The Warrior Yogi and Budokon

© Cameron Shayne & Melayne Shayne - Budokon (Photography by Ysa Pérez )

© Cameron Shayne & Melayne Shayne - Budokon (Photography by Ysa Pérez )


The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them
— Miyamoto Musashi

One of the many books I took with me to my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica was The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Reading this ancient samurai text on how to be a great warrior while simultaneously being taught to be a peaceful yogi offered some interesting duality I wanted to explore.

In The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto says, “The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.” It’s the ying and yang of being peaceful enough to avoid negativity but also being able to react when negativity is inevitable; not only physically but spiritually. As I got deeper into both disciplines, I began to realize how closely the two are actually related. Martial arts and yoga both seek to understand the inner-self through movement and breath as well.The Way of Non-Attachment in yoga is the similar to The Way of No-Thing in martial arts and zen philosophy. Similar but separate, I was really eager for a way to link the two together.

© Budokon UK (Photography by Ysa Pérez )

© Budokon UK (Photography by Ysa Pérez )

As luck would have it, that’s when I was introduced to Budokon by some friends in Costa Rica. Budokon is a discipline that beautifully mixes yoga with martial arts and mixed movements. Founded by Cameron Shayne, a black belt and yogi with over 30 years of experience, Budokon translates to “the way of the warrior spirit” and has been around since about 2001. The foundation of Budokon is the Budokon Yoga Primary Series which is a flow of asanas where the emphasis is placed on the transitions from posture to posture, rather than the holding of postures.

As fate continued to light my path, it turns out Cameron Shyne and his training facility is only a few hours away from me in Miami. So I’m registering to train soon in Budokon and I can’t wait to learn more to share more with The Tribe. Another chapter in life is opening up and I’m thrilled for what’s next for The Tribe and I. There’s a lot more in store for us, so stay tuned for more updates!

Namaste.

The Book of Five Rings
By Miyamoto Musashi
Budokon For Beginners
Starring Cameron Shayne