our Facebook page, our website and, thanks to our very own Sensei Norm Clifton at Mr. Print Canada, new signs in the parking lot and dojo entrance. Not only were the old signs SUPER run down, but the logo needed some updating as it was last refreshed over 20 years ago.
The main changes are the combination of the maple leaf and the hinomaru (Japanese sun), which represents the joining of our Canadian and Japanese Koubukan dojo together as one family; and the ensō (circle) outline. In Zen, Ensō symbolizes many things including enlightenment, strength and the all-encompassing universe, but what speaks to me is the idea of creating ensō. Zen practitioners may draw ensō as a spiritual practise using one fluid, uninterrupted stroke. Once drawn, it is not changed, but contemplated and appreciated in its natural state for its simplicity, its imperfections. As Kancho often says when asked about the intricacies of a technique – it should be natural. Tomorrow’s circle may be different and, with practice, more elegant and more perfect but, as in our training, while we strive for improvement we must also allow ourselves to appreciate every moment as it is.