TEMPLE OF THE 10TH DAN
Behold, we are but mankind, with only powers given us by the most merciful. Oh but if you only knew of the seen and the unseen indeed you would cure your illness, the hate within your heart.”
The Sufi master teaches divine love and wisdom, purification of the soul, mysticism, inner power, healing of the body, spiritual perfection, fasting, peace and harmony, and compassion. But to obtain this, man must cleanse the disease in the heart.
Secrets of the weaponless warrior - a supremely effective foe, his techniques and strategies of combat give him absolute power. He has obtained the mystical and alchemical powers of the ancient rituals of the Black Ryu.
The Black Ryu!
The history, the master teaches that you must use the treasures you hold close to heart to obtain what you desire as you turn to the secret, esoteric world of the alchemy and the martial arts. As you come into deeper contact with this world, you may have the grace to realize that the treasure is the heart itself – a treasure beyond the imagination. The heart contains the secrets of techniques, strategies, and principles of combat of all walks of martial arts, and the value of zen. To fight the forces of the underworld and its clans and to serve their monarchs, the Black Ryu monk becomes embroiled in a strange world of mysticism, inner technology, and supernatural occurrences. It is a world that only now, in the last part of our century, that contemporary society is becoming aware of. This is a story based on the actual extreme practices of the martial arts – the alchemists and spiritual persons of the east and west – and their origins, which date back to Egypt and ancient Africa. The Black Ryu is an art about ancient sciences and multidimensional universe that exists outside of the realm of common beliefs. An art of spiritual powers and the ascension of consciousness.
BLACK RYU HISTORY: Martial arts has been traced back as far as old Egypt and the ancient Nubian cultures such as Tasett, Beni Hason, and the Kingdom of Kush. It was followed by the East Indian fighting and yoga practices created by the Shathria warrior class which developed the arts of Vashinamushti (Diamond Fist). It is here that that a great Shathria prince is said to have made his mark on the martial arts history some 1400 years ago. His name was Darcima, also know as Boddiharma –the monk who founded Zen Buddhism in western India and the one who introduced Buddhism as well as Shaolin Kung-fu into China. The subsequent influence reached farther out to help shape styles of Okinawa Karate, and Korean karate. The origin of it all is Africa.
The world’s first physicians and designers came from Egypt. On the tomb of Beni Hasan there are illustrations of over 500 pairs of wrestlers and other warriors demonstrating weapons including the lance and short sticks. These fighting systems incorporated the movements of animals. The ancient Kemetics had long ago developed an understanding of the vital energy of the soul called “chi” in Chinese, “ki” in Japanese, and “ka” in the writing of the ancient Kemet. Although there may have been traces a some type of martial arts in China 3,500 years ago, the martial arts tradition no recognized as Chinese began in 500 CE under the teachings of a black Dravidian and Buddhist priest from India named Bodhidharma. He founded Zen and taught the monks at the Shaolin temple a set of movements and breathing techniques which became known a the Shaolin Ch’uan Fa (Temple Boxing), or 18 Hands of Lo, which formed the basics of Shaolin Kung Fu, and later Japanase Karate. The Chinese and the Japanese have been improving the martial arts traditions given to them by Bodhidharma.
The Black Ryu martial arts was developed by the ancients Africans who held the ideal fighting man to be one who can hold his own in combat with any weapon available, even his opponents’ if necessary. At one time, a man seldom joined the Ryu; he usually had to be born into the arts. The techniques and weapons of each family were kept strictly secret, being transmitted usually only from father to son. Books and documents recorded heritage, not the secret family treasures of the Black Ryu. It was the responsibility of each generation to preserve the secrets and transmit them to the next generation. This was the way it was before the system of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese system of 4000 years ago. The journey from a confused earthly person to one united forever with the divine reality is a long, complex and difficult journey. From the moment of birth we are constantly striving to develop the soul and to make the human body a weapon.
During the Middle Kingdom period of Egyptian history (circa 2800 to 2500 B.C.) was a great people called the Black race, the first people today’s man. With this in mind, we must overstand that the first fighting arts came from Africa. At Mahez, Egypt are large murals in several tombs, which are the earliest recordings of empty hand-to-hand combat instruction in the world. Not only did the African masters master the martial way, but also to add more power to the arts, they learned to use the mystical powers of inner technology, and supernatural occurrences.
China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, India, and Tibet were all greatly influenced by African culture and their warriors. The great names of King Shaka, King Sunni Ali Ber, Queen Nandi, Makeda, Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra Queen of Egypt, Akhenaton, Pharaoh, Taharqa King of Nubia, Nefertari the Nubian Queen of Egypt. During trade between Africa and Asia, many things were traded, including silver, gold, art, women, and martial arts. The ways of war from the great Shaka Zulu influenced the Asian military innovators, for example. Shaka Zulu’s troops had such a reputation that many enemies would simply flee at the sight of them. His military regiment developed spear throwing tactics and horse and camel cavalry.
Once again, we see the world owes a tremendous debt to our African ancestors for yet another monumental, unrecognized contribution to human civilization. The words of an old Japanese proverb should help us bear this in mind: “A samurai, to be brave, must have a little black blood” (Miyamoto Musashi), recorded in the Edo and Tokugawa period.
Written By Grandmaster Jerry Bell