WELCOME TO JIKETSU MARTIAL PRODUCTIONS
Reuben Bean founded Jiketsu Martial Productions (JMP) in 2004, to promote the ancient discipline of martial arts as an effective and valuable medium of educational and character development for all.
JMP’s martial arts programs and alchemical healing centre are unconditionally and selflessly committed to assisting all who are ready in learning how to become mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced individuals.
By seeking the perfection of their character, being faithful, endeavoring, respecting others and refraining from violent behavior, JMP facilitates the practitioner in understanding the various mysteries of martial arts, life and enlightenment.
Ultimately, Jiketsu Martial Productions endeavors to encourage its students to seek and maintain a level of equanimity—whether it be in martial arts or in life—so that they may effectively learn how to “Chop Wood and Carry Water.”
An Enlightened One must walk through life in a balanced way or lose their level of Enlightenment. The only way one can carry the heavy weight of water in a container, without losing the water and/or suffering an injury is to walk in a balanced way. In order to attain Enlightenment one must focus all of one’s attention on attaining Enlightenment or the results will not be as desired. In the same way, the chopping of a piece of wood requires one to focus all their attention on swinging the axe to properly strike the piece of wood or the results will not be desired.
Eventually one realizes that, in the words of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the ultimate aim of karate (and life in general) lies neither in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.