A Symbol of our Vision and Heritage
The Pine Tree – The pine tree has been recurring image in our lineage. The Kanji symbol for “Matsu” as in Matsumura noted above, means pine tree, representing being consistently evergreen and growing straight toward the sun.
Matsumura taught Azato and Itosu, who taught Funakoshi, who founded the Shoto Kan. Gichin Funakoshi wrote poetry under the pen name “Shoto” using the kanji characters that mean “pine waves”. The Kanji characters for “Matsu” and “Sho” are the same, so every time we say Shoto Kan we also refer to Matsumura.
Funakoshi taught the Korean Grand Master Ro who founded the Song Moo Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do. “Song” means “pine tree“ in Korean.
When grand Master Bushman started Tae Kwon Do in 1972 all the patches referred to Song Moo Kwan, not only in English but in the Chinese characters in the center of the fist..
Grand Master Bushman owns some land in Tennessee that includes a tree farm with many white pines. When the pines trees are rooted close together they grow straight and strong toward the sun, just as Tae Kwon Do teachers and students should be unified together in their quest to attain a deeper spiritual connection to a higher power. A pine tree is the background for the R Bushman Tae Kwon Do logo.
Gwanseum Bosal is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The meaning of her name is “Hearer of Cries,” and she is often pictured with her head slightly inclined as if listening to the pleas of the suffering. She is frequently pictured with a vase and a willow spray. The vase contains amrita, the nectar of her compassion, or the waters of life. The willow branches represent her ability and willingness to have medicinal value, also symbolizes her role as a healer. This picture Grand Master Bushman took in 2003 while in Korea. R Bushman Tae Kwon Do is a Christian based martial arts school, but this Buddhist symbol of compassion reflects the heritage and legacy of Grand Master Bushman’s instructors that he teaches in his own unique way
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