|Okinawa's iconic symbol known as the Hidari Gomon, is used to symbolize Okinawan karate. It appears in our dojo in Mesa, Arizona, on our association’s patch and in many places in Japan. But what does it mean?|
|Morning Exercise - pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
As we focus on the back ground in the Hidari Gomon we see what appears to be three interactive tears known as tomoe. The tomoe (or swirls) known as mitsu tomoe (mitsudomoe) represent a separate part of the symbol. This is compared to life’s cycle with three integral parts that represent mankind, earth & sky which is at the heart of Shinto religion. The Hidari Gomon is also thought to represent valor, wisdom and benevolence.
|Visitors from the Police DAV Karate|
Team, northern India.
|The traditional In/Yo icon, also known|
as the Yin/Yang symbol
|Okinawan Flag (1869-1875)|
|Okinawan Prefecture Flag|
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