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The TOMOE is the symbol of the fighting spirit of Okinawan warriors who defended their homes and families in times of war. The victory symbol was placed on their shields which were used for defense against the sword. It means the constant motion of our universe, the eye of a hurricane, the wheel is always turning, leading to the only certainty - at some time this human life will come to an end. To place too much importance on this fragile butterfly life was deemed fatal. It is far better to aim for honor and respect, even if in pursuance of this, it becomes necessary to give up life - thus the warrior defeats his greatest foe - FEAR! Fear of death, which if unconquered, could cause that slight hesitation in combat that might be fatal.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, KJV)
To receive the TOMOE Warrior Award, a karateka must understand the concept of TOMOE.
Can you imagine fighting a real person with a samurai sword in their hand? That is exactly what the TOMOE warriors did. American Karate Academies National Association developed this award because, believe it or not, I have fought in the street against knives, guns, and clubs to survive, therefore, the TOMOE award came into existence! Karatedo will develop the warrior spirit within us, giving us the confidence to survive in today's changing world.
By O'Shihan Jerry Piddington
The Diamond Tomoe is a gold TOMOE pendant with a diamond in the center. It is proudly worn by the karateka who perform a 17-kata test exhibiting unity of mind-body-spirit flowing together as one.
GOLD DIAMOND SEVENTEEN-KATA TOMOE PATCH
(Gold TOMOE in red on blue patch)
AKANA SEVENTEEN KATA TOMOE WARRIORS:
(Listed by the AKANA chartered school and includes a certified AKANA Tomoe number)
SideKick Karate (School Charter # NC-001)
Hanshi Dan McCall wearing his Pinnacle Tomoe.
The Pinnacle Tomoe is a gold TOMOE inside a gold triangle pendant with a diamond in the center and a ruby in the apex of the triangle. It is proudly worn by the lifelong teachers of AKANA.
The pyramid is one of the forms most frequently used throughout history to symbolize spiritual completeness, for example, the Holy Trinity in Christianity. Mind, Spirit, and Body are symbolized with the pyramid. The pyramid also symbolized Mt. Sumeru, the center and home of power in the universe according to eastern tradition.... not the power itself, but the source of the power, the home of the winds, souls, and God. The power of the mountain is expressed in the human body of the master who stands atop it. The TRIANGLE (pyramid) represents the goals of every master and every student in every school of martial arts: to attain mastery and to stand firmly upon the summit of existence.
Concepts from the Pinnacle of Karate, Robert A. Trias
Gold TOMOE Triangle Pendant
(Diamond in the center with a ruby in the apex of the triangle)
ORIGINAL PINNACLE TOMOE WARRIORS:
PO Box 922, China Grove, North Carolina 28023
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