Fudo Myo-o is the Japanese name of Acala, one of the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm in Buddhism. Fudo Myo-o, which translates as "The Immovable Wisdom King," holds a sword in his right hand, for cutting through delusions and ignorance, and a rope in his left for binding violent and uncontrollable passions and emotions. Fudo Myo-o is surrounded by flames, which are said to represent the purification of the mind, and the burning away of desires. He stands on a rock to demonstrate the immovability of his mind, his beliefs, and his faith. Fudo Myo-o is the patron of the Martial Arts and was often depicted in samurai artwork and on weapons, including a wooden statue that was carved by the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645). Fudoshin may be translated as 'immovable mind' or 'immovable spirit' (fudo: immovable; shin: spirit). The concept of immovability as expressed by Fudo Myo-o, and the principles that he represents, are an integral part of our philosophy and training at Fudoshin Dojo. Fudoshin Dojo
Fudoshin DOjo's 13th century Fudo Myo'o Statue