Christian Warrior Academy (Bible College)

 What Is Yeshua-Do?

(A new term for a Christian Martial Art)

by Sesnei/Rev.Vitold Jordan, Th.M.

The term Christian Martial Art can be for some confusing, both for religious and non-religious people. They might think “Bruce Lee” and “Billy Graham” and the two groups just hardly seem to blend together.

Without a doubt, Budo/Bu-jutsu (Martial Arts as a whole), are highly misunderstood in the West, and especially among the Christian communities. Because of Hollywood and Hong Kong movies it is often associated with violence, cruelty, warfare, and mysticism, as well as Eastern cultures, religions, and philosophies. It is true that Martial Arts were invented and developed mainly in the Far East. However, we can find a great example of warriorship in any culture, and particularly in ancient history of Israel. People like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samson, David and his mighty men were great warriors; were also many other prophets and kings. The Books of Moses, Joshua, Judges, and 1&2 Samuel shows very clearly the foundational principles in warfare. A careful reading will also reveal rather unusual, very sophisticated concepts of strategy and divine (inspired by the Spirit) martial techniques. So, they knew very well how to use the Art of War and God’s supernatural power in a real combat. Even God the Father and Jesus Christ are beautifully portrayed as mighty warriors, especially in the Books of Psalm, Isaiah and Revelation. Yes, this frightening Warrior King, with His sword drawn, with a powerful shout for battle upon His lips against satanic forces, is the same blessed Savior who died on the cross for our sins.

We have to understand also that Martial Arts are not necessary cultural, religious, or philosophical in and of itself. Rather can reflect the values, beliefs and principles of its teachers, which can be Christian or any other religion. Today, there are two ways that Christians can justifiably be involved in the Martial Arts. As I believe, the first and most popular way is by removing religious ceremonialism of Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Omoto-kyo, and etc. that may be attached to some systems or styles, and practicing only the physical techniques of self-defense as a form of exercise or sport. However, the Christian way of Martial Arts should be more challenging; it requires replacing traditional Eastern religious beliefs and concepts with Christian ones, thus, “baptizing” or “sanctifying” them (“Spolia Aegyptorum” - the term used by ancient Fathers of the Church) for the glory of God and benefit of His people. In this way, the Martial Arts becomes more than an exercise or sport, it becomes a tool for personal growth and the true Way of the Warrior for genuine spiritual development in a Christian life.

Throughout the centuries, God has been raising mighty men and women, people of valor and honor, who carried His banner of righteousness and brought peace to the nations and harmony to the earth. These warriors of the Spirit never gave up and pressed on through the darkness, carrying the torch of Truth, sacrificing their lives for the glory of the Kingdom. And if they could live today, they would never shrink back from this noble task. The message of the Kingdom and the unshakable love for the King brought to them the crown of glory and fame, even though they didn’t look for it in the first place.

All those warriors who went before us had one thing in common – they loved righteousness and hated wickedness (Hbr.1.9). In this way, they reflected the character of our LORD and Master, who came to the earth with one particular mission – to destroy he works of the Devil (1 John 3.8) and to release the power of freedom and peace to all men.

Nowadays some Christian denominations and churches perceived the Martial Arts as a unique and powerful tool for the effective counselling and spreading Christian teaching among the youth and adults. In fact, God is using already the Martial Arts in wide spread evangelical ministries both in North America and Europe to glorify Him and bring young people to know and love the Savior.

In the last 10 years I sought to unite my Christian faith with a combination of martial arts skills, prowess, and ideas; and create many new ones. As a result of my search and spirituality I was led to the revelation that the heart of true warriorship is God’s care and love toward mankind and nature itself. Yes, it is the spirit of loving protection for all living beings. Thus, to me, the true Martial Art means more than just punching, kicking, and throwing the opponents. If we are true Christians, so, the Gospel must be seen and expressed in our entire attitude, just as talking, even walking and eating. The Christian Martial Art then is to accept all things in God by surrending to his will, and to keep the peace of the world by cultivating righteousness and harmony with all people and God’s creation in bonds of compassion and love.

 Actually, a true struggle of man is not just a physical combat or competition, because today’s winner can be tomorrow’s looser. Rather, one’s internal confrontation is and must be with the ego, our old or carnal nature, and the dark forces (shadow warriors) that lead a person out of loving harmony with the Spirit of God, himself and others.

 “YESHUA-DO” can be translated as:

“Jesus Way”

then

“The Art of Peace”

or

“The Sacred Path of the Christian Warrior”

 

To name my Art – “Yeshua-Do” I have deliberately chosen the Holy Name of our LORD, which is the greatest Name given to all men by which we can be saved and united with God throughout eternity.

 Yeshua/Joshua written in Japanese (kanji) 

 YESHUA – (JOSHUA, IESOUS or JESUS) – means “The Lord is Salvation” or “Yahweh Saves”. Signifies then; “Salvation”“Victory”, “Healing” or“Deliverance” from distress, oppression, sin, curse, disease, guilt, shame, poverty, condemnation and punishment. The Holy Name also means – “Peace”given to true followers of Yeshua, Who is the Prince of Peace.

DO (TAO) – means the Way of the Warrior, his/her devotion to disciplined life or martial training, which is expressed by abundance of life’s energy,courage, compassion, love, harmony, and peace. It is also the Path of the Universe, not just a set of ethics for the artist or spiritual person to live by. Therefore, this Path points not only to some martial strategy, philosophy or religious doctrines, but directly to divine footprints of God, Jesus Christ, Who is The Way (John 14.6), the only Divine Master and example to follow. The “Way” is also synonymous with the “Logos” (Eternal Word/Wisdom) and means to be one with God and embody His character and glory, thus perfection. The expression - Tao/Logos, which is found in the Christian Martial Art, means also – The Eternal Christ, the One who existed in eternity before everything was created, and the One who created all things.

Yeshua-Do, then, is a result of my discovery in the fields of both Martial Arts and Christianity. It is a highly sophisticated, holistic and uniquely non-competitive Christian Martial Art based on biblical values, chivalry, principles of compassion and non-violence.

Yeshua-Do concept of warriorship is definitely different than in some traditional Martial Arts.

First of all, offers a new way to the arts of warriorship by living naturally and unselfishly in our complicated world. Most Martial Arts are studied because of competitive orientation and need for practical self-defense, but do not penetrate deeply into the human soul and spirit. Herein lies the core of our hidden fears and worries, anger and aggression, revenge and unforgiveness, rejection and feelings of inferiority, pride and sin; so, very often, the life of the individual does not change.