Greenville American Jiujitsu Patch
“Shin Tai Ichi Dojo”
School patches in American
Jiujitsu have an important significance. They define where you come
from, who instructs you, and the impetus behind your training. The
symbolism of our patch is explained in detail below.
The most obvious visual
representation is that of the American flag – this represents not
only the “American” in AJJ, but also the pride we have in our
country and our heritage. Behind this flag is the large
symbolizing the Japanese flag. Japan is called the “Land of the
Rising Sun” and its flag depicts a single red circle on a white
background. This circle has other meanings within the patch as
well. A red circle centered at the top of another larger
circle represents the Japanese
concept of duality. You
might recognize the Chinese “YinYang”
symbol, and this is it’s counterpart in Japan the “InYo”. Jiujitsu defines duality in many ways, hard and
soft, strong and pliable, and mental and physical. The Japanese
writing (called “kanji” ) on the left side of the patch says “Jiujitsu”,
which means “The Gentle Art”.
The kanji on the right hand side
says Shin Tai Ichi
– the name of the dojo. These words are the heart of our
school. “Shin Tai Ichi” means
“Mind Body Unification”.
The reason we train is to attain this lofty goal – when our mind,
spirit, and body move and flow as one: when our inner self is on the
same rhythm as our outer self. We are in harmony when we
attain this unification. The final meaning of this patch is
the path running up the middle.
The path sets before you, it winds, and continues, towards the sun
and through the mountains. This is the warrior’s path,
with ups and downs, good times and bad. We all walk a path in this
life, it is up to you which one to choose. We hope you choose
Domo arigato mas.