Francis Ramasamy

Francis Ramasamy

Francis Ramasamy (a.k.a Francis Sammy), is a Malaysian aikido teacher based in Penang

Francis has accumulated an impressive experience throughout his 40 years' involvement in martial arts from Muay Thai, Judo, Tomiki Aikido, Jujitsu, Kendo, Yoshinkan Aikido, Kenjutsu, Wado plus Iaijutsu and holds a 7th dan in Yoshinkan Aikido, 6th dan Wado Shinpo, 6th Dan Ian Shinden Fudo-Ryu, 2nd Dan in Kendo and Kodokan Judo and other disciplines is the founder of Mushin-Do International.

Being a close friend to the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, the late Shioda Gozo, Shihan Francis Sammy was awarded the best foreign student and the most disciplined foreign student award for his vigorous training during the winter season in Japan together with the elite Tokyo riot police task force. Francis Sammy is one of the very few in the world today to have his 5th and 6th Dan hand written by the late Shioda Gozo himself. Apart from the above-mentioned, he also holds the Level 1 Instructor Certificate awarded by the late founder. Francis Sammy has also made Malaysia proud by winning the best foreign team in the all Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration.

Mushin-Do is the way of the empty mind - form to formlessness; the transition from seen techniques to unseen techniques. It encompasses studying the arts of aikijutsu, Yoshinkan combative systems, kenjutsu, iaido, jojutsu, atemi-waza and executing techniques without celebration; with a feeling of 'metta' (loving kindness). The latter is a Buddhist virtue expressed in the arts of peace or the ways of harmony aiding development of the Conscious Mind, the Subconscious Mind and Superconscious Mind leading to spontaneous reaction or "mushin".

The art also encompasses acupressure (shiatsu), the study of Kodachi-Iai Shinden Fudo Ryu (short sword draws) and subduing an opponent through focusing on ki and pressure points. Mushin-Do is suitable for dan grades and people of a mature nature because of the uplifting feeling one gets when practicing the art. There is no great physical effort required to practice it.

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