The video above, entitled “mushin” dramatises Karate principles of overcoming oneself, in order to be able to overcome adversaries.

What is the real “COOL JAPAN”?

The originality of my performance style, synchronising live movement with CG imagery, epitomises “Cool Japan”. My work carries a message: I wish to convey the sense of Cool Japan all over the world.
So what is meant by “Cool Japan”? Well, the term is sometimes applied to Japanese subcultures like Cosplay and Manga, which are very popular over the world at the moment - but “Cool Japan” should be more than that, and we need to promote the deeper, more traditional aspects of Japanese culture.
Japanese has a unique physical culture, in which, for example, the pause can be as significant as the motion (e.g. Kabuki or Karate), and in which the spiritual becomes indistinguishable from the physical.
ORIENTARHYTHM takes such traditional forms, and without compromising their integrity, reforms and represents them for a modern audience.

*What is the unique culture in Japan?
[Way to use the body]

Japanese traditional Karate is designed so that a smaller person can defeat a larger opponent. In this sense, real Karate is not a sport like boxing, but is a set of realistic self-defence techniques. Boxing as a sport is arranged in weight categories, and designed to match persons of comparable size. However, real fights are not like this: they are likely to occur where a larger person attacks somebody smaller, and karate allows the latter to defend against the former.

In Traditional karate, a punch is delivered with the body in a straight line, and braced against the ground, with the punch following the shortest distance between two points, and without the hip-twisting typical of a boxing delivery. In this style, hikkite is used to “lock” the body. producing a sharper, crisper movement, of the sort utilised by ORIENTARHYTHM in its performances.


“straight punch”
*Heel is lifted off the ground.
*Punch delivered with a whiplash effect.
*Circular body movements are utilised.

“seiken tzuki”
*Heel is maintained on the ground.
*Hip and shoulder kept straight, without twisting.
*Punch is delivered using straight body lines.

[How to make the pause]

Japanese culture contains an interesting concept of “Pause" or "Space". This is a hiatus that occurs in such diverse fields as conversation, interior decoration, and even in queuing.
This "pause" is not a mere blank, but is integral to the rhythm of (for example) speech, and is invested with a meaning to which all native Japanese speakers are sensitive.
Similarly, Budo contains the concept of "Zanshin" or continual alertness, which can also be interpreted as a "pause". This distinguishes the rhythm of Japanese movement, and it has been incorporated by ORIENTARHYTHM in its performances.


Karate is a form of self-control, a very important discipline which is also fundamentally very simple. In essence - before one engages in an action, one must think about the consequences. That's it - but it's easier said than done.
This is because everybody has a personal, internal adversary which attempts to thwart our will, like a coexisting shadow. This adversary is very strong, because it knows all our weak points. Karate training addresses the task of mastering this adversary, the ultimate objective being to control this shadow.
The self-control that comes from Karate training can be utilised to understand the consequences of our own actions, and to stop us engaging in actions which may harm others, before we commence.(we call "Kokki".) ORIENTARHYTHM would like to convey this important truth.
If people can control themselves in this way, attacking techniques become less relevant and we should not need any weapons, because we won't need to fight. Peace is at the heart of the Karate philosophy. ORIENTARHYTHM expresses this important message.
Furthermore, Japanese martial arts (Budo) is unique insofar as the winner never displays triumphalism before a defeated opponent. The doctrine of Budo is control of the self, which precludes such behaviour. (this is "Sokuin")
Many of the above are attributes native to ordinary Japanese people. It could be seen, for example, on news reports at the time of the Japanese Earthquake in 2011. Then, people could be seen patiently queueing for water and food, without a rough word or a crude gesture. There was no looting, nor displays of panic or raod rage on the streets.


work explanationF"mushin"
*Everyone envisages external enemies when they first learn Karate.
However, this idea is not completely correct, and thinking in such a way can lead to unnecessary aggression.
*Through proper training, this misconception can be overcome, and people can break through the barrier within.
*Then they will be able to understand that the real opponent is within us. That opponent is difficult to overcome.
*In the Orientarythm performance, the green light represents ancestral guidance of the practitioner to the path of self-mastery and peace.
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